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Bon appétit, Seychelles-style

MelanieMaya This archipelago´s cuisine blends various aspects of French, Chinese, Indian and African influences, and not surprisingly, seafood – fish, octopus (above) and shellfish – plays a major role.  Spices that abound here include coriander, ginger, and lemongrass, and other common elements include coconut milk and fruit like tamarind and papaya. Seafood is prepared baked, curried, grilled, salted, smoked, steamed, and wrapped in banana leaves, and invariably served with rice. One…

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9 top restaurants & chefs on the Caribbean island of Nevis

  Photos: Timothy Leland, except where noted Visiting tiny Nevis - just 36 square miles - is treat enough, with its ravishing nature, pristine beaches, friendly, laid back locals and charming inns (including several in centuries-old former sugar plantations). But it´s also packed with 40 or so of some of the finest restaurants anywhere, with food from local farm-to-table and sea-to-table found on culturally diversified menus on a par to what you might find in some of the world´s culinary…

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Exploring the world's flavors: 5 benefits of food tours

  withlocals.com As a traveler, you get to explore the fascinating places, people, and cultures of the world - along with, inevitably, its many delicious cuisines. Everyone has to eat, and for many eating is a huge part of the travel experience - as well as a tasty way to gain a literally tasty insight to the destinations they visit. What´s more, most destinations have local tour operators which specialize in introducing visitors to the wonderful culinary experiences and heritage of their…

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A Destination to Celebrate: Eastern Scheldt Lobster Season in the Netherlands

  The beginning of spring sees the start of each year's Eastern Scheldt lobster season in the southernnmost province of The Netherlands, Zeeland. This world-famours lobster -- as well as the region's bounty of oysters, other crustaceans and fish from the waters of the North Sea -- make Zeeland and its fantastic restaurants a place of annual pilgrimage for lovers of good seafood.   

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  • Interesting piece by local food writer Victoria Pesce Elliott in the Miami Herald a couple of days ago about food trucks finally reaching Miami in a big way. You'll find them in locations including South Beach, downtown, the Design District, Biscayne Boulevard, with updates via Web and Twitter. Top contenders include Gastropod (www.gastropodmiami.com, international bistro fare) and Latin Burger (www.latinburger.com) - gourmet tacos, latinized burgers/fries). About time!
    Gastropod Miami – Star Chef Food Truck
  • Les Majungais is now on my list.
  • It's the final leg of our Midwest Baseball Tour as The World on Wheels heads to Topeka for a day of Kansas history. Let's wrap this up, shall we? http://tinyurl.com/37lhfcy

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    The World on Wheels
    An ongoing adventure of travel and living while using a wheelchair. Tim has been disabled from birth. Darryl is his father and caregiver who travel…
  • Thanks for the interest in our St. Louis and Cincinnati legs of our Midwest Baseball Tour. Now it's time to put the Gateway City behind us as we head into the final stretch. Today, on The World on Wheels, we get some presidential history, eat some great barbecue, and visit some Kansas City landmarks as we get ready for our last baseball game: http://tinyurl.com/2d2r82u
  • It's game time in St. Louis. We finish up the St. Louis leg of the Midwest Baseball Tour by taking in a game at Busch Stadium and having some frozen custard. It's online right now with a new report, new pictures, and video at The World on Wheels. Let's Play Ball! - http://tinyurl.com/23zoh7t
  • Road food fans: check out member Steve Mirsky's interesting new blog post on the genre in Rhode Island, USA.
  • My friend Claudine Hemingway Knapp has recently written a small Guide to French Cuisine using the Tour De France as an organising theme see http://tinyurl.com/2dodyvg

    It is great example of drawing together a few themes (cycling, international events, cookery, tourism) to create a saleable product which she has published as an ebook and as hard copy. Maybe I need to do something like it for regional French wines.
    Tour de French Cuisine 2009 Travel Guide | GuideGecko
    Buy the Tour de French Cuisine 2009 travel guide at a very low price. Following the 2009 Tour de France with the specialties of each region they ride…
  • Anil - I've experimented a lot with different rums and juices. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. I use lime a lot because I like the taste better than lemon.
  • It's finally here, the Midwest Baseball Tour starts right now at The World on Wheels. New report, pictures, and video. Come on along as we start the adventure: http://tinyurl.com/2bzjxzx
  • Darryl: Have you tried using Dark rum and some native fruit juices ? You used limeade, and amaretto. I just picked up some Don Q rum last week from Puerto Rico - I will experiment and report back.
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