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New Orleans’ Foodie French Quarter

Oyster Shots!

Oyster Shots!

Find out what all the fuss is about on this half-day tour of some of the best food in New Orleans’ famous French Quarter. Your knowledgeable, passionate guide will escort you to famous restaurants in the French Quarter and Riverwalk, including a few commonly mentioned in cookbooks. You may sample red beans and rice at the Napolean House, chargrilled oysters at Seafood Treasure and beignets at Cafe Du Monde. Learn about the rich legacy of fine food in the French Quarter and which hot spots to check out on your own later; you can even work with your guide to customize the tour to fit your interests!

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Beignets at Cafe Du Monde

Beignets at Cafe Du Monde

Gumbo!

Gumbo!

Inside the French Quarter

Inside the French Quarter

Walking the historic French Quarter

Walking the historic French Quarter

5 More Dishes Worth The Trip

Photo Credit: cirp-hpc.org

Photo Credit: cirp-hpc.org

For all you food and travel fanatics who loved our first post, 5 Dishes Worth The Trip, here are another 5 that will jump-start your taste buds and stir your travel-fever! Those of you that just joined us, National Geographic asked world-class chefs and other foodies about the meal that they’d travel great distances to savor again. Here is what they said…

Taco in Playa del Carmen   Photo: National Geographic

Taco in Playa del Carmen Photo: National Geographic

1) Shrimp Taco
“Playa del Carmen, Mexico, located along the clear and warm waters of the Caribbean, may be a paradise for swimmers and sunbathers, but I would travel there to enjoy the tacos de camarones at La Fragata, a small restaurant on 26th Street. Beatriz, the chef/owner, is one of the best cooks around. Fresh corn tacos are filled with local plump shrimp coated with a crunchy batter and garnished with avocado, cilantro, and pico de gallo. And her prices are dirt cheap.”
-Jacques Pepin, Author of Essential Pepin

2) Chicken Salad
“I crave the garlicky chicken-walnut salad at a tiny basement canteen in Tbilisi, Georgia, tucked along a back alley of the sagging Old Town-not only because it’s the best chicken salad I’ve ever tasted, but because the contrast between the humble setting and the voluptuous flavors embodies that Georgian ability to seemingly effortlessly extract the best out of life.”
-Marisa Robertson-Textor, Former Research Chief, Gourmet

Szechuan Shredded Beef    Photo: kraftrecipes.com

Szechuan Shredded Beef Photo: kraftrecipes.com

3) Szechuan Surprise
“After visiting and meditating at the Lama Temple in Beijing, we walked down the incense-heavy road and came upon a little place where we had this amazing Szechuan shredded beef. We enjoyed it so much we had it again at another restaurant where it was called Spicy Ass Meat. This was alarming, so I asked the server, “Ass meat?” And he said, “Like donkey!” Well, we still loved this dish and I’d go back for it.”
-Art Smith, Chef at Art And Soul (Washington D.C)

4) Acai On The Beach
“Florianopolis in Brazil is one of the most alluring cities I’ve ever been to, with incredible beaches, each one trumping the next. Spending three weeks there changed my life forever, and every morning before I hit the majestic waves with my board I would dig into the sweet, raw pulp from the acai berry. Its unadulterated flavors are perfectly juxtaposed with the salty beach air and the sand between your toes.”
-Sam Talbot, Chef at Imperial No. Nine (NYC)

Cherry Kebabs, Photo Credit:somecontrast.com

Cherry Kebabs Photo: somecontrast.com

5) Cherry Kebabs
“I’d travel many times over to Aleppo, Syria, to eat kabab bil karaz, an Armenian-influenced dish that marries lamb mince and deep crimson cherries, reflecting the confluence of rich cultures in the Levant. We enjoyed this dish at Bait Wakil restaurant one chilly evening, but sitting around the courtyard fountain and savoring the food was wonderfully warming.”
-Sarah-Hamad, Author of Cardamom and Lime: Recipes From the Arabian Gulf

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5 Dishes Worth The Trip

This is a shout out to anyone who loves to eat, travel, and when possible, combine the two! National Geographic asked world-class chefs and other foodies about the meal that they’d travel great distances to savor again. Here is what they said…

Horta, Photo Credit: Veggie Wedgie

Horta, Photo Credit: Veggie Wedgie

1) Greek Greens
“I’d travel to Serifos, an island in the Cyclades, to eat wild horta drenched in local olive oil. On this severe dry island, the greens (horta) grow on the mountainside and the women go out and collect them, tame the inherent bitterness with a good boil, and then soak them in olive oil with a squeeze of lemon. It’s indicative of the island that so much can be made from so little.”
Gabrielle Hamilton, Chef/Author of Blood Bones & Butter

2) Italian Cake
“Get me to Sienna to eat a thin slice of panefort with an espresso or dessert wine. Just as every neighborhood has its own flag, the variations of this warm, spiced, dense cake differ from neighborhood to neighborhood. While walking the cobblestone streets, you can see through store windows the stacked slices revealing ingredients:apricots, peaches, raisins, dates, candied oranges, cherries, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, pine nuts. The varied and beautiful packagings make it the perfect gift.”
Krystina Castella, Author of A World Of Cake

Joe Beef's Foie Gras Double Down Sandwich

Joe Beef's Foie Gras Double Down Sandwich

3) Canadian Foie Gras
“I’d head to Montreal to eat Joe Beef’s foie gras double down-two large slices of chicken-fried foie gras with bacon and house-smoked melted cheddar in between, all doused with local maple syrup. I wouldn’t recommend eating this on a regular basis, but the dish reflects the city’s Gallic influence in the foie gras, Canadian pride in the liberal splash of maple syrup, and a whimsical North American irreverence. It can get very cold there, so this piping hot, uber-rich sandwich is sure to warm anyone up.”
Anitalo, Chef at Annisa (NYC)

4) Soba Sampler
“In Nagano, Japan, the traditional inn Ryokan Sugimoto is chef-owned, and the meal the chef prepared for us on the last visit included three different types of soba that were worth the flight to Japan alone.”
Grant Achatz, Chef at Alinea (Chicago)

Beaugraviere's Truffles, Photo by Francois Simon

Beaugraviere's Truffles Photo by Francois Simon

5) Truffles All The Time
“I’d go to the village of Mondragon in Provence and the restaurant La Beaugraviere to eat chef Guy Jullien’s all- truffle menu, paired with the best Rhone wines, because it reflects the fact that simple family restaurants in France can offer some of the most memorable experiences.”
Patricia Wells, Author of Simply Truffles

Explore the world with us, each tasty destination at a time! For culinary itineraries that will keep your taste buds begging for more, contact our travel specialists or check out our Culinary Traveler!

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Eastern Canada Is Stirring Up Some Grub!

Montreal Nightlife (photo:about.com)

Montreal Nightlife (photo:about.com)

Quebec has remained tied to France, which allows French to be the official language and the culture to be very European. Quebec city and Montreal both have a European focus on food and wine- often thought of as a sophisticated, yet mandatory part of life.

“From top restaurants in Quebec’s major cities and country inns to centuries old grocery stores to food festivals and microbreweries, there is always a tasty reason to visit North America’s seat of French civilization.” -Sherel Purcell

Quebec Market (photo:blacktomato.com)

Quebec Market (photo:blacktomato.com)

Make sure to check out Purcell’s “A Foodies Guide to Quebec Food Specialties” for great tips on where to eat, shopping local, finding the best markets, how to save money, and much more!

So, you know where to go, now let’s get you there! For more information on traveling to Canada please call our travel specialists!

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Video of the Week: Rome in a Nutshell

Rome is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in the world to visit. Enjoy this extremely detailed video on traveling to Rome; what to see, when to go, and what to expect.

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Germany in January

Traveling to Germany in January is no tropical getaway. In fact, the temperatures can be close to freezing, so make sure to bundle up! However, the experience is sure to be easy on the wallet, without crowds, and packed with German festivals and events! Here are a few things NOT to miss:

Fashion Week Berlin– German and international designers present the hottest new fashions at runway shows, trade fairs, exhibitions, and parties, which take place in historic buildings and hip clubs around town.
When: January 17- 22, 2012
Where: Bebelplatz and various venues in Berlin

Sylt Gourmet Festival– Foodies from around the world flock to the German island of Sylt in the North Sea to indulge in this 4-day long Gourmet Festival. Famous chefs and sommeliers prepare their feasts in the best restaurants of Sylt, offering everything from fresh-caught lobster, and fine French wines, to Spanish Tapas.
When: January 19-23, 2012
Where: Island of Sylt

International Green Week in Berlin– Berlin’s “International Green Week” is the world’s largest exhibition for the food, agriculture, and gardening industry. All the wonderful presentations are organized around national, regional or product themes, and the fair is a feast for all senses: The international selection of products on display include fresh produce, seafood, meats and sausages, beer and wines, teas, herbs, flowers, and much more.
When: January 2o – 29, 2012
Where:Messe (Fair Grounds), Berlin

Photo Credit: Germany Vacations

Photo Credit: Germany Vacations

For more information on traveling to Germany, it’s amazing culture, and what to expect on your vacation, our travel specialists are the ones to ask! Let’s get you exploring!

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