Eating My Way Through Maui!
SavoryGirl is heading to Maui for Christmas...and that means an opportunity to eat my way around the island! I've never been to this island so I'm pretty excited to explore, but honestly the two times I went to Oahu I wasn't super impressed.  So to prepare I reached into my network of friends who both frequent Maui and have family who live there and know how to eat like locals.  Meaning I'm feeling pretty confident of my picks although there are way too many of them for even SavoryGirl to get through in one trip.  You know me though, I'll certainly do my best!  Luckily my boyfriend is as big of a foodie as I am and will need no convincing to jump in our convertible to drive along gorgeous scenic views just for the chance to try some delicious food.

Take a look at my map above, if you click on each locale you'll see a ton of information pasted into each one so you don't need to go research it separately. We're doing a luau at our hotel for our Christmas Dinner which should be a fun twist on tradition (which let's be honest holiday traditions are hard for me to change or give up...but I figure once I throw on a bikini I'll all of a sudden be ok with it!).   Of course, if I'm missing any must-eat spots (beyond a few I know of that I couldn't add to the map due to unreliable locations...see below) please do let me know!

A few more not on the map:
  • Yellow "BBQ Grill Island Style" hut near mile marker 35
  • Gogi Food Truck
  • Like Poke Truck at the Saturday Swap Meet
  • Foodie spots on the Road to Hana...see separate map below for those
Now, of course we are going to do more than just eat.  We have a plane tour scheduled to take us over Maui and the active volcano on the Big Island, we're scuba/snorkeling, hiking, beach bumming and doing the sunrise on top of Haleakala then tackling the Road to Hana on the same day.  That last one is an ambitious undertaking...but if you're interested I've provided the map I created (with foodie stops specific to that route) below.  Do your research before deciding to take this on though, we're being a bit crazy doing both in the same day!
SavoryGirl’s Cooking Something Up…Join DolceVita’s Wine Country Safari!

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You may have noticed that my posts have been a bit less frequent lately...and for that, I apologize. But I'm working on something super exciting! I'm working on a business idea I've had for a very long time...an exclusive immersive, behind the scenes, all-inclusive experience in wine country. Why am I doing this?  Well...I believe that visiting wine country often feels like going to the zoo: uninspiring winery tours, usually leading to crowded tasting rooms. But I also believe that visiting wine country can be more like embarking on a true, authentic safari: exclusive, private tastings, behind-the-scene, hands-on activities, farm-to-table dining with local chefs and winemakers. So that's the experience I'm building...and as of right now I'm calling it DolceVita Wine Country Safari. 

There are still a lot of details to figure out and one of the steps I'm taking to make progress is to host a prototype weekend in Sonoma (hopefully October 9-11 but we may end up moving it out a bit).  The goal of this weekend is not only to start to build out the idea more fully but to also get live feedback from actual guests.  If you're interested or know others who might be please check out dvwinesafari.com for the full itinerary, pricing guide and instructions on how to join us for the weekend.  It's truly going to be epic, educational and delicious...we have a lot of great things planned! Since it's our first time doing this I'm offering it at a pretty amazing discounted rate so I make sure to fill the spots and get maximum learning...so act fast if you're interested.

I'll keep you all updated on my progress here but I do also have a whole list of really fun new SavoryGirl posts that I'm planning as well. I'm just having to split focus and put a bit more energy into DolceVita at the moment...but stay tuned on both fronts, exciting times ahead!

Foodie Itinerary: Vietnam
Photo Credit: Lonely Planet Magazine

Photo Credit: Lonely Planet Magazine

Less than a week until I leave for my big two-week trip!  I'm heading to Vietnam for a week with my girlfriend and then off to South Korea for a week on my own and I seriously might come back like 10 lbs heavier!  I can't believe how much amazing food there is in these two countries. I mean, I can, but wow am I excited and honestly a bit overwhelmed. If my time here is even half as yummy as my time in Thailand and Cambodia a few years ago I'm in for a real treat!  So as always, I thought I would share my foodie itinerary and plan with all of you so if you're planning a trip anytime soon you have a head start by using my research.  I usually focus a lot more on specific restaurants, but in SE Asia it's more about the street food and cuisine than any particular restaurants so this time I'm mostly just highlighting the must-not miss foods. Where I do have specific restaurant suggestions, I've listed those first under each meal category and in the order of my travel plans...which are Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Hoi An, Hanoi and Halong Bay.  Clearly I'm not going to be able to try everything listed below in my limited time...although my girlfriend and I can really pack it away so we're going to give it our best shot!

If you like what you see, feel free to check out my other foodie travel posts here.  And make sure to check out my South Korea Foodie Itinerary to continue on week 2 of my journey on this vacation!
Foodie Itinerary: Seoul, South Korea

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What an adventure I have coming up!  After a week-long, whirlwind trip with my girlfriend to Vietnam, I decided to turn our 20 hour layover in Seoul, South Korea on the way back into a 5 day layover for myself since I had extra time I could take off.  So I'm headed to South Korea...and I'm doing it all alone!  Since I only have a week I'm focusing on Seoul and Gyeongju only for this trip, but even if I just stayed in Seoul the whole time there's a lot of great food experiences to fit in!

Many people say that Seoul is 6 cities crammed into one...and if I'm just judging by the variety of food alone that I'm going to be challenged to fit into my tummy shown below I can already see how overwhelming this city may prove to be.  But have no fear, SavoryGirl is up for the challenge!  That being said, I'm going to be a bit more flexible with this itinerary than with others that I have done and instead of focusing on restaurants, I'm going to simply focus on the types of food I really want to make sure I don't miss.  There are a few restaurants I'm going to try to make as well, but on this trip that's lower priority than simply sampling as much authentic South Korean cuisine as I possibly can!

If you like what you see, feel free to check out my other foodie travel posts here.  And make sure to check out my Vietnam Foodie Itinerary to see what I ate during week one of this vacation!
Foodie Itinerary: San Diego, CA

One of San Diego's Many Beautiful Beaches

This is a reposting from September 2011 as I head down for a visit with friends this upcoming weekend... Sunny San Diego...how we love it here! I know, I know...everyone loves it here but we have a sentimental attachment since we lived in Pacific Beach for 3 years right after college, got engaged and got married here. We were young, poor, in love and on our own starting to define what our life together would look like for the first time. Incredibly happy memories filled with sand, sun & way too much drinking with good friends.

So all of this nostalgia means that our visits to San Diego tend to be a little different than our typical Gastronomic Globe Trotting. Instead of trying to track down the latest and greatest restaurant or looking for an authentic "taste of place" we tend to just stick to our old haunts (mostly in/near Pacific Beach) and hang out with friends. That being said, a lot of our old haunts are the perfect taste of San Diego to us (and pretty darn cheap since we were so poor!) so I think you'll enjoy some of our favorites when you're in town as well:
Foodie Itinerary: New Orleans, LA

Since Jazz Fest is right around the corner, thought I'd bring back an old post that will help you eat your way through your time in New Orleans if you're lucky enough to be heading down for some fun!  I had an amazing time last year and I have to say the fried chicken at Willie Mae's Scotch House and oysters and gumbo at the bar at Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House were spot on, so I strongly recommend both of those from last year's full itinerary below.  I also strongly recommend the pork rinds at Jazz Fest itself...seriously the best pork rinds of my life.  Some also swear by the fried chicken at the festival but I thought Willie Mae's was even better.  If you want to see the post-New Orleans blog post with pictures of all of the food from last year you can check it out here for some inspiration to get you hungry. Happy Eating...oh yeah, and enjoy the great music too!!   Originally Posted on April 17, 2013: New Orleans has a very special place in my heart...the first and only time I've ever been there was 11 years ago on my cross-country road trip to move from my hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts to San Diego, California.  Since we were tight on cash and camping our way across the country, New Orleans was the only big city on our 2-week trip and I totally fell in love! I'm finally heading back for a work conference and Jazz Fest, so while my time will be tight I'm going to make the best of it! Luckily I know a few locals so my 11 year gap shouldn't slow me down at all.  Between all of the conference meals and Jazz Fest food I will only have a few meals to explore on my own, but in typical SavoryGirl style I'm going in prepared and sharing my full itinerary for all of the places I would want to check out if I had the time. So next time you're heading to New Orleans go ahead and use this foodie itinerary as a starting point to plan all of your great culinary adventures in the Big Easy and then let me know what you think.  The drinking and nightlife version will be coming next week, so stay tuned.  If you like what you see, feel free to check out my past foodie travel posts here.
New Orleans Nightlife

This is the second of two posts on New Orleans foodie travel...my first post was focused on eating well while visiting the Big Easy.  This one is all about enjoying your beverages and the nightlife just as much as the food! I have to give credit where it's due on this one though, my friend from business school and New Orleans native, Dave Heap, provided almost every single one of the recommendations below. Trust me on this...when it comes to drinking and having a good time, Dave is your man so I'm confident that we are all in extremely good hands with this inside source.

Have any favorite spots to imbibe of your own in NOLA that you don't see listed here?  If so please share! Otherwise, happy drinking...and as Dave said to me, "be safe and have fun out there. But not too much fun....we want you back in NOLA for more!!"
Foodie Itinerary: Peru

I've only been to Peru once...and to be fair, I've seen very little of it.  Just a small part of Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. But I would like to think that what I did see was pretty representative of all the great food, fun, beauty and people that the entire country has to offer. As you'll see below, one quick trip has already led to a pretty huge itinerary of what I would suggest if you were to plan a visit of your own but I'm sure I'm only scratching the surface...so for those of you who've travelled more extensively in Peru: What am I missing? Where have I gone wrong?  What would you suggest?

Wherever you visit and  whatever you decide to do and eat...happy travels.  You'll love Peru!  Need some more convincing to start planning your own trip?  Check out my Peruvian Foodie Photos here!
A Few Days in Boston…

This is pathetic.  I grew up in Massachusetts and went to college 20 minutes outside of Boston, yet as I'm about to leave for a trip back home I feel like I have no idea where to eat these days.  To be fair it's been 10+ years since I've spent any real time in Boston, so I'm a bit rusty to say the least.  I don't have much time in the city proper since the purpose of my trip is to go to Cape Cod for a week for a family reunion, but I do have almost 3 days.  Plenty of time to do some good foodie damage...and catch a Sox game of course!

I've done some research to supplement to my old favorites and what I've come up with is below. I've focused on things close to downtown where I'll be staying and also made sure they were open either Friday, Sunday or Monday, the days I'll be in town.  Since I don't get back to Boston often I'm also keeping it a bit more traditional vs. exploring the fringe foodie trends that the city may be experiencing (next time!).  I want a reminder of the Boston that I know and love!

So take a look and let me know what I'm missing...especially you underground Boston foodies who really have your finger on the pulse!

Foodie Itinerary: Wine Country…beyond Napa & Sonoma

So you've explored Napa and Sonoma and fancy yourself a CA Wine Country enthusiast.  Not so fast...there's a whole lot more exploring to do!  When you first move to the Bay Area, you spend a lot of time in Napa and Sonoma and bring all of your visitors there...but after a while you branch out a bit, and fall in love with the California wine country all over again.  So when we don't have Wine Country virgins in town (who really should be first introduced through Napa in my opinion) our preference is actually some of these lesser known regions.  We prefer them for the more laid-back, humble feel and because they make wine (and sometimes food) just as good as the more famous and expensive regions.  So here are my favorite regions beyond Napa and Sonoma and a few recommendations for where to taste, eat and stay for each...photos to help inspire can be found here: