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Check out this mouthwatering post on GotSaga.com that I was graciously invited to contribute to:  http://t.co/KcHBDfB Scroll down a bit until you see our picture!

Here’s the full text of my submission.  Enjoy!

China:  Peking Duck – A traditional three-course meal in which the duck is enjoyed in three different ways:  the crispy skin, the meat, and a soup course.

Thailand:  Phad Thai – This favorite is made up of flat, skinny rice noodles, bean sprouts, scallions, and other vegetables, tossed in a flavorful spicy and tangy sauce, topped with chopped peanuts.  The meat of your choice is most often added to this dish.

Vietnam:  Pho is a traditional Vietnamese noodle soup that is made in countless variations.  Vietnamese-style rice noodles are added to a spicy broth, along with beef, chicken, pork, or seafood and a variety of vegetables.  Diners are offered fresh lime, basil leaves, and bean sprouts to garnish to taste.

Australia:  Billy Tea & Damper:  A traditional Australian brewed tea with milk and sugar, enjoyed with a rustic-style biscuit.  The best thing about this is that it can be prepared virtually anywhere, including the middle of the Outback!

France:  Duck a l’Orange or Pate de Fois Gras – Duck with Orange Sauce or a terrine of Duck Liver Pate

Austria:  Weinerschnitzel – The traditional, richly-prepared Austrian veal cutlets

Switzerland:  Fondue or Raclette – The fondue is most often a mixture of different varieties of Swiss cheeses mixed with white wine or kirsch and fresh herbs, eaten with bite-sized pieces of a crusty baguette.  A raclette is a meal so unique I have never seen it elsewhere, even in Europe.  It requires a special grill with multiple compartments and surfaces, places in the middle of the table.  Diners choose from a variety of fresh vegetables, meats, eggs, or anything else the host fancies, puts the food in the raclette, and tops it off with cheeses, onion, garlic, herbs, and other condiments.  The heat from the raclette melds the ingredients together, resulting in a tasty and unique creation.

Spain:  Paella – This is a rice dish traditionally made with a variety of fresh seafood (clams, mussels, oysters, shrimp, scallops, etc.) and meats like chorizo and chicken.  Flavored with a rich broth and plenty of bright yellow saffron, paella can be prepared over an open fire and enjoyed on the beach, or savored in a five-star establishment.

Morocco:  Traditional Couscous –  This traditional meal is presented in huge, deep bowls.  First, a generous portion of couscous fills the bottom of the bowl, and is typically topped with cubed or sliced lamb, beef, and chicken or another meat of choice.  Fresh, colorful vegetables are added (root vegetables, etc.), then a slightly spicy, flavorful broth is ladled over everything….a great king-sized meal!

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I saw this tweet from CondeNastTraveler (@CNTraveler) this morning:

Nostalgic for her trip to Switzerland, Word of Mouth gal Eimear Lynch picked up this travel-size raclette set: http://bit.ly/741Xn7

It interested me because I never thought about raclette sets being used during travel and didn’t know they were available.

For those who may be unfamiliar with raclette, it is a meal consisting of cheeses, meats, vegetables, and/or anything else you wish, all cooked in small portions in the raclette grill at the table.  The cheeses are generally seen as the “star” of the meal, and it’s great to share with friends or large groups.  Each person just makes whatever suits them, and the variety is endless!

I’ve had a raclette meal twice, both enjoyed in the Alsace region of France, near the Swiss border.  I think this little gadget is a neat idea, although it’s not exactly meant for a “meal on on the go”.

Our France Culinary Tour may be of interest to you.  The link takes you to a sample itinerary that we created to inspire your adventuresome spirit, but all tours are customized to include only the places you want to see, and the activities and sightseeing you want to do.  The travel dates are up to you, and we will work with your budget for the trip.  Please contact us with any questions.

Bon Appetit!


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