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National Martini Day

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Food, Food Blog, Martini Quotes, National Martini Day, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, Today in Food History, Travel, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Quote for Today: The Martini is the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet. H. L. Mencken

Martini, Food HolidaysToday is National Martini Day here in the United States. I was originally worried about getting this post out in time but I then realized most Martini lovers would go ahead and make this holiday stretch out through the weekend. No one is really sure who came up with the Martini. Some suggest that the Martini came about around the 1860’s at the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco. Before hopping on the ferry home commuters would enjoy a drink at the Hotel Bar. The boat ride home was to Martinez so they called this Gin concoction a Martini.

Others proclaim that the Martini got its start at the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York and was named after the man pouring them around 1911. The classic Martini was a mixture of chilled Gin and Vermouth garnished with a green olive or a twist of lemon. In the beginning, the ratio of Gin to Vermouth was 1:1. However, by the 1930’s it was 3:1 or 4:1 and by the second half of the century it was 8:1 and sometimes even 12:1. When I was taught how to make this drink I was instructed to just wave the bottle of Vermouth over the mixing glass. It didn’t take me long to realize they weren’t kidding.Martini Recipe, Travel & Food Blog, Roadtrips R Us

In the 70’s and 80’s the Martini and the Three Martini Lunch became outdated and even frowned upon. Come on you remember those days when lemon drops, Long Island Tea’s, Alabama Slammers and two old guys pushing Bartles and Jaymes in T.V. commercials ruled the land. The 90’s saw the Martini back in vogue again and the number of variations became astronomical. Luckily, if you can’t see yourself having an Appletini and you won’t tolerate the site of liquor bottle with Godiva on it, there are still some great places to get a classic Martini. Here are five of them.

National Martini Day, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food Blog1) The Bar at the Dorchester: London, England – Giuliano Morandi will create for you the perfect Martini in this dark intimate bar from days gone by.  

2) Columbia Room: Washington, DC – The classic Martini is alive and well here. They even take the temperature of your Martini making sure it is served at the perfect temperature of 30 degrees Fahrenheit.

3) American Bar at the Savoy: London, England – One of the most famous hotel bars in the world. The late Queen Mother herself is rumored to have stopped in for a late morning drink. Dudley Moore had also been bullied on stage to play the piano by pals Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole. Today, Erik Lorincz, a world-renowned bartender can be found behind the bar racking up awards for outstanding cocktails and service.

4) Scofflaw: Chicago, IL – It is here that you will find a seasonally changing cocktail menu that focuses on Gin. Even those that normally scoff at Juniper Juice walk away smiling. The bargain price for cocktails has nothing to do with it.

Porchlight NY, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food Blog5) Porchlight: New York, NY –  Danny Meyer in a collaboration with his Blue Smoke partner Mark Maynard-Parisi, have joined the elite circle in the world of bars. The Porchlight has been named one of the best bars in New York and rightfully so. You can have a cocktail your way – shaken or stirred. 

 

 

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A Thousand Reasons to Enter: Hellmann’s Burger Route Contest

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Food, Hellmann’s Burger Route Contest, Metro Diner, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, Roswell Ga, Travel, Travel Blog | 0 comments

Quote for Today: Man who invented the hamburger was smart; man who invented the cheeseburger was a genius. Matthew McConaughey

Hellmann’s Burger Route Contest

Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food Blog, Hellmann’s Burger Route ContestFor many folks, brunch in Roswell GA is the norm on Sunday mornings. It’s not for the faint hearted to find a restaurant with seating room. We suggest making reservations, where available, for waiting in line for first come first served, you may be there awhile.

Case in point, last Sunday we made our way to three different eateries before finding a spot for our family. We decided to try the newest diner in town, Metro Diner. The restaurant was filled to capacity but we managed to get a table. And, that’s where our story begins.

On the table was a little table tent that caught my attention with the words “Win $20,000 in prizes” headline. We were all in for playing this game. What was there to lose?

Hellmann’s Burger Route Contest, Roadtrips R Us. Travel and Food BlogWe decided to take the quest and enter the Hellmann’s Burger Route Contest. It was easy! TJ snapped a picture of my burger, posted it on social media #BurgerRouteContest and mentioned the restaurant. All done! And, being a Hellmann’s Mayonnaise fan, it seemed only right.

You can enter too, by dining at the locations for the Burger Route Contest. If you like burgers, here’s your chance to sample one at some of the top spots across the United States. You may even win a prize!

By the way, our brunch was delicious at the Metro Diner. We will return to play the burger route contest again. With so many burgers to choose from, It’ll take more than one trip to sample our favorites.

Hellmann’s Burger Route Contest, Roswell GA, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food BlogWe invite you to follow our blog and connect on social media where we post daily about travel, food, and music. CJ & TJ

 

 

 

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Out and About in Roswell GA

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Chicago, GA Tourism, Katie Deal, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, Roswell Ga, Roswell GA Events, Roswell GA Trolley, The Doobie Brothers, Travel, Travel Blog | 0 comments

Quote for Today: The sunshine in Georgia is just peachy. CJ

Something to Talk About ~ Roswell GA

Out and About in Roswell GA, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food BlogThe City of Roswell GA continues to up the stakes in things to do and places to go for the summer months. From arts, music, nature quests to quintessential dining in the historic district, these hot spots draw locals and tourist alike. Roswell has provided a new way to navigate the area for those who would rather ride than walk.

A new trolley pilot program has been introduced to ferry visitors to and from the City’s Historic District on Friday and Saturday nights. The free program will run through August 5th from 5-11:00 pm.

 

Out and About in Roswell GA, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food BlogFor country music lovers, Katie Deal will perform a tribute to Patsy Cline Today, Tomorrow and Forever on June 10th. The concert is at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center with tickets ($30.) available here. Katie is a singer-songwriter who was awarded the 2016 Atlanta Society of Entertainers Recording Artist of the year. She’s also an Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame Honoree.

Later in the month, Chicago & The Doobie Brothers will take you back in time at the Verizon Amphitheatre.

Chicago celebrated their 50th anniversary as a band this year and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The “greatest of all time” American band in album chart success is one of the longest-running and most successful rock groups, and one of the world’s best-selling groups of all time, having sold more than 100 million records. Chicago has steadily gained new fans and has seen an increase in album chart success. Wikipedia

Who doesn’t remember The Doobie Brothers? If you haven’t, this is your chance to hear the four-time Grammy Award winners. The group has been performing for five decades to the delight of their fans. For tickets click here. 

Out and About in Roswell GA, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food BlogWe invite you to follow our blog and our social media sites where we post daily about travel, food, and music. CJ & TJ

 

 

 

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Top 5 Heavenly Roads for The Love of Travelling

Posted by on Jun 3, 2017 in Bangalore-Coorg, Delhi-Rann Of Kutch, India Road Trips, Mumbai-Goa, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, Top 5 Heavenly Road Trips, Travel, Travel & Food Blog, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Quote of the Day: “Now, on this road trip, my mind seemed to uncrinkle, to breathe, to present to itself a cure for a disease it had not, until now, known it had.” Elizabeth Berg, The Year of Pleasures

Top 5 Heavenly Road Trips

Imagine this, a path that seems to keep going on and on, with the company of loved ones, be it your family or friends or the perfect companion, all are the perfect ingredients for a memorable trip. A country which is always on the move, India has few of the most scenic landscapes to energize adventure freaks and nature enthusiasts alike. Now push that accelerator and clutch that gear, and hold on tight to your seats; for here are the “Top five most heavenly roads for a perfect road trip.”

  1. Manali-Leh Manali-Leh.Top 5 Heavenly Roads for The Love of Travelling, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food Blog

Photo by Narender9, CC BY-SA 4.0

Speaking of heavenly, and magnificence what better a way to start off with, then the Manali-Leh road trip, also buffed by many as “Every bikers dream trip”. The 450-kilometer trek is one of the most celebrated trips across the globe and anyone who takes it, knows all the reasons why. With its panoramic views and many picturesque locations such as the Rohtang Pass, Tanglang La and many more, the beauty that prevails lacks vocabulary to describe. The treacherous tracks and the hair pin curves will give you the most adrenaline rush ever and the trip is one, you will boast of taking for as long as you live. With cloud kissed mountains and the great Himalayas in the background it is certain that you will love this trip whether you are a nature lover or an adventure junkie, so get going already!

  1. Guwahati-Tawang Guwahati-Tawang, Top 5 Heavenly Roads for The Love of Travelling, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food Blog

Photo (Cropped) by Bobinson K B, CC BY-SA 2.0

North Eastern India has not been exposed to much exploration and has hence, kept hidden most of its secrets that are sure to astonish you; and one such is the Guwahati-Tawang trek. A stretch of about 556 kilometers it takes about 14 long hours to reach Tawang from Guwahati and that too if you are willing to zip through the greenery and mesmerizing locale, but who’s complaining? the longer the better. Studded with some of the unique locations en route like the Kaziranga Park, home to the one-horned rhino; Tipi, where lies Asia’s largest orchadium; and Cherapunjee which is the wettest place on the planet, the drive is filled to the brim with, aesthetics, and a lot more to be explored. 

  1. Bangalore-Coorg Bangalore-Coorg, Top 5 Heavenly Roads for The Love of Travelling, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food Blog

Photo by Leelavathy B.M, CC BY-SA 3.0

With many a breathtaking halt en route, the trip from Bangalore to Coorg is one that guarantees to cleanse the soul and rinse the spirit free from worldly troubles. Voted by many as a rejuvenating experience, the long drive stills first at The Golden Temple; a Tibetan Monastery, which radiates peace in every wall and stone. A few tens of miles further, and one can experience tranquility like nowhere else at Tala Cauvery, the birthplace of river Cauvery, and the treat does not end here. Once you reach Coorg, expect to have emeralds in your eyes owing to the lush greenery that threatens to overwhelm you. With whiffs of Coffee, the trip is quite a legend onto itself and invites you to be a part of its story. To plan your trip to Bangalore, check here

  1. Mumbai-Goa Mumbai-Goa, Top 5 Heavenly Roads for The Love of Travelling, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food Blog

Photo by Vir Nakai, CC BY 2.0

Ever since the 2001 Bollywood Blockbuster, Dil Chahtha Hai, this is the one trip that has been on the bucket list of everyone, and is rightfully so for this 10-hour journey is sure to leave the heart enthralled and the mind at peace. Prerequisites are planning the trip as there are two roads to be taken each a unique experience. While the NH4 offers a more safe and speedy path with halts at stunning locations like Rankala Lake and Panhala Fort; the other route that is through NH7 is more of a rugged beauty with the Western Ghats accompanying you on the trail. Food is available in abundance on both the tracks though, so foodies are covered too. Whether you were inspired by Bollywood or are just looking for some fun, this trip is a must take. To explore Goa to its fullest, check here:

  1. Delhi-Rann Of Kutch  Delhi-Rann Of Kutch, Top 5 Heavenly Roads for The Love of Travelling, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food Blog

Photo by Nagarjun Kandukuru, CC BY 2.0

The drive from, “The capital city of India” to “The land of White sand” through 3 states is neither short nor boring and on the contrary, is rather exhilarating and has hence made it to our list of perfect road trips. Adorned along with beautiful cities like Jaipur and Ajmer along the way, it is but injustice to not spare them a second glance, but the destination that waits ahead is better than the best and the target too. The Wild Ass Sanctuary which is home to the Wild Ass and many endemic birds will serenade your senses. A little farther is the Little Rann of Kutch, a vast spread of white sand under the toes and plum blue skies above your nose, an experience that you never want to end, so run to the Rann at the earliest possible. To know more about tourist places in Kutch, view here.

So, be it the last time with your friends before heading off to achieve your dreams, or the much-needed break, the romantic date with the perfect one, or a hearty trip with your family; grab that pen and start off with your plans, get the backpacks out, hush the crazy in and hit the roads in fashion for its show time for “Highway to fun”.

 Guest Blogger: Author’s Bio:

Rohit is a freelance writer who often goes on motorbike trips to different parts of India. His experiences give him an insight into the life of the people as well as the dangers on the road which he loves to share through his writings. You can read more of his travel stories at Trans India Travels.

Roadtrips R Us, 5 Deadliest Roads India, Travel Blog, Food Travel BlogWe invite you to follow our blog and connect on social media where we post daily about travel, food, and entertainment. CJ & TJ

 

 

 

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National Coq Au Vin Day: Julia Child’s Recipe

Posted by on May 29, 2017 in Food, Food and Travel Blog, Food Blog, Food History, Food Holidays, Julia Child, Julia Child Cookbooks, Julia Child Quotes, Julia Child Recipes, Mastering French Cooking, National Coq Au Vin Day, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, Uncategorized | Comments Off on National Coq Au Vin Day: Julia Child’s Recipe

Quote of the Day: “This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!” Julia Child, My Life In France.

Today we celebrate National Coq Au Vin Day. To talk about this food holiday leads us to discuss the background and influence of this dish – Julia Child

Although the dish Coq Au Vin can be traced to ancient Gaul and Julius Caesar, the recipe was not documented until the early 20th century; it is accepted that it existed as a rustic dish long before that. A somewhat similar recipe, poulet au vin blanc, appeared in an 1864 cookbook. Wikipedia

Julia Child featured Coq Au Vin in her breakthrough 1961 cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She frequently prepared it on the PBS Cooking Show The French Chef. This lead to the popularity of the dish in the United States and was considered one of Childs’ signature dishes.

Background

After the World War II, Julia Child returned to America and was married. In 1948, Paul, her husband,  was reassigned to the U.S. Information Service and the couple moved to his new post in Paris.  It is here that Paul introduced her to his love of fine food and she was hooked.

Her first French culinary experiences were such an epiphany that she enrolled in the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School in order to recreate those great dishes on her own.

Following her six-month training, Julia banded with fellow students, Simone Beck and Louisetta Berthalle to collaborate on a two-volume cookbook designed to teach sophisticated French cooking to mainstream Americans.

The original publisher rejected the manuscript due to its length.  The second publisher embraced the three-pound cookbook and published it in 1961 under the title “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.”  Here is one of the recipes from this groundbreaking book that remained the best-selling cookbook for its first five years of publication.

This recipe is drawn from many sources but has heavy influence from Julia Child. Coq Au Vin is a classic French dish and a wonderfully easy recipe.

Coq Au Vin

Coq Au Vin

Julia Child’s Coq Au Vin

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb bacon slices
  • 20 pearl onions, peeled, or 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 3 lbs chicken thighs and legs, excess fat trimmed, skin ON
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups red wine (pinot noir, burgundy, or Zinfandel)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Several fresh thyme sprigs
  • Several fresh parsley sprigs
  • 1/2 lb button mushrooms, trimmed and roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Directions:

Blanch the bacon by adding it to a saucepan or deep skillet filled with enough water to cover the bacon, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for five minutes. Strain and pat dry with paper towels. Cut the bacon into small pieces (1 inch or so).

Brown the bacon for about ten minutes over medium heat in a dutch oven large enough to hold the chicken (or a large stock pot if you don’t have a dutch oven). Remove the bacon and set aside, but leave the bacon grease in the pan (yum, so healthy).

Add the chicken skin side down to the Dutch oven (or stock pot if that’s what you’re using). Add the onions. Brown the chicken on all sides; this should take about ten minutes. Add the garlic and salt about half way through the browning process.

Spoon off any excess fat. Add the chicken stock, wine, and herbs. Replace the bacon you removed earlier. Lower the heat down to a simmer and cook covered for about twenty minutes until the chicken is tasty and tender. Remove the chicken and onions and place them aside. Remove all of the herbs and garlic and throw them away.

Add mushrooms to the remaining liquid and return to a boil. You’re going to make a reduction sauce with this remaining liquid, so continue boiling until about 1/4 of the liquid remains. Lower to a simmer and stir in the butter. Replace the chicken and onions and mix well, thoroughly coating with the sauce. Garnish with parsley and serve with potatoes, or over egg noodles.  Serves six.

 

Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food Blog, National Coq Au Vin DayWe invite you to follow our travel, entertainment, and food blog. We hope you enjoy this delicious recipe! CJ & TJ

 

 

 

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Weekend Getaways near Bangalore

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, Travel, Travel Blog, Uncategorized, Weekend Getaways India, Weekend Getaways near Bangalore | Comments Off on Weekend Getaways near Bangalore

Quote of the Day: When you have a big goal, everything else becomes background noise.  Nandan Nilekani

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Weekend Getaways near Bangalore

  1. Yercaud

Roughly 230 kilometers southeast of Bangalore is the slope station named Yercaud, considered as one of the Jewels of the South. Getting its name from the thick backwoods that encompass it and the humungous lake in the focal point of the town, Yercaud means ‘Lake Forest’. You can absorb the regular magnificence which this place offers and keeping in mind that you have time, you can drive to the most noteworthy indicate in Yercaud Shevaroy Temple, arranged at 5326 feet and have the delight of some magnificent perspectives from the slope best!

  1. BR Hills

Situated at a separation of 250 kilometers from Bangalore are the BR Hills. It is an impeccable vacationer spot on the edge of Karnataka at a stature of more than 5000 feet. Uncommon plants and creatures are located in these slopes. Consistently, exercises, for example, mountain biking, climbing and outdoors are sorted out at Doddasampige, a little before BR Hills. While you are here, keep in mind to visit the BRT Wildlife haven.

  1. Chikmagalur  Weekend Getaways near Bangalore, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food Blog

The coffee region of Karnataka, Chikmagalur is an exceptionally quiet and created town that offers beautiful magnificence. In Chikmagalur, you get the opportunity to taste a portion of the best coffee in the word while you appreciate astounding perspectives of the slopes, valleys and white coffee blooms. Ensure you visit the Rose Garden and observe the unfamiliar assortments of roses.

  1. Valparai

Driving down very nearly 450 kilometers from Bangalore will arrive you to lofty Valparai. Situated at 3500 feet above ocean level, it offers an amazing perspective. Encompassed by the transparent greenery of the woods Valparai is touted to be a contamination free land. 60 kilometers advance from Valparai is the must visit Athirapalli falls known as India’s Niagara Falls.

  1. Shravanabelagola

Shravanabelagola is one of the most popular Jain pilgrimage centers in South India. This place is named after the pond in the middle of the town (Bela-Kola means White Pond). This is one of the top weekend getaways Bangalore and one of the best heritage places to visit in Karnataka. Shravanabelagola is famous for the Bahubali Statue which is supposed to be the tallest monolithic stone statue in the world with a height of 58 feet carved out of a single block of granite. The Gomateswara Temple is built on top of a hill at an altitude of 3347 feet, called as Vindhyagiri hill (also known as Doddabetta or Indragiri). The town of Shravanabelagola is famous for several Jain temples and historical sites.

  1.   Gokarna

Around 9 hours from Bangalore, lays Gokarna. It has some of the most beautiful beaches in India. Om beach, Kudle beach, and the Half-moon beach are the ones worth noticing. Apart from providing a scenic view of the beaches, Gokarna has a variety of water sports facilities such as banana boat rides, snorkeling, and parasailing.

  1. Biligiri Ranga Hills

Biligiri Ranga Hills prominently known as the BR Hills is an elevated slope go in Chamarajanagar locale of Karnataka. It is thought to be the natural life passageway that associates the Eastern Ghats to the Western Ghats. This is one of the well-known vacationer spots to visit close Bangalore and Mysore. BR Hills is well known for BRT Wildlife Sanctuary (Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary). Another fascination of the BR Hills is the 500 years of age renowned Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple which is arranged on the most elevated pinnacle of the slope go, on the white bluff (Biligiri) which gives the slope its name.

Special thanks, to our guest blogger Freakouts Adventure Solutions for sharing some fun weekend getaway ideas.

 

Top 5 Spots: National Hoagie Day

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Best Hoagies in the US, Food, Food Blog, Food History, History of the Hoagie Sandwich, National Hoagie Day, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, Today in Food History, Today's Food Holiday, Travel, Travel Blog | Comments Off on Top 5 Spots: National Hoagie Day

National Hoagie Day

Quote for Today: Too few people understand a really good sandwich. James Beard

Today’s National Food Holiday is “National Hoagie Day.” The name hoagie for a sandwich has its roots in Philadelphia. Elsewhere in the United States, pretty much the same size sandwich with various types of bread and fillings have many different names. How the name “hoagie” got attached to a sandwich in Philadelphia has multiple versions.

One story claims that Italians working at the World I shipyard in Philadelphia, known as “Hog’s Island,” introduced the sandwich by putting various meats, cheeses, and lettuce between two slices of bread. In different parts of the City, other names for this sandwich included the Hoggie, Hog Island, Hokie, Hogan, Honkie, Hoogie, and Hooky. However, by 1955, restaurants throughout the district were using the term “Hoagie” with many of them selling them with pizza. Here are some places to get this sandwich and their regional counterparts.Sandwich Board, Restaurant Reviews, Roadtrips R Us

1) The Hero Sandwich: Our Hero’s at 785 Bergen Ave Jersey City, NJ is the go-to place for juicy sandwiches served on buttery pieces of bread. You can’t go wrong with any of the selections at this Mom and Pop sandwich shop. Note: bring cash!  

The Hog

The Hog

2) The Submarine Sandwich: The “Sub” is a widespread name that does not claim any specific region of the U.S. and is considered the generic term for the hoagie style sandwich. Soda & Swine Restaurant in San Diego serves their version of America’s Classic Meatball Sub. First, you choose from five different meatballs that include pork, chicken, beef and a veggie made with Quinoa, Pesto, and Feta. Their Hog Sub featuring Chorizo, Brisket and Pork Butt with Chipotle BBQ Sauce sounds like a winner.

Judge Bosetta Hoagie

Judge Bosetta Hoagie

3) The Po’Boy Sandwich: A staple in New Orleans that is also known as the “Peacemaker.” Men would bring these sandwiches home after a late night with the boys for their better halves in order to stay out of the doghouse. Johnny’s is the oldest family owned Po’Boy shop in the French Quarter. This place serves forty-five different types of Po’Boys on French Bread that is delivered fresh every day. Along with the traditional shrimp, oyster, and crawfish versions, they also serve the “Judge Bosetta” filled with ground beef, Italian and hot sausage with Swiss Cheese.

4) The Grinder: The name given to the Po’Boy when it migrated North to New England. The name refers to a long sandwich that takes a lot of chewing or (grinding) to eat. Nardelli’s Grinder Shoppe with nine locations has been serving them up since 1922.  The Prosciutto Hot Pepper Chicken or the Baked Stuffed Pastrami will hit the spot.

Special k

Special k

5) The Hoagie: Koch’s Deli in West Philadelphia is the place to go. You might have to wait half an hour for a sandwich but it is worth it. The Special K Hoagie with Pastrami, corn beef, Kosher Salami, Swiss Cheese and Russian Dressing all topped with Potato Salad will give any of these aforementioned sandwiches a run for their money.

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The Ambitions of a Pig: National Truffle Day

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Food, Food Blog, Food History, Food Holidays, National Truffle Day., Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, Today's Food Holiday, Travel, Travel Blog | Comments Off on The Ambitions of a Pig: National Truffle Day

Quote for Today: The pig is not just pork chops and bacon and ham to us. The pig is a co-laborer in this great land-healing ministry. Joel Salatin

National Truffle Day

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Future Truffles Forager

Pigs eat them, dogs sniff them, and people pay astronomical prices for them, why?  Chef TJ

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Truffles

Today’s Food Holiday is National Truffle Day. In Hong Kong, real estate tycoon, Sir Gordon Wu and his wife paid $167,787 (U.S.) for a gigantic white Alba Truffle weighing in at 1.5 kg. It was the most expensive truffle ever sold at the time.  However, one year later, a casino magnate Stanley Ho purchased a white truffle from Tuscany for $330,000 at an annual auction in Hong Kong. It was the record price paid for a single white truffle (December 2007).

In December 2014, a White Alba’s Truffle weighing in at 4.16 pounds or 1.89 kilos was unearthed in the Umbrian region of Italy by the Balestra Family of Sabatino. It was auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York. While some had expected it to sell for $1 million, it was sold for $61,000 to a Taiwanese buyer. Wikipedia

Why are truffles in such demand?

Research shows that truffles were plentiful in the late 19th and early 20th century and commonly used.  Since then, deforestation, war, and disease reduced the truffle harvest to less than 5 percent of what was available before World War I.  The people who forage truffles for a living are reluctant to mass produce because of the price they are getting today.

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Truffles Foraging Pig

Supply and demand is a powerful thing.  If you can get between $1,000 and $2200 per pound, why would you mass produce for a fraction of the reward?  Personally, I have never purchased a truffle and we won’t go into the reasons here. However, I’ve had the pleasure of tasting French Truffles and their byproducts.  If any of these delicious morsels were available in my area, you would have to call me Mr. Forager with Arnold Ziffel as my sidekick.

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The Scoop on Celebrating Cinco de Mayo 2017

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Cinco de Mayo, Food, Food Blog, restaurants, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Today in Food History, Today in History, Travel, Travel & Food Blog, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Scoop on Celebrating Cinco de Mayo 2017

5th of May, Cinco de Mayo 2017, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food BlogCinco de Mayo 2017

It’s time to plan a Cinco de Mayo party. This May celebration pays homage to the Mexican victory over the French during the Battle of Puebla in 1862. This, however, didn’t mark the end of the Franco-Mexican War as the French didn’t pull out until 1867. Many American’s confuse this date with Mexican Independence although that day had passed some 50 years earlier on September 16th. Though a somewhat minor holiday south of the border, in the U.S. it’s a great excuse to enjoy some great Latin food along with a few Cerveza’s and maybe a Tequila or two.

Cinco de Mayo, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food BlogDining Out

Some of the biggest celebrations in the U.S. occur in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston. Down South here in Atlanta there will also be plenty of folks hitting the town to start the weekend early. If you don’t mind the crowds, here are a few places to go.

The original El Taco in Virginia Highlands, Escorpion Tequila Bar on Peachtree Street, Agave Restaurant downtown on Boulevard or If you want to stay on the North-side of town, there’s Eclipse Di Luna on Ashford Dunwoody and HOLA! Taqueria & Bar in Roswell.

Cinco de Mayo, Roadtrips R UsDining In

If dodging elbows and sombreros is not your style, why not create your own Cinco de Mayo feast at home. Take the time to find a Latin grocery store or Carniceria in your area. They’ll more than likely have beef, pork, and chicken already cut, marinated and ready to cook. Of course, they will have fresh corn tortillas, produce, various condiments and lots of Cilantro to go with it. Ask the guy at the butcher counter if they have any homemade salsas, I have a sneaky suspicion they will.

CJ and I pick up our provisions at the Super Mercado Jalisco on Alpharetta Highway. Their food is always fresh and they have Salsa Verde and a red salsa best described as Pico de Gallo on roids that keep us coming back.

We hope you have a safe and fun Cinco de Mayo. Here’s what our spread looked like in 2016 for under twenty bucks.

Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food Blog, Cinco de MayoWe invite you to follow our blog and connect on social media where we post daily about travel, food, and music. Feliz Cinco de Mayo CJ & TJ

 

 

 

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Scamper To The Table With Some Beautiful Shrimp

Posted by on Apr 30, 2017 in Food, Food Blog, Food History, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Today in Food History, Travel, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Scamper To The Table With Some Beautiful Shrimp

Shrimp BoatNational Shrimp Scampi Day

April 29th is National Shrimp Scampi Day. Restaurants across America have been serving Shrimp Scampi for years, especially the Italian-American establishments in the Northeast and the Midwest.

You’d be hard pressed though to find this dish when traveling through Italy. Scampi in Italy are small crustaceans with light pink shells that look closer to lobster than they do shrimp. In Europe, they’re also known as Langoustine or Dublin Bay Prawns and Norway Lobster.  

The traditional way to serve them in Italy is sautéed in olive oil with garlic, onion and white wine. When Italians came to the US they substituted domestic shrimp for the small crustaceans they were used too. They cooked them the same way they always did and thus Shrimp “Scampi” style was born.

One big problem was the access to good olive oil in the states when Italians migrated here in the late 19th and early 20th century. Butter, however, was readily available and they used that instead. Restauranteurs begin selling this Shrimp Scampi as a main dish with pasta or rice and the rest is history.

Shrimp Scampi was one of the biggest sellers at a Steakhouse I used to work at in south Florida. We would melt a couple of big tablespoons of a compound butter (Scampi butter) in a sauté pan, quickly cook 6-8 large peeled shrimp, add a touch of cream and a squeeze of fresh lemon then toss it with linguine and fresh Tarragon. Here is the recipe for the compound butter we used. Wrapped tightly it will keep several weeks in the fridge and freezes well. Hope you enjoy it.

Compound Butter Recipe
This is great recipe for compound butter when making Shrimp Scampi.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb Butter
  2. 1 lb Margarine
  3. 6 oz Cider Vinegar
  4. 1 cup White Wine
  5. 3 cloves Garlic
  6. 2 Shallots Diced
  7. 2 oz Dijon Mustard
  8. 2 oz Worcestershire Sauce
  9. 1 Tbsp Sugar
  10. 1 Tbsp Seasoned Salt
  11. 1 Tbsp Granulated Garlic
Instructions
  1. In a Kitchen Aid type stand mixer with a paddle attachment or a food processor blend butter and margarine till soft. Add mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings. Slowly add white wine and vinegar until incorporated well. Portion the mixture into one pound logs with parchment paper. This butter is also wonderful with poultry, pork, beef, and anything that swims in the ocean.
  2. By Thomas Jones
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