Giveaway :: Ceramica Botanica

Thursday, August 23, 2012

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One of the greatest treasures I have ever picked up from my wanderlust adventures has been a love for new and exciting foods. There is nothing like presenting your friends and loved ones with a meal that reminds you of your favorite vacation and there is no better way to honor the places you’ve visited than by cooking the local food. Whether your travels take you to India or Austin, Thailand or Baton Rouge, a good meal is the one thing that unites all of us. I, for one, know that when cooking a special meal for anyone (myself included) I bust out any and all fancy serving dishes and trays I can find. Such occasions call for fancy, don’t you think?

Ceramica Botanica is the kind of shop you add to your wishlists and registries. Susan Rodriguez handcrafts gorgeous and functional pottery that is destined to land smack in the middle of all your celebrations. Rodriguez’ natural ability to create stunning original graphics blended with the clean, simple lines of her pottery is rivaled only by the chic sophistication of her line. These are the kinds of pieces you want to put on your table. The Lime Triangles ceramic serving tray and Goldenrod ceramic serving tray are exactly the dishes I need for my next dinner party. Now it’s just time to travel through my cookbooks and pick a destination!

Ceramica Botanica is giving away Chartreuse Pattern Oval Tray to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question by Thursday, August 30th. Comments now closed…good luck!
What is the best thing you’ve ever eaten while traveling?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, September 3rd, to see if you’ve won!
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    When we were in Vietnam adopting my oldest daughter, we had the most amazing juice at breakfast every morning.  The cook at the hotel knew that we were American, so she thought she would be nice and make us orange juice (NOT a typical drink in Vietnam).  She went outside every morning and brought in fresh oranges and made us juice that tastes nothing like what we are used to, but so amazing!  (Of course, having my new baby daughter on my lap the whole time probably made the juice taste much better, too!!).

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    heather f says:

    we had some traditional turkey soup wihile working in Guatemala and it was out standing. I’m sure I will spell it wrong, but Kaq Icq (or close to that)

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    coasterkim says:

    It was probably an amazing steak in the restaurant on top of the Contemporary in Disney World. The food was incredible and then we watched the fireworks from the rooftop deck!

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    Jenni says:

    My senior year I went to Canada with the band. We played in parades across Montreal, Quebec and Niagara Falls. It was an incredible trip with all of my friends to beautiful places. One of my absolute favorite memories was the day we spent in Old Quebec. The city was filled with narrow cobble-stone streets and signs were written in french. Most people decided to go eat at a restaurant, but on such a beautiful day my 3 roommates and I just couldn’t imagine staying inside. Instead we went to the boulangerie and got little sandwiches on fresh bakes bread. We then stopped at the patisserie for delicious pain au chocolat. We took our little impromptu picnic to the local park in the city center where we dined al fresco in the lush green grass and watched locals going about there business amongst the tulips.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    in Portland, OR, my husband and i visitied the food truck area. EVERYTHING was yummy!

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    Ateka says:

    I was in Malaysia with my family and we spotted this food stand which sells different kinds of mooncakes . I tried the red bean mooncake and it was super delicious.

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    holly says:

    The most-recent best thing I’ve ever eaten was shrimp and grits on my 10 year anniversary trip with my husband. It was an open air restaurant in Seaside, Florida, every bite was delicious and our reflections over our 10 years of marriage and our amazing future made it all the more tasty!

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    Tiffany says:

    We had the most amazing cinnamon roll this weekend in Winthrop Washington!

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    Jessica says:

    Fresh scones and homemade raspberry jam with hand-picked raspberries on a road trip from San Francisco to Seattle.

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    Brittany Kotary says:

    garlic tomato pizza in idaho of all places!

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    echo says:

    I never thought I liked falafel, but that was before I had authentic falafel (loaded down with flavorful, colorful salads on warm, freshly baked pita) in Jerusalem. 

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    Nikki H says:

    Homemade Indonesian food in Bali!

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    Alexis S. says:

    While visiting a friend in Italy, we went out for pasta, caprese salad, a variety of cheeses and a whole lot of wine.  It may not have been the most exotic meal, it certainly was the best Italian food I have ever had.

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    Tabetha says:

    Real Mexican tacos from a street vendor along the border– sooooo beyond delicious!

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    Katie B says:

    Chili Crab in Singapore is AMAZING!!

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    Marilyn says:

    I just returned from Alaska and can’t stop thinking about that salmon I had baked over an open fire.

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    Ella P. says:

    “Lechon” in the Philippines! ohh so yummy!!

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    Courtney says:

    Hard to decide, but I had a yummy “coq au vin” (rooster with wine) in Paris…It was at this cute little family-owned restaurant. It was served with pasta and mushrooms. The wine sauce was fantastic. I ate almost all of it.

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    Suzi says:

    After eating healthily my entire life; I traveled to Europe and devoured the most amazing pastries and different luxurious foods… At one point I was craving Veges so bad I scoured the local restaurants and all of a sudden came across a massive plate of baby potatoes covered in mint and butter…. All mine.

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    Valerie C. says:

    tiramisu in Rome….to die for….that great!!

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    Sharon Siqueiros says:

    Funnel cake in Quartzsite Arizona!! soooo yummy

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    sarah says:

    We had dinner at Guy Savoy in Paris several years ago. Everything we had that night. 🙂

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    Linnea says:

    Homemade tortillas eaten in an outdoor kitchen of a family living in a small village in Mexico. So simple, yet unforgettable. 

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    Emma says:

    Fresh papaya from a tree outside my backpacker hut on Northern Sumatra. It has been 15 years (!) and I can still recall the flavor. No fruit I have eaten since can rival that papaya; it was truly like eating the very first rays of sunlight after enduring a lifetime of darkness.

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    Christina P says:

    When I was in France in 2001 among many gross things, I ate the most amazing creamy cheese, I ate it on everything. I was with a French family for a week and within a few days I ate an entire container. Then I went thru the entire loaf of chocolate chip bread. Fantastic! French pastries are amazing, I may have gained some weight the 3 weeks I was there, but no regrets!!!

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    Gelato, Gelato, Gelato in Italy and  Coconut Ice-cream in India. Swoon.

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    AmyB says:

    Nothing beats the eggs Benedict in New Zealand.

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    Loretta E. says:

    I went to San Diego once on Spring Break once with my friend and sister. We dressed up one night and went to a place out of our budget. It was an Italian place and that was the first time I had tiramisu!

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    Amy Grace says:

    When I went to Great Britain, I tried spotted dick dessert and it was amazing!!! cemented my love of trying dessert from all over the world.

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    Stacy says:

    Croissants in Paris!

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    Jennifer says:

    Such a silly little meal to consider my best while travling, but while in Flornce, Italy, I had a sandwich at a little cafe. The crumbly bread was like nothing I’ve ever tasted, the tomato was so red and ripe, the basil, too and the mozzarella cheese came down from cheese heaven! Maybe it was so good because it was so unexpected, but I can still taste that bread, 8 years later.

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    Maire K says:

    Paella at Tenerife.

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    Cathy F. says:

    Crepes with Nutella and Grand Marnier on the streets of Paris

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    Karry says:

    The spicy street food in India

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    Kellie says:

    Fresh from the sea halibut while in Alaska!

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    Meghan says:

    When I went to Europe I mis-ordered something in Germany.  I thought that I was getting a scoop of ice cream when instead I got about five scoops floating in a sea of some type of alcohol.  

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    Katherine says:

    The most delicious thing I’ve eaten while traveling was the Aztec Hot Chocolate at Lehka Hlava in Prague.  It’s served warm and with a spoon because you can’t drink it, and it has just a touch of chili powder… I still dream about it, and I send everyone who goes to Prague there.

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    Erin says:

    Cinnamon buns called Sticky Buns from Alma, New Brunswick while we were camping at the Bay of Fundy.

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    Renee Richardson says:

    When we were in NYC we had yummy pizza. So much better than what I can get here in the South. Thanks for the awesome giveaway 🙂

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    Nikki says:

    Fish tacos from the street vendors down in Baja Mexico.  They can never be duplicated in the states, not even in San Diego.  Simply fried fresh fish, cabbage, salsa, a little white sauce, they taste so amazing, I order fish tacos at every mexican restaurant in California but they are never exactly the same. And the women who offer their food in the little shacks along the road are just as friendly and gracious as if you were eating in their kitchens. I’ve loved them since my first trip over the border at 15 (and I turned 37 on Wednesday)!

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    Theresa says:

    A pulled pork sandwich from a tiny BBQ place in Virginia… sooo good I craved it when prego! (as I live in Miami, that craving went unanswered!)

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    Misty V says:

    i’m not that well traveled, but when i was in tennessee, we went to this mom and pop diner and had the best cheeseburger ever.

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    Lauren says:

    To celebrate my 21st birthday, my two best friends and I took a road trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico. In lieu of a birthday cake, we all dug into a delicious, messy Frito Pie!

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    Tina_R says:

    Back in the early 70’s while visiting our Greek cousins in Chicago, they took us out for Gyros…. I was hooked! The balance between the seasoned lamb/beef and the creamy minty Tzatziki sauce was sublime.

    Now remember this was in the 70’s and regional food stayed regional! So the next time I had a chance to taste have this back home in California wasn’t until the mid 80’s! Lucky for me it’s now a whole lot easier to find.

    I also have a chuckle when I hear the way many mispronounce Gyros!

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    Luisa says:

    Pizza at the beach in Pescara Italy. Nothing like italian pizza made simply with tomato sauce.

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    Caroline W says:

    Gelato in Italy!  It’s the perfect snack during explorations.

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    erin says:

    nutella and banana crepe in paris. 

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    Kristin says:

    Fresh papaya we picked in the trees in Hawaii… I can still taste them!

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    Madeline says:

    when i was traveling, we were living really close to the wire- feeding ourselves on less than $3 a day. so in tel aviv, israel, we ran into some friends and they invited us back to their hotel, which was amazing! my shirt was on inside out because the front was dirty, but they still let us stay & eat at the buffet that night. i remember being in awe at all the food & gourging myself on the meat (meat’s SO expensive everywhere) and cakes! best meal ever.

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    Teresa E. says:

    Guacamole at the Azule Fives resort in Playa Del Carmen.  Great, now I am craving it!!