To me, travel is like church. When I go to a new place and experience new things, it puts all my problems in perspective and reminds me of how small I really am. It also gives me an enormous sense of place, and connects me to the earth on a completely different level. Getting outside and diving head first into the culture I’m visiting is always transformative, which is why I can’t wait to get back on my bike with Tourissimo for my second bike tour in Italy.
Last June, I was fortunate enough to join Beppe and his crew for an impressively planned ride through the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. Famous for its Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma, I knew that I would be in chef heaven. What I didn’t expect is how intimate of a look I would get at the locale. Cycling through the countryside next to fields and fields of grapevines was one thing, but our planned stops along the way gave us unforgettable, hands-on experiences that no other tour could provide. Our visit to a cooking school where we were able to cook with area chefs is an example of one of the many fresh angles this tour yields. We ate so much there, but felt no guilt since we knew we were going to burn off every last calorie as we rode to our next destination. You never know what surprises you’ll encounter when you roll into a new town. Check out the enchanting town of Bagno di Romagna.
The last time I was in Sicily, I went with the State Department as part of the Culinary Diplomatic Corps where I competed in the Annual Couscous Festival. This very friendly competition is more of a celebration of culture, as around fifteen nations bring in chefs to show what they can do. It was here that I got a glimpse of the Sicilian compassion and way of life- and it’s stuck with me ever since. I’ve always wanted to go back, and I’m excited to see what new perspectives Tourissimo can give me during our tour in a few short months. If you come along with us, you’ll get the opportunity to view the culture of Sicily through a chef’s eyes. Traci Des Jardins and I have been traveling together for the better part of 20 years, and we love discovering food together. We would love to share that love for discovery with you as well, and May is the perfect time to travel to the region, as the landscape is utterly breathtaking. We’ll play games, eat delicious foods, drink exquisite wines, get our exercise, and achieve a real feeling of reverence being on such ancient ground. Traveling on the roads that centuries of our predecessors have traveled helps us connect with each other on a deeper level- and that’s something we need now more than ever.
If you love good food, cycling, and breathtaking views you won’t want to miss this special edition culinary bike tour from May 5-12, 2018.
Cheers – Mary Sue
’Tis the season to celebrate the holidays with family, friends, and colleagues. Make your special event a merry occasion at any Border Grill. Whether your fiesta is an office cocktail party or an intimate family reunion, your guests will love our handcrafted cocktails, bold flavors, and festive vibe.
Our restaurants can accommodate parties of all sizes and we love to customize menus and decor to fit any special occasion. Our Special Events Managers will make sure you have everything you need to make your event a success!
We’ll help you celebrate in style in Las Vegas and Downtown LA, or we can bring the party to you with Border Grill Catering. Please contact your local Special Events Manager for additional information.
Join us at Border Grill for a celebration of Day of the Dead, El Dia De Los Muertos, the Mexican custom of honoring departed loved ones with an abundance of good cheer, refreshing drink, and delicious foods. Taste our Day of the Dead inspired specials at the restaurants.
October 27 to November 3, 2017 in The Forum Shops.
October 31 to November 6, 2017 in Mandalay Bay.
October 27 to November 2, 2017 in Downtown LA.
Plus you can celebrate Day of the Dead on Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Border Grill Downtown LA with drink specials, delicious dishes, face painter, dj, and more.
Taco Tuesday Food Fights returns to Border Grill Downtown LA every Tuesday, September 12 to October 31, 2017. Inspired by different regions in Mexico – Yucatan, Mexico City, Veracruz, Sinaloa, Durango, Oaxaca, Baja California Sur, and Jalisco – two street tacos will go head to head each week. Winners will be decided by you based on votes and will compete for the top prize in the championship round!
Featured street food tacos will be priced at $3.50 each, plus enjoy happy hour all night and the dj on the patio. Call 213.486.5171 for more details and check out the lineup below.
2017 Street Food Fights Schedule
Week 1 | September 12, 2017 – Yucatan vs Mexico City
Week 2 | September 19, 2017 – Veracruz vs Sinaloa
Week 3 | September 26, 2017 – Durango vs Oaxaca
Week 4 | October 3, 2017 – Baja California Sur vs Jalisco
Week 5 | October 10, 2017 – Semi-Finals Round
Week 6 | October 17, 2017 – Semi-Finals Round
Week 7 | October 24, 2017 – Third Place Round
Week 8 | October 31, 2017 – Championship Round