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Crafted in Santa Ana

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 in USA: California - Santa Ana | 0 comments

Crafted in Santa Ana

Santa Ana, California Who knew there is a thriving craft beer scene in Santa Ana? We took a Saturday afternoon walk in Downtown Santa Ana and found some very cool spots to people watch and relax with a few cold ones. We also loved the Brussels sprouts chips with our beer at our first stop. Try the RoadTripFlavors version with the recipe below. Mapping the Day In the nearly 20 years that we have lived in Orange County, we have rarely thought of Santa Ana as a destination. Yes, a summons for jury duty every few years took us to the downtown...

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Craft Beer Crawl: San Clemente

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in USA: California - San Clemente | 0 comments

Craft Beer Crawl: San Clemente

San Clemente, California San Clemente sets the stage for a casual Craft Beer Crawl. Drink great local brews and graze some excellent food offerings. Be sure to designate a sober driver for your beer-inspired shinanigans. When you get home, try our Crawl-inspired Herb-Infused Olive Oil & Balsamic Reduction Appetizer with Roasted Garlic, Tomatoes and Goat Cheese.    Mapping the Day Known for surfing, spectacular ocean views and a casual beach lifestyle, San Clemente anchors the southern border of Orange County. An easy 20-minute...

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Beginning of the Summer Season

Posted by on May 23, 2015 in United States: California - Lake Arrowhead | 0 comments

Beginning of the Summer Season

Lake Arrowhead, California It’s the beginning of summer! Regardless of our Memorial Day weekend gathering venue, be it picnicing, backyard barbecuing or hunkering down inside for the baseball game on TV, we love chips and dip with ice cold beer. We make a quick Pan-Roasted Veggie Dip to get the party started. It is fresh and homemade. See the recipe below.   P.S. This Memorial Day, be sure to take a moment to remember those who died in military service of the United States of America. Mapping the Day Memorial Day weekend traditionally...

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London Shopping

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in England: London | 0 comments

London Shopping

London, England Shopping in London gave us a bit of sticker shock. On our visit in March 2015, the U.S. dollar was weak for purchasing goods. We did some window shopping and our fair share of buying. We also gleaned inspiration at unique shopping venues for exquisite culinary preparations like Smoked Salmon & Lobster Roulade, Pie & Mash and Beef Wellington. The RoadTripFlavors version an elegant crusted meatloaf,  fit for a Queen shopping at Fortnum & Mason, is featured below. Mapping the Day The streets of London are...

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Cut on The Shard

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in England: London | 0 comments

Cut on The Shard

London, England At The Shard’s Oblix Lounge, small plates offerings include a standup presentation of a wedge-ingredients salad. We call it the “Shard Cut” Wedge Salad for fun.  It is just as tasty as a traditional Wedge Salad, but demonstrates creativity and inspiration for presentation.   Mapping the Day According to many published and online travel commentaries, The Shard is not fondly received by everyone in London. The 87-story (1,004 ft.) skyscraper juts high above the London skyline with edgy planes of glass....

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When in London, Drink Gin

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in England: London | 0 comments

When in London, Drink Gin

London, England London Dry Gin production was indeed a worthy lesson to explore in our quest for all things culinary in England’s capital. And as always, when we travel, we drink like locals. We had wonderful experiences at two London Gin Distilleries. Each experience differed, just as dramatically as their products.     Mapping the Day We don’t always order a gin martini, but when we do, it is on the rocks. K.O. says she likes to let the ice melt for a short time to make her cocktail perfect. On our recent Gin Distillery...

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Mind the Gap

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in England: London | 0 comments

Mind the Gap

London, England “Mind the Gap,” “Bubble & Squeak,” “Zed” not “Zee” for the last letter of the alphabet and “Crisps” not “Pototo Chips.” The British have their own unique phrases and we were determined to embrace the Queen’s English and the London lifestyle from day one. From our inaugural ride on the underground subway to our first meal of Bubble & Squeak (a charming British name for Vegetable Hash), we were Londoners for a week.     Mapping the...

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Selfies #2

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in USA: Texas - Fort Worth | 0 comments

Selfies #2

Fort Worth, Texas Selfies are the ubiquitous content all across social media. Some of us are more adept than others in capturing memorable moments in life. We have found that a newly acquired selfie stick aids our self portraits. Look below at our awesome pictures with the staff at Bonnell’s Restaurant in Fort Worth. Our evening there inspired our RoadTripFlavors version of Barbecue Shrimp and Cheesy Grits. See the recipe and photos below.   Mapping the Day Since we had so much fun with it on our cruise, we packed Sam for our...

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Selfies #1

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Mexico: Puerta Vallarta | 0 comments

Selfies #1

Puerta Vallarta, Mexico Selfies are the ubiquitous content all across social media. Some of us are more adept than others in capturing memorable moments in life on a smart phone. We have found that a newly acquired selfie stick aids our self portraits.   You know, those extendable fork-like rods that hold iPhones? Yes, we have one and we like it.   Mapping the Day K.O. acquired an iPhone selfie stick at our family gift exchange party in December. It was so effective for capturing group photos on our New Year’s cruise that it earned...

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Dallas/Fort Worth On Ice

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in USA: Texas - Fort Worth | 1 comment

Dallas/Fort Worth On Ice

Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas We were back on the road last week in Texas in the middle of one of the worst storms of the season. There was snow, freezing rain and lots of ice. Thousands were grounded at DFW, slept on cots in the airport and ate airport food for days. These two California girls were caught off guard, but were fortunate to sleep and eat well and make it home safely.   Mapping the Day This was our second trip from California to Fort Worth, Texas to see our 2 1/2 year old granddaughter and her parents.   We planned to catch...

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