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TRAVEL


TRAVEL - food enthusiast
Some of Claudia's short jaunts and longer escapades.

DESTINATION:
(With some exceptions, most are positioned in alphabetical order within:
Continent, followed by Country, City, Region and/or area)
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CARIBBEAN islands 
(within South American waters)
Bonaire (Dutch Caribbean Islands)
Curaçao (Dutch Caribbean Islands)
Jamaica, MONTEGO BAY and OCHO RIOS (Dunn River Falls) 



Bonaire (Dutch Caribbean Islands):
My foodie connection: Shrimp Mushroom Crepe with Cheese sauce Bonaire Island inspired
The sea's underworld and a memorable tiny Island served up this dish interpretation.
The smooth sand, dancing corals and sea life inspired the creation of this open-faced crêpe.



Curaçao (Dutch Caribbean Islands):
My foodie connection: PINA COLADA banana ICE-CREAM - CURACAO inspired
Inspired by the Pina Colada drink: rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice.  
Add some banana to liven up your taste buds in this delicious frozen treat.



MONTEGO BAY and OCHO RIOS, Dunn River Falls, Jamaica:
My foodie connection: twirl MANGO mousse SORBET chill 
Before this trip...I actually had never eaten a Mango before!  Once a very ripe mango was offered to my taste buds...I never forgot the dreamy textured sweetness that opened my tummy towards tropical fruits.
Here's the complete post...




EUROPE
France - Menton (French Riviera)
France - Roquebrune-Cap-Martin (French Riviera)
France - Paris
Germany - (Christmas Markets)
Italy - Positano (Amalfi coast)
Italy - CAPRI island and the AMALFI coast



Menton (French Riviera), France: 
My foodie connection: bitter-sweet CITRUS marmalade 
FEBRUARY is a special month on the FRENCH RIVIERA...especially at the Menton Lemon Festival.
There are few certainties Europeans can count on these days.  Therefore, imagine how many look forward to this particular ray of sunshine.
Here's the complete post...





Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, French Riviera, France:
My foodie connection: MUSSELS fennel Sambuca ROQUEFORT.   Here's the complete post...
My foodie connection: Cheddar scalloped POTATO gratin simile DAUPHINOIS gratin.  Here's the complete post...






PARIS, France: 
My foodie connection: Paris style brunch - Smoked Salmon EGGS BENEDICT with...an Italian / Quebec twist.   Here's the complete post...
My foodie connection: Bistro inspired Portobello Courgette farcie Potato mash.   Here's the complete post...
My foodie connection: cold ESPRESSO coffee KAHLUA milk frappe




Christmas markets, Germany:
My foodie connection: German style Pfeffernusse cookie
Magic  fills the air in the cities, towns, and villages along the Rhine and Moselle Valleys in Bavaria, Germany.   Each of the markets, set along a backdrop of medieval buildings and ornate cathedrals illuminated by thousands of twinkling lights, is unique to its location
Here's the complete post...




CAPRI island and the AMALFI coast, Italy:
My foodie connection: Isle of LOVE n TORTA CAPRESE cake (aka: torta alle mandorle e cioccolato )
My very first love encounter with this cake was in my early 20s.  I was backpacking through the Italian Campania region...specifically exploring the stunningly gorgeous Amalfi coast.  I had also made sure to cross over from the mainland onto the Island of Capri.  




POSITANO (Amalfi coast), Italy:
My foodie connection: LIMONCELLO light adapted LIQUOR
Here’s a full circle life moment between...Me and Limoncello: Naiveté played a huge role in my acquaintance with this enchantingly sweet and yet powerful tasting liquor.  As soon as I got hold of very fragrant, thick-skinned lemons...I was ready for my experiment to bring a light LIMONCELLO to life.
Here's the complete post...




SICILY (N.W. coast from Palermo), Italy:
My foodie connection: healthy BAKE no fry EGGPLANT parmesan {Melanzane alla Parmigiana}
A few years ago, here I was in one of Sicily's small town markets...in company of one of my favourite 'Rosa Bianca' eggplant a.k.a. 'the Sicilian' as well as named the 'Berghah' for others.
Honouring my Nonna’s specialty.   The challenge was re-creating the 'quasi' same culinary experience without having to fry the eggplant.  
Here's the complete post...



North America: CANADA
Ontario - Ottawa
Ontario - Prince Edward County [PEC]
Quebec - Lanaudiere
Quebec - Laurentians
Quebec - Laval
Quebec - Outaouais region: Wakefield

Also check out MONTREAL INSPIRED
Relates to my recipe creations inspired by jaunts through Montreal day trips.


OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada: 
My foodie connection: Hungry for TULIPS anyone?
. TULIPS...Comestible?   Is this possible or even palatable?
. Were you aware that comestible flowers have been incorporated in meals as far back as 140 B.C.? 





PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY [PEC], Ontario, Canada 
My foodie connection: Almond Chocolate Fudge
. A beautiful peninsula.  For those who are not familiar with this charming place, it's located in South Eastern Ontario.  
. Once, passed the 1000 islands and Kingston, this little rural paradise with quaint villages is waiting.





LANAUDIERE, (des Chutes Monte-A-Peine-et-des-Dalles) Quebec, Canada
My foodie connection:  Borscht style BEET potato carrot soup
. The Lanaudière area of Quebec holds many water fall scenery snuggled within dense forests.
. A real paradise which Mother nature has blessed us with to resource ourselves.
Here's the complete post...







LAURENTIANS, (Petite Riviere du Nord) Quebec, Canada
My foodie connection:  The allure of Squash and Pumpkins
. Enjoy this colourful and cheerful tour of the splendour of our FALL season in Quebec, Canada.
. Pumpkins and squash are certainly at the forefront to excite one and all ;o)







LAURENTIANS, (Mont-Souri) Quebec, Canada
My foodie connection:  AUTUMN table INVITE
The start of Autumn is tough to handle when torn between task and fun.
Although the generous harvest awaited our attention...we caved and gave into nature's beauty.
Here's the complete post...





LAVAL, (Old Laval) Quebec, Canada
My foodie connection:  Searching for STRAWBERRY FIELDS 
. En route towards the outskirts of Montreal, Québec...strawberry fields are plenty this time of year.









LAVAL, (Parc de la Nature) Quebec, Canada
. A botanical garden and small animal farm found in Laval named...'Parc de la nature'...just a bridge from Montreal. 
My foodie connections: 
- Lemon Olive Parmesan Parsley Pasta lightness 
- Eggplant Pepper Egg Parmigiano 
- Peach Chocolate Amaretto torte upside down cake 
- KALE sun-dried Tomato Walnut PESTO and Kale chips
- Lemon Olive Parmesan Parsley Pasta lightness
 




WAKEFIELD, Outaouais region, Quebec, Canada. On the western shore of the Gatineau River, this small gem of a village is...located within the municipality of La Pêche in the Outaouais region of Quebec.  A truly postcard setting along the calm river awaits visitors to join in with their friendly locals. 
My foodie connection:  








North America: UNITED STATES
Florida - West Coast


FLORIDA (West coast), U.S.A...SEABIRD sanctuary and PINK SHRIMP
My foodie connection:  Baked COCONUT Maple Syrup SHRIMP
. Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary: This sanctuary is the largest wild bird hospital in the U.S. based on the admission of over 8,000 injured birds each year.