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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 | Comment (1)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (4)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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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Reservations Open Today for NYC's Biggest Restaurant Week Yet

February 2, 2015 at 10:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

Go and get 'em! Reservation booking has just opened up here for the semiannual NYC Restaurant Week, aka one of our favorite (and super highly recommended) city food events. NYC's Winter Restaurant Week(s) 2015 runs from February 16 to March 6.

Get over to OpenTable quickly to snap up the best and newest tables, lest you get stuck dining at some Theater District steakhouse that survives on tourists being loose with their money and not too particular about what's on their plate. The choices for winter 2015 are better than ever, with a record 340 participating eateries.

The official announcement gives a taste of what to expect:

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Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: A DIY Tasting Menu on Qatar Airways

Where: Doha, Qatar
January 28, 2015 at 5:30 PM | by | Comments (3)

We have all had a terrible meal on a flight before. In fact, we have shown you some of the sadder trays slid in front of us. With this new series of amazing airline meals, we can revel in the airline culinary delights and give kudos to the airlines that got it right.

Qatar Airways welcomes you aboard a tantalizing journey. Should there be anything you require during your flight, Qatar Airways will be delighted to serve you.

That's a high promise, coming from the cover of a menu for in-flight meals, but it's one that delivers. Qatar Airways does not simply serve a few choices of "chicken, beef, or pasta?" during meal times, but elevates their onboard cuisine with a leather-bound menu of a la carte, anytime offerings bridging Arabic and International tastes, often featuring recipes designed by celebrity chefs like Nobu Matsuhisa.

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Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: SWISS' Taste of Switzerland Menus

January 15, 2015 at 10:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

We have all had a terrible meal on a flight before. In fact, we have shown you some of the sadder trays slid in front of us. With this new series of amazing airline meals, we can revel in the airline culinary delights and give kudos to the airlines that got it right.

When traveling on a SWISS Airlines business class flight from Zurich to Montreal recently we were presented with the airline’s SWISS Taste of Switzerland menu which proved to be, this writer’s, Best. Airline. Meal. Ever.

Some of Switzerland’s top chefs, usually from one of the country’s swank hotels, are invited to show off their culinary skills and represent their region’s cuisine in the Taste of Switzerland program. During our flight, Michelin-starred chef Dominique Gauthier from the luxe Hotel Beau-Rivage stepped up to the plate for the canton of Geneva.

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Enjoy Some Good Eats With These Upcoming Restaurant Weeks

January 12, 2015 at 5:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

There’s no better way to ruin those New Year’s Resolutions than with some warm winter comfort foods. Things get even more complicated when these dishes are offered up for a deal as part of a restaurant week.

We don’t tell if you overdue it once or twice, so check out some of these restaurant weeks doing their thing this January—and slightly into February.

Baltimore County Restaurant Week | January 9 - January 24

Irvine Restaurant Week | January 9 - January 15

Providence Restaurant Weeks | January 11 - January 24

Kansas City Restaurant Week | January 16 - January 25

San Diego Restaurant Week | January 18 - January 24

Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week | January 19 - January 25

Nashville Restaurant Week | January 19 - January 25

dineLA Restaurant Week | January 19 - February 1

Triangle Restaurant Week | January 26 - February 1

Made you reservations already, or did we miss your favorite restaurant week? Let us know in the comments below!

[Photo from a past DC restaurant week: Tasting Journal]

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Street Food Friday: Where to Find Classic NJ Subs in Atlantic City

January 9, 2015 at 11:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

Things are certainly changing in Atlantic City, but one thing that has remained constant since 1946 is where to find the best sandwich in town: White House Sub Shop.

White House has two locations, one in the Trump Taj Mahal (even though the casino is bankrupt and barely hanging in there) and one in its original location on Arctic Avenue in downtown Atlantic City. Expect a line at the latter location, regardless of whether you're dining in or taking out.

If you've got the time, we recommend eating your sub there to experience the atmosphere. White House is an old-school sandwich shop, with that 50s-diner, hole-in-the-wall feel. Photos hung around the shop show celebrities who have stopped by for a sub, including Jersey's famous native, Frank Sinatra, whose towel from a concert show even hangs on the wall. (We also think that Vanessa Williams on the walltoo.)

Now that you've taken in the scene, here's what to order:

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Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: American's Airlines Unique Take on French Toast

January 6, 2015 at 11:01 AM | by | Comments (4)

We have all had a terrible meal on a flight before. In fact, we have shown you some of the sadder trays slid in front of us. With this new series of amazing airline meals, we can revel in the airline culinary delights and give kudos to the airlines that got it right.

Domestically, we were on an American Airlines in first class out of Chicago O'Hare to Fort Lauderdale and scored an awesome egg-less alternative to breakfast-- French toast strata with warmed peach compote. (Unless you're lucky enough to fly on Singapore Airlines in the premium seats, always steer clear of egg dishes.)

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Kyoto's Best Ramen Comes from a Vending Machine

Where: Kyoto , Japan
December 26, 2014 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

As is the case with all local specialties, who makes the “best” version is always up for debate. Ask five people on the streets of Philly who makes the best cheesesteaks, for example, and you’ll probably get five different responses. The trick to finding the top places is to ask enough people and hope you get a few repeat answers. Then, at least, you know where to start.

On our recent trip to Kyoto, we spent the first few days asking around about a good place to get a Ramen bowl. Multiple people had mentioned a place called Tenkaippin across from the Kabuki Theater as one of their favorites. When I found myself in the neighborhood later in the trip, I decided to give it a try for lunch.

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