The French word for “buddy” (“mate”) is “copain”: the person you share your bread with. When you’re traveling, you often meet people and ask for their advice, assistance, sometimes they will even offer you a place to stay for a few days. In many countries, hospitality is an obligation, and people you’ve never known before will do all they can to help you, just because they feel it’s something they have to do. And as for you, you feel obligated and perhaps grateful beyond words. So…. you can just go to the next supermarket (or the next bookstore) and buy them a present just to show how much you appreciated their attitude. But there’s also something better you might want to try… cook for them!
What started out as the Annual Country Inn Herb Tour has grown into a full out celebration of regional cuisine, savory herbs and locally brewed beers. On the weekend of June 7-8, 2014, ten premier Mt. Washington Valley Country Inns will present the Herb, Food and Beer Tour. Tour participants will have the opportunity to see herb inspired cooking demonstrations at member inns, visit local breweries, chocolate makers and family-owed farms, sampling wonderful regional cuisine and home brews all along the way.
When travelers who prefer a vegetarian lifestyle go on vacation, it’s often challenging to locate nearby restaurants that offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten free menus. With the whole country seemingly focused on obesity and healthy living, the trend toward vegetarian and vegan lifestyles have skyrocketed. Food items that were once relegated to small dark corners of grocery stores, now occupy prominent and expansive displays. New diet programs encourage us to eat raw, eat local, eat green, eat organic, and to embrace plant-based menus.
There’s a new focus on Foodie based shore excursions and chef prepared regional dishes aboard major cruise lines in 2014. While cruising has always had a reputation for offering an abundance of food, cruise lines haven’t often tapped into local ingredients or presented regional dishes of the ports they visit. For many of us, half the pleasure of traveling to new destinations is to experience the local fare and to bring home a recipe for a wonderful regional dish. Thankfully, this is all changing with cruise lines featuring celebrity chef experiences, cooking classes and on-shore culinary excursions.
Trump International Beach Resort in Sunny Isles Florida is sponsoring a gala holiday recipe contest that you won’t want to miss out on. At tables all across America, the holidays bring out cherished traditions and prized recipes that are passed down from one generation to the next. Perhaps no one appreciates traditions in the kitchen like Trump International Beach Resort’s Executive Chef Kurtis Jantz. With Chef Jantz’s guidance, Trump International Beach Resort is sponsoring a Holiday Recipe Contest with a grand prize of a six day escape stay to the ultra-deluxe Trump Resort.
One of the most rewarding aspects of barge cruising in France is that you have a chance to experience all the exotic French cuisine along your route. You can go ashore and explore fine restaurants, stop by out-of-the way cafes, and perhaps even learn a few tricks of your own. But what if the fine […]
Ah, San Francisco, city on the Bay. As I walk down Powell Street past my hotel, The Sir Francis Drake, the clang of the cable cars reminds me that I am indeed in San Francisco. What a joy to be here for the 20th anniversary of the founding of the organization Women Chefs & Restaurateurs. […]
Today it is my great pleasure to write a travel book review for Lonely Planet’s newly published, Cooks, Clowns and Cowboys – 101 Skills and Experiences to Discover on Your Travels. A travel book review can sometimes be a chore trying to put a new spin on a typical compilation of ‘must-see’ sites and reviews […]
Come meander through Florence and experience the many gourmet food tours in Tuscany! Italian cuisine is renowned worldwide for its delicious cooking styles and amazing recipes, and it is nowadays being served in some of the most sought after and famous restaurants in the world. Little did we know that this traditional cooking style stems […]
Have you ever watched an episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and wished you were sitting in that red Camaro riding along with Guy Fieri, nibbling and chatting your way down the road? Or perhaps you’ve watched a PBS special and fantasized about exploring a wilderness region with the host. Well perk up…. there’s a […]
Work weeks are long. By the time the weekend rolls around, no one would blame you for wanting to spend your time couch surfing while watching reruns of your favorite TV shows. But, if you’re looking to break out of the old routines, try packing up your bags and hitting the road for a tailor-made […]
Sip, nibble and be entertained in grand style at Newport’s annual Winefest in August. Here’s my trip report of this sparkling event. The day was beautiful, the setting magnificent and before us stretched all the beer, wine and spirits you can consume in a day. We attended the 2nd annual Newport, RI Winefest, held August 19-21st, and […]
How I wish I was writing to you from a verdant Tuscan hillside surrounded by laughing friends, plucking sun-ripened olives from low hanging branches, tasting freshly pressed olive oil and sipping a bold Brunello… sigh. But alas, like you, I’ll just have to plan a future Mediterranean adventure to celebrate the season of abondanza. So with the glories of fresh pressed olive oils in mind, I’ve gathered together a sampling of wonderful Olive Harvest Tours to stir your inner artisanal spirit.
The good folks at Ritz-Carlton Hotels and Resorts have shared some very special recipes with us, and we’re thrilled to offer you.. Our Free Ebook – just click the cover to read! Or you can access a large print version, bookmark the book, or purchase a full color copy here. Be sure to bookmark this […]
I have to thank my foodie friend Linda M. for finding this wonderful Paris site and passing the link on to us. The Paris Kitchen.com is a treasure of French culinary information, edited by Paris Food Writer, Wendy Lyn. Wendy (an expat from the deep south) shares her most loved food-centric Paris sites including […]
Who would imagine attending the Stonewall Kitchen cooking school would be such fun! Gather your foodie friends and head to York Maine where you’ll find the home base for Stonewall Kitchen and it’s remarkable cooking school that offers bite-size cooking classes at lunch and dinnertime most every day. You’ll laugh, you’ll nibble, you’ll sip a […]
Few things in life are as deliciously indulgent as settling down with a warm slice of fresh baked pie on a snowy winter’s day. Forget the resolutions to deny yourself in the New Year and commit instead to tasting some of the best pies in New England for the benefit of charity. The Historic Inns […]
Local food markets give a glimpse into the soul of a destination. The crops that local farmers grow and the culinary creations that food artisans produce speak to the history of the location and the traditions of its citizens. Nothing is more pleasing and engrossing than roaming among the stalls of a neighborhood farmer’s market […]
One of the great pleasures of traveling is meeting wonderful people along the way. Recently while traveling in the Azores, Clint struck up a conversation with an engaging couple. Turns out they are heads of a hotel association in Europe called Petit Hotels which consists of wonderful independently owned countryside Inns in Sweden, Finland, Great […]
Do you love the smell of a crackling camp fire, and the camaraderie of folks gathered around to watch the flames dance as food slowly roasts on a spit? Do you love to barbecue, add your special sauces, and feed the whole neighborhood? Do the fragrant aromas of freshly baked sourdough bread send you into […]