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August 30, 2013
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Send Off Summer with Sara Kate’s Travel Tips

This week may be the end HYATT house‘s Summer Grilling Social special menu that’s been running all season at each HYATT house across the U.S., but it doesn’t mean it’s time for you to put away the barbeque.

Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan, food writer and founding editor of Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, developed a menu of her favorite summer dishes for HYATT house this year, and we had the chance to chat with her recently. She offered up some advice for stress-free travel and cooking year-round!

Find the right travel companions. For Sara Kate, she looks for someone who’s not afraid to put down the GPS and just ask for directions, likes good music, has an innate curiosity, and is naturally inclined to branch out.

Find the local farmers’ market. Visiting the farmers’ market in a city or town is a great way to get to know the community, support local agriculture, and find unique souvenirs like local honey or dried flowers, not to mention the best place to get some fresh, healthy snacks and ingredients.

The key to a successful road trip, besides a reliable car, is great music. Mix up the genres and pick a good selection of songs from childhood to dance music for a fun ride.

When you get to your travel destination, make a quick trip to the store. Let’s say you only have time for five things. Here are Sara Kate’s go-tos:

  • Sparkling water (great for quenching thirst!)
  • Watermelon
  • Really good cheese
  • A piece of meat to barbeque
  • Fresh greens for a salad

Sara Kate loves to grill, even while traveling. So here are the five things to pick up in town or bring along:

  • Quality metal tongs
  • Charcoal (Sara Kate recommends something that’s not chemically treated)
  • A rib eye steak or sirloin for kabobs
  • Good finishing salt
  • Seasonal fruit for grilling after dinner (peaches, apricots, pineapple, etc. for example if local)

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