Episode 113: Travel Special!

An amazing double cheeseburger with a heap of homemade pickles from Pullman in Iowa City

In this special episode we set aside our usual format to talk about three recent travel destinations.

Last month, we visited the annual Natural Products Expo East together. Marisa had been before, but it was Joy’s first time to this enormous industry-only trade show. You’ll need to listen to the episode for our specific favorite items there, but here are some of the broad trends we saw there and dissect in this episode:

  • Meat sticks
  • Gluten free everything (We found one pasta we loved!)
  • Paleo baked goods (Should these even exist?)
  • Broccoli leaves/greens
  • Fermented things
  • Coffee kombucha
  • Camel milk (Yes, we tasted it.)
  • Crickets (Just one of us tasted it.)
  • Sea snacks
  • Bone broths (Really good ones!)
  • Jack fruit as meat substitutes

During her recent visit to Pittsburgh, Marisa fell in love with the Beans & Greens at Legends of the North Shore. She liked it so much that when she returned, she scoured the internet to find the recipe for this surprising dish. Here’s the recipe Marisa found.

She also enjoyed Max’s Allegheny Tavern and Pamela’s Diner, both for breakfast.

In Iowa City, Joy love the double cheese burger at Pullman’s Bar & Diner and her rye old fashioned at Clinton Street Social Club. Another highlight was Devotay‘s crispy poached egg.

Joy had an unplanned layover in the Atlanta airport, but enjoying a midday meal at One Flew South (highly recommended: the lentil soup) made the mishap all better.

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6 thoughts on “Episode 113: Travel Special!”

  1. Your conversations are so fun. It’s how I feel when I get together with my food friends. Just blurting out an entire recipe, sharing favorites, etc. I really enjoy listening in on your conversations and definitely share much of the same taste.

    I have been loving roasted broccoli greens too! So crispy and good — but frustrated by how hard it is to find big broccoli heads, with greens on them, even at farm markets. So many places trim too much of the stalks and leaves off.

    I will definitely be making those braised greens and beans. I always keep some Romaine hearts for emergency salads and they tend to sit around a while. This will be perfect with the ones that have gone to the far side of crisp and save me from wasting them!

    Oh, and I love Storye breads! My favorite is the pumpernickel. There is an uncanny flavor, somewhat sweet, somewhat sour, fermented richness. I love it with avocado, and it’s actually great with your avocado and kraut.

    My local organic market, Mom’s in the DC suburbs, carries it and I will gladly bring you some! I will trade you ladies some Storye rye for some High Street sesame tahini bread!

  2. Joy and Marisa, I’m a little behind on listening to the podcast and was getting caught up on your recent episodes today. When I got to this episode, I couldn’t believe it–I went to graduate school in Iowa City and lived there for 6 years, and I’m now living in Pittsburgh 🙂 I’m glad you both enjoyed your visits to both spots. Joy, my boyfriend and I loved going to both Devotay and Oasis when we were in town. I still have a little Oasis pin I keep on my purse, and I would kill for one of their falafel pitas. Marisa, we haven’t explored the North Side too much yet (we’re in Lawrenceville), but after listening I think you’ve definitely inspired me to check out some restaurants over in that area soon! Fun to hear about your trips, and now I have travel envy…

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