One of the best things about travel is seeking out neighborhood shops and restaurants – it’s the most fun and interesting way to capture a taste of local cuisine. Then there’s the fun of running across a dish that’s one of the best on the block, even though it originated far from the ‘hood.
After a day-long videojournalist’s conference in St. Paul, Minnesota I was ready for a wind-down. I headed back to my room at the downtown Holiday Inn, ditched my gear, and wandered downstairs to the hotel’s attached restaurant,The Liffey. Since check-in I’d seen promotions for a cocktail called the Big Ginger and had been looking forward to it all day. As I enjoyed a warm fall evening on the upstairs patio I sipped and perused the menu, finally relying on a server’s recommendation for an appetizer to munch on. One bite into the juicy, curried Liffey Wings and I was hooked.
The next day at lunch time I toted my gear back downstairs for another basket of savory, cinnamon-y wings, another Big Ginger, and an interview with the charming chef and equally welcoming bartender who were eager to share their recipes.