Aida ✈️ Food X Travel (@aidamollenkamp) — 🍳Food + Travel Expert. Entrepreneur.
✈️ Boutique Travel @saltandwind
💗 Italy. Mexico. California.
📌 Los Angeles
🌟 Travel For Food Lovers 👇🏼
✈️ Boutique Travel @saltandwind
💗 Italy. Mexico. California.
📌 Los Angeles
🌟 Travel For Food Lovers 👇🏼
I thought this year was off to a slow start but I just realized I’ve only been home here in Los Angeles for just over 18 days so far in 2019. * And it made me realize that, in all my work in #Mexico and #Italy for @saltandwind, sometimes my home town gets a little overlooked. So, I wanna know, do you guys want me to share my LA food-travel recs too? Lmk in the comment below! 😉
What is your favorite type of chocolate chip cookie? 🍫 🍪 * As a chocolate fiend, I consider Valentines an opportunity to go all out on chocolate and I bake batches and batches of cookies to gift. I’m all about aging the cookie dough (thanks @nytimes for that tip) for extra flavorful cookies. Then it’s all for crispy edges, chewy centers, big chunks of super good chocolate, even better butter, and a pinch of sea salt. Go-to recipes in our house are @edibleliving decadent Thousand-Layer Chocolate Chip Cookies - #recipe is on saltandwind.com btw - and @slatemediagroup Updated Tollhouse that’s 💯. How about you??? * #swsociety#aidaeatslosangeles#aidaeatscali#saltandwindcali#losangeleseats#losangelesbakery#cookies🍪#cookiesofinstagram
Did I ever tell you guys I used to live in #Florence? Before and after I went to culinary school, I lived there with my ex and we ran a bed and breakfast. * Yes, it’s how I learned Italian and fell in love with all things Italian food + travel but one of my very favorite things? It was walking the city. For a small city, Florence has tons to discover and it’s best seen on foot. That’s why my regular exercise was to walk an enormous loop from my place to one of the highest points in the city and back. And almost every time I’d stop here at San Miniato Al Monte to write, reflect, ogle this view, or just catch my breathe! * I’m heading back to #Florence next month with @borderfreetravels to continue our r&d for our #Tuscany group trip that’ll be happening later this year and I can’t wait to share more with you when I’m there. For now, if you’re heading to Florence soon be sure to take time to head up here where it’s less crowded than Piazzale Michelangelo but just as gorgeous! * #swsociety#saltandwindtravel#saltandwindtrips#saltandiwnditaly#italytravel#visititaly#italygrouptravel#boutiquetravel#italytravelplanning#florenceitaly#firenze🇮🇹
Are you more a tea or coffee person? * When I lived in #Italy I was 1000% about coffee all day everyday but I’ve started drinking tea more and more. Now I tend to do coffee in the AM and tea in the PM or before bed so I’ve gotten into herbal and detox teas. Since my last trip to #Mexico I’ve been nonstop on the hibiscus tea 🌺. It’s supposed to be anti-inflammatory and help with your immunity and digestion and tbh I also love the color! 😉 * #swsociety#saltandwindmexico#mexicofood#hibiscustea#detoxtea
Who else out there is an “extroverted” introvert?✋🏼 I love to get out, explore, and be super social when I’m traveling. But, when I’m back home in Los Angeles, I cocoon majorly. Yes, part of it is because I usually have a lot of computer-based work (hello, editing, social media, client travel planning!) to do. But part of it also feels like recuperation from all the energy I expend when I’m out there leading a @saltandwind trip or researching for the next one. All that to say I love my LA friends but apologies if I hibernate for the first 7-10 days when I’m back in town! It’s just my extreme way of getting balance back! 😉
Raise your ✋🏼if you get inspired to cook when you’re traveling. * It does so much so for me that it inspired me to start @saltandwind Before we did group trips and events, the site started with recipes inspired by our favorite places where we’d traveled. * And after spending the last 3 weeks in #Mexico, I’m buzzing with all sorts of Mexican food inspiration! From enmoladas to pozole and some super creative salads, I’ll be sharing my cooking adventures next week!
Before I ever really started cooking, I loved growing food. I credit my mom, a most masterful gardener, who taught us to get our hands dirty from a young age. She grew up on a farm so she always told us Pippi Longstocking-like tales of her adventures among all the flora and fauna. So when I started cooking it felt only natural that I’d cook real homegrown ingredients. * Now when I travel I find myself saying “yes” to every opportunity I can to visit a farm. From the meticulously planted geometric agave fields in Tequila to the chinampas (a sort of “floating garden” where they farm in using methods dating back to the Aztec times) of Xochimilco, I’ve been lucky to visit a farm in every state I’ve traveled to in Mexico. * So I of course jumped at the chance to do just that here in Los Cabos. Along with my newfound friends from this trip, we headed out to the landlocked desert town of Miraflores to visit @tikycabo where they grow organic produce used at many local restaurants including those at the @jwloscabos. * Head to my IG stories to get a look into it all as well as a few recipes for some of the produce we encountered! * #jwloscabos#relishtheheritage#swsociety#saltandwindmexico#aidaeatsmexico#farmlife
¡Salud! to everyone who made this year’s #relishtheheritage festival so delicious! * From addictive panuchos and smoky poblano soup to the best black mole I’ve ever tasted and this 💯 mezcal, there was a lot of good stuff happening. Head to my IG stories for some of the highlights. If you need me, I’ll be running back to LA to work it all off!😬🏃🏽♀️ * #jwloscabos#relishtheheritage2019#swsociety#saltandwindmexico#aidaeatsmexico#visitmexico🇲🇽#bajacaliforniasur#visitloscabos
Setting the bar with today’s first #SundayFunday of 2019! * A mix of r&r with an incredible spa sesh, an over-the-top 3-hour brunch (more on that tomorrow- promise!), and some quality pool time with new and old friends! * Btw the spa session was unreal and I did my first-ever temezcal ceremony. Take a peek at my latest stories for some bts on that experience and, if you ever get the chance to try it yourself, def give it a go! * 📸 @letmeeatcake * #relishtheheritage#jwloscabos#marriottmexico#swsociety#aidaeatsmexico#saltandwindmexico#saltandwindtravel#visitmexico#loscabosmexico#visitbajasur
If you travel with me to northern #Mexico, be forewarned that I will most likely eat my weight in seafood. * From aguachile to coctel campechano and octopus to clams, I’m pretty obsessed with the quality and creativity of the seafood in this part of the country. And this trip to Baja California has been no exception as I’ve strong-armed @letmeeatcake into ordering seafood at every chance so I can try all the things! * Swipe through to check out our mostly seafood 🦞 spread here at @jwloscabos and tell me, what are your must-eats when you travel to #Mexico? * #swsociety#saltandwindmexico#aidaeatsmexico#jwloscabos#uaculinaryartisans#relishtheheritage#visitmexico#discoverbajacaliforniasur#descubrebajacalifornia#visitbajacalifornia
Rolling into Los Cabos for the finde! 🚲 * Spending my last few days in #Mexico at the #relishtheheritage food and wine festival here at the @jwloscabos. I’m here with @letmeeatcake@elizakrpoyan and @iamdawnmccoy and we’ll be posting all about it so follow along on all of our accounts! * How about you? What’s on your agenda for for the long weekend? * #spon#jwloscabos#uaculinaryartisans#relishtheheritage#aidaeatsmexico#loscabos#bcsmexico#bajacaliforniasur#loscabosmexico
Every time I travel it seems like an unplanned theme reveals itself with time. Do you know what I mean? * For example, on my last trip to Italy, vintage cars seemed to be everywhere; in Guadalajara last fall I kept unintentionally coming across horses; and this trip to Mexico is all about hoja santa. * Yes, hoja santa is an herb that’s relatively common in Mexican cooking (used in everything from salsa to green juice) but it seems to be everywhere I turn this trip from markets to mezcal bars. Possibly my favorite way of eating it so far was at lunch yesterday when we were served these blue corn tortillas topped with Oaxacan cheese, hoja santa, and crispy chapulines (grasshoppers) but tbh I‘ve never met a preparation of hoja santa that I’ve disliked! * #swsociety#saltandwindtrips#saltandwindtravel#saltandwindmexico#aidaeatsmexico#hojasanta#tacostacostacos#comidamexicana#cdmx
Touched down in #MexicoCity from Oaxaca and excited to be back in DF for the first time this year. * Whenever I return to a city I frequent I dive into all the local publications to get the latest intel. So the first thing @borderfreetravels and I did was go the newsstand to stock up on local mags. A few of my favorites for CDMX are @donde_ir and @chilangocom * How about you? What are the local magazines, sites, blogs you turn to in your favorite cities? * 📸 @borderfreetravels * #swsociety#saltandwindtrips#saltandwindtravel#saltandwindmexico#visitmexico#mexicotravel#cdmx_oficial#cdmx#mexicocityofficial#mexico🇲🇽
I’m all for solo travel but tbh I prefer traveling with a friend. * I know that may not make me sound like the ultimate independent road warrior but having someone along with means you get to share the memories. Not to mention you’ll likely have inevitable inside jokes that’ll last even longer than the trip. * To me, the key to traveling with a friend is making sure your interests, travel style, and energy levels are compatible so you can make the most of the trip and quickly overcome travel hiccups that are bound to happen. * In researching and running our group trips @borderfreetravels and I have now traveled together enough to know we’re 100% compatible. Just as much as we want to explore a destination from top to bottom we make plenty of time to eat, drink, and shop local. * Agree with me? Tag your travel mate below! * 📸 @dabeatlo#swsociety#saltandwindmexico#saltandwindtravel#saltandwindtrips#friendship#foodtravel#boutiquetravel#mexicotravel#grouptravel#visitmexico#mexicotour#femmepreneur#girlboss
Of the many sounds of #Oaxaca one that you’ll hear constantly is the shout “Tlayudas! Tlayudas! Tlayudas!” * This Oaxacan specialty is so often given the simplified description of being “Mexican pizza” but that’s a disservice -because a great tlayuda is something all its own. * The most classic version is made by toasting a steering wheel-sized tortilla on a comal and then topping it with asiento, beans, and quesillo (aka queso Oaxaca). * There are countless options for tlayudas when you visit Oaxaca but here are a few spots were I enjoyed them on this trip: *Libres Tlayudas Doña Martha *Chino De Chata at La Cosecha Market *Cafe La Olla * Want to join in on my next eating adventures in Oaxaca? DM me for more info! 📸 @borderfreetravels
Day 5 of #Oaxaca research with @borderfreetravels and we’ve been on the hunt for the best views and most Insta-worthy spots in the city. Tbh it’s not hard work because this city is so photogenic that there are endless places to choose from. Even so, we’ve found hidden gems from muraled walls to panoramic rooftops — all bookmarked for when we lead our group trip here this March!📸 @borderfreetravels * #swsociety#saltandwindtrips#saltandwindtravel#saltandwindmexico#visitmexico#mexicotravel#mexicotour#grouptravel#boutiquetravel#foodtoursmexico