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.

{Citron Pressé} Lavender French Lemonade Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

{Citron Pressé} Lavender French Lemonade Recipe

This classic French cafe drink is just lemon juice, sugar, and water, but the way I like it best is infused with tons of lavender.
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Essential Basque Country Souvenirs | https://saltandwind.com

Essential Basque Country Souvenirs

One of our favorite places to visit? Basque Country in Spain and here are the souvenirs we love to bring back when we travel there.
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{Salade Niçoise} Nice-Style Salad with Smashed Potatoes and Fried Capers Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

{Salade Niçoise} Nice-Style Salad with Smashed Potatoes and Fried Capers Recipe

Inspired by my latest trip to Provence, I updated the classic salad from Nice with the addition of tons of basil, super-high quality tuna, smashed potatoes, and fried capers. 
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{Pan Bagnat} Classic Nice-Style Sandwich Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

{Pan Bagnat} Classic Nice-Style Sandwich Recipe

People are really particular about this sandwich. If we're calling a spade a spade, it's basically Niçoise Salad in a sandwich but people tend to get really offended if you say that. So...
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Avocado Coconut Strawberry Semifreddo Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Avocado Coconut Strawberry Semifreddo Recipe

The traditional frozen Italian dessert, semifreddo, gets a decidedly California twist thanks to the combination of avocado, lime, and strawberries!
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Butter Lettuce And Blue Cheese Salad With Shallot Vinaigrette Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Butter Lettuce And Blue Cheese Salad With Shallot Vinaigrette Recipe

Tell me, what is your go-to salad?  I fully believe one kitchen skill everyone should have is a salad they know how to make without hesitation. Ideally it’s versatile enough that it can go with all...
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Mezcal Aperol Spritz Cocktail Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Mezcal Aperol Spritz Cocktail Recipe

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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Spice Up Your Sunday Brunch With This Tomatillo Bloody Mary Cocktail Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Spice Up Your Sunday Brunch With This Tomatillo Bloody Mary Cocktail Recipe

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 ...
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Healthy Chopped Salad with Buttermilk-Peppercorn Dressing Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Healthy Chopped Salad with Buttermilk-Peppercorn Dressing Recipe

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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