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.

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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Santa Barbara Tropical Ginger Smoothie Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Santa Barbara Tropical Ginger Smoothie Recipe

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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Casoncelli Pasta With Pancetta Brown Butter Sage Sauce Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Casoncelli Pasta With Pancetta Brown Butter Sage Sauce Recipe

This homemade pasta is the ultimate weekend project. These candy wrapper shapes are filled with a sweet-salty combination of pears, amaretti, and sausage then tossed in a pancetta brown butter sauc...
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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 Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

{Pasta Al Pomodoro} Pasta With Classic Tomato Sauce Recipe

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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Zucchini, Ricotta, And Herb Frittata With Prosciutto Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Zucchini, Ricotta, And Herb Frittata With Prosciutto Recipe

An easy recipe for a classic Italian frittata loaded with golden onions, sauteed zucchini, ricotta, mint, and basil!
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Smoky Vegetarian Breakfast Burrito Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Smoky Vegetarian Breakfast Burrito Recipe

It's getting pretty ridiculous: I'm way too frequent a flyer at the coffee shop near my house. And, no, it's not for the coffee. I mean, the coffee is totally fine but it's all about the Breakfast ...
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