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Mad Dumplings | Places to Eat in Southern California Travel

I’m no stranger to food trucks – at music conferences and festivals, there is often plenty to choose from and I’ve had the chance to try out some excellent items. To be honest though, until recently, I’d never gone out of my way to try out a food truck. For me, food trucks were mostly a thing of convenience. If there was one nearby when...

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Street Foods in Beijing Culture & Cuisine

Food is seriously one of my favourite things about travel. I love trying out new dishes and snacks whenever I’m abroad (and even when I go on a local adventure near home). While I was in China, there were so many opportunities for me to try out different cuisines, street foods and snacks and I eagerly took every opportunity my stomach allowed (I can only...

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Maille Mustard in Paris, France Culture & Cuisine / Travel

Established in Marseille, France in 1723, Maille has since opened boutiques featuring its mustards, cornichons, salad dressings, and oils in Paris, London, New York, and Bordeaux. Antoine-Claude Maille, a distillateur-vinaigrier (distiller and vinegar-maker), saw great potential in vinaigre (vinegar) and so he invented the “Vinaigre des quatre voleurs” (Vinegar of the Four Thieves) meant to be swallowed by the teaspoon along with water to fight the...

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Maison Georges Larnicol in Paris, France Culture & Cuisine / Travel

When it comes to pastries, chocolates, and macarons, there are an endless numbers of shops to choose from in Paris. But when it comes to the Breton pastry kouign amann and its bite-size companion, kouignettes, there’s one particular spot that comes to mind – Maison Georges Larnicol. The location on Boulevard Saint-Germain is one of three Paris locations, but the original family owned business was...

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Laduree in Paris, France & A History of Macarons Culture & Cuisine / Travel

Macarons, delicious meringue-based cookies that come in a variety of flavours, are a staple item in French bakeries despite their 8th century Italian origins. So how did an Italian treat find its way into French hearts? Via Catherine de Medici. Upon her marriage to Henry II of France, Catherine de Medici brought along a few of her Italian pastry chefs in 1533. At this time,...

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The Most Delicious Crêpes in Paris, France Culture & Cuisine / Travel

Over the past few years I’ve collected quite a few fond memories of time spent in the cuisine with friends and family, stirring crêpe batter over friendly banter. I’ve learnt the trade, racking up time taste-testing for Mamie, while toning arm muscles, working the spatula through a bowl of batter large enough to serve a small army. And still, the leftovers almost never make it...

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