Culinary Travels

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SOBEWFF… Is It Worth It?

The annual South Beach Food and Wine Festival is held over five days at the end of February. As a first-time attendee I didn’t really know what to expect. There were SO many events and tickets are not cheap! The “$100 and under” category offered “Buddha and Bellinis” for only $35; first you participate in …

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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: Searching for Sources

Food origins can be just as fascinating as family genealogy. Barbecue is a subject that can rival  college football with heated discussions as to which is best, and why. North Carolina cooks from backyard grillers or restauranteurs swear theirs is superior, but that all changes when you cross state lines. Styles seem to be more …

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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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