Taste Trekkers

In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Rosetta Costantino, author of Southern Italian Desserts, talks about the dishes of her hometown of Calabria, Italy. We discuss the Queen's licorice, the difference between Tuscan dishes and Southern Italian dishes, and the influence of the Swiss and the Arabs.

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What nut was brought to Sicily by the Arabs and is now grown on the slopes of Mount Etna?
  • A: The pistachio.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

  • Where you Fly Into: Lamezia Airport
  • Where to Stay in Southern Italy: Porto Pirgos
  • Favorite Chef: Pietro Lecce of La Tavernetta
  • Favorite Time of Year to Visit Calabria: September
  • Favorite Place for Olive Oil: Dattlio
  • Favorite Place for Cheese: Maiorano (try the Crotonese pecorino cheese)
  • Favorite Places to go for Wine: FerrocintoOdoardiStattiLibrandi
  • Southern Italian Dish for Comparison: Pasta al Calabria

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Direct download: Rosetta_Constantino.mp3
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In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Chef Andy Ricker of Pok Pokin Portland, Oregon, shows us how to take a culinary adventure in Thailand. We discuss mortars and pestles, boiled buffalo fetus and Ike's Vietnamese fish sauce wings.

Regions of Thailand to Explore:

  • The South / Peninsula
  • Central Thailand
  • Isan / Northeastern Thailand
  • Chiang Mai / Northend Thailand

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What is a seasoning that Thai food and Italian food share?
  • A: Fish sauce.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

  • Must-Visit Places in Thailand: Chiang Mai and Bangkok
  • Thai Dish for Comparison: Pad Thai
  • Favorite Chef: David Thompson
  • Thai Drinks to Try: Sugarcane Juice, Hibiscus Juice, Chrysanthemum Tea, White Lightning
  • Best Place in the U.S. to Buy Thai Ingredients: Thai farmers in Florida
  • Where to Buy Mortars and Pestles: Temple of Thai

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Direct download: Andy_Ricker_-_Thailand.mp3
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In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Anita Chu of Dessert First recommends Rich Tablein San Francisco, where Chefs Evan and Sarah Rich serves up New American dishes like lamb and dandelion pasta, salmon with tomatoes and gribiche.

Anita recommends:

  • Sardine chips
  • Douglas fir levain
  • Lamb and dandelion pasta
  • Salmon with tomatoes and gribiche
  • Mint chocolate ice cream

San Francisco Dining Districts to Explore:

  • Mission
  • Financial District/SoMa
  • Hayes Valley

San Francisco Food Events:

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What was the original name of the city of San Francisco?
  • A: Yerba Buena.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Rich Table on Urbanspoon

Direct download: Episode_63_-_Anita_Chu_-_San_Francisco_-_EQ.mp3
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What is “food tourism” anyway? How do you do it? And how do you make sure that you’re doing it well? At the first Taste Trekkers Food Tourism Conference, we brought together several chefs, food tour operators and culinary tourism experts to discuss the state of food tourism and give you practical tips for putting together a great foodie vacation. Led by Gail Ciampa, the Food Editor of The Providence Journal, we heard from the top practitioners of food tourism in North America. This week's podcast episode features a recording of that panel discussion on Saturday, September 21, 2013, in Providence, Rhode Island.  

Direct download: Episode_62_-_Taste_Trekkers_Panel_Discussion.mp3
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In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Ken Aiken of Touringroads recommend Crop Bistroin Stowe, Vermont where Chef Tom Bivins serves up dishes like the Carolina MOP Chicken Sandwich and Vermont Rarebit. We discuss moto-foodies, Vermont cheese and the importance of a beer glass' shape.

Ken recommends:

  • Beer-battered fried pickles
  • Cheddar Larger Soup
  • Carolina MOP Chicken Sandwich
  • Vermont Rarebit

Food for Thought:

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Ken_Aiken_-_Stowe.mp3
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In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Greg Fatigati of Fatigati's Fresh Pasta talks about the Hope & Main kitchen incubatorin Warren, Rhode Island. We discuss pasta, the Food Network and the origin of tomatoes.

Food for Thought:

  • Q: How did the tortellini get its shape?
  • A: It was inspired by a woman's belly button -- perhaps Venus, the goddess of love.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Greg_Fatigati_-_Providence.mp3
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In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, hear the keynote address given by Chef Matt Jennings of Farmstead at the 2013 Taste Trekkers Food Tourism Conference. Matt was introduced by the Mayor of Providence, the honorable Angel Taveras.

Direct download: Episode_59_-_Matt_Jennings_Speech.mp3
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In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, we speak with Frank Martucci, the General Manager of Beverage Operations at the Twin River Casino and the National Vice President of the United States Bartenders' Guild. We talk discuss whiskey, bourbon, rum and bitters.

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What is the difference between bourbon and whiskey?
  • A: Bourbon is from the U.S., its base spirit must be made of at least 51% corn, and it must be aged in a barrel for at least 2 years.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Frank_Martucci_-_Providence.mp3
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In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, we speak with Chef Matt Jennings of Farmstead, the James Beard Award nominee and three-time Cochon 555 champion who will deliver the keynote address at the first Taste Trekkers Food Tourism Conference. We talk about his journeys as a chef and cheese buyer, the importance of the farm-to-table movement, and the proper way to dig for clams.

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What piece of equipment is used when digging for Quahogs (clams)?
  • A: A bull rake.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Matt_Jennings_-_Providence.mp3
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In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, we speak with Richard J.S. Gutman, the Director and Curator of the Johnson & Wales Culinary Museum in Providence, Rhode Island. We talk about the museum and the history of food trucks and diners.

Food for Thought:

  • Q: Patrick J. "Pop" Tierney was an early diner-building pioneer at the turn of the 20th century in New Rochelle, New York. What innovation in the industry is he credited with?
  • A: Moving toilets inside the diner.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Richard_Gutman_-_Providence.mp3
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In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Danielle Brodhagen of the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance recommends Langdon Hallin Cambridge, where Chef Jonathan Gushue serves up Canadian dishes.

Danielle recommends:

  • Poached chicken and foie gras terrine
  • The burger on the Wilk's bar menu
  • Pickeral
  • Dark chocolate pave

Ontario Dining Areas to Explore:

  • Toronto
  • Stratford
  • Niagara
  • Ottawa

Ontario Food Events:

Food for Thought:

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Danielle_Brodhagen_-_Ontario.mp3
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In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Cindy Salvato of Savoring Rhode Island recommends Bacaroin Providence, where Chef Brian Kingsford serves up Italian dishes like Pesce del Giorno. We talk about DOP pizza, Waterfire and the city's historic Federal Hill neighborhood.

Cindy recommends:

  • Antipasti
  • Pesce del Giorno
  • A spritz
  • Any freshly made tart

Providence Dining Districts to Explore:

  • Federal Hill
  • Downcity
  • River walk

Providence Food Events:

Food for Thought:

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Cindy_Salvato_-_Providence.mp3
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In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Marina Marchese of Red Bee Honey tells all about the art of honey tasting in a special preview of her session at the 2013 Taste Trekkers Food Tourism Conference. We talk about raising bees, corporate pollination and the key to honey flavor profiles.

Food for Thought:

  • Q: How much honey does the average worker bee produce during her lifetime?
  • A: One twelfth of a teaspoon.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Marina_Marchese_-_Red_Bee_Honey.mp3
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In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Aysegul Kesimoglu of King's College London recommends Lokanta Mayain Istanbul, where Chef Didem Senol serves up contemporary Turkish dishes like whiting fish, caramalized sea bass, and long roasted lamb.

Aysegul recommends:

  • Courgette fritters
  • Salted bonito fish
  • Chicken pate with pear marmalade
  • Seed and herb salad with pomegranate
  • Whiting fish of the cod fish family with almonds and potato salad
  • Caramalized sea bass which she sometimes cooks with orange and at other times with fig
  • Long roasted lamb with white bean puree
  • Mastic pudding with cherry sauce

The Şisli - Nişantaşı Area:

  • Organic food market near Feriköy in the Şişli district (on Saturdays, and in different neighborhoods on other days)
  • Both Şisli and in certain parts of Nişantaşı there are artisinal restaurants like Hamov, which specializes in Armenian Cuisine, a must-try dish is "topik" (made mainly from chickpeas and currant; usually also has onion, pimento, cumin and some other spices)
  • Nişantaşı is more trendy filled with places for people watching. But, there are some speciality stores to buy special and local products, like Güven Kuruyemiş for nuts and dried fruits
  • Check out Konak Patisscerie for baked goods and dessert
  • Go to Kürşat for olive oils and olives; an artisanal boutique that brings products directly from Ayvalik / Coastal city in the Agean Region.
  •  Kantin by Şemza Denizsel is a Ottolenghi London style cafe and store. Great spot for lunch.
  • Visit Tatbak and Hunkar

Kadikoy, a Ferry port and commercial hub:

  • Ciya Restaurant: The food is eclectic, mostly influenced by the east of Turkey but you will get a taste of Mesopotamia, Ottoman and Balkan cuisine here. There are three Restaurants by the same owner chef (Musa Dağdeviren) in this district. Two of them are across from each other. Çiya Kebab specializes in kebab dishes. Çiya Sofrası specializes in regional dishes.
  • Visit the open market of grocers and charcuterie
  • And don't forget the fisheries!

Besiktaş, another a commercial hub and a port:

  • Try a very good meatball restaurant, such as Şöhret
  • Kafadaroğlu Börekçisi: Speciality of this place is the "börek" (salted pastry that is filled with different ingredients depending on preference and taste). Their Turkish dessert selection is also very good. Worth trying: "Tel kadayıfı" - which is also known as kadaif and it's made from shredded yufka / filled with walnuts or pistachio. Also try the baklawa and "şöbiyet" (similar to baklawa).
  • Go to Naci for ciger (liver)
  • Visit the fish market

Eminönü:

  • This is a well known area among tourists because of the Spice Market
  • Got to Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi for the Turkish coffee
  • Visit the Open Market behind the Spice Market
  • Pandeli is an important restaurant founded in 1901, specializing in Turkish cuisine. Many famous people have eaten here ,including Queen Elizabeth, Robert DeNiro, Audrey Hepburn, Tony Curtis, and Roman Polansky.

Turkish Foods:

  • Olive Oil: Go to Kürşat for olive oils and olives; it's an artisanal boutique that brings products directly from Ayvalik, a coastal city in the Agean Region.
  • Pomegranate Sour
  • Lor Cheese: Go to Bandirma Ciftligi (Farm Shop) for Lor Cheese (ricotta like Turkish cheese)
  • Try this Turkish cheese shop: Peynirci Mehmet in Çengelköy
  • Visit delis for local and regional specialities, like Merkez Şarküteri in Levent, which was founded in 1966. There, you should try Ezine cheese, Gemlik olives, Kayseri pastırması (cured meat), Trakya eski kaşarı (cheese) and buffalo cream. You'll also find village eggs, thin flat bread and Turkish sashimi (lakerda).
  • For nuts and dried fruits, as well as spices, go to Kardesler Kuruyemis in Levent
  • Namli Gurme
  • Mezes (Small Tapas) can be eaten at a fish or kebab restaurant, or at a meyhane (tavern). Example of mezes include Gavurdagi salad (a spicy salad made from tomatoes minced really small with onions walnuts sumac and other spices and herbs topped with pomegranate sour), or pacanga borek (which is salted pastry with pastirma, a cured beef typical of Turkey, or muhlama (corn meal cooked in butter, then made to a pudding like consistency by the addition of water and lots of melting cheese), and topik (made mainly from chickpeas and currant; usually also has onion, pimento, cumin and some other spices)
  • Begendi / Aubergine Puree: Not to be bought, but to be ordered when at a restaurant

Chefs:

  • The spokesperson for the organic food movement is Defne Koryurek (also here)
  • Semza Denizsel is known as the Alice Waters of Turkey and was a pioneer of the farm-to-table approach
  • Ex-La Mouette chefs Cihan Kipcak and Uryan Dogmus are also quite exemplary with their innovative and creative approaches to cooking
  • Mehmet Gurs owns the Mikla Restaurant
  • Refika
  • Civan Er  owns Yeni Lokanta / New Canteen is an innovative creative chef who likes to play around with ingredients.
  • Sina Sucuka - upcoming on training

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What is the nickname of the popular restaurant in Istanbul that was the meeting place for hippies and other travelers on the so-called 'hippie trail' -- the overland route between Europe and India, Nepal, and elsewhere in Asia -- in the 1960s?
  • A: The Pudding Shop.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Aysegul_Kesimoglu__-_Istanbul.mp3
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Subscribe or leave a review in iTunes. In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Tyler Walters of Why Did I Eat This? recommends Angel's Trumpet Ale Housein Phoenix, where Chef Xane Brody serves up fantastic wings.

Tyler recommends:

  • Angels Wings with Honey and Moose Drool Dipping Sauce
  • Pizzas
  • The Churchill Grilled Cheese
  • Pop Tarts

Phoenix Dining Districts to Explore:

  • Downtown Phoenix
  • Old Town Scottsdale
  • Downtown Chandler

Phoenix Food Events:

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What dish was almost named the official state food of Arizona in 2011?
  • A: The chimichanga.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Tyler_Walters_-_Phoenix.mp3
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Lisa Biello In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Lisa Biello recommends Orchids at Palm Court in Cincinnati, where Chef Todd Kelly serves up American dishes like Braised Short Ribs. We talk about quail eggs, proper dining attire and life as a DJ.

Lisa recommends:

  • Maine Lobster Salad
  • Braised Short Ribs
  • Anything Pastry Chef Megan Ketover makes
  • Ask Level II Certified Sommelier Charles Redmond to find a wine pairing for your meal

Cincinnati Dining Districts to Explore:

  • Downtown/Over-the-Rhine
  • Hyde Park
  • Northside

Cincinnati Food Events:

Food for Thought:

  • Q: Was there an actual WKRP in Cincinnati?
  • A: No, the show was based on stations and characters in other cities.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Lisa_Biello_-_Cincinnati.mp3
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Subscribe or leave a review in iTunes. In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Jeremy Kossler tells us what to expect at the Denver Burger Battle. We discuss grass-fed beef, squid-ink buns and the importance of truffles. Denver Burger Battle:

2013 Contestants:

Denver, CO Dining Districts to Explore:

  • Lower Highlands
  • Downtown
  • Ballpark

Food for Thought:

  • Q: Denver lays claim to inventing this iconic american food item - what is it?
  • A: The cheeseburger.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Jeremy_Kossler_-_Denver.mp3
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In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Ann Tuennerman talks about the 2013 program at Tales of the Cocktail, the world's premiere mixology conference.

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  • Q: What was the occupation of Antoine Peychaud, the creator of Peychaud's Bitters?
  • A: Pharmacist.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Ann_Tuennermann_-_New_Orleans.mp3
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In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Angela Roberts of Spinach Tiger recommends Silly Goosein Nashville, where Chef Roderick Bailey serves up Americana dishes like dry rubbed pork ribs and citrus & greek yogurt marinated chicken. We discuss Honky Tonk Row, George Foreman Grills and the city's eponymous television show.

Angela recommends:

  • The Claw: 12 grilled wild gulf shrimp, applewood bacon jam, lemon, tuscan bread, fennel pollen, parsley
  • The Pack Mule: 5 dry rubbed pork ribs, papaw’s “ho” cakes, local apples, mustard greens, orange-dried chili sauce
  • The Hustler: 17 citrus & greek yogurt marinated chicken, red lentils, kale, chili oil, spicy tamarind sauce, Noble Springs feta
  • The housemade ice cream

[gallery columns="4" ids="4943,4944,4945,4946" link="none"] Nashville Dining Districts to Explore:

  • East Nashville
  • Honky Tonk Row
  • Germantown
  • Downtown Franklin

Nashville Food Events:

Food for Thought:

  • Q: Name the first mass-produced multiple-ingredient candy bar, which comes Nashville.
  • A: Goo Goo Cluster.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Angela_Roberts_-_Nashville_-_TT_Outro.mp3
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Greg Nivens> In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Greg Nivens tells us what to expect at the Beer Bourbon and BBQ Festival. We discuss the history of bourbon, the barbecue sauces of the South and the secret history of tirmisu. Beer Bourbon and BBQ Festival:

Baltimore Dining Districts to Explore:

  • Canton
  • Fell's Point
  • Federal Hill
  • Hampden

Also:

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What famous Italian delicacy is rumored to be created by a man from Baltimore?
  • A: Tiramisu.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Greg_Nivens_-_Baltimore.mp3
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In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Jen Chan of foodpr0n recommends Chanteclerin Toronto, where Chef Jonathon Poon serves up just one contemporary Asian dish: the lettuce wrap. We discuss food photography, celebrity chefs and Toronto's four Chinatowns.

Jen recommends:

  • The Spicy Popcorn Chicken
  • The Lettuce Wrap
  • The Sundae Funday

Toronto Dining Districts to Explore:

  • Ossington
  • Kensington
  • Chinatown, any of them

Toronto Food Events:

Food for Thought:

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Jen_Chan_-_Toronto.mp3
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In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Kim Ranjbar of Suck the Heads recommends Patois Restaurant in New Orleans, where Chef Aaron Burgauserves up French dishes with a local accent (or "patois") like Almond Crusted Gulf Fish, Short Rib Sandwich, and Duck Confit Salad.

Kim recommends:

  • Moules Frites
  • Mississippi Rabbit Terrine
  • Gnocchi
  • Almond Crusted Gulf Fish
  • Short Rib Sandwich
  • Duck Confit Salad
  • The Street Car Sour
  • "Snickers"
  • King Cake Bread Pudding

New Orleans Dining Districts to Explore:

  • Uptown
  • Riverbend
  • Bywater

New Orleans Food Events:

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What liquor drastically changed after traveling down the Mississippi River in the late 1800's?
  • A: Tennessee White Lightning Whiskey (which was turned into Southern Comfort).

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Kimberly_Ranjbar_-_New_Orleans.mp3
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In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Laura Raymond of Destination Cuisine recommends The Usual Placein Sarasota, where Chef Chef Alessio serves up Italian dishes like Pork Shank. We discuss tightrope walkers, the plural of "octopus," and the virtues of a cucumber cocktail.

Laura recommends:

  • Tagliere di formaggi e marmellate
  • Pork Shank (a.k.a. the "Stinco al Forno")
  • Sampler of Italian Desserts

Sarasota Dining Districts to Explore:

Sarasota Food Events:

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What seafood delicacy is only available eight months of the year?
  • A: Stone crab.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Laura_Raymond_-_Sarasota.mp3
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In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Heather Lauer of CenPho.com recommends Beckett's Tablein Phoenix, where Chef Justin Beckett serves up New American dishes like Green Chili Pork Stew, Short Ribs, and Pork Osso Buco. We discuss and bacon s'mores, Arizona wines and Alice Cooper's Big Unit.

Heather recommends:

  • Grilled Cheese with Pancetta
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Cheese and Bread Board
  • Green Chili Pork Stew
  • Short Ribs
  • Pork Osso Buco
  • Fig & Pecan Pie
  • Chocolate Dipped Bacon S'mores

Phoenix Dining Districts to Explore:

  • Central Avenue and Camelback Road: "It doesn't really have a name, but this is the hottest spot in town at the moment."
  • Roosevelt Row
  • Arcadia

Phoenix Food Events:

Food for Thought:

  • Q: Which famous rockstar owns a sports bar/restaurant in Downtown Phoenix?
  • A: Alice Cooper.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Heather_Lauer_-_Phoenix.mp3
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Viviana Machado In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Viviana Machado of Foodies Inked offers up another great restaurant recommendation: Le Select Bistroin toronto, where Chef Albert Ponzo serves up French dishes like Beef Cheeks & Duck Confit. We discuss bone marrow, beef cheeks and Tim Hortons' Dubai invasion.

Viviana recommends:

  • Moussels
  • Bone Marrow
  • Beef Cheeks
  • Duck Confit
  • Chocolate Cake with passion fruit sorbet

Toronto Dining Districts to Explore:

  • Queen West
  • The Entertainment District
  • Kensington Market
  • The Annex

Toronto Food Events:

Food for Thought:

  • Q: Name three Canadian food staples.
  • A: Maple syrup, canadian bacon, and poutine.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Viviana_Machado_-_Toronto.mp3
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Amanda Hicken - at Dante Cleveland In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Amanda Hicken of Clue Into Cleveland offers up another great restaurant recommendation: The Greenhouse Tavernin Cleveland, Ohio, where Chef Jonathon Sawyer serves up French and seasonally inspired gastropub dishes like Roasted Pig's Head and Animal Style Frites. We talk about urban gardens, pickle bars, and eating eye sockets.

Amanda recommends:

  • Hand Ground Beef Tartar
  • Crispy Hominy
  • Crispy Chicken Wings Confit
  • Roasted Pig's Head
  • Animal Style Frites
  • Buttered Popcorn Pot de Crème
  • Jeni’s Ice Cream
  • A "Kitchen Coffee" to thank the restaurant

Cleveland, Ohio Dining Districts to Explore:

  • Ohio City
  • Tremont
  • Downtown

Cleveland, Ohio Food Events:

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What nationally known Italian chef got his start in Cleveland?
  • A: Chef Boyardee.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Amanda_Hicken_-_Cleveland.mp3
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BitchesWhoBrunch1 In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Becca Clara Love of Bitches Who Brunch offers up another great restaurant recommendation: Lavagnain Washington, DC, where Chef Alex Ripley serves up locally sourced Italian dishes like bruschetta, ravioli riccota and tiramisu. We talk about the secret to Ethiopian food, chili cheese fries, and where to find bottomless mimosas for Sunday brunch.

Becca recommends:

  • The Charcuterie
  • The Bruschetta
  • The Ravioli Riccota
  • The Chesapeake Rockfish
  • The Tiramisu

Washington, D.C. Dining Districts to Explore:

  • U Street & 14th
  • H Street Northeast
  • Chinatown/Penn Quarter

Washington, D.C. Food Events:

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What famous D.C. restaurant is known for it’s chili cheese fries?
  • A: Ben's Chili Bowl.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Becca_Clara_Love_-_Washington_DC_.mp3
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Kristin Sheppard Subscribe or leave a review in iTunes. In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Kristin Sheppard of the Mad Betty blog offers up another great restaurant recommendation: Ramen Tatsu-yain Austin, where Chef Tatsu Aikawa serves up Japanese dishes like Tokotsu Original Ramen. We talk about Texas barbecue, the difference between Tex-Mex and Mexican, and how beets and brussel sprouts are having a moment.

Kristin recommends:

  • Gyoza Potstickers
  • Tokotsu Original Ramen
  • Mochi

Austin Dining Districts to Explore:

  • South Austin
  • North Austin

Austin Food Events:

Food for Thought:

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Kristin_Sheppard_-_Austin.mp3
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Michael Sweeney

In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Michael Sweeney of STL Hops and the Stewed STL Podcast offers up another great restaurant recommendation: Dressel's Public House in St. Louis, where Chef Michael Miller serves up Gastropub dishes like Porchetta “Louie.” We talk about the local craft beer scene, the unusual texture of Provel cheese, and the "Poochie" of The Food Network.

Michael recommends:

  • Poutine
  • Porchetta “Louie”
  • A Cask Beer
  • A whiskey or bourbon

Saint Louis Dining Districts to Explore:

  • Clayton
  • Central West End
  • Grand Blvd

Saint Louis Food Events:

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What St. Louis delicacy consists of an egg foo young patty served with dill pickle slices, white onion, mayonnaise, lettuce, and tomato between two slices of white bread?
  • A: St. Paul's Sandwich

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Michael_Sweeney_-_St_Louis.mp3
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In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Hope Philbrick of Getaways for Grownups tells us what to expect at the Golden Onion Chef Competition in Vidalia, Ga. We talk about what makes the Vidalia onion so special, when to camp in Georgia, and how many Wal-Marts it takes to make a city. Golden Onion:

Participating Chefs:

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What is the official prepared food of Georgia?
  • A: Grits.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Hope_Philbrick_2_-_Atlanta.mp3
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In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, David Dadekian of Eat Drink RI talks about the new Eat Drink RI Festival in Providence, which will showcase the best chefs and food producers of Rhode Island. We discuss hot wieners, Rhode Island-style calamari, and bars in lingerie shops.

Providence Dining Districts to Explore:

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What type of food establishment does Providence have more of per capita than anywhere else?
  • A: Coffee Shops. (Rhode Island runs on Dunkin' Donuts.)

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In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Elyse Wagner of My Kitchen Shrink offers up another great restaurant recommendation: Hugo's Restaurantin Redmond, where Chef Hugo Tapia serves up New American cuisine that's perfect for vegetarians, vegans, or anyone with food intolerances.

Elyse recommends:

  • Alaskan Dungenous Crab Cake
  • Crispy Kale Salad
  • Vegetarian Spring Rolls
  • Beet Potato & Carrot Latke
  • Chicken Marsala
  • Lamb Shank
  • Mac & Cheese with Crab Meat
  • Any Juices
  • Raw Cheesecake

Seattle Dining Districts to Explore:

  • Bell Town
  • Eastside- Kirkland/Bellevue/Redmond/Woodinville
  • University District

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What is so special about the Seattle (hot) dog?
  • A: It is served with cream cheese.

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Direct download: Elyse_Wagner_-_Seattle.mp3
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Kelly Kunovic In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Kellee Kunovic of Vegasjuhl offers up another great restaurant recommendation: Osteria del Circoin Las Vegas, where Chef Michael Vitangeli serves up Tuscan dishes like Mama Egi's Ravioli or the Rack of Lamb. We discuss celebrity chefs, the new pizza trend, and what farm to table means in the desert.

Kellee recommends:

  • Carpaccio
  • Mama Egi's Ravioli
  • Rack of Lamb
  • Tiramisu

Las Vegas Dining Districts to Explore:

  • Chinatown
  • Fremont East
  • Summerlin

Las Vegas Food Events:

Food for Thought:

  • Q: Who was the first Celebrity Chef to open a restaurant in Las Vegas?
  • A: Wolfgang Puck (with Spago)

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David Barrow In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, David Barrow, the Telly and International Film Festival Award Winning Filmmaker discuses his new documentary, Farm-City, State, which sets out to answer the question, "Can Austin feed itself?" He also offers up another great restaurant recommendation: Leniorin Austin, where Chef Todd Duplechan serves up dishes featuring locally grown ingredients.

Links:

Food for Thought:

  • Q: Parts of Austin used to be the largest and most productive land for what crop?
  • A: Spinach

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Evelyne

In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Evelyne White gives us a tour of the culinary scene in Brussels and tells us how we can find a dinner party with a homecooked meal using her newly launched social dining network, Bookalokal. We discuss the appeal of moule frites (mussels & fries), the potency of "blanche" beer and how real Belgians do waffles.

Beer Lover's Dinner (5 beers, 3 courses):

Brussels Dining Districts to Explore:

  • Downtown - Grande Place
  • Ixelles
  • St. Katherine

Brussels Food Events:

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What is the #1 reason why people visit Brussels?
  • A: Food!

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Direct download: Evelyne_White_-_Brussels.mp3
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Cooking Whims

In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Megan Kellett of Cooking Whims offers up another great restaurant recommendation: Back Deck in Boston, where Chef Paul Sussman serves up American "backyard grill" dishes like spicy sweet potato and chicken hash. We discuss the city's killer cupcake trend, death by molasses, and how one chef escaped a Harvard degree.

Megan recommends:

  • Creamy Roasted Eggplant Spread
  • Butternut Squash Soup
  • Spicy Sweet Potato and Chicken Hash
  • Cranberry S'mores

Boston Dining Districts to Explore:

  • Cambridge/Somerville
  • The North End
  • Southie

Boston Food Events:

Food for Thought:

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Malika Harricharan

In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Malika Harricharan of Atlanta Restaurant Blog offers up another great restaurant recommendation: Wisteria, where Chef Jason Hill serves up Southern dishes like molasses-rubbed pork tenderloin, fried catfish, and shrimp 'n grits. We discuss the ethics of food blogging, what it's like to judge a food competition, and why food trucks are gateway drugs for foodies.

Malika recommends:

  • Black Eyed Pea Hummus
  • Tuna / Salmon Tartare
  • PEI Mussels
  • Molasses-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin
  • Fried Catfish
  • Shrimp N Grits
  • Bread Pudding

Atlanta Foodie Events:

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What state produces more peaches than Georgia?
  • A: South Carolina.

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Mermaid Inn
Oysters

In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Marisa Olsen of the Les Foodites blog offers up another great restaurant recommendation: The Mermaid Inn in New York City, where Chef Adam Alderin serves up seafood dishes like spaghetti fra diavolo, fish tacos and a fantastic lobster sandwich. We discuss The New York Times' infamous review of Guy Fieri's Times Square restaurant, the difference between east coast and west coast oysters, and the finer points of Dim Sum dining.

Marisa recommends:

  • Oysters Galore
  • Lobster Knuckles "Escargot"
  • Tuna Crudo
  • Seared Calamari
  • Spaghetti fra Diavolo
  • Lobster Sandwich
  • Fish Tacos
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Shishito Peppers

New York City Dining Districts to Explore:

  • West Village
  • Chinatown
  • Lower East Side

New York City Food Events:

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What is the name of the first pizzeria to open in New York City?
  • A: Lombardi's Pizza.

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Kate's Biscuits
Grilled Cheese

In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Michele Meek of The Rhode Less Traveled offers up another great restaurant recommendation: Farmsteadin Providence, where Chef Matthew Jennings serves up New American dishes like rhode island monkfish and organic suckling pig. We discover what cabinets and jimmies are, what happens when you light a river on fire and how a corrupt mayor transformed the city.

Michele recommends:

  • Kate’s Rustic Biscuits
  • Rhode Island Monkfish
  • Organic Suckling Pig Tasting
  • Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Caramel Tartlet

Providence Dining Districts to Explore:

  • West Side
  • Downcity
  • East Side

Providence Food Events:

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What type of restaurant was invented in Providence?
  • A: The diner.

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Hamachi Shooter

In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Ngoc Ngo of San Jose Food Blog offers up another great restaurant recommendation: Alexander's Steakhousein Cupertino, where Chef Jeffrey Stout serves up American with Japanese influence dishes like Australian Wagyu steak. We talk about the Silicon Valley culinary scene, the Roti bun craze, and why San Jose is nicknamed "Man Jose."

Ngoc recommends:

  • Flash Fried Shishito Peppers
  • Australian Wagyu Steak
  • Raspberry Chocolate Souffle

San Jose Dining Districts to Explore:

  • Downtown San Jose
  • Willow Glen
  • King and Tully Roads

San Jose Food Events:

  • Moveable Feast food truck festival (every week)

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What popular Vietnamese deli sandwich chain originated in San Jose?
  • A: Lee's Sandwiches

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Pastaria

In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Laura Bentele of The Moscow Circus offers up another great restaurant recommendation: Pastariain St. Louis, where Chef Gerard Craft serves up Italian dishes like Bucatini All'Amatriciana and Pappardelle. We discuss the local craft brewery scene, the appeal of toasted ravioli and how to eat concrete.

Laura recommends:

  • Crispy Risotto Balls
  • Shaved Kale Salad
  • Bucatini All'Amatriciana
  • Pappardelle
  • Half salted caramel, half pistachio gelato

St. Louis Dining Districts to Explore:

  • Soulard/Benton Park
  • Clayton
  • The Hill

St. Louis Food Events:

  • Any Schlafly festival: Cod & Cask in February, Oyster & Stout in March, Belgian Beer & Mussels in July, Hop in the City in September.
  • St. Nicholas Greek Festival (Labor Day Weekend)

Food for Thought:

  • Q: Name three foods that debuted at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis.
  • A: Hot dogs, iced tea and the waffle ice cream cone.

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El Naranjo
Fish Tacos

In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Katie Lewis of Slow Down & Savor offers up another great restaurant recommendation: El Naranjoin Austin , where Chef Iliana de la Vega serves up traditional interior Mexican dishes like Tacos de Pescado with a side of “de la olla” black beans and Tacos de Cochinita Pibíl with a side of refried black beans. We discuss the infamous bat bridge, absinthe cocktails and the history of the Club Sandwich.

Katie recommends:

  • Guacamole Tradicional
  • The Side Salad
  • Tacos de Pescado: Three tacos with Achiote marinated fish, shredded cabbage, salsa mexicana served on corn tortilla, with a side of “de la olla” black beans
  • Tacos de Cochinita Pibíl Three tacos stuffed with Cochinita Pibíl (slow roasted pork shoulder), pickled red onions and a side of refried black beans

Austin, Texas Dining Districts to Explore:

  • Rainey Street
  • Warehouse District
  • 2nd Street District

Austin, Texas Food Events:

Food for Thought:

  • Q: True or False: Austin Is the 14th Best Burger City in the USA.
  • A: False. According to USA Today, Austin ranks 13th.

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Dominick & Thierry Rautureau
The Cookbook

In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Dominick Cura, the 13-year-old author of the cookbook Eternally Gluten-Free, discusses his life with celiac disease. He talks about his diagnosis and learning to cope with the disease, as well as the challenges people with gluten allergies face at the grocery store, at restaurants and in their everyday lives. He also talks about one of his favorite Seattle restaurants, Razzi's Pizzeria, where Chef Amir Razzaghi serves up gluten-free Italian and Mediterranean dishes like chicken marsala, chicken parmesan, gyros.

Dominick recommends:

  • Pita Bread
  • Chicken Marsala
  • Caramel Butterscotch Pie

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Direct download: Dominick_Cura_-_Seattle.mp3
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