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Food Patrol

Food Patrol

Join Blondee, the original cyber chef, as she takes you on a gastronomic journey from coast to coast and around the world. She will share her insights on some of the best and most unusual and delightful places to eat. She wants to hear from you as well, so be sure and share your best meals on the planet. Bon Appetit!

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  1. B Smith

    B Smith: New York, New York

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    I was lucky to meet this powerhouse in my studio in Soho in the mid 90's. I have been to her restaurants and love her southern food cuisine. I have a piece of her Home Collection in my kitchen that I use all the time. So, I would say I am a big fan of her empire and talent. B's husband, Dan Gasby is very involved in B's empire and has an amazing resume. They work together on shows, magazines and newsletters, radio, Home Collection and Restaurants, just to name a few of their projects.

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    Bangkok: Where the Food is the Culture

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    It was about 8 pm in Bangkok, but things were only just getting started. My friend and I hopped aboard our extra secure “Smiling Tuk-tuk” – ones that actually feature metal mesh on the sides to prevent passing motorcyclists from grabbing your bag or purse -- and zoomed around Bangkok on a night-time culinary adventure organized by Bangkok Food Tours. The experience allowed us to both experience the best local eats of the city's restaurants and night markets – some neighborhoods specialize in certain dishes – and also safely explore the city at night. We stopped at four restaurants/food stands in different neighborhoods, including a dessert specialty place, and we also visited the flower market before ending our evening atop one of Bangkok's coolest roof-top bars, enjoying a Thai beer, while looking out over Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn. 

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  3. Fish and chips

    Best Fish and Chips

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    I have ordered fish and chips through the years all across the country. It is a favorite for me and, I know for a lot of you! It is always a good idea to ask the particular restaurant what fish they are using. The best is sole, flounder, grouper or cod. You do not want the batter too thick, its perfect when there is a flakiness to the batter and not too greasy. The chips are the best when they are fresh cut fries. Many times you also will get a small dish of coleslaw. Last and not least is the tartar sauce, I have had yummy tartar sauce and not so yummy tartar sauce. It should be good so you can dip!

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  4. Bistro Zinc bar

    Bistro Zinc: Lenox, Massachusetts

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    Everyone should visit The Berkshires at least one time in their life. I have visited over 50 times and also had the luxury of living there. The historic downtown of Lenox is a beautiful start to experience the richness of the Berkshires. Tanglewood is very close by and that is a perfect place to enjoy the musical magic here.

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  5. Bleu Boheme Restaurant: San Diego

    Bleu Boheme Restaurant: San Diego

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    Ensconced in San Diego’s delightful Kensington neighborhood, Bleu Bohème is a must-visit eatery for anyone in San Diego county seeking a one-of-a-kind, transcendent French dining experience that’s as authentic as you’ll find on this side of the Atlantic. 

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  6. Freshmarket

    Blondee Loves Shopping for Food: Sacramento, Berkshires, Manhattan and Bonaventure

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    Four great places to shop for great food in California, Massachusetts, New York and Florida.

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  7. Bourdeau Restaurant

    Bourdeau Restaurant: Lancaster,Ontario

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    After leaving Montreal it was already past lunch time and we began to look for a place to stop and have a bite to eat. We left Quebec and barely had entered Ontario when we decided to take exit 814 off of Ontario 401 (the continuation of Quebec 20) which was the exit for Lancaster, Ontario.

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  8. Cafe Boulud

    Cafe Boulud: Palm Beach, Florida

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    This fabulous chef-owner Daniel has several award winning restaurants. This is one I have been lucky enough to dine at quite a few times. It is set right in the center of Palm Beach, steps away from the ocean and the famous shopping street Worth Ave.The Brazilian Court Hotel is the perfect place to stay in Palm Beach and then you can enjoy this 5 star restaurant each and every day!

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  9. California Highway 1 Discovery Route And Morro Bay - Part Three

    California Highway 1 Discovery Route And Morro Bay - Part Three

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    Well, guess what – it was time to eat again! All that fresh sea air makes one hungry! So I walked over to the Blue Skye Café where I was able to sit outside and my server Jesse took great care of me. The breakfast was delicious (pictured above) and an added bonus was running into Pat and Don, two locals who come here every morning to enjoy the view, friends and great food. I was lucky enough to sit with them the 2 days I was there and they just proved once again what a delightful and friendly city this truly is. AJ is the manager so be sure to say hello to him as well – he moved here from LA and just loves it.

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  10. California Highway 1 Discovery Route Morro Bay Part One

    California Highway 1 Discovery Route Morro Bay Part One

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    Well, I think I’m in love – with the Central Coast of California, that is! I recently spent 5 days driving and staying along the Highway 1 Discovery Route. What a blast from the past and I mean that in a very good way!

     

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  11. California Highway 1 Discovery Route Morro Bay Part Two

    California Highway 1 Discovery Route Morro Bay Part Two

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    Once I left Tognazzini’s Dockside, I checked into my accommodations at Harbor Front Suites. Actually, there was no check-in as I was provided with a pass code to enter my condo. It was in a private complex complete with a garage, which also had a code. It was really funny not having a card or keys, as my rental car also was keyless. It’s a new day, Boomers!

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  12. Cancun: Two Authentic Mexican Restaurants

    Cancun: Two Authentic Mexican Restaurants

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    Cancun is such a popular place to go on vacation. A lot of boomers spend time there time and time again. Here are two restaurants that serve really good authentic Mexican food.

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  13. Chef Mavro

    Chef Mavro: Honolulu, Hawaii

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    Chef Mavro was born in Marseilles, the capital of Provence. The moment he arrived over 20 years ago in Hawaii, he knew this was home for him. It was that feeling, the experience he felt immediately. As I researched about this chef, my favorite photo of him is the fruit tree one. It says a lot about him.

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  14. Chelsea Royal Diner

    Chelsea Royal Diner: West Brattleboro, Vermont

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    On our arrival at camp on Sunday, June 2, it was a warm to hot summer day. Our room was on the second floor of Marlboro North and fortunately we brought a fan to help cool things down. Of course a front moved through and the rest of the week was cool, but for a couple of Southerners cool water and iced drinks were imperative.

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  15. Columbe D'Or

    Columbe D’Or: Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France

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    Whenever a trip is being planned, there are usually many “wishes” to be fulfilled. One thing for sure is the desire to taste the most fantastic food in the most luxurious settings. Of course, there is fabulous street food, but we’re all about making reservations, dressing up, and enjoying a dining experience for a true foodie!

     

     

    We’ll journey to many great restaurants in these travels, but let’s start with a couple of my favorites, in my ultimately most favorite place – the French Riviera.  And, we’ll start at the top of a mountain. COLUMBE D’OR in St. Paul de Vence is arguably one of the most famous restaurants in the world. It has appeared in numerous movies, and attracts Royalty, Presidents, Movie stars, and the global uber-rich out for an amazing experience. 

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  16. Swinton Park

    Cooking Schools

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    A snapshot of three cooking schools: Peru Le Cordon Bleu in Lima, Peru; the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont; and Swinton Park in the United Kingdom.

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  17. Crawfish Town USA

    Crawfish Town USA: Henderson, Louisiana

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    On our way to Beaumont, Texas we stopped at the Louisiana Welcome Center for the usual rest break. While there, I thought to ask the attendant about Cajun restaurants close to I-10 where we could stop for lunch. She gave me a number of brochures and finally came to one on Crawfish Town. She said that she had eaten there herself and that it was very good. This turned out to be very fortuitous advice because my brief comment on Crawfish Town would be simply OMG!

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  18. Turkey

    Dream Places to Enjoy Thanksgiving!

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    Seven dream locations to enjoy a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner in San Francisco,CA; Stockbridge, MA; Paris,France; Chicago,IL; Washington,DC; Dana Point,CA; and New Orleans, LA.

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  19. Dune

    Dune at One and Only Ocean Club: Nassau, Bahamas

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    One and Only Ocean Club is a luxury place to stay in the Bahamas. It is a grand colonial looking place and has a golf course, spa, tennis and water sports. This is the perfect place to come and just eat, play and completely relax. You might never want to even leave the property. It is very special and has so many luxury activities to offer.

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  20. Eden Rock

    Eden Rock, St. Barths: Saint Barthelemy

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    This is a celebrity studded place to visit. It is also an island favorite.  It is a destination island to so many people all over the world. The world respected Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's restaurant is a sand bar On the Rocks. Fresh seafood is brought in daily and you will have dishes full of creole flavors, exotic and light. The dishes are dazzling and the views are exquisite. You can even see the coral reefs. Be sure to also come down for a pre or post cocktail or maybe both!

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  21. El Fenn

    El Fenn: Marrakesh, Morocco

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    This is a beautifully wow, elegant place to go to sleep, eat and play! All the rooms are Moroccan style and have amazing baths with tubs and monsoon showers. The décor is impeccable. I adore boutique hotels and this is tops. A contemporary, classic gem was created by Vanessa Branson and Howell James. The very historic architecture with terraces and gardens make the perfect place to enjoy Africa's city and you will hear birds humming since they are so happy here.

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  22. Encounters with Mexico's Flavors and Landscapes in Yucatan, Baja California, and Oaxaca

    Encounters with Mexico's Flavors and Landscapes in Yucatan, Baja California, and Oaxaca

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    Mexico’s cuisine is far more than tacos and burritos. It’s full of flavor from indigenous plants and grains, and regionally distinctive. Tia Stephanie Tours, a premier operator of cultural and culinary tours to Mexico, has now created three geographically-targeted gastronomic itineraries to Mexico, specifically: Yucatan, Baja California, and Oaxaca. Each tour offers unique experiences emerging from the vibrant food culture, landscape, personality, and community of the particular locality. Notes Stephanie Schneiderman, Founder of Tia Stephanie Tours, “As a specialist in cultural travel to Mexico, we can’t think of a more important expression of Mexico’s culture, than its culinary heritage; its food.  We are delighted to expand our culinary immersion offerings beyond our original Culture and Cuisine of Mexico, which we launched in 2009.”

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  23. Farmer and the Cook

    Farmer and the Cook: Ojai, California

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    Who, of any of us, would not want to go to a place where you hear complete quiet, decompress and enjoy nature? It is so good for all of us, if even for just 2 days.

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  24. Tomatoes

    Farmers Markets and Farm Stands

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    When I was a young girl, my mom would take me to pick fresh blackberries. We would both come home and make pies and jam. To this day, blackberries are on the top of my favorites. As I started traveling by car throughout the US, I always had an urge to stop if I saw a farm stand or farmers market come up on the roadside. Wherever my address has been, you will see me at the local farmers markets. They are all so different, so unique and special and have become a way of most of our lives.

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  25. Arrival at the sugar shack

    Field Trip to Dave Matt’s Sugar House

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    Taffy Morgan organized a field trip for campers who wanted to visit a local maple syrup farm, both to see how the syrup is produced as well as to purchase really high quality maple syrup to take home. Susie and I joined the group going to Dave Matt’s sugar shack on Thursday evening after dinner at camp.

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