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Culinary Trip to Venice and its Stato da Mar

Culinary Trip to Venice and its Stato da Mar

As many of you know, I love planning trips. With so many of them already booked, I am now looking at late 2018 and a trip to one of the world’s most iconic cities – Venice. While the trip itself is still quite some time away, this doesn’t mean it’s too early to read up on history and research places to see and things to do. Given that the city is almost 1,600 years old and it was one of…

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Belarusian Khaladnik (cold summer soup with beets and dill)

Belarusian Khaladnik (cold summer soup with beets and dill)

Many of my Facebook friends asked for this recipe after I posted some pictures last night. I thought I’d share it with everyone. There are many variations of this dish. The recipe I followed can be found here http://www.povarenok.ru/recipes/show/92614/ Below is my English translation with a couple minor changes: 6 medium beets 6 small cucumbers (pickles) 1 bunch of green onions 1 bunch of dill 6 eggs 1 cup of sour cream 4 tb spoons of vinegar or lemon juice…

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4th of July menu suggestions

4th of July menu suggestions

It looks like my Memorial day menu ideas were popular, so here are a couple more suggestions for the 4th of July. I will start with the recipe that is as simple as it gets and produces one of those appetizers that you just want to stuff yourself with and forget about the main course. It is that good, I promise! Fava Bean and Mint Crostini (fava beans are also known as broad beans in the UK and other former…

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Vatican trip report part 2

Vatican trip report part 2

This is the second part of the Vatican trip report. You can read the first part here. After the tour of the gardens, we had a quick bite at the Vatican cafeteria, where the cashier seemed to be genuinely relieved I could place my order in Italian and knew what things were. Surprisingly few Italians speak English, even fewer understand an accent that is new to them. Learning some basic Italian before your trip is probably a good idea. Vatican…

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