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Food, Travel, United States

Hipmunk Hotels: Unique Midwestern Restaurants in Peoria, Grand Rapids, Detroit, and More

One of the perks of being a traveling salesman was the food. No matter where I traveled, I made it my mission to look passed the easy choice of chain restaurants and seek out the hidden gems. Much like in your own hometown, cities across the United States are filled with local eateries serving delicious food. This is especially true in the Midwest. Traditions from early immigrants are honored alongside modern American…

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Food, Restaurant Snapshot, Travel, United States

A Break from Road Food at the Pink Pig BBQ Hardeeville, South Carolina

Between my house in Charlotte, North Carolina and my parents’ house in The Villages, Florida are a whole lot of places to stop for lunch and hardly any at all. There are a plethora of McDonalds followed by a good number of Burger Kings, Wendy’s, and Toxic Hells. A handful of Subways and Arby’s, the occasional Chick-Fil-A, and one Zaxby’s. These same choices repeated themselves when my parents lived in Ohio, minus…

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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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