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Taste and Travel International

Taste and Travel International Summer 2017 (Issue 26)

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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2 min.
sweet summer

Enjoy it! I LOVE SUMMER, and the vibrancy of farmers’ markets heaped with fruits, veggies and flowers that seem to burst with the energy of Canada’s short growing season. My own obsession is field tomatoes — fat, red, juicy and with a flavour no supermarket specimen can match. They are on the table at every meal in my house when they are in season. With crusty baguette and a piece of stinky cheese for breakfast, in a BLT at lunch, and arrayed on a platter as a show-stopping side for whatever’s on the table for dinner. Tomatoes also matter much to Italian Canadians! Anita Stewart was inspired to explore Montreal’s Italian communities recently by the gorgeous new French-language cookbook, Montreallissimo. Insalata Caprese is one of the simplest and most delicious ways to…

8 min.
hot off the grill

Enjoy Brews and Views on Toronto’s Porch Conveniently located in Toronto’s Entertainment District, above the Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon and three blocks north of the Rogers Centre, The Porch offers an unmatched view of the city and an experience unlike any other in Toronto. Head upstairs to enjoy a spectacular view of the Toronto skyline in the shadow of the CN Tower, whether you’re looking to enjoy a refreshing patio beer after work or a ballgame, sip an ice cold Margarita on a sunny day, or take in a breezy summer night with friends over delicious food. The Porch is open seasonally from April to October, with a drink menu featuring summer inspired beverages such as The Porch Bulldog, Selfie Sweet Tea and Sangria and booze-friendly snacks including the classic Porch…

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Surf’s Up A stone’s throw from the surf at St Clair Beach, Starfish Café and Bar is a Dunedin favourite, featuring fresh, locally sourced food, Dunedin-brewed Emerson beers on tap, and great coffee by kiwi roasters, L’Affare. Sidewalk seating lets you soak up the sun and there’s plenty of cozy inside space if the weather takes a turn. www.starfishcafe.co.nz NICE SLICE For dine-in or take out, Filadelfio’s is the place for gourmet pizzas in Dunedin. Wood-fired crusts are thin and blistered, toppings range from traditional to sophisticated. I rock the Hyde Park — with caramelised onions, mushrooms and a hint of blue cheese. www.filadelfios.co.nz BOND SIGHTING If it’s cool enough for 007, it’s cool with me. Daniel Craig and his wife Rachel Weisz dined at No.7 Balmac when she was filming The Light Between Oceans.…

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ADIRONDACKS AL FRESCO In the ’Dacks, you embrace the outdoors. Picnic by the Ausable River at Cedar Run Bakery and Market in Keene; its homemade treats include blackberry lemon bread and cinnamon-spiced turkey and pepper moussaka. Then lick soft-serve Donnelly’s Ice Cream (Saranac Lake). There’s just one flavour each day, milked from cows grazing behind the tiny roadside stand www.cedarrunbakery.com FARM FRESH Surrounded by mountains, the Keene Valley Farmers’ Market is a lively Sunday scene. Our top stall: Fledging Crow vegetables, organically grown by two millennials who met while volunteering in Ecuador. Other worthy vendors include Hid-in-Pines, a farmstead Lake Champlain winery; South Meadow Farm for maple products; and Underwood Herbs, which also sells unusual jellies. www.adirondackfarmersmarket.com/keenevalley.html SAY “CHEESE!” At Sugar House Creamery in Upper Jay, Alex Eaton and Margot Brooks raise a dozen Brown…

2 min.
puerto escondido

THE INFORMATION GODDESS Your first act when you arrive should be a town tour with the very enthusiastic and knowledgeable Gina Machorro. Ask anyone where to find her booth on the town’s old main street. Her early morning tour starts with a traditional breakfast at Restaurant Bar Langosta on the beach while Gina gives you the history of the town. As you tour, she points out notable buildings, churches and indigenous plants that grow along the sidewalks. You’ll stop at a neighbourhood mill to sample chocolate and learn how the mill is also used for corn, coffee and grains. Your tour ends at the main mercado where you are introduced to local foods, products and producers. www.ginainpuertoescondido.wordpress.com Go Fish! If you have access to a kitchen, the freshest and most affordable fish is…

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A WALK IN THE PARK At the postcard perfect Hotel Park, oenophiles will enjoy discovering Croatian wines paired with the unique flavours of Dalmatian cuisine. Expect pastas with rich, aromatic sauces, fresh and preserved fish and seafood, substantial stews, and hearty baked goods. MaToni, across from Hotel Park, also charms with its succinct menu, wine cellar setting, and adjoining wine shop. www.Hotelpark-split.hr ; www.ma-toni.com/en VENETIAN FINDS Locals and visitors jostle for seats at Bokaria and Zinfandel. Bokaria puts a chic Spanish tapas spin on excellent small plates like bruschetta and croquettes, while Zinfandel features live music, delightful mussels finished with sweet white wine, and seafood pastas. Marcvs Marvlvs Library Jazz Bar may draw Game of Thrones fans as key scenes were shot there. Cool music and a cozy setting make it a perfect…