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5 Things About Oslo

Posted by on Jun 4, 2016 in Norway: Oslo | 0 comments

5 Things About Oslo

Oslo, Norway There are five things about Oslo, Norway that we took to heart: cleanliness, hardiness, trustworthiness, openness and thriftiness. We spent a day and a half combing the streets, parks, and places throughout the city and learned about the Norwegian culture first hand. We loved everything, except #5.     #1 Cleanliness: the city, waterways and landscape are crystal clean. From the moment we entered the Oslo fjord, we were enchanted by spectacularly pristine views. Deep blue water was framed by clear blue skies and...

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Sculptures in Bronze, Stone & Ice

Posted by on May 21, 2016 in Norway: Oslo | 0 comments

Sculptures in Bronze, Stone & Ice

Oslo, Norway Sculptures of nude human beings in activities of daily life are arresting at first. Not that we are prudish or anything, but the sheer number of bronze and stone forms (more than 200), plus the variety of pairings and actions captured in the sculptures certainly grabbed our attention. There is a monolith of one piece of solid granite covered with human forms climbing, reaching for the heavens. There are pieces that depict a man with his child, two women embracing, children playing, generations of a family and groupings of people...

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Fiesta Dinnerware: Colorful, Communicative, Casual

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in USA: California - SoCal | 0 comments

Fiesta Dinnerware: Colorful, Communicative, Casual

Mission Viejo, California Sixteen full sets of dinnerware fill the cabinets throughout the house. Each set brings great joy and carries its own message. Some say special occasion. Others say certain holidays. Still others say specific seasons of the year. And others are a white canvas for the food to pop on its own. Then there are accent pieces that we have collected in our travels around the world that we juxtapose with full sets. Yes, we are perhaps eccentric about dinnerware. I prefer to say we are passionate about the way our culinary...

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Football Party Food

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in USA: California - SoCal | 0 comments

Football Party Food

Denver Broncos or Carolina Panthers? Need party food for the big game this Sunday? Here are some tried and true Football Party Menu recipes ala RoadTripFlavors.     Pepper Feta Dip Blue Cheese Stuffed Twice Baked Potatoes Chili Brussels Spro

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Fancy Food Show 2016 Wrap-Up

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in USA: California - San Francisco | 0 comments

Fancy Food Show 2016 Wrap-Up

San Francisco, California The specialty food industry is booming. This past weekend, more than 1,400 exhibitors served up 80,000 specialty food and beverage products to more than 19,000 attendees of the Winter Fancy Food Show. We attended just one of the three-day event, but we were successful in covering every inch of the massive Moscone Convention Center and grazed on every aisle. The products came from all over the world. Think Jamon Serrano from Spain, beer from Germany, biscuits and tea from the United Kingdom, Kewpie Mayonnaise from...

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Seabreezes

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in USA: California - SoCal | 0 comments

Seabreezes

Dana Point Harbor, California Nestled in the safe harbor at Dana Point, a seabreeze lifestyle is undeniable relaxation throughout the year. This past weekend, we strolled past the more than 1,000 yachts tucked into ubiquitous slips along the harbor walkway. We saw boat owners enjoying the warm winter weather with outdoor cocktail parties and Frank Sinatra tunes. Visitors are granted equally entertaining activities. The paddle board and kayak rentals, still in operation this winter, found a few brave customers. Sport fishing vessels, whale...

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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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