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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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Fire Up with Hatch Chile

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in United States: New Mexico - Hatch | 3 comments

Fire Up with Hatch Chile

Hatch, New Mexico Hatch chiles are the star of many dishes in the cuisine of New Mexico.  Green chile pork and chicken are so versatile, the robust recipes may be incorporated in stews, burritos, layer dips, enchiladas, breakfast dishes and much more.  There will be more to come in our Hatch Chile recipe voyage, but let’s start with a basic side dish using fresh chiles: Hatch Chile Refried Beans.   MAPPING THE DAY Some foods simply can’t be duplicated outside the place of origin.  Is it the moist, salty air in San Francisco...

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What’s the Salmon Capital of the World?

Posted by on Aug 24, 2013 in USA: Alaska - Ketchikan | 0 comments

What’s the Salmon Capital of the World?

Ketchikan, Alaska Superior salmon comes from Ketchikan, Alaska.  And local canners gladly ship their product for use in salads, soups and entrees.  Here’s our version of White Bean and Salmon Soup.  If you don’t like salmon, substitute cooked chicken or beef.   MAPPING THE DAY There are no roads that lead the Ketchikan.  The only way in or out is by air or by sea. LOCAL STORY Touted as the “Salmon Capital of the World”, we set out to find out why.  Our first stop was the local museum, filled with salmon...

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Meet Me for A Salad Like the Brown Derby Cobb

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in USA: California - Hollywood | 0 comments

Meet Me for A Salad Like the Brown Derby Cobb

Hollywood, California A dramatic deconstructed salad, the famous Cobb has been a staple on our dinner table since we first tried it at the legendary Brown Derby restaurant.  Each bite can be a new pairing of ingredients on your fork: creamy avocado, sharp blue cheese, juicy tomato, savory chicken, salty bacon, hard-cooked egg and crisp lettuce topped with luscious French dressing.   MAPPING THE DAY The Hollywood Brown Derby Restaurant opened in 1929.  It was an immediate success with its Hollywood and Vine location surrounded by movie...

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