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    Food Blogger visits Vermont on mission to try a meal from every state in the U.S.

    Kreskin Torres is getting a taste of America, one state at a time. The food vlogger took his mission to try a different meal from every state, to Vermont.

    “It’s been awesome, everyone’s been friendly, people will wave at you when you’re walking down the street,” said Torres.

    Looking for an Uber? Kreskin might be your driver. Ridesharing is one way he finds out the best places to try next… as he travels across the country.

    “I’m doing Uber. Since they call me ‘theridesharefoodie’. I pick up a passenger and that passenger I pick up I’ll usually ask them, “hey, where should I go I’m not from here?”

    Local feedback is something the owner of Handy’s in Burlington appreciates.

    “It means the world. When you look at him and he has 17k followers, 17 thousand people that never knew who I was, are going to get to know who I am ,” said Earl Handy.

    After trying Handy’s Macho Man triple layer sandwich and Texas Dog that Torres says is “awesome,” he stopped by El Gato Cantina for a Pickle Margarita. Both owners are grateful for the exposure as they welcome more guests now that capacity limits are lifted.

    “I’m hoping it will give people a little view of us that we made it through, and that you know we’re here. We’re still making new things and trying to keep it exciting,” said Tree Sanchez-Bertram.

    Kreskin’s journey isn’t over after he’s visited all 50 states, once he goes to Hawaii which is the last on his list, he hopes to create an app that will help communities connect with their local businesses.

    “I’m trying to figure out a way to maximize what I’m great at, and that’s connecting people with people,” said Torres.Sign up for our Newsletters

    Torres also took a trip to Mark BBQ, and hopes to try a creme before leaving Vermont.

    READ THE FULL STORY:Food Blogger visits Vermont on mission to try a meal from every state in the U.S.

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    A food blogger’s guide to Wellington on a Plate

    Visa Wellington on a Plate

    Visa Wellington on a Plate has announced its 2021 festival line-up (video published May 2021).

    This article was published on Capsule.

    Now in its 13th year, Wellington on a Plate always delivers for the foodies with events such as Burger Wellington, Dine Wellington and Cocktail Wellington, and it’s a great excuse to head to the Capital for a true epicurian weekend away!

    This year’s theme is one for the improvisers, the fresh thinkers, the misfits, the rebellious, those who dance to their own tune and go against the grain. It’s surprising, challenging, different, new, adventurous, exotic, momentous, delicious and curious – Out of Place.

    We’ll be heading down to check it out, but before we go out and buy pants one size up in preparation, we spoke to Wellington’s leading food influencer Wellingnoms (Kalliana Kong) to get the low-down on what’s good, what you simply can’t miss, and what life’s like as a food influencer!

    READ MORE:* What’s good: Wellington restaurants that serve authentic bites with plenty of heat* Wellington on a Plate to take foodies ‘out of place’ this August* Chocolate egg, ‘schmoke’ cocktail and prawn burger take out top Wellington on a Plate awards* Chef’s food guide to Wellington

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    Kalliana Kong runs Wellingnoms.

    Tell me a little about Wellingnoms – how you started in the food influencer world and what it is about food reviewing (and eating, I suppose!) that you love so much

    I started Wellingnoms in 2015 with one of my best friends (and then work colleague) Hannah, we started it to spend time together and try new places around town. The beginning of Wellingnoms also coincided with the Wellington on a Plate festival, so we weren’t short of places to eat. Hannah moved to Brisbane almost two years ago and I’ve carried on the page solo.I love all aspects of food. I enjoy cooking it, eating it, reading about it and talking about it. Food is also how my parents showed me love, that’s carried on with me, food is also my love language. So, being able to share that with people, is awesome. I’m still genuinely surprised when people ask me for my recommendations either via DM or in person – especially if it is for a special occasion. The best thing about Wellingnoms is the friends that I have made along the way – I’ve been lucky to meet several people, other food influencers and small business owners that I have worked with through the platform, who have become good friends.

    If someone was to eat just one meal in Wellington, where would you tell them to go and what would you tell them to eat?

    This is such a hard question! I feel like it depends on the occasion, but my go-to will always be the Mee Goreng from Little Penang. I love it with chicken, but I have it on good authority that the vege version is just as delicious.

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    Master Kong.

    Visa Wellington on a Plate has to be highlight in the foodie calendar? What can first-timers expect?

    Visa Wellington on a Plate is Christmas, Birthdays and Anniversaries all rolled into one for me – it is my favourite time of the year. First-timers can expect to see a plethora of choices, especially when it comes to the Burger Wellington part of the festival. If you are the type of person who has trouble choosing between multiple options, you might struggle – so, my advice is to do your research, create a wish list and plan your time well.Wellingnom’s top picks for Visa Wellington on a Plate 2021 Girls’ weekend away:

    Sex and Food – nothing says girls’ night out like dinner and a show, darling! There’s bound to be treats galore and with Hugo Grrl, one of the best cabaret producers in the country, behind the production of the burlesque show – it will be an entertaining night to remember.

    Welly Boutique Wine Festival – what better way to experience all the great wine in the region than at a boutique wine festival on the waterfront. Add tapas and live music, sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon with friends.

    Cinderella and Her Lovely Sisters – very cool to see three iconic Auckland bars popping up at Cinderella, any of the sessions are bound to be a great time.Romantic date

    In Time and Place – This multi-sensory event will have you embracing your inner sweet tooth. No romantic date night is complete without dessert and this event has four courses of romance!

    Current Food, Current Mood – This event sounds like date night on another level, five courses designed to represent different emotions with a complete sensory experience.

    Three Martini Lunch – A long lunch with two of Wellington’s most iconic spots – Hawthorne and Ortega FIsh Shack – absolute perfection, my ideal daytime date.

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    Lulu Bar.Lads’ trip

    Up Inn Smoke – Good things take time and low and slow BBQ is one of them. Matt is an extremely talented pitmaster so this is the perfect event for BBQ enthusiasts.

    Beervana – the quintessential event for all those who are fond of the craft that is beer and an equally extremely fun atmosphere for those who are just getting into it.

    Enter The Dragon – probably one of the most iconic events in the VWOAP line-up, a night of yum cha and beers with a side of 90’s and early 2000’s bangers. What’s not to love?A family affair

    It’ll Be Sweet – my nephew’s birthday is in August and I always get him a ticket for an event where he can get his hands stuck in and learn a skill. This year I picked this event for him because what kid doesn’t want to learn how to make ice cream?!

    Chocolatier for the Day – A real Willy Wonka moment at an actual chocolate factory hidden down a Wellington laneway, a magical way to spend an afternoon with the family.

    Snap, Crackle and Pop Up! – Novelty breakfast cereals seem to have our hearts so let’s give them our stomachs too. Plus, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, even if it’s loaded with sugar.

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    Refinery Bar & Eatery.What the true foodies shouldn’t miss

    Gochu 2 U – I’ve been to Gochu in Auckland and I loved every single bite that I was served so am excited to see what they bring to their pop up at Shepherd.

    Bar Salonika – Field and Green has a knack for transforming their menu during the festival period to tell a story and explore the diaspora of Jewish cuisine. Their pop-ups are always educational and delicious

    Chaat Street – Indian food is often underrated so I was excited to see several pop ups and events focusing on this cuisine. I’ve never been let down by an event at LTD so have high hopes for this pop-up.The best slice of Wellington

    Taste of Homies – Taste of Home consistently serves up some of the best noodles in the city from their tiny premises so I am keen to see what they can do in a bigger kitchen like the one at Shepherd. I feel like this event will be an immediate sell-out, you’ll need fast fingers to get tickets.

    Tokyo Nights – The super-exclusive Tokyo Townhouse popping up for a whole month is a treat for anyone who has lusted after their bowls of noodle perfection. They’re teaming up with Grace Patisserie as well, so dessert is sure to be on point too.

    Flavours of Syria – Hidden away in Vogeltown is a family-run Middle-Eastern restaurant, Damascus, which comes with very high praises from foodies all over Wellington. Middle-eastern food is having a very deserved moment and I love the sound of this all-you-can-eat Syrian feast, it reminds me of family meals at my own home.

    The festival runs August 1-31. General sales available from June 21 – click here for more information

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    Food loving Brits think a first date should ALWAYS be dinner, but which foods should you be avoiding?

    FOOD-LOVING Brits believe a first date should ‘always’ involve a meal – but won’t risk eating oysters, sushi or corn on the cob until the fourth date.

    A study of 2,000 adults found a fifth look for someone who is passionate about food in a potential partner and 29 per cent admitted they’d be put off by a picky eater. A third also said knowing someone is a good cook is a turn-on.

    Food-loving Brits love going for dinner on a first date, but there’s food they will ALWAYS avoidCredit: Getty

    With 29 per cent agreeing a first date should always include food, ideal set-ups were found to be dining out (65 per cent), going to a food market (27 per cent) and exploring food festivals (25 per cent).

    But mussels, ribs and lobster are also among the dishes Brits would avoid on a first date, while pizza (39 per cent), steak (37 per cent) and a roast dinner (35 per cent) are the go-to safe dishes.

    Desserts also proved popular and minimally risky, including a chocolate brownie (27 per cent), apple crumble (28 per cent) and apple pie (29 per cent).

    The study was commissioned by European bakery experts St Pierre and found it typically takes four dates before eating breakfast and tucking into ‘risky’ foods with someone are seen as ‘acceptable’.

    Number one on the list of foods to steer clear of is oystersCredit: Getty

    But of those who have gone for an early morning date, 23 per cent think going for brunch helps keep the atmosphere relaxed and casual while a tenth believe it’s more romantic than any other meal.

    It also emerged the preferred meal for a proposal is steak (24 per cent), while meeting the in-laws should be paired with a roast dinner (45 per cent).

    Pizza is the go-to for the first meal in a new home (35 per cent), when bringing a newborn baby home (24 per cent) and going through a breakup (17 per cent).

    Pizza is considered a go-to, with 39 per cent of Brits ordering a slice on their first dateCredit: Getty

    Paul Baker, founder at St Pierre Bakery, said: “The research proves just how important food is to making connections in our personal life – whether it’s starting out in a new relationship or other events later in life.

    “Food gives people something to talk about on a date, to try different dishes and discuss their culinary preferences – which can clearly be make or break when it comes to a potential partner.

    “Breakfast and brunch as an occasion to catch up with friends, dates and family has grown in popularity over the years and it seems some would now prefer this to a more formal evening meal.

    “The stats also showed that virtual food-based dates have been popular during lockdown, with more than a third cooking together on a video call and more than half eating together, virtually, to keep dating fun.”

    Food Brits avoid on a first date

    1. Oysters

    2. Mussels

    3. Sushi

    4. Ribs

    5. Lobster

    6. Chicken wings

    7. Corn on the cob

    8. Garlic bread

    9. Spaghetti Bolognese

    10. Crab

    The study also found it takes five weeks of knowing someone before it’s seen as ‘acceptable’ to steal food off their plate and 24 per cent would be annoyed if someone tried this on a first meeting.

    It takes six weeks before Brits will be honest with someone about their cooking and if a fairly new date dished up a meal which they didn’t like, 36 per cent wouldn’t admit it.

    A sixth of those polled via OnePoll even admitted to judging a date by the food they ordered.

    Food Brits order on a first date

    1. Pizza

    2. Beef steak

    3. Roast dinner

    4. Ice cream

    5. Lasagne

    6. Apple pie

    7. Salad

    8. Apple crumble

    9. Chocolate brownie

    10. Burgers 

    And two in five have also assessed a date on the way they eat, such as chewing loudly, while a fifth would judge someone if they asked for a ‘doggy bag’ for leftovers.

    Paul added: “Great food is a joy to be shared. It’s about making memories, which is why it’s so important in key life events.

    “Everyone remembers what they ate on their wedding day, or the first meal they had with prospective in-laws!

    “St Pierre is all about elevating the everyday, so whatever the occasion, you can make it magnifique.”

    Let us guess the stage of your relationship with this foodie quiz – https://stpierrebakery.co.uk/blog/st-pierre-food-quiz/

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