Food Markets

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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Favorite Food Experiences in Japan Part 1; Noodles, Unagi, Tempura and Tonkatsu

September 28, 2011
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The tagline for this site is “Cook. Eat. Travel. Grow.” I’ve been a little remiss in keeping up with the “Travel” part, so I thought it’s time to include some of my favorite food experiences from a trip to Japan over the next few weeks. In October I’m headed back to Rome, Naples and Paestum (the home of buffalo mozzarella!) so I’ll also be writing about all the wonderful Italian food we eat and markets we visit.
Don’t worry, there are plenty of new recipes coming as well.

In April, my husband and I spent eight days in Tokyo and Kyoto about 6 weeks after the devastating tsunami and earthquake of March 11, 2011. We had an amazing time and found the people to be so welcoming.
Oh, and the food! I was thrilled with the incredible diversity of deliciousness there. We hardly had a bad meal and ate something …

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San Francisco Dining 2010

November 13, 2010
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In early September my husband and I took a quick three day trip up to San Francisco to celebrate our wedding anniversary. When discussing what we wanted to do for the big event, we decided that rather than have a party, we just wanted to go to San Francisco to eat. We took a similar trip last year and had such a good time we were really looking forward to our return. Below are some of the places we went while in San Francisco. If you want to see more of our trip in detail, please check out the San Francisco 2010 page on my travel blog.

Out The Door:
Out the Door is owned by the same people who own the Slanted Door Restaurant in the Ferry Building. There’s no big sign outside, just a small “OTD” painted on the front door. This is upscale Vietnamese street food …

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