WanderFood Wednesday: Favorite Fall Foods

by Samantha Scott
( September 23rd, 2014 )

Last weekend was the official end to summer and beginning of my favorite season, Autumn.

There’s something about that nip in the air that just fills me with joy, and it’s a season that involves some of my absolute favorite foods and dishes, so this will be a great time for WanderFood!

A few fall foods I’m excited about are:

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds


Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

This is something we’ve done in my family for years. It’s a great way to teach kids about not being wasteful, and it’s delicious to boot! Whenever we got pumpkins for carving we’d save the pumpkin seeds and toast them. They make a wonderful, healthy fall snack!

Apple Pie


Apple Pie

Apple pie is the queen of all fall desserts. I realize it should probably go at the end of this list, but you know what? “Life is short, eat dessert first” is a standard mantra of mine. My mom has always made a spectacular apple pie and it’s just such a quintessential way to usher in the season. Next rainy day I’m headed to the store for some Granny Smith’s!

Roast Anything* with Root Vegetables


Roasted Root Vegetables

Nothing better than a classic roast in the oven for the fall and winter months. And my midwestern side comes out in my love for root vegetables, especially carrots, turnips and potatoes. It is my mission this season to learn to like beets. They are easily my least favorite vegetable so it will be an interesting adventure. As for the meat element? Chicken, Lamb, Pork, Beef – I’m not picky. Anything that fills the kitchen with those homey “meat-n-potatoes” smells!

Brussels Sprouts


Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Forget any preconceived notions you may have about Brussels Sprouts. There are so many delicious ways to cook them, and one of my favorites is in the oven with garlic and olive oil. They are a perfect side dish for Thanksgiving and their bright color often adds some much needed green to the autumn colors on the table.

I’ll be posting recipes for all these and other delicious fall things throughout the season! What are some of your favorite fall foods that you think I should highlight this season?

Eat Well, Travel Well ~ Samantha

Photo Credits

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds: Beck via Flickr

Apple Pie: Whitney via Flickr

Root Veggies: Gloria Cabada-Leman via Flickr

Brussels Sprouts: Stacy via Flickr

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WanderFood Wednesday: TBEX Cancun Recap!

by Samantha Scott
( September 16th, 2014 )

Dancers at Xcarat

So last week I had the amazing opportunity to attend TBEX, a travel blogging conference, held this year in Cancun, Mexico. Here is my TBEX Cancun Recap!

What a spectacular couple of days, meeting some wonderful people and fellow bloggers, and even some fellow WanderBloggers: shout out to TrailBound and Luxury Nomad!

Expedia Party at TBEX

The conference features a packed schedule of talks and networking sessions and was centered at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun. As such, meals were not exactly the focal point. I didn’t get a real sense of Mexico through the food I encountered, both at the resort and at various TBEX events, but I’m not sure I’d expect to. All inclusive resorts, in my view, tend to cater to a certain type of traveler, one that is maybe slightly less adventurous. The resort featured three restaurants in the section I stayed in, one Japanese, one Mexican and one Italian.

I ate at the Mexican restaurant, which was a buffet set-up, twice and was heavily underwhelmed. Being that I was visiting Cancun for much other than the food, I was fine with this, but disappointed at not having enough time to explore true Mexican cuisine beyond the resort walls.

Naturally Flavored Water at Xcarat

However one meal that stands out was from the opening night party at Xcarat. This extensive park features a popular performance in the evenings that is basically a history of Mexico through dance, costume and dramatization. It was a vibrant, colorful and impressive show, but what made it even more special was the “dinner theater” set up we had the opportunity to experience.

Xcarat Dinner Show

The food was surprisingly good, featuring an opening course of small plates, followed by a soup, then chicken and after that a lovely dessert. Highly recommended if you ever go!

First Course Xcarat Dinner Show

My experience at TBEX was incredible, I’m already looking forward to next year!

Were you at TBEX Cancun? Say hello!

Eat Well, Travel Well ~ Samantha

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WanderFood Wednesday: 5 Must Try Mexican Foods

by Samantha Scott
( September 9th, 2014 )

Headed to TBEX in Cancun this week and having never been to Mexico, I’m very excited to sample some authentic Mexican dishes! As a first timer, here are my 5 must try Mexican foods:

1. Gorditas: A small fat tortilla that can be made sweet or savory. Usually stuffed with ingredients such as salsas, grilled meats, beans and cheese.

Gorditas

2. Chicken Mole: Mexico is well known for Mole sauce, and there are many variations. Most Mole recipes feature slightly different ingredients as they’re often based on old family recipes. Chicken is one of the most common ingredients paired with Mole, but it can be used over other things as well.

3. Tostadas: Essentially open faced tacos, tostadas are fairly basic, but delicious. Also can be made to be sweet or savory depending on the toppings.

Mexican Breakfast Tostadas

4. Stuffed Poblanos: I have had these before and love them. Also something with many variations, there are no real traditional ingredients. Poblanos are incredibly flavorful, and not terribly spicy without their seeds, so they make an excellent side dish for parties.

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

5. Mexican Rice Pudding: This kept popping up while searching for traditional Mexican desserts and well, I’m pretty anxious to give this a try! Yes, even though it’s normally served with raisins…

What are your top 5 must try Mexican foods? What else should I try to sample while I’m there?

Eat Well, Travel Well ~ Samantha

Photo Credits

Gorditas: Luna sin estrellas via Flickr

Tostadas: Jeffreyw via Flickr

Stuffed Poblanos: Farther Along via Flickr

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