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And the winner is. . . Erica, with this comment:

“I’m looking forward to going for the first time…. and Opolo Vineyards Petite Sirah.”

Erica, please email traveleatlove @ gmail dot com with your contact info so I can set you up with your tickets.

Everyone else interested in the Boston Wine Expo, please visit their website!


The Boston Wine Expo is right around the corner! As always, it takes place over President’s Day Weekend in Boston, and it’s a fun option for spending time indoors during our usually wretched winters. This year’s Boston Wine Expo celebrates 25 years of great wine tasting in Boston

Boston Wine Expo preview

I have given a pair of tickets to the Sunday wine expo Grand Tasting to give away to a lucky blog reader. Are you ready for a global wine adventure right here in Boston? Do you love wine tasting as much as I do?

Entering is easy. Check out the exhibitor listing pages and let me know what exhibitor and varietal you are most looking forward to tasting (Decoy Sonoma County Pinot Noir, for example).

For an extra entry, tweet: “I want to win @bostonwineexpo tickets from @traveleatlovemm” with a link back to this post.

I will choose a winner next Monday morning, giving you a full week to enter to win!

For more information on the Boston Wine Expo, please visit the below links.

And the blog

To check out my experience at one of the Boston Wine Expo wine seminars, visit this post.

For more wine blog posts, please visit my wine page.

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The Taste Trekkers Food & Travel Expo is coming back to Providence on October 4th, and I have a set of tickets to the Saturday “Foodie Day” session to give away! The Expo will take place at the gorgeous Biltmore in Providence, a place I love to visit but have never stayed! Interested in learning more?

About Taste Trekkers Food & Travel Expo

Taste Trekkers returns to Rhode Island to show passionate foodies how to explore the world through cuisine. It brings together chefs, farmers, wineries, brewers, food tour operators, and other artisanal food producers from different regions. Sample foods from different places, learn the culinary history of different regions, and gain practical tips for planning your own foodie vacation.

Check out the video from Taste Trekkers 2013.


I’m giving away a pair of tickets to Saturday’s Expo at the Biltmore and Sunday’s Eat & Run Scavenger Hunt at the Providence Arcade.


Here’s a sampling of who will be at the Expo:

• Elle Armon-Jones – Owner, The Big Foody Food Tours

• Christopher Bakken – Author of Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table

• Tom Bivins – Executive Director, Vermont Cheese Council

• Sean Buchanan – Business Development Manager, Blackstone River Produce

• Cesin Curi – Chef, Los Andes

• Grace Della – Owner, Miami Culinary Tours

• Jose Duarte – Chef & Owner, Taranta Restaurant

• Colleen Franzreb – Owner, Cape Cod Foodie Tours

• Tatiana Gana – Co-Founder, Gastro Tours

• Kimberly Gunning and Steve Lovelace – Owners, Niagara Culinary Tours

• Lisa Gustavson – Owner, Sojourner Tour Company

• Richard J.S. Gutman – Director & Curator, Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University

• Jeff Landry – Produce Specialist, Native Mainse Produce & Specialty Foods

• Marina Marchese – Founder, American Honey Tasting Society and Red Bee Honey

• Richard Miscovich – Associate Professor, Johnson & Wales University

• Sam Poley – Director of Public Relations & Communications, Durham Convention & Visitor’s Bureau

• Neil Rogers – Executive Chef, Volturno Pizza Napoletana

• Lisa Webster – Owner & Operator, North Star Sheep Farm

• Thei Zervaki – Food writer and journalist

Entering to win is easy; Just check out the Taste Trekkers site and let me know why you want to go to the Expo. For an additional entry, tweet “I want to win @tastetrekkers Expo tickets from @traveleatlovemm” and follow Taste Trekkers on Twitter.

I will choose a winner next Monday, September 22.

Good luck!

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Congratulations to Christina, winner of the Passion for Coffee giveaway! Christina, please email me at traveleatlove @ gmail dot com with your contact information.


Do you love coffee? I certainly do. My favorite way to enjoy coffee is an espresso or two after an indulgent dinner, on a night where there is no work the next day. Coffee tends to make me VERY jittery, to the point where I get dizzy sometimes, but I still love it. I have learned that coffee in moderation, with food, works out well. I am glad I made it work!

Coffee is great in desserts and various drinks, as many of us know, but it can also be great in savory dishes. At City Landing, we had an incredible coffee-rubbed meat that was tender and full of flavor. When I was asked to participate in a blogger book tour for Passion for Coffee by Patricia McCausland-Gallo, I was definitely curious to check out the book and most interested in where coffee fits in with savory dishes.

Passion for Coffee

Passion for Coffee is like a warm, comforting cup of coffee itself. It’s fun reading, with background information on the coffee bush, but more importantly on the coffee people, where the passion comes from.

“The coffee plant is the main character of the stories that follow—true stories in which people, enamored of the land and this crop, work tirelessly to produce the shiny, redberries that the plant yields only a few times a year. These are tales of the incredible path that many people choose to take in their lives, but that few others really understand.”

The book also has some tips on getting started and the kitchen essentials needed for using the book. I always find that helpful; I can be guilty of not being completely prepared for cooking, so it’s always a good reminder!

coffee curried chicken

Following the introduction, the book has recipes of just about every type, from drinks, to baked goods, savory main dishes, and greens. I love how versatile coffee is shown to be in this book. There are some incredibly decadent recipes such as Pizza Sticks with Coffee Drizzles that include a coffee cream sauce and a whole section on spiked coffee drinks. . . I can definitely get behind that!

instant coffee

I opted to make a Coffee Curried Chicken for the blog tour, and my photos of the curry were absolutely dreadful, so the above image of the coffee is all I have. Curry isn’t always the prettiest thing to photograph, it turns out!

The curry starts with chicken breasts marinated in a coffee-yogurt base with honey, garlic, cornstarch, and curry. There’s no juicier way to prepare chicken than by marinating in yogurt I have found, and this flavor-infused yogurt really made for some tender and lovely meat. The coffee flavor went really perfectly with the spices of the Madras curry I used, and it added a round, earthiness to the sauce.

The dish is topped with raisins that have been plumped up in a bit of Cognac, along with toasted almonds, and coconut, lots of sweetness, toastiness, and crunch!

We decided to serve it with some sautéed vegetables and some quinoa to round out the meal and stretch it out for lunch the next day. This curry is even better reheated! The recipe is below, and if you are a fan of coffee and curry, I definitely recommend making it!

Now for the giveaway; to enter, visit the preview of the book, check out the Table of Contents, and leave a comment here letting me know what recipe you would like to make most. I will choose a winner on Friday, June 20. Good luck!



Coffee Curried Chicken Recipe, from Passion for Coffee

2 servings
1 teaspoon freeze-dried or granulated instant coffee
2 teaspoons water
2/3 cup plain yogurt
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 chicken breast halves, with bones and skin (about 1 1/2 pounds total)
2 tablespoons raisins
2 tablespoons cognac
3 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted*
2 tablespoons coconut, toasted*

1. In a medium bowl, dissolve the coffee in the water. Add the yogurt,
honey, garlic, cornstarch, curry, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
2. P lace the chicken in a shallow dish, add the sauce, cover, and allow
to marinate in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours, or overnight.
3. When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 400ºF. Remove the chicken
from the refrigerator and bring to room temperature, about 10 minutes.
4. P lace the chicken in a baking pan, and add the sauce. Bake for 40
to 45 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted into the chicken reads
160ºF. Remove chicken from the pan and set aside, covered.
5. Heat the raisins and cognac in a small saucepan over medium heat
until the raisins plump up, about 2 minutes, and then flambé.* Remove
from heat and set aside, covered.
6. Add the raisins and almonds to the sauce in the baking pan, mix, and
spoon over the breasts to serve. Sprinkle with the toasted coconut.
Variation: This recipe can also be prepared with half-and-half, but I use yogurt because
it is lighter, easier to digest, has a consistency that is easier to work with, and carries the
flavors through the sauce better.

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