Category Archives: Travel Tales

Olive Oil Tasting in Napa Valley

June 8, 2010 | By maren | 0 Comments

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I have just returned from vacationing in Napa Valley, and now weigh roughly 1200 pounds. At mealtime, there was eating and drinking of the highest order, and then in between the eating and drinking, I went eating and drinking. I returned home to find that some hungry critter had eaten half of my newly planted herb and vegetable garden. It’s almost as if some cosmic force needed to restore the balance between the food in my belly and the food in the rest of the universe.
There were so many awesome food experiences on this trip, I had a hard time choosing one to share with you guys. But choose I will, after the jump!

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Carry Your Kitchen On Your Back (Part I)

June 3, 2010 | By elle @ lapsushumanus | 0 Comments

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A departure from the traditional food blog, this entry to the Amateur Gourmet Community Blog will be part travel blog, part food blog, and part recipe idea solicitation. The teaser picture above is from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, which stretches more than fifty miles along the southern shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It features 200 ft towering cliffs, miles of perfect beaches, and enormous sand dunes plunging into the lake. During the last week of April, I did a solo backpacking trip, hiking 47 miles, and carrying all my food and my kitchen on my back. Part I will cover the mechanics and preparation of the trip. Part II & III will show the results (and some scenery). Hopefully, you crafty Amateur Gourmet readers can come up with some new menu ideas for future trips!

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Defending the Title!

May 9, 2010 | By eveningchef | 0 Comments

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This is the second time around for Mike and I (Rachel). We had such a great time doing the scavenger hunt last year and at “Toast for the Children” that we figured we should attempt to defend our title! Unfortunately we were out of town in Boston most of Friday and Saturday, so almost all of the hunt was done on Thursday night and Sunday.
The most surprising stop was at Shake Shack — there was barely any line! We assume that Sunday’s blustery weather played a big part of that. The coolest stop by far was at Lexington Candy Shop. Neither of us had ever heard of the place, and it was certainly a gem of the past (and had an amazing lemonade to boot!) Although we couldn’t find any celebrities like Jacques Torres or Adam, we hope that our perseverance in finding 15 Papaya joints will put us at the top once more (460 points)! Even if it didn’t, we had a great time and look forward to next year.
-Mike & Rachel

foodie hunt 2010

May 9, 2010 | By cookie sleuth | 0 Comments

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i was getting nervous that this might not happen this year. 3 of my favorite things are eating, wandering around, and completing lists. what a perfect adventure for me! i think my favorite this year was trying to convince 5 guys to take their photo with me. these interactions make me nervous, but always wind up being the most fun. win or lose, i love the idea of this hunt and the fun of completing it with whatever friends i can coerce into helping me. good luck to all participants. see you on the hunt next year and maybe at some of these places sooner.
point total for the year: 336 (+shake shack, +gorilla coffee?)

Foodie Photo Scavenger Hunt Submission

May 9, 2010 | By tyla | 0 Comments

Dorit and Michael’s submission – 303 points!!! (many thanks to owners of hot dog restaurants for having so many “Grays” and to the proprietors of Mermaid Inn for opening three restaurants)
First off, thanks so much for inspiring us to have such a great weekend wandering New York! After a long planning process involving Google Maps and several spreadsheets, we set off for our adventure on Saturday morning, May 8. We worked our way down the East Side, then crossed over to the West Village to pick up our friend Jenna who made sure that we didn’t get lost in the Village. In the middle of that, we stopped by Metro Bicycles on Canal to pick up our new bikes and helmets (they make cameos in a few of the pictures).
Favorite picture – definitely #20, the “kiss me i’m organic” picture in front of whole foods. This was such a great adventure for the two of us and I was happy that I actually was allowed in a picture for once!

In Berlin, New York’s neighborhoods all taste the same

April 17, 2010 | By littleclove | 0 Comments

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After reading this New York Times piece, sick curiosity overwhelmed us and we decided to visit the McCafe at Alexander Platz here in Berlin.

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Huitres and Veganism

April 7, 2010 | By healthyfun | 0 Comments

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Dear AG Community Friends,
For the past few months I have been a practicing vegan (99% of the time). For the most part it has been a wonderful experience. I feel great, I lost weight, I have more energy. My partner has been a vegetarian for about the past five years so it was pretty easy to adjust (we already cooked with lots of soy,tofu, seiten, gluten)… Recently we travelled to Paris for spring break vacation. It was my first time there. I loved everything about it. I have to confess though, I was not vegan while on the trip. I did have cheese, and duck confit, and steak frites. But I dont feel bad about it.
Our last night there we had a dinner of Huitres (Oysters) and Shellfish. I cannot tell you what huitres we had the menu just said “Fine de Claire N1” “Bellon N0” etc. It was a perfect end to our trip. The picture posted here were taken that night at dinner.
Today I was delighted to find in my inbox a link from a friend of mine to an article he wrote on Slate about Vegans and Oysters. I echo his argument and know that while I cannot, as a vegan, defend the steak frites, I can defend the huitres.
Here is the link for your enjoyment:
Bon Apetite