Taste Trekkers

Australian high school chemistry teacher James Kennedy tells us how fruits have evolved over time.

Direct download: Episode_106_-_James_Kennedy.mp3
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Alanna Rodgers, founder of Tru Bahamian Food Tours, tells us all about the food scene in the Bahamas.

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Suzy Badaracco, founder of Culinary Tides, tells us about the world of food trend forecasting. We discuss how the impact of Hurricane Katrina, the economy, and the movie Frozen on what people eat.

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Chef Michael Cimarusti, owner of  Providence in Los Angeles, tells us about his culinary journey.  We discuss his time cooking in France, the secrets of seafood, and his family's recent culinary travels in Europe.

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Laura Siciliano Rosen, co-founder of Eat Your World, tells us about her culinary adventures in Istanbul, Coastal Yucatán, and New York City.

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Sam Poley of the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau tells us what makes the food scene in his North Carolina city unlike anywhere else. We discuss the close-knit chef community, what to do between meals, and the different styles of Carolina barbecue.

Direct download: Sam_Poley_-_Durham.mp3
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In the 100th episode of the Find Dining podcast, we take a look back at  some of our favorite interviews.   From Ireland to Thailand to Russia,  here's a sampler platter from our first two years.

Direct download: Episode_100_-_Greatest_Hits.mp3
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Elle Armon Jones of Big Foody Food Tours talks about culinary travel in New Zealand.   We discuss adjusting to opposite seasons,  Pacific Rim cuisine, and how Lord of the Rings put New Zealand on the tourist map.

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Christopher Bakken, author of Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table, and the English Department Chair at Allegheny College about culinary travel in Greece.   We discuss travel writing, harvesting olives, and hunting for octopus.

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Chef Cesin Curi of Los Andes in Providence, Rhode Island talks about about Bolivian cuisine.   We discuss opening a restaurant with his brother, the differences between Bolivian and Peruvian food, and what makes a great ceviche.

Direct download: Cesin_Curi_-_Bolivia.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Shane Kost, founder of Food Tour Pros and Chicago Food Planet Tours, talks to us about the food tour business and the Windy City's food scene. We discuss Chicago-style hot dogs, deep dish pizza, and architecture.

Direct download: Shane_Kost_-_Chicago.mp3
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We talk to Becky Reams, food photographer and second runner-up on Master Chef's season three.  We discuss food styling and photography, Kansas City barbecue, and what Gordon Ramsay is really like.

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David Sax, author of The Tastemakers: Why We're Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed Up with Fondue, talks about trends in the culinary food.  We discuss the impact of Sex and the City on cupcakes, the weight carried by Whole Foods and Dr. Oz, and truth about pomegranate juice.

Direct download: Davd_Sax_-_Food_Trends.mp3
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Grant Achatz is the world-renowned chef behind Alinea, Aviary, and Next in Chicago.  We talk to him about building his first car, molecular gastronomy, and surviving tongue cancer.

Direct download: Grant_Achatz_-_Chicago.mp3
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Top Chef finalist and fan favorite Sheldon Simeon of MiGrant and Mala Wailea tells us how to eat like a local in Maui.  We discuss Hawaiian family celebrations, elevating ramen, and his rise from dishwasher to celebrity chef.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

James Beard Award-winning filmmaker, Andrew Grace Beck, talks to us about his year of eating locally while filming Eating Alabama.  We discuss local eating, food documentaries, and the complicated state of American agriculture.

Direct download: Andrew_Beck_Grace_-_Alabama.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:56pm EDT

Grace Della of Miami Culinary Tours tells us where travelers should eat when they come to Miami, Florida.  We discuss neuvo latino cuisine, empanadas, and Miami’s art deco architecture.

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Cookbook author Dahlia Abraham-Klein talks to us about foods from The Silk Road through Central Asia.  We discuss how her family's nomadic merchant history is reflected in her recipes, Bukharian cuisine, and the secret to finding a good CSA.

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Myra Alperson of Noshwalks talks to us about food tours in New York City.  We discuss "the real New York,” Ghanaian food, and the secrets of an egg cream.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:16pm EDT

Meghan Sheridan, Executive Director of Vermont Fresh Network talks to us how to plan the perfect foodie trip to Vermont.  We talk about where to find great Vermont cheese, the secret of maple syrup, and the virtues of ice cider.

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Chef Jose Duarte of Taranta in Boston talks about the recent food trip he led into the jungle of Peru.  We discuss ceviche, making his restaurant eco-friendly, and getting kids to eat bugs in the Amazon.

Direct download: Jose_Duarte_-_Peru.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:29pm EDT

Colleen Franzreb, founder of Cape Cod Foodie Tours, talks to us about the dining scene in Cape Cod.  We discuss building a food tour business, the secret to great fish and chips, and how to avoid the Cape traffic.

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Matthew Amster-Burton, co-host of the Spilled Milk podcast, talks to us about dining in Tokyo, Japan.  We discuss raising children to be adventurous eaters, the origins of his podcast, and the secret to eating tempura.

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Dolores Wiarco Dweck of Lola’s Cocina talks to us about food tourism in Mexico. We discuss her research on cooking schools in Oaxaca,  the importance of mole, and the real meaning of Cinco de Mayo.

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Izabela Wojcik, the Director of House Programming for the James Beard Foundation, gives us an inside look at the James Beard Awards. We talk about the life of James Beard, how the Awards work, and all of the other things that the James Beard Foundation does.

Direct download: James_Beard_Interview.mp3
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81: The Galilee in Israel

Paul Nirews, Founder of Galileat food tours, joined us to talk about the culinary scene in Israel. We discuss the state of Israeli wine, the importance of olives, and the ability of food tourism to empower women in the Middle East.

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Food blogger Liz Reuven of Kosher Like Me talks about the rules of kosher dining and her new Passover cookbook, 4 Bloggers Dish: Passover: Modern Twists on Traditional Flavors. We discuss the parallels between ancient kosher laws and the modern organic food movement, the questions to ask at your local farmer’s market, and tips for updating the traditional Passover menu.

Direct download: Liz_Rueven_-_Passover.mp3
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Arthur Bovino, Executive Editor of The Daily Meal, joins us to talk to us about all things food and drink.  We discuss crowd-sourced restaurant reviews, the process for ranking restaurants, and the five best places to eat in America.

Direct download: Arthur_Bovino_-_Daily_Meal.mp3
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78: Macedonia and the Slow Food Movement

Stephanie Georgieff, host of the Real Food Empire podcast, tells us about the Slow Food Movement and the culinary scene in Macedonia. We discuss the origins of pizza, the U.S. Farm Bill, and McDonald's in Macedonia.

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77: Shirley Chung of Top Chef

Get to know Top Chef finalist Shirley Chung. We talk about her food journey from becoming a chef to her culinary explorations across Asia after finding her culinary voice in New Orleans.

Direct download: Shirley_Chung_-_Top_Chef.mp3
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76: Ireland

Helen McDaid, Manager of Food Tourism at Failte Ireland tells us about the culinary scene in Ireland.  We discuss the Guinness Storehouse, the potato famine, and how St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in Ireland.

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Sarah Hackney from The National Sustainable Agricultural Coalition (NSAC) talks to us about the Farm Bill and how it impacts American farmers, chefs and diners.  We discuss the changing face of US farming, why the bill took three years to pass in Congress, and the future of sustainable agriculture.

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Larry Kass from Heaven Hill Distilleries talks to us bourbon its role in tourism for Louisville, Kentucky.   We discuss the difference between bourbon and other whiskies , how to taste bourbon, why the best bourbons are made in Kentucky, and how the bourbon industry was built.

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In the episode of the Find Dining Podcast, we speak with Eric Weiner, founder of Food Trucks In, a company that enables people to discover new food trucks across the United States.

Direct download: Episode_73_-_Eric_Weiner.mp3
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In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, three-time James Beard Award-winning author Anya von Bremzen talks about what food was like growing up in Soviet Russia.  We discuss Russian mayonnaise, communal apartments and the black market.

Direct download: Anya_von_Bremsen_-_Russia.mp3
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In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Dodie Stephens of the Asheville Conventions and Visitors' Bureau tells us about the culinary scene in Asheville, North Carolina.  We discuss destination marketing, craft brewing and life in the mountains.

    Food for Thought:

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Direct download: Dodie_Stephenson_-_Asheville.mp3
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In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Tatiana Gana of Gastro Tours tells us how to take a culinary vacation in Spain.  We discuss Spain's virgin food tourism scene, extended lunches, and how Italy is taking credit for all of the country's olive oil.

  • Check out Tatiana's tours on the Gastro Tours website
  • Try the specialty foods of Spain, like Iberica ham
  • Newport Storm is a beer from Newport, Rhode Island
  • Ribera del Duero is a large wine region in the middle of Spain
  • When in Spain, eat the suckling lamb
  • Traveling within Spain using public transit in the bigger cities and rental cars within more rural areas
  • Lunch is the primary meal of the day

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What two food products is Spain the biggest producer of in the world?
  • A:  Olive oil and air-dried cured ham.

Out of the Frying Pan:

  • Best Way to Find Great Restaurants: About.com or ask a taxi driver
  • Remember to Pack: An extra t-shirt or two for layers.
  • Favorite Hotel: The Urban Hotel in Madrid
  • Favorite Spanish Wine:  Cune, a tempranillo from the Rioja region
  • Restaurant with the Best View: Parador in Toledo
  • Favorite Spanish Restaurant in New York City: Still looking...
Direct download: Tatiana_Gana_-_Spain.mp3
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In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Ann Mah joins us to talk about her new book, Mastering the Art of French Eating. We discuss Julia Child, how beef got to France, and why Americans don't like tripe.

Food for Thought:

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Ann_Mah_-_France_-_Final.mp3
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In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Erik Wolf, the Founder of the World Food Travel Association, joins us to talk about the upcoming Foodworx Conferencein Portland, Oregon. We discuss  the state of the food tourism industry, the difference between diners and cooks, and psycho-culinary profiles.

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What percentage of foodies identify themselves as "gourmet"?
  • A: 8.1%

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Episode_68_-_Erik_Wolf.mp3
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In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, James Beard Award-winning chef John Currence of the City Grocery Group restaurants  discusses his new cookbook, Pickles, Pigs and Whiskey: Recipes From my Three Favorite Food Groups and Then Some. We talk about Tabasco sauce, the rise of the celebrity chef and the impact of Hurricane Katrina on his hometown.

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What makes Avery Island, the home of Tabasco Sauce, a unique geological feature?
  • A: Avery Island is a salt dome.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

  • Dish to Order at City Grocery: Shrimp and Grits
  • Dish to Order at Boure: The Reuben
  • Dish to Order at Lamar Lounge: The Whole Hog Barbecue Plate
  • Dish to Order at Snackbar: The vegetarian special
  • Dish to Order at Big Bad Breakfast: The Pylon
  • Recommended Wines at City Grocery: Venge Scout's Honor Zinfandel, any Dan Costa Pinot, Arista's Pinot
Direct download: John_Currence_-_Oxford_MI.mp3
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In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, director David Barrow discusses two of his documentary films: Farm City-State and True Beef. We discuss and the demise of Home Ec.

Food for Thought:

  • Q: How many different lean cuts of beef are in a cow?
  • A: 29.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Episode_66_-_David_Barrow.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:19pm EDT