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Baking Bites in Barcelona

Street artist

Last year, I took a vacation to Spain and traveled both in Madrid and into Andalusia, in southern Spain. I had a chance to get to know Spanish food and Spanish culture – and came back home knowing that I wanted to visit the country again. Thanks to a good airfare sale, I was able to get back to Spain this year. This time around ... Read More »

Fahrenheit, Cleveland, Ohio

Nicole and Chef Rocco Whalen

When I mention fahrenheit on this site, it’s most likely that I’m about to give instructions about how to preheat your oven before baking a batch of cookies. In this case, however, I’m taking about the restaurant Fahrenheit, in Tremont, a hip suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. I had the chance to dine there on a recent trip to Ohio to visit the Smucker’s headquarters with ... Read More »

A visit to Ojai Olive Oil

Olive Oil Bread

When you think about olive oil, you probably think about Spain, which grows and produces the majority of the world’s olive oil, or of Italy, Greece and a handful of other Mediterranean countries where olive oil is produced. You probably don’t think about California, even though the Mediterranean climate of much of the state provides a great environment for planting olive trees and producing olive ... Read More »

One Day Foodie Tour of Chicago

Rock n' Roll McDonalds

Chicago is a great city filled with lots of great food (as well as plenty of landmarks, like Millennium Park’s Cloud Gate!). It isn’t possible to stop into every great restaurant in town on a one day or weekend trip (unless you have a truly limitless appetite and plan your schedule very well), but it is possible to get a sampling of some of the ... Read More »

XOCO, Chicago, Illinois

Xoco sign

Rick Bayless’s XOCO is just around the corner from his other restaurants, Frontera and Topolobampo. While the other two are essentially variations on the same restaurant, XOCO stands a little bit apart and offers a more unique dining experience. The restaurant is a quick service eatery – and was recently named the greenest restaurant in Chicago – where you order at a counter and the ... Read More »

Topolobampo, Chicago, Illinois

Topolobampo Horchata Dessert

When I started to plan a recent trip to Chicago, there were quite a few restaurants that I wanted to eat at, but I really wanted to make sure that I had a chance to get into one of chef Rick Bayless‘s well known Mexican restaurants while I was there. Bayless, who has actually be described as the “father of modern Mexican cuisine” is well ... Read More »

Baking Bites in Kenya

Leopard

I recently got back from a long and fantastic trip to Kenya, where I went on a safari for nearly two weeks! The trip was one of those bucket list trip-of-a-lifetime adventures and it was amazing. Unlike some of my other travels, like to Napa,  Seoul, South Korea and Andalucia, Spain, this trip was not particularly focused on food. Most of my time was spent ... Read More »

Kitchen Stores to visit in Napa, California

Spices at the CIA

All of the restaurants in the Napa Valley area of Northern California make it a great vacation destination for food lovers, but if you’re like me, you probably still want to do some cooking when you get home from that vacation instead of just going out to eat! One of the great things about Napa and the surrounding areas is that there are lots of ... Read More »

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