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Pots of Gold

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 in England: London | 0 comments

Pots of Gold

London, England Give us a place with intriguing architecture, culture, markets and cuisine to explore. Give us a place where we can stay for five days or more and never run out of things to do. Give us picturesque open spaces, neighborhoods and historical sites to peruse. Our travel mission will be to cover as much territory as we can, mostly on foot, to absorb the essence of our surroundings and the people who dwell there. Travel is a wonderful source of enrichment. On our RoadTripFlavors adventures, we set out to find the abundant pots...

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RoadTrip Down Memory Lane

Posted by on Dec 12, 2015 in USA: California - SoCal | 1 comment

RoadTrip Down Memory Lane

Fullerton, California This RoadTrip down memory lane celebrates American innovation, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit after World War II. K.O.’s dad, Karl Olmsted, is an example of self-made business success. In honor of him, we created a giant ribeye steak recipe commensurate with his life achievements. The Guitar Steak recipe is linked below, but enjoy the story about our honoree before you cook this special occasion meal.   Mapping the Day He was just out of high school when World War II erupted. Somehow Karl found his...

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California Hanukkah

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in USA: California - SoCal | 0 comments

California Hanukkah

Mission Viejo, California In the RoadTripFlavors kitchen, we are always experimenting with our own versions of traditional recipes. We enjoyed potato latkes with applesauce at a Hanukkah celebration. They were delicious and passed the test of perfection when everyone went back for more and more. For our California Latkas (see recipe below), traditional potato latkes are spiked with Serrano peppers (optional, of course). Happy Hanukkah! Mapping the Day Friends and family gathered to celebrate Hanukkah. Even though only one of us is actually...

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Mise En Place

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Canada: Montreal | 0 comments

Mise En Place

Montreal, Canada So one big holiday is behind us, but let’s admit many of us stressed about the cooking and entertaining. Chaos in the kitchen can be avoided at future holiday parties with proper preparation. Working ahead in the kitchen makes even complex recipes a breeze. Our recipe for Bolognase, posted below, cooks all day. Prepare ingredients ahead, start the sauce early and let it reduce to silky perfection for guests to enjoy. Mapping the Day Our friend in Montreal gave us foodie tour of a lifetime in September. As we...

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Charming Quebec City

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Canada: Quebec City | 0 comments

Charming Quebec City

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada This city is in a word… charming. We researched a walking tour prior to our arrival. We saw the prime sights, lost ourselves on narrow streets within the old city, shopped in the oldest North American grocery store and found a wonderful French Canadian restaurant. Our recipe for Meatball Ragout below is inspired by our day in Quebec City.   Mapping the Day We stepped off the gangplank of our cruise ship for a walking RoadTrip to visit the oldest grocery store in North America. It sounds like an...

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The Gift

Posted by on Sep 25, 2015 in Canada: Montreal | 0 comments

The Gift

Montreal, Canada What a day for a foodie tour! Every aspect was a gift. The weather could not have been better for the many stops on our itinerary. Along the way we made many food discoveries. Our first recipe inspired by the day in Montreal is Pepper Feta Dip (see recipe below). Feta has never tasted so good whipped with olive oil, roasted red peppers, garlic and a little heat.   Mapping the Day She called at 9:15 a.m. to let us know she was on her way. At 9:50 a.m., she arrived at the front of our downtown Montreal hotel in her...

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New Orleans in Our Hearts

Posted by on Aug 29, 2015 in USA: Louisiana - New Orleans | 0 comments

New Orleans in Our Hearts

New Orleans, Louisiana Ten years ago today, K.O. and I, along with our three adult children, watched images on television of New Orleans after Katrina hit. We were still in shock really. Just the day before on August 28, we escaped on the last flight out of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport before it was shut down ahead of the hurricane. We were so fortunate to be home, but we could not shake our heartbreak for the people we had just spent four joyful days with in the Big Easy. It is good to see in today’s news coverage...

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Down the Hatch: Part Two

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in United States: New Mexico - Hatch | 0 comments

Down the Hatch: Part Two

Hatch, New Mexico There is no other chile that delivers flavor like Hatch. Since we bought a 25-pound box of chiles that were roasted in a fiery barrel, we have been cooking appetizers, salads, sandwiches and main dishes. Four more perfected Hatch Chile recipes are pictured below. Click on the dish photo to link to the recipes.    Mapping the Day Is it really worth the effort to find authentic Hatch Chiles from New Mexico? Absolutely. Once you have tasted Hatch Chiles, you will understand. But what if roastings of the fresh gems are not...

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Down the Hatch: Part One

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in United States: New Mexico - Hatch | 0 comments

Down the Hatch: Part One

Hatch, New Mexico Down the hatch with Hatch Chiles! We have been cooking up a storm of Hatch Chile recipes. Five of them are now perfected. Click the photos below to link to the recipes. Each recipe specifies “Hatch Chile”. Pick the heat level you want when you shop: Mild, Medium or Hot. The robust chile flavor shines through regardless of the one you prefer.    Mapping the Day Shipments of fresh Hatch Chiles, directly from the growers in Hatch, New Mexico, are arriving daily here in Southern California. Food blogs,...

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For the Love of Pubs

Posted by on Aug 9, 2015 in England: London | 0 comments

For the Love of Pubs

London, England We love London pubs. Each watering hole reflects history, tradition, the neighborhood and local patrons. Step inside and take it all in. One of our favorite pub foods is a side dish called mushy peas. Our RoadTripFlavors version substitutes traditional marrowfat peas with easily sourced frozen peas. Click on the recipe link below.   Mapping the Day A catchy name, unique signage and warm architecture will lure you. Then smell the aroma of spilled brew wafting from the wooden floors. Hear the thunder of friendly...

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