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Street Food Friday: East Meets West With the JAPADOG in Vancouver

May 1, 2015 at 12:45 PM | by | ()

The Terimayo dog, JAPADOG's signature hot dog, is topped with teriyaki sauce, mayo, and seaweed

Vancouver is known for its seafood and sushi, but budget travelers need not worry: The city also has one of the most unique Asian-North American street food fusions we've come across in a long time.

Known as the JAPADOG, the concept dresses up the classic hot dog with traditional Asian toppings. It goes well beyond wasabi mayo and cabbage. The east-meets-west theme is probably best embodied in the Yakisoba Dog, which tops an arabiki sausage with yakisoba noddles. Yes, noodles on a hot dog.

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What to Eat in Kauai, Hawaii: 17 Foods to Rock Your World

March 30, 2015 at 2:19 PM | by | ()

Hope you're hungry.

We may have already shared our secret of the best local ramen on the island (Hamura Ramen Stand!), but the truth of the matter is that there's enough good eats on Kauai to warrant more than just a quick trip. It's no wonder Kauai is a destination with visitor loyalty; travelers and families we met all seemed to have a history with the place, vacationing there for generations or having made it their permanent vacation with a long-distance move.

Deep into a shave ice with a view to the sunset over surfers in Poipu Beach, we admit to considering it ourselves; it would be all too easy to live in Kauai and eat well every day of the year. Still, for those with only several days to taste Kauai, we recommend these 17 favorites:

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Food Worth Flying For: The Saimin Ramen of Kauai, Hawaii

March 25, 2015 at 10:55 AM | by | ()

That croissant in Paris. The char kway teow in Singapore. That cup of hot chocolate in Perugia. This is Food Worth Flying For. In this new series, Jaunted's contributors share the foods they'd gladly fly around the world for (and probably already have).

Shave ice. Puka Dog. Mai Tais. Ahi poke. Kalua pork. Macadamia nut...everything. We could go on.

You see, the food-related reasons to travel to Kauai, HI are pretty much endless, but we keep returning to one taste from the island over and over: Saimin Ramen.

Though you may recognize the word ramen, "saimin" is a special sort of the comforting noodle dish specific to the Hawaiian islands. The original influence is a mix of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Filipino, but the inclusion of Hawaiian-favorite Spam lunch meat and, depending on your personal preferences, may also contain, sausage, eggs, wonton, dumplings, and kimchi.

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When in Austin, Have Lunch Down the Road in the 'Barbecue Capital of Texas'

March 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM | by | ()

Barbecue is the cornerstone of Austin cuisine, especially for people in town for South by Southwest looking for a local experience. There are a number of great places to try within the city limits to get your fix of ribs and brisket, such as Black's, Rudy's, and Franklin. But if you're looking to escape the crowds for a couple hours, you might consider a lunch trip to Lockhart, the "barbecue capital of the Texas" just 40 minutes south.

The title of being the barbecue capital of Texas was first given to Lockhart by the 76th Texas Legislature and House Resolution #1024 in 1999, which officially named Lockhart the "Barbecue Capital of Texas." The title was again reaffirmed by the Senate in the Fall of 2003. Hearing that, we expected to find endless options in Lockhart, but amazingly there are only four barbecue restaurants in the entire town.

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Street Food Friday: There's a Fine Line Between Desert and Dessert in Arizona

Where: 35769 S Old Black Canyon Hwy [map], Black Canyon City, Arizona , United States, 85324
March 13, 2015 at 4:05 PM | by | ()

When you visit Sedona, you'll most likely fly into Phoenix and drive north on Highway 17. The drive can easily be done in two hours as you watch the terrain and elevation change and the saguaro cacti give way to prickly pears. But if you're not in a rush, it is the ideal chance to check out a local favorite highway stop called the Rock Springs Cafe.

The roadhouse atmosphere and remoteness has been enticing people off the highway for decades. Interestingly, the reason people keep coming back is, of all things, its pies. The two don't seem like a perfect fit on paper, but there's a fine line between dessert and desert, so let's not question a good thing. The lineup features fruit, cream, and specialty pies - think Jack Daniels Pecan.

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Shut The Door. Have a Seat. Mad Men Dining Week Begins On March 23 in NYC

March 12, 2015 at 2:13 PM | by | ()

With Mad Man's final season about to debut, AMC and NYC & Company are partnering for Mad Men Dining Week. Throughout the promotion, fans and foodies will be able to dine in the city's best restaurants, at Mad Men-era prices.

From March 23 to 29, more than 30 NYC restaurants will participate in the special lunchtime promotion, including the 21 Club, Barbetta, Delmonico's, and the El Parador Café.

For just $19.69 (excluding gratuities and taxes), diners can choose from a two-course prix-fixe menu of an appetizer and entrée or an entrée and dessert, or get two drinks.

Each menu has been created specifically for the promotion and promises to offer a "rare glimpse into New York City's culinary world as it was almost a half-century ago."

Reservations for Mad Men Dining Week can be made now at nycgo.com/madmendiningweek.

[Photo: Mad Men Dining Week]

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Street Food Friday: Noodles for Breakfast in Myanmar's Shan State

Where: Myanmar
February 20, 2015 at 2:30 PM | by | ()

Eating noodles for breakfast in Asia is akin to frying up eggs and bacon every morning in America. Just a normal meal. NBD.

The Vietnamese chow down on Pho, the Malaysians eat Mee, and the Cambodians like Kuy teav. Myanmar enjoys a noodle concoction called Mohinga as its national dish and a popular breakfast choice, but today we're going to dig a little deeper and highlight the cuisine of the Shan State - the country's largest producers of produce.

Located on the eastern side of central Myanmar, the Shan State borders China to the north, Laos to the east, and Thailand to the south. It is heavily patrolled by ethnic groups - including a few who have revolted against the government - meaning that visitors are treated to unique subcultures not found in the rest of the country (that goes for many parts of Myanmar that ethnic tribes call home).

Mohinga might be the national dish, but the Shan people, after which the state is named, have their own noodle dish on the breakfast menu: Shan noodles.

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5 Authentic Philly Cheesesteaks to Eat That AREN'T From Pat's or Geno's

February 18, 2015 at 7:49 PM | by | ()

As a kid, a close family friend played for the Philadelphia Phillies and I was fortunate to have spent a good chunk of my childhood a few rows behind home plate at Veteran’s Stadium. But that's not all. Spring breaks will forever be associated with Spring Training in Florida and I even got pulled out of school so I could attend the 1980 World Series. This early baseball exposure sparked a lifetime love for the sport.

Beyond the game, I loved our awesome post-game ritual---going to Pat’s King of Steaks, getting mobbed for autographs and scarfing down cheesesteaks on the rear tailgate of our friends’ Jeep Cherokee. Although I moved from Philadelphia many years ago, baseball and cheesesteaks are permanently tangled together in my childhood memories.

A few years ago, Jaunted conducted an ultimate Philly cheesesteak taste test which broke down the offerings at Pat's, its longtime nemesis, Geno's and Jim's. But there are even more cheesesteaks that deserve to be eaten.

We asked several friends with deep ties to the City of Brotherly Love to weigh in on their go-to cheesesteak spots. Here are five places to chow down on meat and cheese (nom nom nom) that aren’t Pat’s or Geno’s. (Jim's does make an appearance though.)

Enjoy, and don't forget to grab a couple napkins to wipe the drool off yer face.

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Food Worth Flying For: The Diddle Dee Jam of the Falkland Islands

February 17, 2015 at 12:03 PM | by | ()

That croissant in Paris. The char kway teow in Singapore. That cup of hot chocolate in Perugia. This is Food Worth Flying For. In this new series, Jaunted's contributors share the foods they'd gladly fly around the world for (and probably already have).

Diddle Dee Berries. Never heard of 'em? Neither had we, until a day in the Falkland Islands.

So rare are they that Wikipedia only gives them a tiny entry to say that Diddle Dee is present only in a small strip of territory, chiefly the Falkland Islands but also with some appearances in Tierra del Fuego (Argentina) and the alpine areas of Chile's Torres del Paine in Patagonia. Whereas the Calafate berry is the star for those latter regions, the Falklands prefer their Diddle Dee.

A few cafes and gift shops in the Falklands capital of Stanley offer Diddle Dee jam, but the best is known to come from a rural cafe at the edge of the Bluff Cove penguin rookery. A traditional peat stove heats the small Sea Cabbage Cafe, which feels as though it's perched at the very end of the world. The view is to the nearby beach, where Gentoo penguins waddle up from the surf to feed their chicks in the neighboring colony. Nibbling at a scone topped with clotted cream and diddle dee jam, or buying a small jar of the sweet stuff to go, is often just a bonus to the main event of viewing the penguins.

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Monday Five Thirty: Surprisingly Good Wine Tasting in Myanmar

February 16, 2015 at 5:30 PM | by | ()

Red Mountain Winery at Inle Lake, Myanmar

Wine-tasting was definitely not on my radar during a recent trip to Southeast Asia. Having a bit of medicinal-tasting rice wine from ceramic bowls in the local villages? Sure. But sipping red wine from glass stemware in a proper tasting room? Not exactly what you picture when you think of Myanmar.

The country has only two wineries, Aythaya and Red Mountain Winery, both of which are located near Inle Lake in the Shan State where the higher elevations give way to better growing climates. Either is accessible by taxi from the main town of Nyaung Shwe, but Red Mountain's close proximity to the lake (under two miles) makes its possible to bike to it.

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Monday Five Thirty: Get High Off 'Sky Beer' in Myanmar

Where: Myanmar
February 9, 2015 at 5:48 PM | by | ()

Aside from providing much needed shade and scenery to the hot and dry areas of Southeast Asia, the toddy palm also gives back with something to drink while you sit beneath it. Generally referred to as palm wine throughout the region, the locals in Myanmar affectionately call it "sky beer."

It's similar to kava in that it's an organic alcohol alternative-beverage. The juice is collected from the top of the tree and gathered into earthenware pots. It is traditionally served as is - i.e. no additives or processing (although be aware that some places serving tourists do add alcohol nowadays).

As the natural juice sits, a small amount of fermentation will occur, which means that, unlike kava, alcohol will be present in the drink when consumed. As the local wisdom goes, the later in the day you drink sky beer, the stronger it will be because it has had more time to ferment. Even at its strongest, it is not day-changing and results in nothing more than rosy cheeks and laughter.

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What to Eat in Ottawa, Canada: 17 Foods That'll Rock Your World

February 5, 2015 at 12:35 PM | by | ()

Why the heck would anyone go to Ottawa, Canada in the middle of the winter? That's a question we've already answered, but now have to add one more very important reason: to eat!

Ottawa is not only home to Canada's capital, but also to over 1,000 farms and the heart of the country's maple production. If you've not got an elk burger ordered and maple snow taffy in-hand within hours of arrival, then allow us to help you do that.

Here are 17 of our favorite eats and drinks in Ottawa (and Ontario, by extension):

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