Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Who wouldn"t want to eat their way around the world with culinary expert Mario
Batali? (Photo:"Jemal Countess/Getty Images)There are few folks who are better
well-traveled than master chef and restauranteur Mario Batali.
Whether he"s
scouring Spain for perfect ingredients with Gwyneth Paltrow or visiting Africa
with Bono, Batali knows how to travel well—something we consider to be
a true art.
The star of ABC"s "The Chew" still uses guide books and books
through a travel agent.
He always sticks to a carry-on.
He makes sure to swim
laps or do a workout no matter where he is.
Mario Batali is a professional and
we can all learn a little something from how he wanders the globe.Related: Top
Emerging Foodie Cities Across AmericaThe chef has been a busy man this
year.
He just got back from a trip to Italy and he is in the midst of putting
the finishing touches on his newest restaurant, La Sirena"(follow them on
Insta here) in Chelsea"s legendary Maritime Hotel."We still managed to snag a
few minutes with Mario to find out his top tips and tricks for being a master
globe-trotter.Noshing on red wine and truffles at La Salumeria.
(Photo: Mario
Batali)World traveling club Travel: What are your must-pack items?"Mario
Batali: My phone charger, my iPod and a bathing suit for seriously early
morning laps.
World traveling club Travel: Do you bring any mementos with you
on long trips to remind you of home?"Mario Batali:"I"m never gone too long
without my family, but I do have a leather bound foto of Susi and the boys on
a traghetto in Venice that I carry in my dop kitWorld traveling club Travel:
Where is your favorite destination? Is it the same as your favorite culinary
destination?"Mario Batali:"I have a soft spot for Emilia Romagna.
I lived
there for years and to me, the food of Bologna takes me to a happy special
place.
But I also love Asia—Hong Kong, Singapore and Vietnam…
yum!!! In the kitchen with Mauro Cuppone cook at Refettorio
Ambrosiano.
(Photo: Mario Batali)
World traveling club Travel: When traveling
to a new place, do you research it beforehand? What types of tools do you
use?"Mario Batali:"Definitely – lots of research.
I always pick up a
Time Out for whatever city I"m headed to.
I ask my assistant to make a list of
cultural happenings and read the local paper to find out what"s happening in
the food scene.
I sometimes reach out to local food editors to get their
advice.
I"m big into planning ahead, at least a skeleton of the trip, and then
whatever happens after that happens.Related: These Are TripAdvisor"s Best
Restaurants in the United StatesWorld traveling club Travel: What is the best
meal you"ve ever had while traveling? Was it a planned culinary experience or
organically found?"Mario Batali:"In the last year, my favorite organically
found market food was a meat-filled pastel on a small street market in Sao
Paolo.
I loaded up with this family"s homemade hot sauce and I was in
heaven.
World traveling club Travel: Have any of your travels inspired any of
your signature dishes? If so, which ones?"Mario Batali: So much of what"s on
the Babbo menu is inspired by my time in Emilia Romagna.
A big chunk of the
Casa Mono menu is inspired by the dishes I ate in Spain when my family and I
lived there throughout my high school years.
World traveling club Travel:
Being an expert on Italian cuisine, Italy must be a relatively frequent
destination for you.
Where are your favorite places in Italy to travel? What
are your favorite things to eat while you"re there?"Squid ink pasta for lunch
in Milan.
(Photo: Mario Batali)Ovoli mushrooms in a Milan market.
(Photo:
Mario Batali)Quinoa arancini at Un Posto in Milan.
(Photo: Mario Batali)Mario
Batali:"I"ll have traveled to Italy three times this year come December and I
find something new and captivating about the country every time I visit.
I can
be happy on just about any trattoria patio with an Aperol spritz in my
hand.
World traveling club Travel: What city or country has inspired you the
most?"Mario Batali:"Most recently it was Rwanda and Nigeria when I traveled
there with (RED) and Bono.
Food-wise, the market in Lagos was out of this
world and I came back so energized to try new spices and roast proteins using
different techniques.
But in general, the people of Rwanda – their
generosity and spirit – was by far the most impressive part of the
trip!World traveling club Travel: What is one culinary custom practiced abroad
that you wish Americans would adopt?"Mario Batali:"Burping as compliments to
the chef is a lot of funWorld traveling club Travel: What is the most valuable
culinary lesson you have learned abroad?"Mario Batali:"You can learn cooking
technique using no words at all, just watching and paying attention.
Cooking
pizza with Massimo Bottura at Sorbillo.
(Photo: Mario Batali)
World traveling
club Travel: If you could eat anything at this very moment, what would it be
and where would it be from?"Mario Batali:"Linguine with Clams and a cold glass
of tuscan vermentino consumed on the terrace at Il Pellicano on the Tuscan
Coast.
Related: 12 Iconic Restaurants Worth Traveling ForWorld traveling club
Travel: What is your most memorable meal?"Mario Batali: Flower Drum in
Melbourne.
10 courses 10 wines all whole animals or things starting with
langoustines, then abalone and on thru white king crab and then a whole
suckling pigWorld traveling club Travel: Top tips for travel?"Mario
Batali:"Never check bags, ever, and take the train if you"re flight is less
than 2 hours – it takes the same amount of time and is more pleasant an
experience.
World traveling club Travel: How do you plan?"Mario Batali:"With a
great travel agent - Mikey Holtz at smart flyerWorld traveling club Travel:
How do you decide where to eat?"Mario Batali:"Ask the locals and ask anyone I
know or trust " most importantly I follow my noseWorld traveling club Travel:
What kinds of hotels do you like? "Mario Batali:"I like the best room in the
best hotel in town, I admit to being a hotel-snob.
It"s my vice.
If I"m
traveling away from my home, I want it to be luxurious.
World traveling club
Travel:"Are you a window or aisle seat person?"Mario Batali:</b> Window on the
aisle, 1A baby!World traveling club Travel: Apps or guidebook?"Mario Batali:
Guidebooks.
I"m old school.Want more incredible pictures of Mario"s travels?
You should be following him on Instagram."Let World traveling club Travel
inspire you every day.
Hang out with us on"Facebook,"Twitter, Instagram,
and"Pinterest."Check out our original adventure travel series A Broad Abroad."
Who wouldn't want to eat their way around the world with culinary expert
Mario Batali? (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images) There are few folks who
are better well-traveled than master chef and restauranteur Mario
Batali.
Whether he's scouring Spain for perfect ingredients with Gwyneth
Paltrow or visiting Africa with Bono, Batali knows how to travel
well—something we consider to be a true art.
The star of ABC's "The
Chew" still uses guide books and books through a travel agent..World
traveling club Travel: What is one culinary custom practiced abroad that you
wish Americans would adopt?"Mario Batali:"Burping as compliments to the chef
is a lot of funWorld traveling club Travel: What is the most valuable culinary
lesson you have learned abroad?"Mario Batali:"You can learn cooking technique
using no words at all, just watching and paying attention.
Cooking pizza with
Massimo Bottura at Sorbillo.
(Photo: Mario Batali)
World traveling club
Travel: If you could eat anything at this very moment, what would it be and
where would it be from?"Mario Batali:"Linguine with Clams and a cold glass of
tuscan vermentino consumed on the terrace at Il Pellicano on the Tuscan
Coast.
Related: 12 Iconic Restaurants Worth Traveling ForWorld traveling club
Travel: What is your most memorable meal?"Mario Batali: Flower Drum in
Melbourne.
10 courses 10 wines all whole animals or things starting with
langoustines, then abalone and on thru white king crab and then a whole
suckling pigWorld traveling club Travel: Top tips for travel?"Mario
Batali:"Never check bags, ever, and take the train if you"re flight is less
than 2 hours &#x2013; it takes the same amount of time and is more pleasant an
experience.
World traveling club Travel: How do you plan?"Mario Batali:"With a
great travel agent - Mikey Holtz at smart flyerWorld traveling club Travel:
How do you decide where to eat?"Mario Batali:"Ask the locals and ask anyone I
know or trust " most importantly I follow my noseWorld traveling club Travel:
What kinds of hotels do you like? "Mario Batali:"I like the best room in the
best hotel in town, I admit to being a hotel-snob.
It"s my vice.
If I"m
traveling away from my home, I want it to be luxurious.
World traveling club
Travel:"Are you a window or aisle seat person?"Mario Batali:</b> Window on the
aisle, 1A baby!World traveling club Travel: Apps or guidebook?"Mario Batali:
Guidebooks.
I"m old school.Want more incredible pictures of Mario"s travels?
You should be following him on Instagram."Let World traveling club Travel
inspire you every day.
Hang out with us on"Facebook,"Twitter, Instagram,
and"Pinterest."Check out our original adventure travel series A Broad
Abroad."Who wouldn't want to eat their way around the world with culinary
expert Mario Batali? (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images) There are few folks
who are better well-traveled than master chef and restauranteur Mario
Batali.
Whether he's scouring Spain for perfect ingredients with Gwyneth
Paltrow or visiting Africa with Bono, Batali knows how to travel
well—something we consider to be a true art.
The star of ABC's "The
Chew" still uses guide books and books through a travel agent.

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