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Farmers Market Day Trip

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in USA: California - Los Angeles | 0 comments

Farmers Market Day Trip

Miracle Mile/Fairfax District, Los Angeles, California The renowned Farmers Market in the Miracle Mile/Fairfax District has long been a favorite day trip destination. It is a Los Angeles historic landmark since the 1930s.  On our recent visit, it afforded us lots of top quality ingredients for an easy grilling meal.   Mapping the Day Los Angeles was a great place to live in the late 70s. I worked and lived in the Miracle Mile District then. I was a receptionist and then an account representative for a company on Wilshire...

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Day Trip to San Juan Capistrano Inspires Carnitas Recipe

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in USA: California - San Juan Cap | 0 comments

Day Trip to San Juan Capistrano Inspires Carnitas Recipe

San Juan Capistrano, California The RoadTripFlavors Carnitas recipe below is inspired by a recent day trip to San Juan Capistrano. In the railroad depot town, a long heritage of Spanish and Mexican influences delivers a delightful day trip. It is full of history, charm and great dining all within walking distance of the train station.   Mapping the Day Take a day trip to Downtown San Juan Capistrano by train. It is easily linked throughout Southern California by Metrolink from Los Angeles, San Diego and the Inland Empire and Amtrak’s...

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Julia Child Sparks the French Chef in Us

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in France: Paris | 0 comments

Julia Child Sparks the French Chef in Us

Paris, France In honor of Julia Child’s birthday on August 15, we are taking inspiration from her life in France. The volumes of cookbooks by Child stacked in our bookcase spark the French Chef in us. We recently walked the streets of Paris and quickly understood why she was so passionate about her experiences there. And then, there’s the food.  Bon appétit!     Mapping the Day My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme, has more meaning the second time. Our recent trip to Paris makes all her references to places,...

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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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