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In a new weekly Friday column, we'll explore street food and other culinary specialties from around the world. Last week, it was fried lobster in Puerto Nuevo. This week, we head back to the Caribbean and Grand Cayman to see what's cooking.
On our last day in Grand Cayman, we went in search of something we had heard was a common dish served on the island, something that might be even more controversial than the consumption of whale in Norway: We were after a taste of turtle.
It seems that each and every week we hear about new restaurants hitting the airport dining scene, and this week is no exception. At this point you probably know that Sbarro and Starbucks are out in favor of some high end concourse cuisine, and that’s exactly what they’re getting over at Reagan National Airport’s Terminal A—the good stuff.
Fans of Top Chef and The Chew will want to head to the airport a little bit earlier than usual, as they’ll need time to check out one of the latest ventures from Carla Hall. It’ll be a little bit of time before things start serving up terminal treats, as it seems like the middle of 2015 is the target opening date.
Okay—so it’s finally March, and that means it’s time to come out from hibernation and once again enjoy life. The clocks do their thing this weekend, and with a little more daylight to enjoy it’s time to go out to eat with friends and family. Cities around the country are looking to get a few more diners into their booths, as March is a great time to celebrate the local restaurant scene. Here’s a few cities, counties, and areas doing the restaurant week thing this month.
· Sonoma County Restaurant Week:
It cannot get much better than a restaurant week in California wine country, so make your way to Sonoma County between March 10 and March 16. This is their fifth annual event, and they have plenty of options. Three-course special dinner menus will be priced at $19, $29, or $39.
· Hudson Valley Restaurant Week:
Skip out of town for the weekend, and head to New York’s Hudson Valley for some dinner and drinks. Go ahead and start making those reservations now, as the special pricing runs between March 10 and March 23. The restaurant week features prix fixe, three-course dinners for $29.95 and lunches for $20.95.
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Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, aka the last day before Lent, and a time to fill your bellies in the spirit of final excess. For anyone of Polish heritage, however, the last Tuesday before these few weeks of going without is considered Paçzki Day. This holiday celebrates deep-fried goodness filled with fruit preserves (traditionally: prune, apricot, raspberry, cheese or custard) and topped with powdered sugar or glazed.
The traditional reason for making paçzki (pronounced: poonch-key) was to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs and fruit in the house, since those were forbidden to consume during Lent. What better way to empty the house of the food you can't eat but to use it all to make a delicious little doughnut? Traditionally eaten on Fat Thursday (the Thursday before Ash Wednesday), the treat has since taken over Mardi Gras.
If we've enticed you enough to sniff out the doughy goodness, here are some of the best bakeries to score a taste of an iconic Polish treat;
Your next trip to Italy might just include a little more theme park and a lot less museum, as what they’re calling the Disneyland of food might be arriving in Bologna. The folks behind the foodie supermarket wonderland known as Eataly are getting ready with their next big idea, and it sounds like Fico Eataly World will be arriving sooner than later.
Details are somewhat limited at this stage in the process, but we do know that the park will take over around 20-acres of real estate. Restaurants, grocery stores, and something they’re calling food labs will all be part of the place. They’re even going to bring in some fish—to eat?!—as there are also plans for an aquarium.
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In a new weekly Friday column, we'll explore street food and other culinary specialties from around the world. Last week, it was Laksa, Kolok Mee, and Satay in Kuching. This week, we head south of the border to Puerto Nuevo in Baja California to see what's cooking.
Tacos and tamales are clearly the first thing that comes to mind concerning street food in Mexico, which is why it is somewhat refreshing to see a town doing something different. The self-described “Lobster Capital of Baja,” Puerto Nuevo sits been Ensenada and Rosarito, about 90 minutes from San Diego in Baja California. You can definitely get a taco in town, but what the tourists come for is the fried lobster.
Yes, fried lobster. Just when you think something can’t get any better, someone throws it in a vat of fat to find out. The shell is kept on and the entire lobster is pan-fried in lard to keep the meat moist, which is the key aspect and major difference between good and bad restaurants serving the dish. Rice and beans come on the side.
The New York Times recently included Taiwan on its list of 52 must-visit destinations for 2014 (it's #11). Jaunted's Lilit Marcus just returned from a visit to the "heart of Asia" and reports back all this week on why it's a worthwhile vacation destination.
Dumpling chain restaurant Din Tai Fung, which started in Taiwan and now has branches everywhere from Australia to Thailand, is famous for their soup dumplings. They got this way by taking quality very seriouslyso seriously, in fact, that every single dumpling must have exactly 18 folds in it.
While you wait for your table in what will surely be a line, you can get up close to the well-trained and well-paid experts who make every dumpling into a work of art. Above is a video of the chefs working on some pork dumplings at the Din Tai Fung location inside the Taiwan 101 tower in Taipei, Taiwan.
If you can't make it all the way to Taiwan, no worries; there are US locations in Los Angeles and Seattle. (The brand has threatened to come to NYC, but so far they haven't made it to the East Coast.) In addition to the 18-fold dumplings, they also offer cucumbers in chili sauce, braised beef stew, pork buns, and other nosh.
[Video: Lilit M]
One of the best food festivals of the season has to be the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, as the offerings here—and the weather—can’t be beat. Unfortunately the festival did its thing last weekend, so it’s time to look forward to the next big event. We’re thinking Charleston is also a great weather destination, and they have their own wine and food festival ready to do its thing between March 6 and 9.
Plenty of authors, chefs, and other culinary celebrities will be on hand at this year’s BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival. Folks like Nancy Silverton, Andy Ricker, and Michael Toscano will all be around to discuss their books, restaurants, and their approaches when it comes to making really tasty things.
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In a new weekly Friday column, we'll explore street food and other culinary specialties from around the world. Last week, it was Trinidad's roti, shark, and doubles. This week, we shoot across the Pacific to Malaysian Borneo to see what's cooking.
Last month, we spent close to two weeks in Kuching on Borneo, hiking through the surrounding vacant national parks and tracking down human skulls in the rainforest. But as any western traveler can tell you, the traditional food in Asian countries is one of the biggest treats. You can go out on a limb and try delicacies like python, but noodle-based street food dishes are the thing to try in Kuching.
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In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.
The Little Thing: Emirates' First Class bite, Bateel figs stuffed with almonds.
Emirates, which is known to be über-luxurious on the ground as much as it is in the air, presents guests with a little treat before flying: a wooden box filled with Khidri dates from the prestigious Bateel gourmet confectionery of the U.A.E. Dates are considered a perfect after dinner desert to top off a delicious feast and Bateel is known to have some of the best.
Not only are guests in the lounges treated with a box on each counter, but First Class passengers onboard flights are offered a plate of these delicious fruits as a pre-arrival snack. Similar to a piece of chocolate prior to landing, the figs are a sweet end to a sumptuous flight experience and keep your belly from grumbling through immigration.
In a new weekly Friday column, we'll explore street food and other culinary specialties from around the world. Last week, it was Nashville's famous "Hot Chicken." This week, we shoot down to Trinidad to see what's cooking.
Visitors to Trinidad & Tobago will notice a huge difference between the two islands. Tobago, at 116-square miles, is solely dependent upon tourism for its livelihood and flexes its muscles with beautiful beaches, such as Pigeon Point shown above. The significantly bigger (1,833-square mile) Trinidad, however, is an industrial island that pays its bills via oil and natural gas.
You’ve been missing out if you haven’t tried Sriracha yet. The chili-paste-meets-hot-sauce concoction is now used on anything and everything, and even Subway has commercials advertising the stuff slathered all over their five-dollar footlongs. Now those needing even more of a fix are welcome to do so, as the Willy Wonka of the Sriracha industry has opened up the factory for public tours.
Huy Fong Foods is the company behind the magic, and now free tours are available in Irwindale, California in and around their 650,000-square-foot factory.