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Taste and Travel International Spring 2019 (issue 33)

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.
hometown glory

Enjoy it! Spring is a lovely time to be in Ottawa, as we welcome warm weather and sunshine, flower baskets and fiddleheads in the Byward Market, and restaurant patios opening for business. There’s another reason to be particularly proud of our town this season. Chef Yannick LaSalle of Les Fougères restaurant in Chelsea, QC, representing Ottawa/Gatineau at the 2019 Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna, brought home the Gold Medal. Residents of the capital city only need to cross the Ottawa river in order to enjoy the fabulous food coming out of our neighbouring province, including the Eastern Townships duck and Quebec-grown saffron that featured in LaSalle’s winning dish. And although we had no inkling of LaSalle’s win when planning our cover story for this issue, you can read a whole lot more…

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canada’s great kitchen party

THE CANADIAN Culinary Championships held in Kelowna, BC on February 1 and 2, 2019 was the culmination of a year-long search for the nation’s most talented chef. Competition was extremely tight, with all eleven participating chefs still in a pack at the finishing line. In the end Chef Yannick LaSalle of Les Fougères in Chelsea, Quebec, gold medallist at the Ottawa-Gatineau Kitchen Party, became the new Canadian Culinary Champion, — a hugely popular and well-deserved victor.…

2 min.
austin, texas

DESPITE THE recent proliferation of restaurants offering global cuisine around the city, the taco is Austin’s signature dish. What could be more fitting for this famously progressive and artsy town than something that’s accessible to all and can be prepared in thousands of different ways? A Little Spice with Your Coffee TacoDeli is a local institution. The menu is big, ambitious and diverse (vegetarian and vegan included), embodying Austin’s melting pot vibe. Some of its edibles are available in unexpected places, including Houndstooth Coffee, which offers a tidy selection of TacoDeli eats as an alternative for those favouring spice over sugar. Its rich brews make an excellent companion for the savoury sauces and spices. www.tacodeli.com; www.houndstoothcoffee.com ON THE BOULEVARD Cesar Chavez Boulevard is the place for thriving old-school Mexican eateries. The diner-style Juan in a Million…

2 min.
new orleans, louisiana

BETTER WITH BACON Can you believe it? Free bacon with your drink! And it’s not just a gimmick, the wine list at the Orleans Grapevine is sophisticated and you can order tasting flights at Happy Hour prices. The tiny courtyard out back has a fountain and a few tables, snag a seat there if you can. www.orleansgrapevine.com Cool Tunes, Good Eats I lucked out at Marigny Brasserie on Frenchmen Street as fried green tomatoes were on the menu and local musician Salvatore Geloso was laying it down. Dude’s a dedicated street musician and if you can track him down, you won’t regret it. Frenchmen Street has a block party vibe and plenty of jazz venues. Waaay cooler than Bourbon Street. www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhQdBJu1fx4 Some Kinda Sarnie It’s the signature sandwich from NOLA and there’s no better Muffaletta…

2 min.
plant city, florida

Although it is the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World, Plant City is not named for its agricultural output but for railroad developer Henry Plant. When you’ve eaten your fill of fruits and vegetables at farm gates and country markets, the historic downtown offers a glimpse of this central Florida town’s industrious past. COP THIS ‘CUE The line of sheriffs’ cars parked alongside Smokin Joe’s BBQ stand on County Road 39 is a sure sign that this is one badass rib joint. Place your order at the window and join the local law on picnic benches during their lunch break. Awesome ‘cue with the boys in blue — er, brown. 10252 S County Rd 39, Lithia Safe Keeping At Tin Roof Trading you’ll find all kinds of unique gifts, antiques, vintage knickknacks and décor…

2 min.
ruidoso, new mexico

WIT ON TAP In Southern New Mexico the craft beer industry is positively hopping. Sample local liquid gold from Lost Hiker (featuring rich Belgian Rye Pale and Oatmeal Stout brews), Bonito Valley Brewing Company in nearby Lincoln (BTK Amber and Cerveza de los Muertos), Cloudcroft Brewing and Tall Pines Brewing. The Rio Grande Grille and Tap Room pours magical brews with a playful aliens/UFO theme while the menu keeps things down to earth with an eclectic mix of Tex-Mex, steakhouse, and brasserie-inspired fare. www.losthikerbrewing.com; www.bonitovalleybrewing.com; www.cloudcroftbrewing.com; www.facebook.com/tallpinesbrewing; www.sierrablancabrewery.com/rio_grande.html WINE THAT MAKES A SPLASH Young winemaker/entrepreneur Jasper Ridley has already honed his reputation as a trailblazing legend with the wines coming out of his Noisy Water Winery. The winery is credited with driving the current influx of breweries and restaurants, while producing wines (such…