By Laura Stec
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About this blog: I've been attracted to food for good and bad reasons for many years. From eating disorder to east coast culinary school, food has been my passion, profession & nemesis. I've been a sugar addict, a 17-year vegetarian, a food and en... (More)
About this blog: I've been attracted to food for good and bad reasons for many years. From eating disorder to east coast culinary school, food has been my passion, profession & nemesis. I've been a sugar addict, a 17-year vegetarian, a food and environment pioneer, macrobiotic, Master Cleanser, ayurvedic, and officially-designated health-nut or party-girl (depending on the year). Professionally, I've worn many industry hats including: line cook, corporate chef, Food Coach, caterer, product developer, restaurant reviewer, culinary school teacher, corporate wellness educator, food co-op clerk, author, and even Cirque-du-Soleil lead popcorn concessioner! For years I managed an outdoor kitchen, deep in the bear-infested woods of Tahoe, and also for hospitals (the most unhealthy kitchen I ever worked in?), Singapore high-rises, mule-pack trips, Canadian catholic rectories, and more events than I could ever recall. Yet I still keep discovering. Actually, I adapt everyday by new lessons learned from teachers, customers and students. However there is one food truth I now hold sacrosanct: Eaters are motivated by pleasure. So no matter what we discuss here - recipes or restaurants, food politics or pairings, local events, food as art, or even as God, I will always come from a high-vibe, party perspective. Oh I do still long to change the world with great tasting food, but know in my heart, "If it ain't fun, it don't get done!" So - wanna come to the Food Party? By the way - it's a potluck. (Hide)
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Hello Food Partiers! and Courageous Travelers all from Yellowstone National Park.
I am happy to report the park is open, at least the southern loop, even after extreme flooding which appears to have closed the northern part of the park for possibly the entire year. Roads and bridges were washed out. Any chance you saw the video of the house floating down the river?
We’ve started another Travelin’ Solo journey, this time a road trip across Idaho with stops at some great hot springs, 4 national parks, and a bunch of beautiful places.
Off to find America.
Posting the blog on the road is a bit tough - dictating into my phone, trying to sneak some Internet. Coverage has been spotty. But the trip is going well and the weather has been cooperative. You might not hear from me for a while, but when you do we”ll be talking about my new camp stove, great camp meals for the road, terrific restaurants and local watering holes worth checking out in the area.
Until then let me leave you with this photo. Idaho is the land of amazing natural Hot Springs. I’ve never interacted with the environment in this ongoing fashion! Keep your bathing suit on and drive between literal hotspots that fill the Sawtooth Mountains. They are part of the international Ring of Fire. This photo is at Sunbeam Hot Springs.