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Taste and Travel International

Taste and Travel International Fall 2019 (issue 35)

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.
time to party!

Enjoy it! THERE’S SOME EXCITING news from the capital — the Canadian Culinary Championships are moving to Ottawa! In the past the annual competition to identify Canada’s best chef has taken place in Kelowna, BC as the culmination of Canada’s Great Kitchen Party, the nationwide qualifying competitions that take place during the fall. I have the honour (and immense pleasure) of being part of the judging panel for the Ottawa round of Canada’s Great Kitchen Party, which takes place on November 19 this year. Last year we unanimously agreed that Chef Yannick LaSalle of Les Fougères restaurant in Gatineau deserved the gold medal in our town and we were ecstatic when he went on to take first place on the podium in Kelowna. LaSalle will be joining the Ottawa judges in November when…

8 min.
hot off the grill

A Culinary Adventure at Mount Cinnamon, Grenada Mount Cinnamon Resort & Beach Club in Grenada is an ideal setting for enjoying the extensive culinary and cultural experiences the Spice Island has to offer. Fall celebrations kick off with Culinary Adventure Week featuring celebrated UK pastry chef and chocolatier Will Torrent, as well as island tours, live cooking demonstrations, social events and tastings of local ingredients. Set on a hilltop overlooking the white sands of Grand Anse beach, Mount Cinnamon’s signature restaurant Savvy’s features spectacular views and Caribbean dishes emphasizing local ingredients such as catch of the day, Grenadian chocolate and nutmeg ice cream. It’s a short walk from Mount Cinnamon’s 37 luxury suites and villas to the resort’s beach club where you can enjoy casual fare such as cod fish cakes,…

2 min.
lake placid

DESTINATION: Lake Placid, Florida DATE OF TRAVEL: March, 2019 WEATHER: 25ºC, sun and showers TRAVELLER: Lucy Evans COUNTRY: USA HISTORY LESSONS The Depot Museum, housed in the former railway station, is small but crammed with interesting stuff, including an antique linotype machine and telephone exchange, household items and furniture, an old-timey kitchen and more. A guidebook is available (for $4) that explains the story behind each of the town’s 40+ hand-painted murals. 12 Park Ave, Lake Placid Sweet Treats Stop in at Cow Pies II bakery, deli and custard shop for hot and cold sandwiches, frozen custard, milkshakes, smoothies and floats. An oversized muffin packed with choc chips, nuts and caramel is a best seller, with good reason. 210 N. Main Ave, Lake Placid COFFEE AND CRAFT Good News Juice & Smoothie Café is full of healthy drinks but it…

2 min.

PLACE: Staunton, VA DATE: May, 2019 WEATHER: 89ºF, sunny, blue skies TRAVELLER: Ellen Cook COUNTRY: USA FARM OF MANY FACES In 2006 Michael Pollen wrote his groundbreaking ethical eating manifesto The Omnivore’s Dilemma, after spending time with sustainable farming advocate Joel Salatin at Polyface Farm, idyllically located in a lush green valley just outside Staunton. Visitors are welcome to wander about the farm among the contented pigs and cows, and to follow the hens in their egg mobile. Pasture-raised meat, free-range eggs, homemade stocks and more are available in the farm store. www.polyfacefarms.com Locavore Lunch Chef Mike Lund is an alumnus of The Inn at Little Washington and the creative force behind a number of Staunton’s top tables. His Lundch restaurant is a proving ground for his catering business — everything is made in house from ingredients locally…

2 min.

PLACE: FRANSCHHOEK DATE: May, 2019 WEATHER: 17ºC, Sunny with brisk, clean breezes TRAVELLER: Elyse Glickman COUNTRY: SOUTH AFRICA RIPE FOR EXPLORATION Babylonstoren, an 18th-century Cape Dutch manor house and farm complex is a coffee table book come to life. Guests are greeted by farm animals before heading into an expansive edible garden of fruits, vegetables and herbs. Everything you see, smell and taste is detailed by a gardener-guide who will share cooking and serving advice. A lot of what’s grown is served in the estate’s Babel and Greenhouse restaurants. Retail areas allow visitors to recreate Babylonstoren’s elegant experience at home, with handcrafted serving pieces, accessories and linens for sale and a separate shop dedicated to aromatherapy and personal care. www.babylonstoren.com POSH BOSCHENDAL While the Boschendal Wine Estate is known for its world-class wines, The Werf Restaurant allows all…

2 min.
costa rica

DESTINATION: Nuevo Arenal, Esterillos Oueste & Limon Province, Puerto Viejo DATE OF TRAVEL: February, 2019 WEATHER: Hot and sunny with intermittent downpours, 25-30ºC TRAVELLER: Talia Wooldridge COUNTRY: COSTA RICA Getting High High up in the misty hills of Nuevo Arenal sits Hotel Mystica, a magical healing sanctuary overlooking Lake Arenal and its volcano. Locals and tourists veer up the winding roads to enjoy a savoury menu in a quiet fireside ambience. Run by Italian owners, Francesco Carullo and Barbara Moglia, Mystica serves healthy breakfasts with locally grown fruits and herbs, free-range eggs, fluffy pancakes and fresh juices. For dinner, full-bodied wines accompany heavenly homemade ravioli, thin-crust pizzas and banana leaf-wrapped fish baked in a traditional wood-burning oven. The tasty Banana Cream Pie and Chocolate Torte desserts are musts. www.mysticacostarica.com/wordpress/restaurant/ IN THE SHADE Under two sprawling beach almond trees,…