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. From teaching our Cooking Club classes to cohosting our group trips, in all that she does Aida aims to help discerning travelers taste the world.

Broiled Polenta Bites with Green Harissa |

Broiled Polenta Bites with Green Harissa

When it comes to entertaining, we have our go-to recipes like this Broiled Polenta. It's a gluten-free twist on crostini and the green harissa is nothing short of addictive!
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Kale-Apple Salad with Maple-Walnut Dressing |

Kale-Apple Salad with Maple-Walnut Dressing

This is a compromise salad -- an edible peace offering if you will. If, like me, you live in a house divided between a comfort food eater and a healthy eater, this is the happy medium. This Kale-Ap...
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Baked Chicken with Jalapeño Pesto |

Baked Chicken with Jalapeño Pesto

Let’s pretend - let’s pretend our family dinners are Donna Hay perfection. Let'’s pretend our family meals aren’t at the mercy of whatever I’m testing that week. Let’s pretend my family are not my ...
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Campari Watermelon Cooler Cocktail |

Campari Watermelon Cooler Cocktail

It should be noted that women who drink real, true stiff cocktails are always given a bit of a stare. I started at it when I lived in Italy. I'd order my grandfather'’s favorite summertime drink, a...
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Touring Anchor Brewing |

Touring Anchor Brewing

My best friend is about to marry a drummer for an up-and-coming SF-based indie band, Geographer. We joke that she finally gets to live out our angst-y teenage daydream of being band aids, attending...
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Italy Itinerary: What To Do and Where To Eat In Verona |

Italy Itinerary: What To Do and Where To Eat In Verona

Top of my travel bucket list was seeing my namesake opera in the famous Verona amphitheater. Here is my advice on where to go and what to eat in Verona.
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Channeling Palm Springs Style |

Channeling Palm Springs Style

Palm Springs. Just saying it brings forth images of old-school Hollywood, modern architecture, and relaxed vacation style. In the spirit of classic Palm Springs, we're doing a little design daydrea...
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Lillet Lemonade Cocktail Recipe |

Lillet Lemonade Cocktail Recipe

After a recent girls weekend driving up California Highway 1 that was filled with car trouble, storytelling, and a few late nights, I wanted something to toast our memories. Something ref...
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Upside-Down Peach-Rhubarb Polenta Cake |

Upside-Down Peach-Rhubarb Polenta Cake

Sometimes everything's just upside down. It's like waking up on the right side of the bed, but you do it, you know, upside down. And try as you might, you can't flip it over - you're a mental roly ...
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Peruvian Shrimp Salad With Cilantro And Roasted Pepper Dressing |

Peruvian Shrimp Salad With Cilantro And Roasted Pepper Dressing

This Peruvian Shrimp Salad with Cilantro and Roasted Pepper Dressing is a recipe I've made for years because I find the shrimp, potatoes, and cheese really satisfying. So, give it a try becaus...
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