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A Perfect Baseball Day in Boston

Posted by on Dec 14, 2013 in USA: Massachusetts - Boston | 0 comments

A Perfect Baseball Day in Boston

Boston, Massachusetts A sweet and savory combination of Kettle Corn and Blackened Shrimp pair perfectly with ice-cold beer.  Who knew Kettle Corn is so easy to make and is oh, so satisfying?  Make an extra batch, because it will disappear.      MAPPING THE DAY Baseball season ended just a few months ago and we dearly miss it.  We are LA Angels fans and admittedly had a disappointing 2013 season.  While in Boston on vacation in September, we bought tickets to a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. The Red Sox were gaining momentum...

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We Know the Name of this Salad: Caesar

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in USA: Massachusetts - Boston | 1 comment

We Know the Name of this Salad: Caesar

Cambridge (Boston) , Massachusetts Traditional Caesar Salad flavors are easy with homemade dressing and croutons.  Garlic, lemon and a hint of anchovy are emulsified in mayonnaise and extra virgin olive oil for a creamy dressing on crisp Romaine leaves.  Top with crunchy cheesy croutons.   MAPPING THE DAY Remember the Cheers TV show in the 1980’s?  Regulars of a Boston establishment shared their lives with each other while drinking at the bar where everyone knows your name.  The theme song comes to mind in an...

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Halloween Bloody Mary Bar

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in USA: RoadTripFlavors Kitchen | 0 comments

Halloween Bloody Mary Bar

Halloween 2013 BOO!  Our Halloween Bloody Mary Bar is back for another year. Before the goblins start ringing the doorbell this evening, pull out a wide array of condiments from the fridge and pantry.  Let your guests select their favorite Vodka, juice, hot sauce, fresh citrus and pickled vegetables for their own very Bloody Mary concoction. Have a safe and Bloody Mary Halloween. Stock the Bar   Share...

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Classic Comfort Food Is Easy and Original

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in USA: Massachusetts - New Bedford | 0 comments

Classic Comfort Food Is Easy and Original

New Bedford, Massachusetts Comfort in a bowl, this chicken broth-based soup is a surprising combination of kale and sausage.  Our version takes an easy approach to a Portuguese classic and uses some fresh California ingredients.   It is a  starter or can be the whole meal paired with a salad and warm bread.        MAPPING THE DAY Celebrity chefs and home cooks alike create their signature cuisine by tapping into experiences in their lives.   Where they come from, influences around them and local ingredients contribute to...

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What’s in Your RoadTrip Tool Kit?

Posted by on Oct 12, 2013 in USA: Massachusetts - New Bedford | 1 comment

What’s in Your RoadTrip Tool Kit?

New Bedford, Massachusetts Mozambique Sauce is a popular Portuguese dish.  It was developed in Portuguese cuisine when 15th century explorers ventured to countries in Africa.  They learned about the use of “piri piri” or peppers from local tribes in Mozambique, which led to the creation of this unique sauce.   MAPPING THE DAY Even in the age of iPhones, GPS mapping, Yelp, AFAR, TripAdvisor and Eater National, our RoadTrip Tool Kit always includes the old school Tour Book and printed maps from The Auto Club.  Yes, these two...

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Simple Ingredients Elevated to Epic Flavor

Posted by on Oct 5, 2013 in USA: California - Newport Beach | 1 comment

Simple Ingredients Elevated to Epic Flavor

Newport Beach, California Caprese salad at Pizzaria Mozza is extraordinary.  Simple, quality ingredients are taken to their most flavorful state.  Roasted tomatoes and basil pesto luxuriously top burrata mozzarella.       MAPPING THE DAY Several years ago, we attended a chef’s panel discussion with Cat Cora of Iron Chef fame, Marcus Samuelsson who often appears on The Food Network, and Nancy Silverton who is founder of La Brea Bakery in Los Angeles and many other culinary ventures.  In the Q & A  someone asked...

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Munich Oktoberfest: Beer, Food and Revelry

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Germany: Munich | 1 comment

Munich Oktoberfest: Beer, Food and Revelry

Munich, Germany At Munich Oktoberfest, beer, food and fun are celebrated.  Locals and visitors alike dress in traditional Oktoberfest garb to partake in beer drinking, eating and singing together.  Outside are carnival rides, food vendors, shops and Bavarian souvenirs.  Inside the beer tents are hundreds of tables and benches packed with beer drinking revelers who sing to traditional German music as well as American rock oldies. There are six breweries featured at the annual festival: Lowenbrau, Hofbrauhaus, Augustierbrau, Paulaner, Spaten...

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Hint of Fall Calls for Heartier Fare

Posted by on Sep 17, 2013 in Germany: Bernkastle-Kues | 0 comments

Hint of Fall Calls for Heartier Fare

Bernkastle-Kues, Germany The first hint of fall sparks the desire to cook potages, oven-roasted dishes and heartier fare.    It happened today, the hot weather broke and gave way to gray skies and cooler air.  It is time for some German food.     MAPPING THE DAY World travel has many gifts:  a view, a feeling, a wonderful meal.  Sometimes the smallest trigger can take you back to a moment on a RoadTrip.  Today we have cooler weather for the first time in six weeks.  And I suddenly remembered our visit to Bernkastle-Kues,...

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Grown Up Mac & Cheese Inspired by Quality Ingredients

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in USA: Washington - Seattle | 1 comment

Grown Up Mac & Cheese Inspired by Quality Ingredients

Seattle, Washington Mac & Cheese is all grown up with this recipe.  Quality ingredients like the nutty, cow’s milk cheese from Beecher’s in Seattle and fire-roasted Hatch Chiles inspire a unique combination.  The cheese melts perfectly into a creamy béchamel, then luxuriously coats each morsel of penne.  It is then spiked with roasted chiles, peppers and corn.   MAPPING THE DAY Seattle was merely a quick stop for our Alaskan cruise in May.  We had been there many times before, so our tight schedule was limited to the...

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Unexpected Treasures Found On A RoadTrip

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in USA: Arizona - Holbrook | 0 comments

Unexpected Treasures Found On A RoadTrip

Holbrook, Arizona The best green chili burrito we have ever had was at a drive-through called Aliberto’s in Holbrook, Arizona.  Unexpected, yes.  Maybe that adds to the memories in our mind of the perfect burrito: meat, green chili and flour tortilla.  It was an unexpected treasure we found on our RoadTrip.     MAPPING THE DAY RoadTrips lead to unplanned experiences.  A pit stop, gas fill-up or intriguing signage for a quick detour can deliver unexpected treasures.  We had been driving for a couple hours after we left...

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