Culinary Travels

Stories and recipes from our travels!

Valet Parking… Is It Worth It?

On a recent trip to a resort area hotel, I needed to decide whether to valet park. I was traveling with my daughter and her Technology Student Association team for a competition and we had LOTS of stuff with us. While valet parking might make it easier to unload and load, I recently committed to …

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Is It Worth It?

By Lori Rodgers – Is it worth it to upgrade to a room with a balcony? Arrived at Championsgate Resort today, on a February afternoon in Central Florida.  Checked into my 8th floor King room with a balcony right around 5 PM. I’m dead centre on the “adult”pool where a private reception was being prepared. …

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Is it Worth It… to pay $11 for one glass of wine at Whole Foods?

By Lori Rodgers – Is it Worth It… to pay $11 for one glass of wine…at Whole Foods?   The long-awaited day finally came. The new Whole Foods at University and Honore is open. I’m especially happy because its approximately 7 minutes from my home. I waited until two days after the grand opening to …

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Eating dinner at the bar alone… Is It Worth It?

By Lori Rodgers – David’s Club Omni Resort at ChampionsGate Dinner at the bar.  Not a big reach.  I was hungry, and this is a very nice resort.  The bar at David’s Club looked like a fairly tame scene. As I walked in, I spotted a group of empty seats towards the end. Perfect. I …

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The Gourmet Highway: New Culinary Adventures

While the road is long and sometimes narrow, I never feel alone. The almost universal magic in communities, whether parts of a big city or small villages waiting for a visitor, provide unlimited opportunities for new friendships, cultural enrichment and, of course, flavors you never dreamed possible. I like to mix everything, moving from well-planned …

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THE GOURMET HIGHWAY: Revival Cuisine-American Originals

Visiting over 20 cities in ten states since the beginning of the year, a journey that included many a meal from the enticing country breakfast, to simple but filling lunches and, of course, some regal dinners, inspired a search for the cultural core of American food: Recipes. Like many, I have shelves filled with cookbooks, …

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THE GOURMET HIGHWAY: Dinner With Papa

Food preferences are greatly inspired by experiences. I was blessed to grow up in a home where my mother employed daily kitchen wizardry, never using a cookbook to prepare meals from early morning breakfast to the Sunday feast. While I never learned preparation techniques, she taught by example, constantly demonstrating the importance of fresh ingredients. …

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The Gourmet Highway: Dare to Pair-A Delicious Journey

The first dinner table in America that served a variety of wines chosen for compatibility with the menu was at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia home. Jefferson, who loved to entertain guests ranging from politicians to foreign dignitaries, likely used these affairs to cultivate new friendships and alliances, perhaps occasionally converting an adversary into an ally. …

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Gourmet Highway: The Divine Wonders of Dining in Different Places

By Doc Lawrence – Charleston, New Orleans, Miami Beach, Memphis, Nashville, Louisville, Montgomery and Atlanta were a few of the large cities we visited along the Gourmet Highway. There were glorious stopovers at wonderful destinations like Highlands and Cashiers in the mountains of Western North Carolina and the grand city of Thomasville deep in south …

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