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Food, Travel

Le Calabash Visits North Carolina

I’ve had the opportunity to go on a Culinary Adventure with Chefs Alison and Sidney Bond of Le Calabash twice before. The first time was on their African Culinary Adventure, which I can only describe as just shy of magical. The second time was on my whirlwind tour of Spain, France, and Belgium last year. I dropped into their culinary school in the Loire Valley for a taste of a French Culinary…

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Charlotte, Food, Restaurant Snapshot, Travel

Restaurant Snapshot: Growlers Pourhouse and Crepe Cellar in Charlotte, NC

Restaurant Snapshot is a new series on the blog where I review a restaurant that really captured my attention. The series is meant to provide a brief overview of what the kitchen offers and why you need to eat there.     As I sat at the bar of Crepe Cellar doing a side-by-side tasting of NoDa’s Hop Cakes alongside Bell’s Hopslam with restaurant owner Jeff Tonidandel, I thought to myself, “Why…

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Europe, Food, Travel

11 Must Eat Foods in Catalonia, Spain

Barcelona attracts us to Catalonia with the promise of Gaudi and Picasso. However, it’s the cuisine that most impresses us. From Avant-garde Michelin star to traditional Spanish and Catalan dishes, the region is quickly becoming known more for its food than its art. Any foodie worth his or her fork needs to make the pilgrimage to Catalonia. Start in Barcelona and then explore the rest of the region. Here are 11 must…

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Food, Travel, United States

Hipmunk Hotels: Maryland Food Festivals in Annapolis, Baltimore, Ocean City, and More

Washington, DC may impress with its wide variety of international cuisine. It’s easy to eat from a hodgepodge of everything from Malaysian to Russian, Ethiopian, and whatever you can think of in between. One thing always seems to be missing though – authenticity. Sure, those restaurants may be owned and operated by immigrants who’ve made a new home in Washington, DC, but they’re cooking what worked well in their home region and…

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Food, Travel

10 Lessons I Learned from My Food Travels

Everyone once in awhile, it’s good to push the plate aside and think about why you’re eating the food heaped on it. Maybe it’s because your scale is begging you to or because you can’t remember the last time you slowed down enough to enjoy a meal that didn’t come from a drive-through window or the microwave oven. As I look back at my food travels and adventures over the course of…

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Food, Travel, United States

In Search of Classic Seafood Restaurants in Jacksonville, Florida

When I lived in Miami, I struggled to find a restaurant that served old school, traditional Florida seafood. The cosmopolitan and international vibe of the city had replaced what I came to know as traditional Florida cuisine from childhood family vacations to the Sunshine State. Heck, it was hard to find seafood unless it was in the form of a sushi roll.     Please don’t misunderstand me. I’m not complaining (well…

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Europe, Food, Travel

Flors Violes Festival in Palafrugell, Spain and One of the Best Meals Ever

I admit to being a little drunk as I stumbled into what our itinerary listed as “lunch with the locals” in Palafrugell, Spain. Breathless, I finally found the right alleyway where the restaurant was hidden that our tour guide pointed out earlier “in case we got lost.” I was lost and spent the previous hour hoofing it down random alleys, each one presenting hope that it was in fact the right alley,…

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Cooking, Food

Life with Baby Gourmand

I have a few trolls in The Wandering Gourmand community. They recently surfaced on two occasions – the announcement of my wife’s pregnancy and then again on our son’s birth.     Both posts were immediately followed with comments of “your traveling days are over,” “you’ll never eat out again,” and “get used to chicken nuggets instead of chicken cacciatore.” Normally they follow the spite with a muahaha to show that the…

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Food, Travel, United States, Wine

48 Hours in Santa Barbara – A Guide to Santa Barbara Wineries

There are very few places in this world that have the beauty and charm of Santa Barbara. When I ride my beach cruiser along the beach, drink wine on a pier over the ocean, run into a celebrity in the grocery store or take in the pristine views from atop a mountain peak, it’s hard not to feel a bit spoiled living in this town. And there’s the Santa Barbara wineries themselves……

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Food, Travel, United States, Wine

Indulge! A Guide to Sonoma County Wineries and Food

As my wife passes her due date (and still no baby yet), I’ve enlisted the help of some fellow travel bloggers to keep up with regular postings. This second post comes from Megan of Traveling Nine to Fiver. Megan makes us all a little jealous as she provides a food and wine guide to one of the many wine regions on her home state of California. Don’t we all wish Sonoma County was a little…

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