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Cubano: Classic or RoadTripFlavors-Style?

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in USA: Florida - Miami | 2 comments

Cubano: Classic or RoadTripFlavors-Style?

Miami, Florida When in Miami, eat Cubano sandwiches!  But we are bloggers divided on how to enjoy the local staple.  Our recipe for the RoadTripFlavors-Style Cubano Sandwich melds the flavors of a traditional Cubano with a few twists. I prefer the pickles in relish form and the mustard mellowed by some mayonnaise and kicked up with hot sauce. I also like a creamier cheese such as Havarti more than Swiss cheese. K.O. is a traditionalist. She likes a classic Cubano with thick dill pickle slices and straight mustard. Make it your way, but be...

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SoCal Sizzle Cuisine

Posted by on Jul 27, 2014 in USA: California - Newport Beach | 2 comments

SoCal Sizzle Cuisine

Newport Beach, California July is National Grilling Month and we have been sizzling chicken, beef and fish on the grill nearly every day. Our new rendition of Pollo Asada Soft Tacos with Avocado, Fresh Corn & Black Bean Salad is certainly our stand-out menu of the month. Prep in advance for easy entertaining around the grill. This is So-Cal Sizzle cuisine at its best.     Mapping the Day The coast was a welcomed respite from inland heat and humidity yesterday. We were not the only Southern Californians escaping the heat...

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Detour to the Caribbean

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Bahamas: Nassau, St. Marteen: Philipsburg, St. Thomas: Charlotte Amalie | 0 comments

Detour to the Caribbean

The Caribbean on the Oasis Once we detoured to the Caribbean from Europe, we were in search of Jerk Chicken. We found the secret to the savory spiced poultry in a pre-mixed spice blend from a small vendor on St. Thomas. It has been a staple in our kitchen ever since. We order it online (the link is below). Why compete with perfection?   Mapping the Day In April, 2010, our airline tickets were in hand, bags packed, train tickets purchased and hotels booked for a 14-day RoadTrip from Vienna to Paris.  It was a tight schedule with lots of...

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Low-Season Vacation in Florida

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in USA: Florida - West Palm Beach | 0 comments

Low-Season Vacation in Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida Caribbean flavors influence many restaurant menus in Florida.  We found amazing fish and chicken dishes during our low-season vacation to West Palm Beach that reminded us of island hopping.  The recipe for K.O.’s Favorite Black Beans & Rice (below) is a wonderful accompaniment to Jerk Chicken (recipe coming later this week) or Yucatan Baked Grouper.  It is an easy side dish and delivers lots of flavor.   Mapping the Day Vacationing in the South during the low season has its benefits.  It is cheaper...

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Sriracha RoadTrip

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Thailand: Bangkok, USA: California - Irwindale | 0 comments

Sriracha RoadTrip

Bangkok, Thailand and Irwindale, California What do Bangkok and Irwindale have in common? Sriracha, of course. Whether you pour it straight from the bottle or prefer it as a secret ingredient in your cooking, Sriracha is a must-have pantry staple.  Our recipe for Sriracha & Panko-Crusted Salmon is below.  And there is a bonus recipe for Sriracha Green Beans available today. Join our RoadTripFlavors fan list and we will email it to you.     Mapping the Day Five nights in Bangkok 25 years ago are now a blur. It was a...

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Vine-Ripened Tomatoes Stack Up for an Easy Summer Salad

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in USA: California - SoCal | 0 comments

Vine-Ripened Tomatoes Stack Up for an Easy Summer Salad

So Cal, California – The Tomato Patch Tomato season is here and they are robust, juicy and sweet.  Pick the best vine-ripened crop you can find, preferably at your local Farmer’s Market, and build a tasty stack of summer flavor.  The recipe below has a Southwestern kick. Experiment with other ingredients to compliment any meal, especially outdoor grilling fare.   Mapping the Day The staked vines were taller than I was. Bounties of red ripe tomatoes were hanging from the rows of plants. “Go ahead, pick the one you...

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Craving Mexican Food

Posted by on May 24, 2014 in USA: California - SoCal | 0 comments

Craving Mexican Food

Southern California On our flight home from Paris, we craved Mexican food.  It is a staple in our home and often on our menus for entertaining.  Our Fiesta Cheese Platter is inspired by the presentations we often saw in Paris, but features cheeses from Mexico.  Once you find a source for quality Mexican cheese, the preparation is so easy for a quick appetizer plate at your next fiesta.   Mapping the Day Writings and recipes on RoadTripFlavors are rooted in experiences from our travels.  Having just returned from Paris, we have been...

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#1 on the Top Ten Paris List

Posted by on May 17, 2014 in France: Paris | 0 comments

#1 on the Top Ten Paris List

Paris, France The #1 experience on our Top Ten Paris list is the Eiffel Tower. From the moment we saw it, the magic of Paris became our dream come true. Equally dreamy was our café dinner, prepared from impeccably fresh ingredients using simple techniques. Below are our recipes for the simplest sauces: compound butters. How French!   Mapping the Day Were we dreaming? It seemed we had just left our California home. Now we were gazing at the Paris skyline from the highest point of the Eiffel Tower. It is a moment that we will never...

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Top Ten Paris

Posted by on May 10, 2014 in France: Paris | 0 comments

Top Ten Paris

Paris, France What would be on your Top Ten List in Paris?  It was difficult to hone ten fabulous days into a compact list, but here it is.  Then enjoy a simple pairing of peppers and manchego cheese, which is an outstanding appetizer that is easy to prepare.  Keep the ingredients in your pantry and freezer for impromptu entertaining.     MAPPING THE DAY Ten days in Paris elasped so quickly.  Each day was filled with sightseeing, walking and of course, extraordinary dining.  Our strategy to stay in one hotel for the entire visit...

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City Dogs and More Small Plates

Posted by on May 4, 2014 in France: Paris, USA: RoadTripFlavors Kitchen | 4 comments

City Dogs and More Small Plates

Paris, France and Mission Viejo, California, USA Paris boasts many small plates restaurants that inspired our recipe for Chupe below.  We were also inspired by City Dogs who even dine in restaurants in Paris.  For a casual meal with your beloved pups by your side, make this easy soup recipe and pair it with our Roasted Hazelnut and Chopped Romaine Salad.  Add a little French bread on the side.     Mapping the Day City dogs in Paris mind their manners. How French! Many are so very well trained that they walk right along side their...

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