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    Photo Chat/ Have Fork Will Travel

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    Debbwl
    Fri Aug 30, 2013 7:18 pm
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    Photo Chat / Have Fork will Travel

    With ZWT9 wrapping up the early part of this month we thought it would be a good time to start a chat and photo thread about travel and foods you might have encountered while traveling or hope to someday encounter.

    This is going to be a very different kind of thread in that we are asking you to post and discuss photos you saw, tried or hope to try while traveling, day dreaming of traveling or while on Zaar World Tour.

    No camera no problem if you have seen a photo such as
    Grilled Lamb Burgers W/ Marinated Red Onions, Dill & Sliced taken by PanNan

    or Caribbean Shrimp Salad taken by Nif just bring that great or tasty photo on over and share it with us


    .

    Have you ever dreamed of going somewhere like say France or Spain what kinds of foods do you think you would find and what do you think they would look like. For me France might mean Crepes and look how different they can be from simple to fancy and ranging from savory to sweet.
    taken by samburger


    taken by gourmet_girl


    Oh and in Spain I might find learn about Coquito and how it differs from the Eggnog I have always know.

    taken by stormvlee

    So please come and share foods that you have seen on travels or hope to see on travels real or imaginary (such as a day dream or ZWT).
    **Please remember to give credit to the photographer by posting there name.


    Last edited by Debbwl on Sun Sep 29, 2013 5:03 pm, edited 1 time in total
    AskCy
    Sun Sep 01, 2013 4:30 am
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    Ok if I understand correctly.... how about I kick off with ...

    Pork Chop...

    On holiday in Cyprus I was talking to the head of public happiness... The bar owner and chef of the hotel. Had a good chat about food, how I cook and how much passion I have for it all. Later we came down and were going to go out to a restaurant for our evening meal, but were a bit tired and decided to eat in the hotel. We asked if the chicken curry (dish of the day) was available but as no one had ordered it, he hadn't made it. So I asked what he recommended and he told us "pork chops" as they had just got them in today. Now at that point, I'd not eaten pork chops, pork steaks or even roast pork since I left my parents house well over 20 years before ! I was never keen on it (or maybe the way it was cooked at home ?)... However as I knew he knew I was a "foodie" and went with his judgement and we both ordered them.
    What a decision !! It was a massive, thick, juicy, tasty pork chop that I've tried to get back home and just can't, not even shopping around in different butchers ! It was as good as any steak we've had. It was so good that we had it 3 times out of the last 4 days we were there !

    Here it is (lighting at night comes from greenish neon lights so the colouring isn't brilliant)

    photo credit - me icon_smile.gif



    just dug through.. slightly better picture from another night


    Steve
    Zurie
    Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:02 am
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    Oh, lovely story and evocative photos, Steve!! I really loved the story, because I am in the same foodie quandary as you about pork. These days they breed pigs to be lean, and I think that is the problem.

    I am sure it's not the same case in countries like Spain and France, and least of all Cyprus! Good pork needs fat marbling (one can always cut off the outer excess fat).

    I do not want to buy pork loin chops any more, because unless drowned in a sauce or marinade they tend to be dry.

    Deb, what a wonderful thread you've thought up! I do so hope people drop in and chat and post a lot! It's always a treat to read about others' likes and dislikes, and see pics of great food!
    Zurie
    Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:53 am
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    My "first country of food" will always be France. Not very original, but of all the meals and snacks I've had there, I had one bad meal -- a very tough lamb shank!

    The rest was always tasty, the wines great. When my sister and I went alone, without the backup of a male, we had to watch our Euros, and chose unassuming café's both in Paris and in small villages. We were never disappointed.

    It was in a new restaurant, pointed out by our hotel concièrge, that I tasted real foie gras for the first time. It was a medium-priced restaurant in the 17e arrondissement, not far from the Arc de Triomphe.

    Wow, it was great! I cannot remember what sister ordered, but I had some type of "duck plate". It was gorgeous, and I so wish I'd had my camera with me.

    The food was generous, too, not meagre portions: a leg of duck confit, a gorgeous fried breast of duck, and a slab of the smoothest, pale, rich, totally overwhelmingly delicious foie gras! With small touches like very young salad leaves, slivers of fried potato ... Oh my ... and after a bottle of smooth French red we were happy that we had to walk two blocks to our hotel, hopefully walking off some of this excess of deliciousness.

    This is what my yummy.gif foie gras parfait looked like. (COPYRIGHT: Blue Light Tavern Blog)

    Debbwl
    Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:45 am
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    Steve how cool the owner was as into food as you are. As you have never been able to find the same style of pork chop anywhere could it have been a custom cut?

    It looks wonderful and yes the second photo is better making want to dig in. Best part now you like chops again.
    Debbwl
    Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:53 am
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    Zurie to only have one bad meal is pretty good. Must say the French sure do have a way of making food look like art, the time the French put into food preparation really shows.

    That photo looks as rich as your descriptions of the food sound.
    Debbwl
    Sun Sep 01, 2013 11:26 am
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    I am starting with a wish travel. I have always wanted to travel to the east coast during the fall as the sights and smells are remarkable.

    So I am bringing you two New England photos and two of the kind of meal I might enjoy there.

    They are known for their seafood and also for their beach bbq’s an for their crab cakes so while not a big fan of seafood would have to try the specialty of the region. icon_wink.gif



    photo by Mandy Joye Osburn


    photo by Zen Media on Flicker



    photo by Bonjour Ma Belle


    Photo by Pampered Chef Lorraine Reid
    Zurie
    Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:17 am
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    What great photos! Deb, the autumn (or rather Fall) colours in the 1st is beyond beautiful. It's awe-inspiring and makes one realise how beautiful this planet can be.

    I think I said before, in the late 80's when I and the world were young, DH and I did a car trip through New England. We were in Toronto first (DH was at a conference), and we also went to the Niagara Falls, Montreal and Quebec city).

    I LOVED the trip through New England. It was early June, and I did not much like the muggy heat, but everything was lovely and interesting, and the people so friendly! I could not believe the breakfasts we were served: enormous plates of food, and I did gain a lot of weight!!!

    We love seafood, and I remember in Kennebunkport a restaurant had a special on lobster: 2 for the price of 1. Served, as they call it, in the rough -- just cooked, with butter. (There was a large salad buffet as well).

    I'll always remember that meal! I love fresh lobster, and those were fantastic.

    The coast of Maine was also very unspoilt, with no high-rise buildings near the shore, which was great.
    Debbwl
    Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:53 am
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    Zurie that sounds like a great trip and yes the east coast is very muggy unlike my end of the country where it is much drier.

    So glad you got to enjoy a lobster dinner as that is kind of a famous dish for that region.

    What you liked was that it was unspoiled, that and the lobster are the two of the many reasons it is on my wish list of place to go.
    dianegrapegrower
    Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:35 pm
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    Darn - I wished I'd known about this thread, I'd have taken pictures. I spent the weekend at my family's vineyard. The grape harvest is in full swing. I haven't been there at this time in many years (pre-digital camera, which is why no photo!) We harvest mechanically, but since I'm an engineer, the big machine is not off-putting. It's huge, and straddles the row of grapes, shaking the fruit from the vines. We harvest from sunset to sunrise, due to the heat during the day. So at sunset, the last light catches the mist of grape juice, sparkling in the air, which smells intensely of the variety being picked. It tickles all your senses, despite (or because of) the roar of the machine. Yesterday was the last of the Zinfandel - today, I'm back to city life. Picking tomatoes and green beans in my little garden.

    Diane
    Zurie
    Tue Sep 03, 2013 2:26 am
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    Yes, Diane, that IS a pity!! I would have loved to see a few photos of a wine grape harvest (and done mechanically). And I so agree about the scent in the air. (I grew up on a table grape farm).

    In South Africa both table grape picking and wine grape picking have not been much mechanised, because we have so much "labour" -- especially itinerant people doing seasonal harvesting -- and needing the work.

    So I am interested in mechanical harvesting of wine grapes (which can never be done with table grapes, of course). The latter is an expensive and labour-intensive way of farming, and all farms also have permanent workers and their families. Some have lived on the same farm for generations, and their intimate knowledge of the various stages in the life of table grapes are worth its weight in gold to the farmers.

    (It's different with wine grapes, of course).

    Interesting thread, to generate this kind of chat and information! icon_lol.gif
    Debbwl
    Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:32 pm
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    wave.gif Diane you got me to wondering about a machine that harvest grapes as I have never seen one before. So found some photos on the net and brought over as Zurie also sounded curious too.

    I Love going to Napa and Sonoma during the harvest, many years ago when DH and I were married that is where we spend part of our honeymoon.



    Photos Australia | Mechanical wine grape harvester working in vineyard ...
    photosaustralia.photodeck.com
    Mechanical grape harvester




    Mechanical grape harvester www.napanow.com
    dianegrapegrower
    Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:03 pm
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    Debbwl wrote:
    wave.gif Diane you got me to wondering about a machine that harvest grapes as I have never seen one before. So found some photos on the net and brought over as Zurie also sounded curious too.

    I Love going to Napa and Sonoma during the harvest, many years ago when DH and I were married that is where we spend part of our honeymoon.



    Photos Australia | Mechanical wine grape harvester working in vineyard ...
    photosaustralia.photodeck.com
    Mechanical grape harvester




    Mechanical grape harvester www.napanow.com


    That's what they look like - ours has a deck up top where several people can stand - quite the vantage point, although you do get soaked in grape mist. The guys doing the harvesting often wear yellow slickers, to stay dry and to be seen at night. Thanks, Deb!
    Zurie
    Wed Sep 04, 2013 2:23 am
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    Deb, thanks!! Since the harvesting of wine grapes and export table grapes are so different, farmers in wine areas may well be using these machines -- I'm not sure. But I found the photos very interesting indeed.

    As said, table grapers are enormously labour intensive, as each lovely bunch has to be handled extremely carefully. It's all under EU rules also, and things must be done "just so".

    Here's one (bad) photo of a picker under the high trellises of table grapes.



    A busy packing shed in season (from December to beginning May):



    Just a tiny corner of my lovely vally in Fall. I have better photos, but that would mean uploading to Photobucket first. (Wouldn't it be lovely if we could upload to here straight from our photo files?)

    Zurie
    Wed Sep 04, 2013 2:37 am
    Forum Host
    Deb, I do have some food photos taken in a restaurant -- will post later.

    Personally, I think this thread has great possibilities to "go beyond" the usual thread subject. Very nice!

    Have you advertised in other forums?
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