Posts Tagged “USA”

Southern Oregon – sleep and eat in style – travel review

Southern Oregon – sleep and eat in style – travel review

The average British tourist heading for the US on vacation will likely have limited horizons. There is the Big Apple with the draw of bright lights and a nice bit of shopping. Stores are full of good-quality goods and they are affordable due to advantageous exchange rates. Florida has long been a magnet for sun-starved…

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Portland, Oregon – colourful in every way – travel review

Portland, Oregon – colourful in every way – travel review

The Portland area was originally inhabited by two bands of Upper Chinook Native Americans. The Multnomah people settled on and around Sauvie Island, and the Cascades Indians settled along the Columbia Gorge. Oregon and its tribes were first ‘discovered’ by the expedition of Lewis and Clark in 1805-6. The site of Portland was known to…

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Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée by Thomas J. Craughwell – review

Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée by Thomas J. Craughwell – review

We all know the name and his impeccable political credentials (he was an American Founding Father and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence; he was the third President of the United States). But Thomas Jefferson lived a full life of controversy outside the political arena. Jefferson served as a diplomat, stationed in Paris…

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Chris Kimball – Britain discovers America’s Test Kitchen – interview

Chris Kimball – Britain discovers America’s Test Kitchen – interview

The majority of readers based in the UK will have no notion of who Christopher Kimball might be, and to mention that he is the host of America’s Test Kitchen will hardly be enlightening. It’s a programme new to UK satellite and cable TV although it’s into its 13th season on the US PBS network,…

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Meeting the Medicine Men by Charles Langley – book review

Meeting the Medicine Men by Charles Langley – book review

This site is called Mostly Food and Travel Journal and the space that isn’t food will be filled with what I hope will interest and amuse you. Lots of travel and social history, and items like this book that encompass those topics and much more. Charles Langley has written this most unique and fascinating book,…

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Route 66 Backroads by Jim Hinckley – review

Route 66 Backroads by Jim Hinckley – review

This is your essential guide to “scenic trips and adventures from the Mother Road”. That’s what it says and I believe it. This is a sumptuous, large format, full colour, glossy volume. There are more than 200 pictures to tempt you away from the beaten track, including a wealth of black and white photographs to…

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Backroads of the California Coast by Karen Misuraca – review

Backroads of the California Coast by Karen Misuraca – review

It’s a change to write a travel book review about a place to which I have been. California held much promise and did not disappoint. It is a state that deserves to be explored at a slow pace. You’ll get the best from this trip if you take time to venture off the beaten path….

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Backroads of Arizona by Jim Hinckley – review

Backroads of Arizona by Jim Hinckley – review

I have reviewed another book by author Jim Hinckley and photographer Kerrick James (about Route 66), so I knew what to expect. A high-quality picture travelogue with images of the past and the present. Images that charm and mystify and eloquently tell the story of the state of Arizona. The state might be the epitome…

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The Historic Shops and Restaurants of New York by Ellen Williams – review

The Historic Shops and Restaurants of New York by Ellen Williams – review

I have spent long months in New York City and was very happy to do so. It’s one of my favourite spots, although I had not ever considered it to be overly historic. I am a Londoner and so tend to take history a bit for granted. I also have American friends who think that…

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Historic Colorado by Claude Wiatrowski – review

Historic Colorado by Claude Wiatrowski – review

Claude Wiatrowski has an evident passion for Colorado and another, equal in depth, for trains. He has three degrees in sensible technical and engineering subjects but he also plays drums for a brace of big bands, a gospel quartet and a polka band. A well-rounded character, I’d say. I had never considered a vacation in…

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Barbecue Road Trip by Michael Karl Witzel – review

Barbecue Road Trip by Michael Karl Witzel – review

This is probably my favourite kind of book – that which combines travel and food. That’s not meals on wheels or in-flight refreshments – this is taking a trip and finding culinary gems along the way. Barbecue Road Trip is one of the most mouth-watering travel/food books around but it will delight and disappoint many…

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The Complete Route 66, Lost and Found by Russell A. Olsen – review

The Complete Route 66, Lost and Found by Russell A. Olsen – review

It’s quite a mouthful of a title and it’s a big chunky book. You could not present just a pamphlet on such an iconic and romantic road. The Complete Route 66, Lost and Found is an in-depth look at the history of Route 66 but equally important, the impact that rerouting of the road had…

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Backroads of North Carolina by Kevin Adams – review

Backroads of North Carolina by Kevin Adams – review

This is another of those essential guides, but perhaps it also gives a taste of this most picturesque and often overlooked region of the USA to the armchair traveller. Backroads of North Carolina introduces the reader to the road less travelled and that road takes you from sea to mountain, from quiet glades to raging…

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Rick Bayless – American chef-restaurateur – interview

Rick Bayless – American chef-restaurateur – interview

…from Oaxaca to the Windy City.  Award-winning chef-restaurateur, cookbook author, and television personality Rick Bayless has done more than any other culinary figure to introduce Americans to authentic Mexican cooking and to change the image of Mexican food in America. I was first introduced to the work of Rick Bayless when we were living in…

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David Rosengarten – Global Gourmet – interview

David Rosengarten – Global Gourmet – interview

David Rosengarten is one of the foremost authorities on food and wine. He is a well-respected cookbook author and has penned, amongst others, the 500-recipe Dean & DeLuca Cookbook. Dean & DeLuca is America’s most celebrated food shop and I hope to be able to publish the review of David’s book in the next few…

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