Get Away With Fran

August 19, 2014

Don’t miss these cruises for beer lovers

Filed under: Cruise,Food,Wine and booze — admin @ 1:58 pm

Sipping suds is a prime activity on some cruise ships, including on beer theme cruises. Check out my story in USA Today’s Experience Cruise:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/experience/cruise/best-of-cruising/2014/08/19/best-cruise-ships-beer-lovers/14135897/

January 6, 2012

Hello, I’m back…

Filed under: Food,International,Travel Advice,U.S. — admin @ 7:53 am

meme Hello GetAway followers. I realize I have taken a super long break, basically because I have been so busy freelancing articles for sites, newspapers and magazines. But I’m back. In addition to sharing thoughts and travel experiences I’ll be posting links so you can see what else I am working on.

Here’s the latest in case anyone is heading to New York and looking for a deal on a meal:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/money/dollar-stretchers-restaurant-week-coming-a-good-time-find-great-dining-deals-article-1.1001314

And here’s a snipet of what I did this fall:

http://blog.budgettravel.com/budgettravel/2011/12/australias_weird_wildlife_warn.html

Happy Travels!

Fran

December 1, 2009

Philadelphia is for Iron Chefs and Foodies

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My cousin prepared a great Thanksgiving dinner in Philadelphia. But I need to book a return trip because I’m an “Iron Chef” fan and Philadelphia now has two Iron Chefs now, practically next to each other – well-established sushi master Masaharu Morimoto and the latest winner of Food Network’s “Next Iron Chef,” Jose Garces.

photo_jose_garces What you probably don’t know unless you’ve been to Philadelphia recently to dine at Morimoto or Garces’ Chifa, opened last year (he also has four other restaurants in the city of Brotherly Love), is that the Iron Chefs have places practically next door to each other on Chestnut Street in the Market East neighborhood. I can’t think of another city where Iron Chefs share a street!

Last year, when son, Eli, was graduating from Temple U., in Philly, we decided to have his graduation dinner at Chifa, then newly opened and highly recommended by a pal in the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. We couldn’t resist Garces’ concept of Peruvian and Cantonese fusion, (more…)

November 10, 2009

Searching for (chile) heat in Albuquerque

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I am just back from five days in Albuquerque where I went to challenge my palette with chile, and to explore the general culinary scene (eating lots of things like tamales, above). As a bit of a novice to that scene, I assumed I would be raving about experiencing the kind of fiery moment where the cartoon character takes a bite of something and smoke comes out the back of his head.

But no, I did not once look like Yosemite Sam – though keep in mind I do like spicy food and probably can tolerate it more than the average gal (it’s a biological fact, BTW, that men can tolerate hot spice better than women). Chile, I learned, can be as multi-layered as fine wine, and does not necessarily have to be spicy.

Chile in New Mexico should not be confused with the Texas chili (a stew with meat and beans). Here chile is an ingredient or a sauce, and comes in red and green varieties (the green generally more subtle than the red).

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But my favorite foodie find was not a sauce or tamales (surprisingly since I love them), but green chile bread at the Golden Crown Panaderia (above), a neighborhood bakery with the most enthusiastic father/son baking team I’ve ever come across. (more…)

October 27, 2009

Passion for Portugal

Filed under: Food,International,Travel Advice,Wine and booze — admin @ 8:00 am

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The Portuguese are passionate people. Some might even call them emotional (anyone who has ever seen Fado music performed in Lisbon will surely get this). And this month, I had a couple of opportunities to see how that passion pours over (excuse the pun) to Portuguese wine.

At a tasting featuring several dozen vintners, I sampled everything from young verde(the Portuguese prefer not to call it “green wine” though that’s how most American’s know it) to aged port (a personal favorite).

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And last week at Grill 23 n Boston, I sampled a full range of red wines – and one rose – created in the Alentejo region by the Adega Cooperativa de Borba (and distributed locally by L & B Beverage of East Providence, R.I.).

The Adegaborba.pt Rose 2008 was fine with a terrine of foie gras with apples poached in cherry lambic, served with a tarragon egg and “soldiers” toasts.

But the perfect pairing for me was the Adegaborba.pt Reserva Red, 2004, one of three wines served with the main course of slow roasted and braised elk (with yummy creamed bacon and salsify and tobacco onions). In fact, this very drinkable red (which goes for a bargain price of about $15 per (more…)

October 23, 2009

Whiskey dreams and Ireland

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The other night I had very unusual dreams involving Leprechauns and such that I can only credit to the fact I went to a Bushmills Irish whiskey tasting at the brand new Post 390 restaurant in Boston. I am beginning to understand why Jim Morrison was such a fan of the stuff. I did not quite hallucinate, but…

First let me admit I know very little about whiskey. I’m much more a vodka gal. But my whiskey education included learning the fact I actually rather like the Bushmill 16 year, with a little water and ice, especially when accompanying a gussied up version of meatloaf – Post 390′s is veal, beef and pork, stuffed with ham and Fontina cheese and topped with a slightly sweet Marsala sauce. Yum (and my favorite dish of the evening). But I digress.

Colum_Egan I am newly intrigued with Irish whiskey and just may have to head to Ireland to discover more. There could probably be no better guide than Colum Egan, my host at the tasting in Boston and the Master (more…)

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