May 18, 2017 The Traveling Gals

Attention all foodies! Savor Sarasota is coming up from June 1-14. Here is an interesting fact for those new to Sarasota and those who live here…Sarasota has the highest concentration of Zagat® rated restaurants in Florida.  It makes sense because even just spending a weekend here provides you with so many quality, food options. 79 restaurants are set to participate this year in the 12th annual Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week.   This 2 week extravaganza is hosted by Visit Sarasota County (VSC), and provides everyone an opportunity to try new restaurants and revisit favorites by enjoying pre-fixe three-course dinner menus and multi course lunch menus.  This…

September 9, 2016 The Traveling Gals 1Comment

Trip to Italy 2017- The Neopolitan Experience You may remember a previous post where we introduced you to our longtime family friend Carol D’Anca and her website Food Not Meds and books she has written on living a healthy, plant-based lifestyle. Carol also takes people on trips to Italy and she has a trip coming up in May 2017! Of course we wanted to share this with you because Italy is all about the food and culture. Carol’s family origins are in Naples and this trip will take you through Naples and the Amalfi Coast. You will get to experience…

March 9, 2016 The Traveling Gals 6Comment

Dining Etiquette from Around the World Some of the biggest cultural faux-pas’ are made at the dinner table. Different cultures have different etiquettes and this handy infographic gives you the tips to make sure you are a gracious guest! Thank you to The Dunloe for providing us with this great guide! Again, thank you to The Dunloe for this infographic! Have you ever accidentally done something that was considered rude while traveling? Let us know in the comments!

February 29, 2016 The Traveling Gals 4Comment

Miso Udon: Tofu, Vegetables, and Noodles in a Spicy Broth It has been a little chilly here in Florida lately, so this is the perfect time to have soup!  Also, after the success with Sweet and Sour Tofu, we really wanted to try another tofu recipe. For some of the ingredients, we visited the local Asian market.  There are two Asian markets nearby and they were very interesting.   Although primarily Vietnamese, they offer other Asian items too.  There are so many interesting ingredients that you can’t find at regular grocery stores. Please enjoy this recipe by Kary! (more…)

November 24, 2015 The Traveling Gals 4Comment

How Do You Snack Healthy While Traveling? BY BEING PREPARED! The easiest way to make bad nutritional decisions while on the road is by not being prepared and giving into temptation by the airport or gas station snack options.  This applies to a day trip or a month long journey.  Vacation is a good time to splurge, but only in moderation and only when it is really worth it. Traveling Gals Tip:  Prepare snacks in advance of any trip.  It may take extra time beforehand, but is well worth the effort! (more…)

November 13, 2015 The Traveling Gals

Creamy Potatoes with Vegan Barbecue This meal was inspired by the wonderful Vegan Barbecue from the EPCOT Food & Wine Festival’s South Korea booth. The inspiration for this recipe   Creamy Potatoes 6 Yukon gold potatoes (I used red potatoes) ½ cup cashews (soaked) 1 yellow onion (diced) 2 cups peas 1 can cannellini beans Seasoning (oregano, garlic powder, etc). Optional vegetables (carrots, cauliflower, celery, etc.) Ingredients to make the potatoes Bring the potatoes to a boil in a large pot.  Once boiling, add the seasonings, onion and other vegetables, reduce heat…

October 30, 2015 The Traveling Gals 2Comment

We <3 Afternoon Tea! By all accounts, in the 1800’s the 7th Duchess of Bedford, Anna was a prominent figure in London society and a close friend of Queen Victoria.  She complained of having that “sinking feeling” in late afternoon and wanted something small to tide her over until dinner.  From this, the Afternoon Tea tradition was born and has become the celebrated event it is today. By: Gary Bembridge I have been enamored with Afternoon Tea Service for many years.   I have high regard for the tradition, appreciate the ritual and enjoy the luxurious surroundings…

September 16, 2015 The Traveling Gals 35Comment

Grilled Sweet and Sour Tofu “Shrimp” from Australia I am always looking for ways to take great recipes and make them healthy.  This adaptation is from the Grilled Shrimp served at the Australia booth in this year’s Food & Wine Festival.  All the ingredients are healthy and while I will eat seafood on rare occasion, I wanted to try an alternative.  I did a lot of research and found that tofu can be a viable alternative. I have never worked with tofu, but now is the time to give it a try. Traveling Gals Tip:  The trick to taking a…

September 9, 2015 The Traveling Gals 2Comment

Peanut Noodles a la Kona Café After a wonderful Labor Day Weekend at the Polynesian Village, I wanted to recreate my favorite meal from the Kona Café, the Pan Asian Noodles.  This is one of my favorite dishes at Disney.  It is perfect for the Hawaiian vibe and a somewhat healthier option. Traveling Gals Tip:  If you like the Pan Asian Noodles in Kona Café, Captain Hook’s downstairs offers the Pho Noodle Bowl which is similar for a lower price and offers the Pan Asian Noodles as a side in the cooler for an even much lower price!  It is…

August 26, 2015 The Traveling Gals 2Comment
Entrance to The Wave at the Contemporary Vegan Burger Inspired By a Special Request at the WAVE I recently had lunch with my Mom (the first Traveling Gal!) at the Wave in the Contemporary Resort.  I had a taste for a burger (but Vegan of course!).  The Wave has the bison burger on the menu, but no alternatives listed.  I asked our server if the chef could prepare a vegan burger and she said yes!  It was wonderful.  In retrospect, I should have asked for the ingredients but we were enjoying our meal and then in…