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Taste and Travel International Fall 2017 (Issue 27)

Taste&Travel International is your passport to the exciting and delicious world of culinary travel. Each quarterly issue serves up a feast of great food and travel writing, recipes, destinations, travelers’ journals, book reviews, food trails and tours, cooking classes and other essential information for the culinary traveler and the armchair global gourmet.

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1 min.
gold medal plates

Enjoy it! I’M USUALLY SAD to say goodbye to summer but this year my favourite season ended on a high note when I was invited to join the Ottawa judges’ panel for Canada’s premier culinary competition — Gold Medal Plates. Celebrated in eleven cities across Canada, Gold Medal Plates features the leading chefs in each city in a competition to crown a gold, silver and bronze medal culinary team in each city, and subsequently nation-wide at the Canadian Culinary Championships. Only one chef wins and to be crowned the top chef in Canada is a career changer. But it’s not only about food. Gold Medal Plates raises funds for the Canadian Olympic Foundation to support Canadian Olympic athletes, demonstrating that Canadians are committed to their development, passionate about their journey, and proud to…

8 min.
hot off the grill

Overwater Dining at Old Man and the Sea Villas For the ultimate in Caribbean dining, there’s nothing quite as memorable as enjoying a fine meal in an overwater bungalow surrounded by the sea. This unique experience is now available at the Old Man and the Sea Villas located in the beautiful village of Savaneta, Aruba. A boutique-sized hotel resort, it features six intimate villas, three perched over the Caribbean and three set directly on the beach. Not only is an authentic Aruban breakfast included in each overnight stay but there is now the option to book a three- four- or five-course gourmet dinner with a private chef at your villa or within the private dining cabana. This atmospheric culinary experience is prepared by one of Aruba’s best pastry and appetizer chefs,…

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New Girl in Town There’s a lot to love about Loretta, a café/restaurant housed in a funky heritage building on Cuba Street. The menu covers breakfast through dinner and the place really comes alive at night when wood-fired pizzas, sharing plates and hand-crafted cocktails take centre stage. All wines come by the glass, carafe, or bottle. Lighting is moody, décor subdued and service sharp. www.loretta.net.nz WELLINGTON IS A HIPSTER CITY filled with creative energy, cool coffee houses, restaurants and craft beer bars. You can walk just about everywhere, to theatres, museums, clubs, beaches, nature reserves and hiking trails. But bring your raincoat, Wellington is notoriously wet and windy! SURFSIDE An ultra-cool retro refit turned the vintage Maranui Surf Club into a waterfront hotspot with a casual vibe, great food, coffee and craft beer. The…

2 min.

FROM THE CIVIL WAR TO CIVIL RIGHTS, this eastern North Carolina town honours its past. An African-American music trail, a museum showcasing the Confederacy’s greatest ironclad vessel, and a vibrant arts community are sparking a renaissance in what was once the world’s largest tobacco market. All that, and memorable dining too. DINE WITH A STAR After Vivian Howard’s A Chef’s Life launched on PBS in 2013, she became a star, won awards (Emmy, James Beard), and drew crowds to her restaurant, Chef & The Farmer. The locally provisioned menu is grounded in Southern tradition. Blueberry barbecue chicken, perhaps? If you can’t snag a table, try her latest venture, The Boiler Room, where bespoke burgers and regional oysters are the draw. www.vivianhoward.com PIGGIN’ OUT In eastern N.C., barbecue is a whole-hog affair; the sauce is…

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bangkok & phuket

FOR THE BEST OF BOTH IN THAILAND, we started out in the buzzing capital Bangkok then headed to beautiful Phuket to chill out. FROM THE TOP For breathtaking sunset views of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya River, check out the 26th floor Attitude rooftop lounge and restaurant at the new Avani Riverside Bangkok hotel. The superb tapas-style menu is elevated with fashionable signature cocktails by an award-winning mixologist. Stay in house and you can also enjoy the impressive infinity pool. www.minorhotels.com/en/avani/riverside-bangkok Show Me The Way Take a private tour of Bangkok with Canadian ex-pat Daniel Fraser or any of his knowledgeable Smiling Albino guides. We took an amazing night tour of Chinatown’s back alleys and street food vendors, as well as a day tour of the canals, temples and neighbourhood flower and produce markets.…

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BUSTLING, CROWDED CAIRO is a study of contrasts — from its 5,000-year history to ultramodern facilities. And the food is divine, whether dining at street stalls or in hip restaurants that would not be out of place in London or New York. ANCIENT AVENUE A walk down Muizz Street is a trip back in time. It is one of the oldest streets in Cairo, with the greatest concentration of medieval treasures in the Islamic world. While supposedly a pedestrian street during daytime, watch out for the motor bikes careening by. Options for street food are many, including the most amazingly yummy pancakes. Al-Muizz Al-Deen Street, Cairo IMPERIAL EATS The Abou el Sid chain of restaurants draws its inspiration from a famous Egyptian chef who was forced by an Ottoman Sultan to work only for…