Travel | Trips

Announcing Food Blogger Camp 2011 – Riviera Maya, Mexico

Food Blogger Camp is back folks and we’ll be learning the basics of food blogging on sun filled, cocktail laden beaches again.

Last years Food Blogger Camp 2010 in Ixtapa Mexico was a success with a wonderful gathering of food bloggers from around the world.

Back by popular demand, Food Blogger Camp is returning once again and this time, we’ll all be learning on the sandy white beaches of Riviera Maya at Grand Velas Riveria Mexico. It’s a vacation workshop! We’re excited to be presenting»12 comments Read the full story →

Morning Visit to the Farmers’ Market

This morning was a great reminder why we enjoy visiting our local farmers’ markets, even when we don’t need produce. With so much traveling lately and a garden exploding with more produce than we can pass out to friends, neighbors and mailmen, we  haven’t been going to the farmers’ market very often.»

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Momofuku Ssam Bar – New York City

As soon as we booked our tickets to New York City for a work shoot at The French Culinary Institute, we knew Momofuku Ssam Bar was on our hit list of “must eats”.  This is how we run our business affairs: secure the contract, book the clients, think about where to eat in the city and then figure out the rest of the project logistics.

Eat Now. Work Later.

Barely even walking into the hotel, with just enough time to drop our bags down and »

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Best Buttermilk Syrup & Thermador New Steam Convection Oven

Feasting your eyes on this amazing buttermilk pancake syrup just isn’t enough. You have to taste it to believe that it really is the best buttermilk syrup recipe around. We were completely won over after the first bite and once we licked the plate clean of the clingy decadence, we were convinced that it really is a rock-star buttermilk syrup recipe. Breakfast will never be the same!

Thanks to Thermador for inviting us out to their showroom in Scottsdale, AZ, we were able to feast »

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Eating & Shooting Boulder, CO

It’s been a heck of a few months and to round off our busiest shooting season ever, we landed in gorgeous Boulder, CO to teach a food photography workshop with Jen and Helen. The mountain scenery was to die for and we polished-off some of the best food that Boulder offered (at least a hint of it in a short 3 days – so much great food there), all in the company of great people and workshop attendees.»

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The Hungry Travelers Video- A California Avocado Story & Guacamole Recipe

Can’t believe it’s been one year since we first talked about launching our online documentaries: The Hungry Travelers! Well it’s finally here and we’re proud to launch it with this one: A California Avocado Story.

The California avocado growers are a close, tight knit and hardworking group of growers who are dedicated to producing some of the best avocados in the world.

The California Avocado Commission recently had a guacamole contest and we were one of the lucky judges on their panel of 6 judges, »

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Food Blogger Camp: Final Video, thoughts & sad farewell

Food bloggers are a force to be reckoned with in more ways than we could have ever imagined. In just two years of writing, photographing and sharing our lives with all of you from around the world, the impact of all your friendship, support and community has been one of the things we hold closest to our hearts.

For many of us, the driving force behind our stamina and enthusiasm for blogging comes from the powerful community we are a part of.  The topic of »

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Food Blogger Camp- Food photography, Getting a cookbook deal & Zihua Market

Banana flowers & fruit

As David Lebovitz put it, ” Yesterday was the best day of my life. Okay, it was the best day of the year ” and we agree with him 100%. Here at the Club Med Food Blogger Camp in Ixtapa, Mexico it has been a tremendous 7 day experience of valuable blogging workshops and of course, not to mention all the sun, beach and cocktails. Not bad for a day of learning. If school was always this great, we’d be 2 Ph.D’s »

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Food Blogger Camp – Food writing, photography & styling workshops

Club Med’s food blogger camp is in full swing with dynamic and highly informative workshops in an amazing tropical setting. A group of food bloggers from all around the world gathered in daily workshops super-charged with information rich content to better our blogs by some of the communities leading bloggers.


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Grilled pork chops w/Apple-Cranberry Maple Glaze —Kingsford University – Big Bob Gibsons BBQ Cookbook

Having the opportunity to spend three days in Sonoma wine country is thrilling enough, but to go there and experience grilling classes under the direction of Kingsford University and wrapped up in the hospitality of Seghesio Family Vineyards left us pinching ourselves to check if we were dreaming or not.


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Gardening Inspirations from Solar Living, Hopland CA

Normally when someone takes off north from the Bay area on a day trip, the usual destinations are the wineries in Sonoma or Napa, maybe Sears Point for a little racing action, or a beautiful coastal drive.  However, being a gardening geek, I had another destination.  Hopland’s Solar Living Center.

I was in the Bay area spending the week with my mom before the BlogHer Food weekend, where Diane and I would be giving a talk on photography. Unfortunately Diane was stuck at home for the week »

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Kyoto! Nigishi Market – Aritsugu Knives – Saba Zushi

Kyoto is embraced with the beauty of Japan’s past. History is preserved in the city’s old buildings, valued temples and scenes of traditional life that still roam the narrow streets.

Going to Japan we had no wants of trinkets, souvenirs, or other little nick-knacks to bring home. We only desired for the experience of Japan’s modern savvy and its treasured past, and to acquire two things.  In Kyoto we would experience a bit of Japan’s past and find the first of our two treasures;  a »

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Tokyo Today and Takoyaki Octopus Balls

Japan continues to infinitely amaze us. Everyday we’re embraced by images of historic Japan, where temples and old wooden storefronts tell compelling stories from the past. However, nestled within the pockets of treasured history, Japan explodes with the latest and greatest of modern conveniences and innovations. This side is electric, eclectic and energizing.

There is never a dull moment with Japan’s extreme contrast of modern pop-culture society and old, preserved, and revered traditions.»

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Quick thoughts on Kyoto + heading up Mt. Fuji

Although we were only in Kyoto for a few days, we’re utterly mesmerized by it’s beauty, grace and history. There’s so much more we’ll share about Kyoto within the next few days, but until then, we’ll leave you with two images of what reminds us most of Kyoto.»

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Jōgai-Shijo (the outer market) of Tsukiji – Street Foods galore

Let’s hope you’re hungry and ready for this post….

As if the Tsukiji fish market didn’t give us enough of an adrenaline rush, waiting right outside the ordered chaos of the massive fish hangers, was Jōgai-Shijo (the outer market) the extended treat of the Tokyo Central Wholesale Market.

Jōgai-Shigo is another extensive collection of market stalls to the exterior of the main Tsukiji Fish Market. Sushi vendors sell their various types of fresh sashimi and sushi to hungry crowds of locals and tourists, »

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Tsukiji Fish Market – Tokyo, Japan

Tsukiji (Tokyo Metropolian Central Wholesale Market) maybe the most amazing food market in the world and it’s simply mind blowing.

For the unaware, is primarily known for it’s massive wholesale fish market, but also includes a fantastic open-air retail and street-food stall section on the outer edge.  The stalls alone are a great food traveler’s find, but once you enter into the wholesale fish market, Tsukiji opens up into an immense new world.

Tsukiji is massive and a phenomenal seafood experience.

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O-hayō from Kyoto – and Mister Donut

Kyoto is the culinary heart of Japanese cuisine. It is here where many claim Japanese cuisine is done on it’s finest level.  Kaiseki cuisine (seasonal dishes, immaculately prepared and presented in the highest level of art) births from Kyoto. So what incredible meal did we have our first morning in Kyoto?  Mister Donut.

Our first full day in Kyoto, we were excited to start exploring, so we hopped on our loaner bikes and pedaled toward downtown. Our stomachs were stirring in the balmy Kyoto morning »

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Kyushu-style Ramen: In the Heart of Tokyo

We were thrilled to be in the land of ramen, where it’s nearly impossible to find a bad bowl of noodles.  However, even amongst the all the subtle, delicious variations of ramen that Japan has to offer, there are some styles that stand out above the rest.  Kyushu Ramen is one of them.

While exploring Tokyo, we had the great pleasure of meeting up with Chika from She Who Eats, and she was kind enough to offer her favorite food finds while we were in »

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Konichiwa Tokyo, Japan! Shibuya District and Harajuku crepes

Konichiwa Tokyo, Japan! Shibuya District and Harajuku crepes

We’re in Japan! Konichiwa from Tokyo! The last two days have been a whirlwind of travel, both by air and rail, and so….much… We knew heading out to Japan was going to be  fast and furious, a feast on both familiar and new foods, but indulging so quickly on the local fare was mind blowing beyond our imagination.

“What the hell, just go and do it!”- That was our motto for Day 1 and we did just that. Even 18 hours of travel didn’t put one »

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Vegetable/Herb Spring Rolls for Summer Fest 2009- Share your recipes, garden tips & stories

Vegetable/Herb Spring Rolls for Summer Fest 2009- Share your recipes, garden tips & stories

A new blogging event has just launched and this time, it’s a fun, free for all celebration of Summer’s bounty! Started last Summer by Margaret Roach of Away to Garden and Deb Puchalla, which was called Food Fest, lovers of everything fresh, delicious, and/or from the garden shared ideas and recipes from across the globe. Last summer’s event was a cross-blog event where they would announce a food or “crop” in advance and they would then swap recipes, growing tips, lore and whatever else came »

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