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Send Parla Food On the Road

I might even bring my bike with me!

I have a dilemma. It’s nothing serious. On the contrary, it’s not even a real problem. I’m just a bit conflicted. I have 13 days free next month and I cannot decide where to go. (Yes, I am aware how completely obnoxious that sounds.) I blocked these days off my calendar a few months back. I thought I would take time for myself. No work, no stress, no pulling all-nighters to make deadlines. But the truth is, I’m not suited for leisure time. I hate to relax. I stared having agita a month ago just thinking about unplugging. So I’ve decided to turn my free time into a blog based road trip. I’ll go somewhere with a great food and beverage culture and report from the road. The question is, where should I go? That’s where you come in. Vote on which destination you would most like to read about. The place that has the most votes by May 27 is where I’ll be headed next month. I have come up with the following regions based on suggestions from food and travel loving friends.

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Let the voting begin!

2017-02-17T15:27:48+00:00 May 20th, 2011|Categories: Culture|24 Comments


  1. Erica May 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Le mete sono piuttosto interessanti… Io sono stata due volte nei paesi Baschi e il ricordo – gastronomico ma non solo – è davvero molto positivo!

  2. Mary Ellen May 20, 2011 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    My vote for Basque country is a little selfish – I like the food there and want to learn more about it! Plus, 13 days to go to HK may be more exhausting, so it depends how “active” you want to your trip to be!

    • Katie May 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm - Reply

      Be selfish! I want to give readers what they want!! 🙂

  3. Can M. May 20, 2011 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    Basque all the way. You should go Shibumi style, gnawing on local chorizo while roping down some crazy cave.
    Seriously though, that part of the world is a cultural and gastronomical enigma to me, so would love for you to shed some light.

  4. Saz May 20, 2011 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    香港! 13 days is perfect for a jaunt to HK.. although I’d leave the bike @ home 😉

  5. Biduline May 20, 2011 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    It may be my first comment but just wanted to say ‘go to Burgundy’ the food and wine is soooo good there!
    Needless to say I am from Burgundy and may be able to give you a few good adresses!!
    Can we vote several times or is that cheating??

    Biduline (from Burgundy, now in Monti)

  6. Katie May 20, 2011 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    @Erica grade! se vincono i paesi baschi aspetto i tuoi consigli;)

    @Can it will be pork grease colored light. that cool?

    @saz wouldnt 13 days in HK be grand?

  7. Mamma Parla May 21, 2011 at 12:39 am - Reply

    Hmmmm….can’t decide. It’s a toss up btwn Basque and Burgundy. Of course, either choice would be amazing. Both destinations are on MY list! I’ll get back to you after giving this some serious thought (research) and consideration:-)

  8. food lover kathy May 21, 2011 at 1:17 am - Reply

    My vote for Basque is in! May I also add a vote for taking along Mamma Parla?

  9. Nancy May 21, 2011 at 1:24 am - Reply

    Okay, Vermont isn’t exactly exotic, but I think you would be impressed with the emphasis that is put on local food here, and what the chefs are producing. It would be very interesting to see how you thought a state that embraces a lot of the European ethics around food stacks up to destinations with more culinary history.

    And, if not Vermont, then change my vote to “Basque.” : )

  10. Katie May 21, 2011 at 1:42 am - Reply

    @Biduline i will definitely be calling on your expertise if burgundy wins. i think i would love it there. any place that draws comparisons with piedmont is ok in my book!

    @Mamma Parla ok think it over. also please come with me.

    @food lover kathy magari! i love travelling with mamma parla and we had a wonderful time eating in barcelona last fall. i know there is another food trip in our very near future

    @nancy vermont is incredible and i havent spent nearly enough time there. im sure june is a spectacular. what fun things are chefs doing these days? what places should i check out on my next trip?

  11. Sarah May 22, 2011 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    I voted Portugal, so you can teach me how to pronounce ‘pasteis de belem.’ Second choice Sardegna

  12. Nancy May 23, 2011 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Living in the Mad River Valley, I’m most familiar with restaurants closer to me, but there’s tons going on up in Burlington and around the state. The James Beard nominees/winners are always a good place to start. I would recommend both Hen of the Wood in Waterbury and the Green Cup in Waitsfield, even if they hadn’t made the list.

    I like how the Barn Door in Waitsfield will feature a specific ingredient from a particular farm for a week, and offer specials featuring that ingredient across all courses. Thus, you may end up with some bone marrow in a yummy rice pudding.

    Salt in Montpelier takes a different approach. They’ll pick a theme and cook to it using as many local ingredients as they can and serve that menu for a few weeks. When we went it, was Eastern European, but they’ve featured 1950’s dishes, Alsatian, spring, etc.

    The Mad Taco in Waitsfield is working with a group to create local processing facilities. Their goal is to not only do the butchering of pigs for their restaurant, but also to do some sausage making etc.

    Claire’s up in Hardwick is also very pioneering. They are linked with the Center for an Agricultural Economy, which is making an effort to revitalize the town through new ag and food related businesses. Last year Claire’s spent about 90% of it’s supply dollars on regional food purchases.

    Those could get you started. ; – )

  13. Alberto May 23, 2011 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    If one week is enough for HK, 13 days should be perfect for a great place of food and living! I went two times in HK, and I was really shocked by that place… A great place to go for food! And do not miss Macau, the home of noodles!

  14. Tom May 24, 2011 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    Basque Country! My partner Jim’s father is Basque Mexican and I’m always hearing about how wonderful the food is. I would love to know more about it.

  15. Stuart May 24, 2011 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    That Bike!!!

    What, where, how much.

    I need one in my life!

  16. shayma May 24, 2011 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    basque basque basque- for txacoli! x shayma

  17. shayma May 24, 2011 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    ps you’d better be back by July 5th 😉

  18. Katie May 26, 2011 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    @sarah oooh portugal. i could be down with that. maybe next trip!

    @Nancy oh my god? mad taco?! I want to go there this instant. this is amazing info thanks so much and i hope i get to take your advice soon!!

    @Alberto right now hong kong only has 13% of the vote:( i have to admit i was secretly hoping to go there. right now the race is between basque country and sardgena. i am definitely going to plan a HK/Macau trip next year and I want to hit shanghai and sichuan province too!

    @Tom your wish may be granted! right now basque country is in the lead. if it wins id love to have any suggestions your father in law has for dishes/destinations!

    @stuart that’s my baby! i got it at collalti, a bike shop on via del pellegrino here in rome that has been in operation since 1899. the family that runs it is super nice and they build really sturdy bikes. i have their base model and it costs €150. comes with a bell too:) it doesnt have gears so im afraid it would be pretty lousy for cycling anywhere with hills so ill have to make other arrangements, tho it won’t be the same as my shiny red bike

    @shayma forse forse forse!! ill be back the 8th! see you then xoxo

  19. carson May 27, 2011 at 2:34 am - Reply

    go to basque country with aunt jojo and send lots of pics of the mountains:-) have fun where ever you go love you be careful when you eveyone said they loveyou and be careful see you later bye

  20. tilt May 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    or maybe i will do it at the contrary…

    Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand and girl, I’m the prove 11 days are a good time for it!

    It’s great and the food….


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  22. Katie May 28, 2011 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    @carson that is a great idea! miss you and love you! have fun with aunt jojo

    @tilt oooh what were some of the culinary highlights of your trip? Bacioni

  23. Katie May 28, 2011 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    The winner has been announced! Visit this post to see the results.

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