On our recent trip to Switzerland, Donna and I had a chance to enjoy traditional, home-made Fondue prepared by locals. We stayed at an AirBnB in Merlagin - a lakeside village located at the base of the Alps near Interlaken. This beautiful setting is the heart of Fondue country and the dish has remained a significant part of the culture all these years. Our hosts Claude and Anna Marie explained why Fondue is still so popular..because they like cheese in Switzerland. In this episode, I share a few tips on how to make your Fondue come out smooth and creamy.
Choosing an AirBnB flat in the Southwark neighborhood was a great move. Down the street and just under the London Bridge, we found a 1,000-year-old market - known as the Borough Market since the mid 18th century. The market was surrounded by related historical sites, such as London's last surviving coaching inn, and one of the first coffee houses (they've only been drinking tea in England for a mere 250 years). Jeff talks with Food Anthropologist and Context Tour Guide Anna Seecharan about the enourmous effect this market had on London history.
This week the Savory Road leads to Toledo Spain, where I found cookies, cakes, and candies made from Marzipan. We’ll feature the history of this delicious almond-sugar paste - and talk about convents where it’s made by nuns and sold in a very peculiar fashion. Join us this Thursday morning at 6:45 and 8:45 during Morning Edition.. then again on Saturday morning at 5:35 and 7:35 during Weekend Edition - on 91-9 KVCR in southern California.
Family members interrogate - rather - interview Jeff and Donna about their 9-week UK-Europe trip. While still suffering jet lag, the couple disclose many things not heard on their "from the road" podcast, including haunted barns, less-than-fab food, and annoying habits. Parental guidence included (have to listen to get that one).
Informal Podcast. J and D visit Spain's original capitol - the walled city of Toledo. They enjoy a paella making class in Mediterranean Malaga, then off to Seville, the nerve center of Spain during their exploratory years.
Informal podcast. Jeff and Donna see the fabulous Burgos Cathedral, grab some local tapas, enjoy a dinner prepared by their host in nearby Solarana, which is a few miles from a set created for the movie "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" (the cemetary used in the final shootout scene). They head to La Mancha and see the windmills mentioned in the story Don Quiote.
Jeff and Donna go "Pintxos Bar" hopping with Jone, their Air BnB host and lifetime resident of the Basque Country in northern Spain.