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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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Our Kitchen Secrets #1: Fresh Herb Barrel

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in USA: RoadTripFlavors Kitchen | 0 comments

Our Kitchen Secrets #1: Fresh Herb Barrel

FROM OUR KITCHEN Fresh herbs brighten recipes with flavor, aroma and texture.  Buying them for one recipe in the grocery store is expensive and often wasteful.  Our simple solution is a small herb garden in a barrel in our backyard. We went to our local big box home improvement store garden shop for all the components for an easy herb garden: A big barrel (we bought a light fabricated one, but there are lots to choose from including ceramic, reclaimed wine barrel, wood and pottery to match your decor) with a drainage hole at the...

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Chocolate Mousse That Delights Chocolate Lovers Every Time

Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Caribbean | 1 comment

Chocolate Mousse That Delights Chocolate Lovers Every Time

The Caribbean MAPPING THE DAY Besides RoadTrips, we enjoy cruises.  They are relaxing and give us license to indulge.   I have not always been willing to go on cruises.  Our cruise one Spring happened by accident. In 2010, we had an 18-day European excursion planned from Vienna, Austria to Paris, France.  A week prior to our departure, a volcano in Iceland erupted.  The ash and debris from the eruption grounded flights in and out of Europe for days.  We were advised not to attempt a trip to Europe, much less one that required train...

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Can You Top This New Orleans-Style BBQ Shrimp?

Posted by on May 14, 2012 in USA: California - SoCal | 2 comments

Can You Top This New Orleans-Style BBQ Shrimp?

Laguna Hills, California MAPPING THE DAY New Orleans is one of our favorite travel and dining destinations.  There is nothing like fresh gulf shrimp.  On our many trips there, we have ordered shrimp boiled, fried, sauced, Po Boy sandwiched and sautéed.  It is sweet, firm and fresh-tasting. Nearly 15 years ago, KO and I lived in a small mountain community 90 minutes from Los Angeles.  Dining venues in Lake Arrowhead are limited.  So we always relished a chance for a new dining experience.   The day we drove down the mountain to look...

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Empanadas: One of the World’s Perfectly Wrapped Gifts of Food

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in USA: RoadTripFlavors Kitchen | 1 comment

Empanadas: One of the World’s Perfectly Wrapped Gifts of Food

Southern California MAPPING THE DAY Wrapped up like a present, there are certain foods throughout the world’s cuisines that entice you to take a bite to reveal the secret filling inside.  Tamales, lumpia, éclairs, raviolis and gyoza are just a few of the neatly wrapped gifts of food that the world has to offer. Recently, empanadas have attracted our attention.   So investigating further, we have discovered (for those of you who are empanada virgins like we were a few months ago) that empanadas are prepared in many regions throughout...

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Let the Wind Blow You from One End of Mykonos to the Other

Posted by on Apr 26, 2012 in Greece: Mykonos | 0 comments

Let the Wind Blow You from One End of Mykonos to the Other

Mykonos, Greece MAPPING THE DAY As a child, I always associated windmills with Holland.  I did not expect to see them on the island of Mykonos, Greece.  However, as we stepped onto the island, the wind was fierce.  In the distance, we could see the windmills on the hill were spinning with fervor.  Turns out, we learned that the first “windwheel” known to man was built by a Greek engineer, Heron of Alexandria, in the 1st century AD.  It makes sense that Mykonos has windmills and the town is a labyrinth of narrow streets surrounded by...

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They Know How to Make Sundays Special

Posted by on Apr 24, 2012 in USA: New Jersey - Red Bank | 1 comment

They Know How to Make Sundays Special

Red Bank, New Jersey MAPPING THE DAY We had been in Manhattan for the weekend and left the city in the early afternoon on a Sunday headed for New Jersey.  Red Bank is located on the southern bank of the Navesink River and a little over an hour’s drive south of New York City. LOCAL STORY   Red Bank is a small town and the home of the late Count Basie (one of my dad’s favorite jazz pianists and bandleaders).   We found the town absolutely charming with wonderful river views, friendly people and gorgeous neighborhoods to drive...

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