Culinary Travels

Stories and recipes from our travels!

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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Sips Along The Way

Each glass of wine is part of a never-ending journey. That observation was often stated by Jim Sanders, an embodiment of wine and food expertise, a combination soldier, scholar, traveler, chef, winemaker, importer, retailer and restauranteur. Like a potter with clay, Sanders transformed wine beginners like me into something more than a curious drinker. His …

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The Gourmet Highway: Dining with Papa

A new and very original biography of Ernest Hemingway is scheduled for publication soon. I was privileged to be a small part of this magnificent effort by Jim O’Kon. Successful as an architectural designer, archeologist and noted authority on Mayan culture, Jim’s works continue to be enjoyed not only at the Carter Presidential Library which …

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The Gourmet Highway: Those Smiling Irish Eyes

After visits to Ireland, I changed. The daily grind at home was more bearable. Reading became a preferred discipline and the live stage remains far more appealing than a movie. Those great books of literature, plays and poetry took on new prominence. Joyce, Yeats, Shaw, Wilde and Heaney became part of ordinary conversation. And, there …

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The Gourmet Highway – Every Meal a Celebration

Since mid-March of 2020, I have written a weekly piece for this magazine featuring food stories and recipes. Motivated by a suspicion that some sort of isolation was going to be the norm for an uncertain period of time, this task served as an antidote to boredom. Then, I began to realize that this was …

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Recipes From The Heart XXXV

We’ve combined some Old World standards with two American classics. Paella becomes a big hit on the Thanksgiving dinner table and this recipe is from the writings of Ernest Hemingway. Oyster dressing was a tradition during my baby days in Atlanta and the holidays would seem empty to me without it. Pecan Pie from that …

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The Gourmet Highway – A Delicious Journey

“Travel as much as possible. Meet new people and enjoy new places.” The best advice I ever received came from my father. Leaving home for college several hundred miles from home was initially uncomfortable. It was the beginning of a new life. With no car, little money, I was a stranger in a strange land,. …

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The Gourmet Highway – Henry Flagler’s Southbound Train

Although we never met, I owe much to Henry Flagler, the oil and railroad magnate who literally opened up Florida’s east coast. My earliest memories are enriched by the sights, sounds and flavors of Palm Beach, the magnificent product of Flagler’s luxury Island legacy. Before I was old enough to legally buy a cocktail, I …

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