Taste Trekkers

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

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
Category:general -- posted at: 4:12pm EST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 3:49am EST

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
Category: -- posted at: 2:26am EST

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 EST

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