Food, Wine and other Beverages

Travel Belles don’t just love food and wine travel, we love bringing home reminders of the culture with us in the form of inspiration, knowledge and recipes.

A Little Bit of Krazy, a Lot of Krab

** Note, 6/1/11: Sadly, the Krazy Krab has closed Unless someone tells you exactly where to stop, the unbeaten path will whir right on by. This is probably true along almost any US four lane highway in a pocket of space between more major towns…

Fried Foods and the Southern Festival

Strolling past the vendors at any one of dozens of food festivals that go on in May in the South, the sound of sizzling hot oil seems to hiss, "Jamie Oliver be damned." Whatever you do, I wouldn't show up there hungry. It's a gauntlet.…

Wisconsin Small Town Spirit in Fried Mushrooms

Somewhere in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, on Highway 16 just outside the center of town, close to the shores of Lac La Belle is a small piece of heaven:

Mapleway Bowl.

It may not seem much when you see it on the road: a faded forty-something year old sign and small one-story building. The front windows sport old neon advertising featuring old Wisconsin beer brands. The door is nondescript. You walk inside to darkness. Amber Tiffany-style fixtures above, old brown vinyl booths, chairs, a Formica bar.   You seem … disappointed.

Ingredienti Italiani: Guanciale

Guanciale {gwanCHAleh} (aka: porky goodness) Pig’s cured jowl/neck meat is a considerable Italian delicacy, as it imparts unique flavor and smooth sumptuousness to any dish or sauce. The word guanciale means two things: a) a headrest pillow, on which you repose your cheek when you…

Italian Ingredients: Mozzarella

Ingredienti Italiani: Mozzarella Starting this week, for La Piazza’s new “Ingredienti Italiani” series, I’ll be sharing brief notes on favorite Italian recipe ingredients–itemized and brought to you in totally random order. Annotations will duly include: bilingual names with phonetics, useful nutrition information, cooking tips, interesting…

Turkish Food with the Sultan at Home

Food can be a window into Turkish culture, even from home (recipe included below) So there I was, sitting in Izmir, Turkey, overlooking the sea. I love the Aegean. Yeah, in my own mind. The truth is I was not at the Aegean yesterday. I…

Hominy Grill, Charleston, SC: Feeling All Homey

Hominy Grille, Charleston, South Carolina Choosing where to eat in Charleston can be a little daunting. But as soon as we are embraced in the golden light that emits from the entrance of Hominy Grill, Charleston, and embraces like a maternal hug, and take in…