Grilled Zucchini with Toasted Fennel Seed Vinaigrette

August 2, 2014
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Are you knee deep in zucchini? If you have a garden, it’s that time of year. I learned a long time ago that unless I want to feed an army, buying a six pack of zucchini seedlings is a mistake and will result in friends and neighbors running the other way when they see you in the street with an armful of large green squash. Leaving said squash on doorsteps in the dead of night is another option of course, but may not endear you to your neighbors.

Still, every year we grow one plant and that’s more than enough for us to eat, and to share with family and friends. The growing season is early here; we planted in April and were harvesting the first zucchini in early June. It was so hot in July the plant almost gave up, but this week it seemed to regenerate, giving us …

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Restaurants in Istanbul Turkey

January 28, 2013
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I was in Istanbul last year, and while I shared the gorgeous markets, I didn’t really share the fantastic food in the various restaurants we tried. I’ve put a post on my travel blog with much more detail. If your travel plans include Turkey any time soon, take a look. Even if they don’t, perhaps you’ll find some culinary inspiration in the photos; I know I did when eating there.

In the meantime, here’s a little taste to entice you…

Making gozleme at Mesale restaurant.

The finished product, gozleme with spinach and cheese.

Ciya Sofrasi, on the Asian side of the Bosphorus.

The photo at the top of the post is from Sultanahmet Köfteçisi where we ate grilled lamb, white bean salad and kofte (meatballs) washed down with Coke in tiny bottles. To see more food in Istanbul restaurants check out the post on my travel blog, wired2theworld. 

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Food Tour Through Fez Morocco with Plan-it Fez

November 20, 2012
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Last month I spent nine days in Morocco and one of the highlights was a food focused tour through the old town medina with Plan-it Fez.

We were met at our riad (a courtyard centered hotel) by Gail Leonard, a British expat who lives in Fez and runs Plan-it Fez with her business partner and fellow expat Michelle Reeves. Gail lives right smack in the center of the souk (shopping area) of Fez which is one of Morocco’s oldest cities. The streets are narrow and winding, often with no set course and dead ends. From above, they look like a maze, and it’s not uncommon for tourists and locals alike to get lost. While I typically don’t do tours on my travels, this one piqued my interest because it was both focused on food, and private. You won’t ever find me on a tour following the woman with the raised …

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Markets in Istanbul; Kadikoy Food Market and Galata Bridge Fish Market

August 15, 2012
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If you’ve read this blog for any length of time you’ll know that besides food, my biggest passion is travel. When the two intersect, I’m in heaven. So it’s natural that when I travel, I search out recommendations for the best food I can find, be it street food, restaurants, or markets. Likewise, I thought I’d share some of my favorite experiences here in case any of you should find yourselves traveling to some of the same places. Even if you have no plans for a visit, it’s always interesting to see how people eat in other cultures.

In April, my husband and I went to Turkey for 8 days, spending the bulk of our time in Istanbul and also visiting the Roman ruins of Ephesus.  There are fantastic fresh markets all over Istanbul; these are photos from but two of them. If you are interested in markets other than …

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Where To Eat In Downtown LA (Jury Duty Lunches)

June 18, 2012
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I was recently called in to do jury service and was placed on a panel for five days. While it was a somewhat interesting case, and I was happy to do my civic duty, I most looked forward to lunch. At first glance, the downtown area around the Superior court building and city hall might look like a culinary wasteland, but if you’re willing to walk a few blocks there are literally hundreds of options. While the nearby LA Mall has lots of fast food choices, and the court building has its own cafeteria, I preferred to get out, stretch my legs and search for something different for lunch each day.

Even if you’re not there for jury duty, if you ever get the chance visit downtown Los Angeles (and you should), you might want to check out some of these places. For my five days of lunches, I relied …

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Favorite Food Experiences From Japan Part 3; Markets and Food Halls

November 11, 2011
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This is the last installment in a three part series on some of my favorite food experiences in Tokyo and Kyoto Japan. If you missed it, make sure you check out part 1,  Noodles, Unagi and Tempura and Tonkatsu and part 2, Yakatori; Izakaya, Sushi, and Okonomiyaki. This post will focus on the incredible and diverse markets and food halls in Tokyo and Kyoto.

Tokyo Tsukiji Fish Market

If people know you are interested in food and going to Tokyo, they always say “You have to go to the fish market early in the morning!” This was always part of our plan, but we were in Tokyo a mere 6 weeks after the earthquake and tsunami of march 2011, and we’d heard that the vendors, some of whom don’t like tourists in the market, had been lobbying to keep sightseers out all together. That, combined with recent changes to …

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