A Taste of Travel: New England Clam Chowder

By | 2018-06-12T14:20:06+00:00 July 31st, 2016|Blog|

A Taste of Travel looks at the ways food connects us with a culture and each other. Sharing the recipes and restaurants we have encountered along the way...    New England Clam Chowder Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook time: 35 minutes / 1 hour rest Yield: 6 full Servings Recipe: Shawnie Kelley’s adaptation from various recipes [...]

America’s Grand Dames: History & Hollywood at Pittsburgh’s William Penn Hotel

By | 2016-07-17T15:29:32+00:00 July 27th, 2016|Articles|

After hopping aboard a Visit Pittsburgh media tour several years ago, I learned of the William Penn Hotel's Hollywood connection–and have been fascinated with it ever since. The luxurious 1916 hotel has been the Grand Dame of Pittsburgh for 100 years. Having just celebrated its centennial, I decided to write a few articles over the next few months [...]

A Taste of Travel: A Culinarian Trifecta in Philadelphia

By | 2016-07-12T12:49:30+00:00 July 24th, 2016|Articles|

A Taste of Travel looks at the ways food connects us with a culture and each other. Sharing the recipes and restaurants we have encountered along the way...  It has been a long time since I have visited Philadelphia. The last time (declining to say how long ago) was to give a paper at a conference at the [...]

When You Only Have A Weekend… in Provincetown

By | 2018-06-12T14:20:06+00:00 July 20th, 2016|Blog|

When you only have a weekend in Provincetown–the colorful town on the sandy fist of Cape Cod– try to arrive well before the weekend rush hour traffic onto the Cape, especially during high season. I like to turn up in Provincetown before lunch in order to get convenient wharf parking and ease into this fabulous town chock full of history, [...]

A Taste of Travel: Ratatouille Boats

By | 2018-06-12T14:20:06+00:00 July 17th, 2016|Blog, Recipe|

A Taste of Travel looks at the ways food connects us with a culture and each other. Sharing the recipes and restaurants we have encountered along the way...  Ratatouille, a Provençal summer vegetable stew, showcases the bounty of summer and is a flexible, forgiving dish to make. I've taken a traditional recipe and changed it up for [...]

Racing Through Time: The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

By | 2016-07-16T16:08:21+00:00 July 15th, 2016|Blog|

Did you know... the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, started in 1982, is the largest and longest continually-running vintage sports car race in the United States? Ten days of events ranging from parades, galas, country cruising tours, and specialized car shows culminate into a competitive road race on the challenging, serpentine roads through Schenley Park. Sunday spectators are treated to 150 [...]

Look, but Don’t Touch! Cape Cod Oyster Beds

By | 2018-06-12T14:20:06+00:00 July 13th, 2016|Blog|

One of my favorite things to do while on Cape Cod is to walk Paines Creek Beach during low tide, which happened to be around 5:45 p.m. on this particular day. The beaches along Cape Cod Bay are so dramatically different at high and low tide. High tide rises four to four and half feet at [...]

A Taste of Travel: Smallman Galley- A Restaurant Incubator | Pittsburgh

By | 2018-06-12T14:20:06+00:00 July 10th, 2016|Blog|

A Taste of Travel looks at the ways food connects us with a culture and each other. Sharing the recipes and restaurants we have encountered along the way...  Smallman Galley: Pittsburgh's Restaurant Incubator An unexpectedly delicious way to begin our Visit Pittsburgh food tour of the city was with a delicious lunch at Smallman Galley in the Strip District.  I [...]

It’s Factoid Friday! Did you know? …

By | 2018-06-12T14:20:06+00:00 July 8th, 2016|Blog|

Did you know... Plymouth was not the first place the pilgrims landed? Their very first stop on November 11, 1620, was in Provincetown on Cape Cod–five weeks before settling Plimouth Plantation on December 16. The English colonists spent several weeks exploring the outer Cape Cod bay from Provincetown to Eastham looking for a suitable place to set up a [...]

A Taste of Travel: Southwestern Salsa and Tofu Flatbread

By | 2018-06-12T14:20:07+00:00 July 7th, 2016|Blog, Recipe|

Having extra grilled corn on the cob and spying a can of black beans buried in the pantry, I whipped up a spontaneous flatbread that channels smokey southwestern flavors (just speaking of Arizona).  A pre-made pita flatbread is layered with slices of heirloom tomato, avocado and topped with a zingy homemade black bean, corn, red pepper, cilantro, and [...]