Abandoned Brewery Won’t Die - How Olympia Beer is being Kept Alive

November 18, 2017

A bit of American history is hidden among the trees along Interstate 5 in Tumwater, Washington, just south of the capitol city of Olympia. Abandoned buildings – some dating back to 1905 are now simply relics of what used to be a top-selling national beer. If only those buildings could talk, what a story they would tell. Actually, one is still alive and still telling stories! The Schmidt House was the residence of the owners of Olympia Beer and today it’s open for tours and looking as good as ever! Jeff gets a tour from Don Trosper and learns all sorts of interesting trivia, including why Clint Eastwood insisted on drinking Olympia in his movies.   

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Naples - Birthplace of Pizza

October 19, 2017

Jeff didn’t get past the Naples train station in 2004. Italians told him the streets were too dangerous for a young family to visit. He always regretted his decision to pass on this fascinating city. He got his second chance in 2017 when he and wife Donna returned. They took a food tour with Naples native Ricardo Prencipe of Context Tours. Come along on this journey. Jeff sees some unique things while tasting espresso, fried pasta, and Limoncello. He winds up learning how to make Margherita pizza the first pizza ever – invented in Naples.

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Steak Sinatra and Vince Costa

September 6, 2017

Steak Sinatra - Hey - what's not to like? Hot seared tenderloin strips, red peppers, and mushrooms, covered in a delicious wine and tomato sauce. I might have gone my entire life without trying it because this dish was a family joke. Way back when, my Dad (a huge Sinatra fan) tried to make it and nearly burned our house down. I'll share that story, then take you to Palm Springs where Donna and I strolled into the legendary Johnny Costas Italian Restaurant and I finally got chance to taste the real Steak Sinatra - prepared by Johnny’s son Vince who runs the joint these days. His father was a personal chef to Sinatra at his Rancho Mirage compound. Johnny taught Vince his great culinary skills – quite evident in this fantastic dish. In this episode, you'll hear about Frank's history in the desert along with how Johnny got there, and how he cooked his way into Frank's heart.  

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Jerusalem - Chef Nir Elkayam does Fusion at Inbal Hotel

May 2, 2017

Nir Elkayam is the executive chef at Jerusalem’s popular Inbal Hotel, located just blocks from the walls of the Old City. They have been serving a variety of guests for decades - from heads of state to common visitors like us. He refers to the Israeli kitchen as a “baby” that has just been born. Most recently, the Inbal has taken advantage of the pop-up restaurant concept.  This ever changing venue allows them to serve – in addition to traditional fare - new and exciting dishes they’ve invented from Israel’s cornucopia of cultural influences.

 

 

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About Our New Podcast!

March 5, 2017

Jeff explains that he and Donna will be producing a new podcast called Air2share - stories about what they discovered when moving off the beaten path and staying in an AirBnB. 

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Air2Share Sample - Islay - Whiskey, Wool, and a Coachman’s Flat

March 5, 2017

This is a sample of our new podcast about staying in AirBnB. We'd love you - our Savory Road fans, to give it a listen and give us some feedback. Find our Facebook page under Air2Share Podcast. Enjoy!

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Scottish Breakfast

February 3, 2017

My friend and Edinburgh native David Bain shares how a good Scottish breakfast works as the hair of the dog that bit you. 

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Downtown LA Food

January 25, 2017

LA native Andrew Tyree owner of Coast to Costa, lead us to the cuisine and culture of downtown LA, including Little Tokyo for handmade Udon, Olvira Street for classic Mexican taquitos, and Chinatown for chili-fried beef with Thai Basil. We headed up to Bunker Hill for a finer dining experience. We met Chef Tim Holingsworth owner of Otium located next to the Broad Museum. 

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Chef Tim Hollingsworth - Extended Interview

January 25, 2017

Chef Tim Holingsworth is owner and head chef at Otium restaurant located next to the Broad Museum near 2nd and Grand in downtown LA. 

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