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Aroma of Warm Pastry from the French Bakery

Posted by on Jun 9, 2012 in USA: California - Los Angeles | 0 comments

Aroma of Warm Pastry from the French Bakery

Beverly Hills (Los Angeles), California MAPPING THE DAY After graduating from college in 1979, I worked as assistant editor of a travel and dining magazine in Los Angeles.  The publishing office was located near the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Robertson in Beverly Hills.  It was a very desirable location for shopping, dining and moving among the “beautiful people” (as my friend Michael would call well-dressed and groomed inhabitants of Los Angeles). The editorial and production team made fairly meager magazine salaries in those...

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Pantry 101: “House Spice Blend”

Posted by on Jun 6, 2012 in USA: RoadTripFlavors Kitchen | 0 comments

Pantry 101: “House Spice Blend”

Southern California Every kitchen of a successful home cook is stocked with flavor-building, go-to ingredients.  Spice blends, both store-bought and home made, are an integral part of our pantry. In many of our recipes, we refer to our “House Spice Blend”.  Here’s our recipe,  but the fun part for you will be when you start experimenting with your own blends to suit your own tastes. House Spice Blend   RECIPE       Share...

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3 Things We Love About Rome: Wine, Familiar Faces and Pasta Carbonara

Posted by on Jun 5, 2012 in Italy: Rome | 0 comments

3 Things We Love About Rome: Wine, Familiar Faces and Pasta Carbonara

Rome, Italy MAPPING THE DAY Staying on the Via Veneto in Rome proved to be an ideal location for walking, catching a sightseeing bus to tour the city, shopping and dining.  One of the most famous streets in Rome, it is charged with the energy of locals and tourists converging on the best the city has to offer. LOCAL STORY We prefer local haunts rather than tourist traps.  So for dinner the first night of our short two-night stay, we walked down some neighborhood side streets and found a charming small restaurant. When we walked in, we had a...

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Mark Zuckerberg Honeymooned in Capri

Posted by on May 30, 2012 in Italy: Capri | 0 comments

Mark Zuckerberg Honeymooned in Capri

Capri, Italy  MAPPING THE DAY A remote resort paradise that dates back to Roman times, the Island of Capri is located in the Tyrrhenian Sea, (part of the Mediterranean Sea) off the western coast of Italy.  In fact it is such a desirable resort that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his bride were just sighted there on their honeymoon.  So you know, it must be a good place to be. LOCAL STORY We took a 45-minute ferry boat ride from Sorrento, Italy.  At the main port of Capri called the Marina Grande, we crowded into the funicular that...

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Red, White and Blue Burger

Posted by on May 29, 2012 in USA: California - Marin | 0 comments

Red, White and Blue Burger

Marin County, California MAPPING THE DAY If you are staying in San Francisco, venturing across the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin County is a splendid day trip.  There are several State Parks, charming small towns with restaurants and shopping, beautiful coastline, a coastal wetland and beautiful open hills where cows graze. On one of our day trips from the City, K.O. and I traveled north to Stintson Beach and Point Reyes Lighthouse.  Point Reyes is the windiest place on the Pacific Coast.  It is also a very foggy place. The historic...

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Extra Crispy Potato Bites – A Perfect Side Dish to Our Ahi Tuna Burger

Posted by on May 28, 2012 in USA: RoadTripFlavors Kitchen | 0 comments

Extra Crispy Potato Bites – A Perfect Side Dish to Our Ahi Tuna Burger

The classic fish and chips menu is updated in our Ahi Tuna Burger with Tangy Tartar Sauce and Extra Crispy Potato Bites menu.  The preparation of these potato bites sounds crazy, but when you “rough up” the par-cooked morsels, craggy edges become extra crispy in the oven.       Extra Crispy Potato Bites RECIPE         Share...

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Lighter Burger, Full of the Flavors of Athens

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Greece: Athens | 0 comments

Lighter Burger, Full of the Flavors of Athens

Athens, Greece MAPPING THE DAY In Athens, we spent the morning at the Parthenon.  It is regarded as an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece and one of the world’s greatest cultural monuments.  Magnificent stone columns jut high into the blue sky.  It is a wonder that the structure, completed in 438 BC,  is still standing.   LOCAL STORY Perched on the “acropolis” or “extremity of the city”, the Parthenon is visible throughout the city.   There are excavation sites all around the city as well. ...

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Ahi Tuna Burger with Tangy Tartar Sauce

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in USA: Washington - Gig Harbor | 0 comments

Ahi Tuna Burger with Tangy Tartar Sauce

Gig Harbor, Washington MAPPING THE DAY The landscape of Northwest Washington State is punctuated by Puget Sound waterways.  From Deception Pass near Whidbey Island in the north to Olympia in the south, Puget Sound is a system of interconnected marine waterways. Just 35 miles from the SeaTac Airport is a cozy little town called Gig Harbor.  It boasts waterfront proximity with small town appeal.  If you are staying the Seattle area, it is an easy day trip destination for spectacular scenery and memorable lunch.     LOCAL STORY K.O....

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Pop’s Favorite Potato Salad

Posted by on May 24, 2012 in USA: RoadTripFlavors Kitchen | 0 comments

Pop’s Favorite Potato Salad

A perfect side dish to Red, White and Blue Burgers is our potato salad.  We call it Pop’s Favorite, because he could not get enough when we served it.  And, he always insisted on taking a care package home with him for the next day.  That’s the ultimate compliment for a home cook.      POP’S FAVORITE POTATO SALAD RECIPE                 Share...

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Berry, Apple, Berry Tart: Red, White and Blue Dessert

Posted by on May 23, 2012 in USA: RoadTripFlavors Kitchen | 0 comments

Berry, Apple, Berry Tart: Red, White and Blue Dessert

Finish your Red, White and Blue menu with a festive, eye-popping dessert.  It will certainly grab the attention of dessert lovers.  Top with a little fresh whipped cream if you want.             Share...

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