Category: food & wine

14
Jun
2017

recipe: salmorejo

Spain, salmorejo, receita, recipe

My second recipe! After Luis at Oleum Viride saw my description of how to make soap hervida, he asked if I could publish a recipe for salmorejo. Another Spanish favorite to use leftovers, I just happen to have a fantastic recipe that I often make at home. Enjoy!

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30
Oct
2016

recipe: sopa hervida

recipe, receta, sopa hervida, sopa hervía

My first recipe! Sopa hervida translates literally as “boiled soup”, but in reality it is more like what we would call a stuffing in the USA. Spain has invented a number of ways to use leftover bread, & these “soups” are some of the most traditional recipes in every family.

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31
Jul
2015

usa: cedar rapids

USA, Iowa, Cedar Rapids, houses

Pretty much everything about this year has been unexpected, including major health problems for my aunt & uncle… at the same time. We’re a family of three people, so I went in February to Cedar Rapids to help however I could. Almost 25 years had passed since I’d last visited!

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04
Jun
2015

portugal: how to eat sardinhas

Portugal, sardinhas assadas, grelhadas, before, after, antes, depois

For years I joked about making a video on how to eat grilled sardines… now I’ve been convinced to do one. Sardinhas assadas or grelhadas are a Portuguese staple, in season from the end of May to the end of October. Make no mistake; these are fresh, not canned. And because their season coincides with summer as well as Lisboa’s biggest party—the feast day of Santo António—just the smell of these yummy fish on the grill conjures up all kinds of great memories.

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15
Feb
2014

jordan to israel: in transit

Jordan, Wadi Mujib, panorama

We left Petra early enough to take the scenic route north, avoiding the main highway, & have our driver drop us at the border crossing to Israel before noon. I’d read it is unpredictable on even a good day, & that turned out to be true. But that’s jumping ahead.

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21
Sep
2011

argentina: cafayate

Argentina, Salta, Cafayate, Bodegas El Porvenir de los Andes, vineyard, viñedo

After three days of early rises, I was really looking forward to some real vacation time in Cafayate. I got it with the best meal of the entire trip.

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29
Aug
2011

puerto madryn: long weekend

Argentina, Chubut, Puerto Madryn, Welsh flag

A bit about our long weekend in Puerto Madryn filled with Welsh history & good food.

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18
Aug
2011

argentina: viniflation, 2005-2015

Argentina, inflation, wine, graph, viniflation

Sure, I love to drink wine. The business of wine is also of interest, especially due to the boom in production & export over the last decade. Often along with tasting notes, I also catalog prices. This is the first time I’ve graphed some of the data, & there are a few surprises.

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11
Aug
2011

basque country: hungry?

Spain, España, San Sebastián, Donostia, esparragos, asparagus

Every foodie should make a pilgrimage to the Basque Country at least once in their lifetime. And go with an appetite. When I guided one-week tours through the entire region, not a day went by that I didn’t have a fantastic food experience.

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19
Jun
2011

portugal: hungry?

Portugal, food, paté de sardinha

Whenever those days of saudade hit, I often remember the flavors of Portugal. Like most people who enjoy food, memories & meals go hand in hand. Tastes are a vivid part of the travel experience & adopting a new diet is one of the best ways to experience a country.

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