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Spring Rolls in with High Hopes for the Baseball Season

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in USA: Arizona - Tempe | 0 comments

Spring Rolls in with High Hopes for the Baseball Season

Tempe, Arizona Take me out to the ball game, Take me out with the crowd; Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack, I don’t care if I ever get back. Let me root, root, root for the home team, If they don’t win, it’s a shame. For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out, At the old ball game.     Mapping the Day High hopes abound at MLB Spring Training camps.  Players, coaches, scouts, front office brass, owners and fans converge to see what the upcoming season will hold.         We just returned from...

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Bahn Mi Meets Texas

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in USA: Texas - Fort Worth | 0 comments

Bahn Mi Meets Texas

Fort Worth, Texas It was certainly not a typical Bahn Mi sandwich.  Elements of the traditional Vietnamese sandwich, like the roasted pork and pickled vegetables, were “Tex-ified”.  We were inspired by the flavors and textures of the “Bourbon and Coke Pork ‘Bahn Mi’ Taco” at the Woodshed Smokehouse.  With our Texas experience, we infused our RoadTripFlavors style for our Jacked Up Pork Tacos. MAPPING THE DAY We are always drawn to waterways on our RoadTrips.  The Trinity River winds through Ft. Worth offering scenic walkways,...

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Rays of Sunshine Inside and Out

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in USA: Washington - Puget Sound | 0 comments

Rays of Sunshine Inside and Out

Somewhere in the Puget Sound, Washington It is like drinking in a ray of sunshine: fresh squeezed orange juice.  We have been purchasing bags of gorgeous oranges at Whole Foods lately and squeezing them for sweet, tangy and vitamin C-filled goodness.  It makes my mouth water just thinking about it.   Mapping the Day Days at Sea on a cruise give guests a chance to truly relax.  There are no cares in the world, except to rest, eat, drink, read, chat, walk, swim, eat again, dance, drink more and relax more.  Our cruise last Spring to...

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Chronicles of People Watching

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in USA: California - Santa Ana | 0 comments

Chronicles of People Watching

Santa Ana, California We could write a book about our people-watching habit.  As we slurped on French onion soup a few weeks ago at a popular scene in Santa Ana, our view of the bar and adjacent tables gave us new chapters for our ever-growing chronicles.  And, the soup at Chapter One was fabulous.  Our recipe below skips cheese.  There is just lots of oniony flavor.     MAPPING THE DAY Chapter One A fedora-clad young man was perched at the bar.  He and his friend were almost giddy as they sipped a glass of George Dickel House...

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Say “Cheese” in This Lakeside Resort Town

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in United States: California - Lake Arrowhead | 0 comments

Say “Cheese” in This Lakeside Resort Town

Lake Arrowhead, California Back in our days as full-time residents of this picturesque lakeside resort, we frequented a local restaurant near the Lake Arrowhead Village.  We likened it to our version of the TV “Cheers” bar.  We often ordered a Parmesan-crusted sourdough sandwich with melted cheese, roast beef and tomato.  Here’s our version of the Saddleback Inn’s Beefeater Sandwich.   MAPPING THE DAY A weekend getaway and resort for Southern Californians, Lake Arrowhead is an alpine community located an hour and a...

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Salty Air and Salty Chips

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in USA: California - Dana Point | 0 comments

Salty Air and Salty Chips

Dana Point Harbor, California Salty, housemade potato chips drizzled with creamy blue cheese sauce and scallions called my name when we sat down for a late afternoon meal in Dana Point Harbor.  For our recipe, we don’t attempt home made chips. The blue cheese sauce and scallions are a delicious topping on our favorite store-bought chips.  This snack is easy and so good.    MAPPING THE DAY There was excitement in the air that Friday afternoon.  Yacht owners hauled supplies and gear from their cars down the dock ramps in hand carts. ...

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When in the Keys, Eat Conch

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in USA: Florida - The Keys | 0 comments

When in the Keys, Eat Conch

The Keys, Florida When in the Florida Keys, you have not done it right until you at least try Conch.  I would liken it to clams.  Plentiful there, it is incorporated into fritters, chowders and ceviches.  We first tried it in fritters.  I must admit, I like the fritter part best.  We have substituted conch with corn for our fritter recipe below.   MAPPING THE DAY Our first vacation in the Florida Keys started with a puddle-jumper flight from Tampa to the tiny airport in Key West.  As we approached the island, we left all of our...

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Local Sourcing for Signature Dishes on Martha’s Vineyard

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in USA: Massachusetts - Martha's Vineyard | 0 comments

Local Sourcing for Signature Dishes on Martha’s Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts The Black Dog Tavern scoops up a luscious concoction of local Quahog clams and cream in their signature chowder for a hearty beginning to a locally sourced Cape Cod meal.  Feasting on local catches in New England made for memorable meals throughout our RoadTrip last fall.   MAPPING  THE DAY After a dreamy night in Falmouth, in the Upper Cape, we checked out of our beachside hotel at 7:30 a.m.  A short hop in our rental car delivered us to the ferry dock.  With our day packs filled with jackets,...

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Mansion Touring Stimulates the Appetite for Sandwiches

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in USA: Rhode Island - Newport | 0 comments

Mansion Touring Stimulates the Appetite for Sandwiches

Newport, Rhode Island Mansion touring stimulates the appetite! A trendy European-style cafe, located near the Newport mansions tour, satiated our hunger pangs with sandwich offerings.  Ours was naan flatbread wrapped around a salad of cheese, greens, vegetables and olives.  It was a quick, healthy and delicious lunch.   MAPPING THE DAY During the Gilded Age in U.S. history, right at the turn of the 20th century, the nation’s wealthiest families summered in their “cottages” in Newport, Rhode Island. The Wetmores built...

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2013 Top Ten Blog Posts

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in USA: RoadTripFlavors Kitchen | 0 comments

2013 Top Ten Blog Posts

New Years Eve, 2013 Happy New Year from RoadTripFlavors Rating 2013 in terms of travel, dining and cooking, the year earns an A+.  It was a stellar year in other terms too, but for the purposes of this blog we will only tout our 2013 TOP TEN postings of travel and recipes here.  In no particular order, here’s a recap:       Newport Beach, California: Caprese   Tokyo, Japan: Midnight Snack Curry for Two   San Francisco, California: Corned Beef Hash and Poached Eggs   Alexandria, Virginia: Big Bowl of Red with...

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