Aida Mollenkamp

Aida Mollenkamp

Aida is a food and travel expert, author, chef, Food Network personality, founder of the travel services company, Salt & Wind Travel, and partner at the creative agency and educational platform, Border Free Media. She has made her career in food travel media and hospitality and has crisscrossed the globe to search out the best food destinations.

After graduating from the Cornell Hotel School and Le Cordon Bleu Paris, she joined CHOW Magazine where she ran the test kitchen and worked as Food Editor. Aida then moved to television, hosting the Food Network show, Ask Aida,FoodCrafters on the Cooking Channel, In The Pantry on Yahoo!, and the TasteMade series, Off Menu. Her cookbook, Keys To The Kitchen, is a go-to for home cooks who want to become more adventurous cooks and the Travel Guides For Food Lovers series she has co-authored are beloved among food travelers.

Through Border Free Media, Aida shares the lessons she’s learned as an entrepreneur with other creative businesses. With her work at Salt & Wind Travel, Aida aims to help discerning travelers taste the world.

Mezcal Aperol Spritz Cocktail | https://saltandwind.com

Mezcal Aperol Spritz Cocktail

Not quite a classic Aperol Spritz, not quite a Garibaldi cocktail, but quite delicious, this mezcal cocktail combines orange juice, Aperol (or Campari), and bubbly water for a refreshing summer sip...
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The Essential Tips To Know Before Your Next Road Trip In California | https://saltandwind.com

The Essential Tips To Know Before Your Next Road Trip In California

So you've decided to road trip through the Golden State? Well, here are our essential tips before hitting the road so you can be sure to make the most of it!
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California Has Its Own BBQ Style And It's Legit | https://saltandwind.com

California Has Its Own BBQ Style And It's Legit

My favorite factoid of Califorinia culinary culture? That we have a native BBQ style and it's so worth exploring! Here is everything you need to know to appreciate Santa Maria barbecue when you vis...
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Healthy Chopped Salad with Buttermilk-Peppercorn Dressing | https://saltandwind.com

Healthy Chopped Salad with Buttermilk-Peppercorn Dressing

I wish I knew about this salad so long ago. It's inspired by a salad I found at M Cafe de Chaya that's a bit fancier – with tempeh bacon, beets, and a vegan "Ranch" dressing. But, a...
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Classic California Road Trip Itinerary: California Highway 1 Los Angeles To Big Sur | https://saltandwind.com

Classic California Road Trip Itinerary: California Highway 1 Los Angeles To Big Sur

One of my all-time favorite road trips here in California? Taking a long weekend to drive up Highway 1 from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Here's my advice for how to do it, where to go, and what to...
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Santa Barbara Tropical Ginger Smoothie | https://saltandwind.com

Santa Barbara Tropical Ginger Smoothie

So, a lot of people think of Southern California and think all we eat are smoothies, juices, and salads. These days there's much more going on in SoCal when it comes to food but, it's tru...
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Essential Tips To Know Before Traveling To Italy | https://saltandwind.com

Essential Tips To Know Before Traveling To Italy

You're on your way to Italy, you've got your bag packed, and itinerary set. Here are a few tips to know before you get there!
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Casoncelli Pasta With Pancetta Brown Butter Sage Sauce | https://saltandwind.com

Casoncelli Pasta With Pancetta Brown Butter Sage Sauce

I don’t know about you guys but I had never heard of this pasta before. And it got me so excited because that’s exactly why I love travel — to discover new food so that I can get inspired to get ba...
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Yes, You Can Indeed Have A Bad Meal In Italy. Here's How To Avoid It! | https://saltandwind.com

Yes, You Can Indeed Have A Bad Meal In Italy. Here's How To Avoid It!

Yes, we totally adore the food in Italy but, even though there's a lot of incredible food, you can still get a crappy meal. So here it is: our top tips to make sure you avoid a bad meal in Italy:
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{Pasta Al Pomodoro} Pasta With Classic Tomato Sauce | https://saltandwind.com

{Pasta Al Pomodoro} Pasta With Classic Tomato Sauce

This is the essential recipe for making classic tomato sauce from scratch. Just five ingredients and a little technique are all that's required! 
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