Tag: travel

Cape Cod: Oysters, Meet Wine

| June 29, 2012 | 3 Comments
Cape Cod: Oysters, Meet Wine




If heaven hasn’t got oysters and wine, count me out.  I’ll go to Cape Cod instead. Cape Cod is home to Wellfleet oysters, and a more luscious, firm but supple, textural and sweetly briny mollusc you could not want to find.  Add a lemon, et voila.  The particularly beautiful thing about enjoying these delicacies on […]

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Not So Long Ago in France: Revisiting the Work of MFK Fisher

| May 31, 2012 | 1 Comment
Not So Long Ago in France: Revisiting the Work of MFK Fisher




A few weeks ago, I made my bittersweet return to North Carolina Blue Ridge mountains from Burgundy, France.  I feel at home in both of these regions, so I hardly regret leaving one for the other. After my last several-month stint in Dijon though, I’ve started revisiting the writings of fellow Francophiles whose words continuously […]

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Adventures in Portugal – My Search for Serradura

| April 30, 2012 | 5 Comments
Adventures in Portugal – My Search for Serradura




I talk a lot about the connection that exists between the two F’s: food and family. There is just something about the two Fs that makes a dish, its preparation, and obviously, its consumption so much more meaningful. I went to Portugal at the beginning of this month for a family trip that was absolutely […]

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The Cost of Oak

| April 12, 2012 | 1 Comment
The Cost of Oak




  How picturesque is a winery’s barrel hall? How lovely is that oaky, toasty, vanillin smell? How quickly does a wine barrel conjure up images of rural warmth, rustic hospitality, refined revelry? What would wine be without the barrels? But what happens to barrels after the wine? Most wine spends time with oak before it […]

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The Xochimilco Chinampas: Floating Farms in Mexico City

| March 20, 2012 | 10 Comments
The Xochimilco Chinampas: Floating Farms in Mexico City




In a previous article, I wrote about Xochimilco and the chinampa system that was developed by the civilizations living around the lakes in the Anahuac Valley, where modern Mexico City sits now. This system consisted on creating floating islands for agriculture using mud from the bottom of the lake and decaying vegetation. The system is […]

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Durham/Asheville Road Rules

| March 19, 2012 | 3 Comments
Durham/Asheville Road Rules




“Belly full… butt drunk.” This Liberian vernacular expression may explain the love of food, and belly busting laughter that Belinda and I share in common. “Butt drunk” describes the deliciously intoxicating moment that follows a well-prepared meal. It first sets in when rolling and raucous laughter replaces the dull roar of clanging forks and knives. […]

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Tres Leches: Milk never tasted so good!

| December 12, 2011 | 6 Comments
Tres Leches: Milk never tasted so good!




A spongy, vanilla cake drenched in a mix of evaporated milk, condensed milk, heavy cream and a splash (or more) of rum takes the term “triple threat” to a whole new level. Topped with homemade whipped cream and fresh fruit, this cake is something you can whip up, literally, for a get together or holiday […]

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Afternoon Snack: Photo of the Day

| November 11, 2011 | 9 Comments
Afternoon Snack: Photo of the Day




Vanilla brioche and tea at the Swedish-owned AQ Kafe at Columbus Circle in Manhattan.

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Guest/21 & Over NYC Restaurant Week: TidBit of the Day

| November 2, 2011 | 5 Comments
Guest/21 & Over NYC Restaurant Week: TidBit of the Day




Welcome to Guest Contributor, Carrie! Carrie is a long-time reader, first-time blogger. She grew up in the Midwest with a mother who hated to cook but loved to bake. She learned two things from her mom: appreciation for well-cooked meals and a recipe for homemade icing. I went to the opera a while with one […]

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Four Square: TidBit of the Day

| August 22, 2011 | 2 Comments
Four Square: TidBit of the Day




During Triangle Restaurant Week, I finally made it an oft-heard place, Four Square Restaurant in Durham, NC. Housed in the historic Bartlett Mangum House, built in 1908, it was like eating in someone’s home. The food was…simply…AMAZING. Classic with a twist, fresh, fulfilling without stuffing. Perfect. For $30, started off with “Roasted Tomato Butternut Squash […]

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