Much more than just a drink, Turkish coffee has its own history, coffeehouses, drinking rituals, and traditions of fortune telling.
Pomegranate seeds have always looked, to my loving eye, like beautiful cabochon-cut rubies. Their domed tops seem to sparkle in the light and similar to the gemstone, the finest tasting pomegranate seeds have a pure, vibrant red colour. In Turkey pomegranates are called nar and their trees produce fiery orange blossoms in late spring and […]
There is something waiting for you on Järsö to reward you for your efforts, something that will make every push of your pedals worthwhile
At the Québec Winter Carnival and for a few weeks during Canada’s coldest season, Bonnhomme Carnaval is the busiest (snow)man in Québec City
Mittens, hats, scarves, and long underwear play important roles during long, drawn-out, and icy Canadian winters, but as cold as temperatures may be, these items are not usually considered essential in ensuring a good night’s sleep. That is, unless you are planning to spend the night at Hôtel de Glace. If you are, you won’t […]
Slovenia is a country of writers, poets, painters, cooks, dancers, musicians, and wine-makers, and Ljubljana is its beating heart.
Names like café crème, machiatto, and cortado roll easily off our tongues when we are in desperate need of a dose of energizing caffeine, but what has happened to simple, old-fashioned Italian espresso? Has the pure taste of a perfectly brewed straight short black shot, topped with a foamy layer of aromatic crema, really become […]
“The Best Pho in Hanoi, Vietnam” is a bold claim for anyone to make, for I know very well that this dish, a popular Vietnamese street food, can be found on almost every corner in Hanoi. But the headline and its related article made me reflect on my own food and travel experiences in Hanoi, […]
Beyond the soaring stone walls of the historic Edinburgh Castle and the Scottish hunger for haggis, never more evident than during Burns Night celebrations, there is something else which forms a large part of Scotland’s cultural identity: Scotch whisky. The first records of whisky distillation in Scotland date back to 1494 and it was originally used […]
The moment I know that I need to travel to Brussels, Belgium’s capital city and the chocolate capital of the world, the first thing I do, without any hesitation, is make a reservation at The Dominican. My train tickets can wait, my dinner plans are often a last-minute affair, but in Brussels I will lay my […]