Ice cream

7 July 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit Reading Time:  8 minutes

Maple bourbon ice cream © flickr.com - tsearcher2011/cc-by-2.0

Maple bourbon ice cream © flickr.com – tsearcher2011/cc-by-2.0

Ice cream is a frozen dessert typically made from milk or cream that has been flavoured with a sweetener, either sugar or an alternative, and a spice, such as cocoa or vanilla, or with fruit, such as strawberries or peaches. Food colouring is sometimes added in addition to stabilizers. The mixture is cooled below the freezing point of water and stirred to incorporate air spaces and prevent detectable ice crystals from forming. It can also be made by whisking a flavoured cream base and liquid nitrogen together. The result is a smooth, semi-solid foam that is solid at very low temperatures (below 2°C or 35°F). It becomes more malleable as its temperature increases.   read more…

Ravello on the Amalfi Coast

6 July 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  5 minutes

View from Villa Rufolo © Mihael Grmek/cc-by-sa-4.0

View from Villa Rufolo © Mihael Grmek/cc-by-sa-4.0

Ravello (Campanian: Raviello, Reviello) is a comune (municipality) situated above the Amalfi Coast, in the province of Salerno, Campania, with approximately 2,500 inhabitants. Its scenic location makes it a popular tourist destination, and earned it a listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.   read more…

Sainte-Rose on Guadeloupe

5 July 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  3 minutes

Town Hall © KoS/cc-by-sa-3.0

Town Hall © KoS/cc-by-sa-3.0

Sainte-Rose (Guadeloupean Creole: Sentwòz) is a commune in the department of Guadeloupe. It is the second largest commune of Guadeloupe, in terms of area, after Petit-Bourg. Sainte-Rose lies on the coast of the island of Basse-Terre.   read more…

Clacton-on-Sea in Essex

4 July 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Town centre fountain © Rwendland/cc-by-sa-4.0

Town centre fountain © Rwendland/cc-by-sa-4.0

Clacton-on-Sea, often simply called Clacton, is a seaside town and resort in the county of Essex, on the east coast of England. It is located on the Tendring Peninsula and is the largest settlement in the Tendring District, with a population of 53,200 (2021). The town is situated around 77 miles north-east of Central London, 40 miles east-north-east of Chelmsford, 58 miles north-east of Southend-on-Sea, 16 miles south-east of Colchester and 16 miles south of Harwich.   read more…

Ses Salines on Ibiza

3 July 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  7 minutes

Sant Francesc de s'Estany church © JanManu/cc-by-sa-3.0

Sant Francesc de s’Estany church © JanManu/cc-by-sa-3.0

Ses Salines is an important salt production area in the Mediterranean and is located on the Spanish Balearic island of Ibiza. The nature reserve (Parque Natural de Ses Salines d’Eivissa i Formentera) is located on the southern tip of Ibiza in the municipality of Sant Josep de sa Talaia.   read more…

Pilton in Somerset

2 July 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  4 minutes

Pilton Parish Church © geograph.org.uk - Skip/cc-by-sa-2.0

Pilton Parish Church © geograph.org.uk – Skip/cc-by-sa-2.0

Pilton is a village and civil parish in Somerset, England, situated on the A361 road in the Mendip district, 3 miles (5 km) south-west of Shepton Mallet and 6 miles (10 km) east of Glastonbury. The village has a population of 998. The parish includes the hamlets of West Compton, East Compton, Westholme, Beardly Batch and Cannards Grave.   read more…

Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur

1 July 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month, Museums, Exhibitions, Opera Houses, Theaters, Libraries, Shopping Reading Time:  7 minutes

© flickr.com - James Kerwin/cc-by-2.0

© flickr.com – James Kerwin/cc-by-2.0

The Petronas Towers (Malay: Menara Berkembar Petronas), also known as the Petronas Twin Towers and colloquially the KLCC Twin Towers, are an interlinked pair of 88-story supertall skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, standing at 451.9 metres (1,483 feet). From 1998 to 2004, they were officially designated as the tallest buildings in the world until they were surpassed by the completion of the Taipei 101. The Petronas Towers are the world’s tallest twin skyscrapers and remained the tallest buildings in Malaysia until 2019, when they were surpassed by The Exchange 106. The Petronas Towers are a major landmark of Kuala Lumpur, along with the nearby Kuala Lumpur Tower and Merdeka 118, and are visible in many places across the city.   read more…

Camps Bay in Cape Town

1 July 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  10 minutes

© Capsol/cc-by-3.0

© Capsol/cc-by-3.0

Camps Bay (Afrikaans: Kampsbaai) is an affluent suburb of Cape Town, South Africa, and the small bay on the west coast of the Cape Peninsula after which it is named. In summer it attracts many South African and foreign visitors.   read more…

Wonton

30 June 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit Reading Time:  8 minutes

Cantonese Wonton noodle soup © flickr.com - avlxyz/cc-by-sa-2.0

Cantonese Wonton noodle soup © flickr.com – avlxyz/cc-by-sa-2.0

A wonton is a type of Chinese dumpling commonly found across regional styles of Chinese cuisine. It is also spelled wantan or wuntun in transliteration from Cantonese and wenden from Shanghainese. Even though there are many different styles of wonton served throughout China, Cantonese wontons are the most popular in the West due to the predominance of Cantonese restaurants overseas.   read more…

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