Souvenir Recipes

Like edible souvenirs, these our easy versions of recipes inspired by a trip or a memory of eating on the road so that you can eat like a local even if you never leave home.
Tomatillo Bloody Mary Cocktails |

Tomatillo Bloody Mary Cocktails

I’ve been obsessed with all things verde lately, ever since returning from my trip to Baja California, be it salsa verde or Aguachile Verde. So, naturally, when I created a twist on a Bloody Mary for my fellow Californians at Hangar 1 Vodka, I went verde and made this Tomatillo Bloody Mary Cocktail. 

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Tostones With Chunky Avocado  |

Tostones With Chunky Avocado

I can’t tell you the first time I ever had tostones — aka crispy, golden plantain deliciousness — but I do recall the first time I fell in love with them. It was while I was eating at a sidewalk table at Cafe Habana in New York City and I was doing my best to channel J-Lo’s style a la her If You Had My Love video. Cafe Habana was where I’d regularly meet my girls to recap the drama of the night before, to refuel with high octane Cafe Con Leche, and to nosh on plates upon plates of cuban sandwiches, Mexican-style corn, and, of course, tostones. This recipe makes crisp, golden tostones that rival the best of Cafe Habana but takes it one step further by topping it with an avocado, mango, red onion mix that makes tostones even more addictive.

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Smashed Berry Ricotta Lavender Toast |

Smashed Berry Ricotta Lavender Toast

We're totally smitten with toast — top it with cinnamon sugar, pear compote, or avo, and we're there. But as of late we've been very much partial to this toast. Inspired by the toast we had over the weekend at the SHED Cafe in Healdsburg (aka a place we'd move into if they let us), we made our ow...

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Lamb Pita with Tahini Sauce and Zhug |

Lamb Pita with Tahini Sauce and Zhug

Lisa Samuel goes on an annual trip to Tel Aviv and when she goes back this year she'll head directly to Miznon for the lamb pita. But until she can get there, she'll make this Lamb Pita with Tahini Sauce and Zhug – it’s as close as you’ll get to the real thing without hopping a flight to Israel.

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Mint Coconut Batida Cocktail |

Mint Coconut Batida Cocktail

Remember when I talked up how Caipirinhas? Are you now cursing me for having talked you into buying a whole bottle of cachaça with no way to use beyond those Sparkling Raspberry Caipirinhas? That kinda sucked of me, didn’t it? So that we’re square, I’ve mixed up another cachaça drink, this Mint Coconut Batida Cocktail.

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Berry Mint Italian Soda |

Berry Mint Italian Soda

Yes, there's a lot of speculation as to where Italian Soda came from (Milan? Jersey Shore? your guess is as good as ours), but we know we love them. These are real deal Italian style with flavored simple syrup and quality sparkling water and, as soon as the weather warms up, we start in on simple syrups in prep for soda season!

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Whole Grain and Poppy French Toast with Stewed Sour Cherries |

Whole Grain and Poppy French Toast with Stewed Sour Cherries

In late winter, my husband and I start to plan our annual trip back to his homeland of Hungary. I think of quiet mornings in Hungary, when we have leftover bread, often laced with whole grains, sesame and poppy, we slice it thick, sop it up in the milk of the Bakony cows mixed with fresh eggs from our hens. We bake it on cast iron, serve it with spoonfuls of the creamy local yogurt, bathed in sour cherries and their juices. 

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Strawberry Rosewater Cardamom Lassi |

Strawberry Rosewater Cardamom Lassi

My latest obsession has been this buttermilk and strawberry lassi. Some swear you must use whole milk yogurt to call it a lassi, but I like the tang and frothiness that comes from blended buttermilk. From there, riff as you please, but don’t skip the cardamom and rosewater because they take it from meh to a tall sip of India.

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Charred Jalapeño And Carrot Margarita Cocktail |

Charred Jalapeño And Carrot Margarita Cocktail

Baja California, I've got a thing for you. We've hung out a fair amount and made some good memories. Like that time I had beginners luck and caught a marlin within 1 hour of setting sail? Or that time I off-roaded for 45 minutes all in the name of a meal and then came across Flora Farms? That's where I first came across the idea of a Carrot Margarita: like a pressed juice gone rogue and totally worth every bit of effort. 

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Kentucky Mule Cocktail |

Kentucky Mule Cocktail

he Kentucky Derby is all about big hats and Juleps but I've just never been convinced about that cocktail (big hats, on the other hand, yes), so I tweaked the Moscow Mule, to make it Derby worthy in this perfect Derby Day cocktail with bourbon and tons of mint. 

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Pomegranate Ginger Guava Margarita Cocktails |

Pomegranate Ginger Guava Margarita Cocktails

This Pomegranate and Guava Margarita is my ode to Austin because, like the city, it's a little bit odd, a little unexpected, a bit creative, and thoroughly enjoyable. So, cheers to the weekend and breaking all the social norms in the name of new adventures! 

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Saint Martin Calypso Chicken Salad |

Saint Martin Calypso Chicken Salad

The more I travel, the more I'm starting to believe that your tastebuds adjust to the local cuisine. Because when I was down in Saint Martin a few weeks back, I was downing hot sauce like it was water. I was searching out the best food on the island and had lunch at a lolo (a local-style open-air grill) that had seriously amazing spicy grilled chicken. So I created this recipe that brings the heat with this chicken marinade but lightens it all up with a salad perfect for the warmer weather.

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