Brewer Street in London

27 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit, London, Shopping Reading Time:  5 minutes

Duke of Argyll © flickr.com - Pedro Szekely/cc-by-sa-2.0

Duke of Argyll © flickr.com – Pedro Szekely/cc-by-sa-2.0

Brewer Street is a street in the Soho area, City of Westminster of central London, running for about 350 metres west to east from Glasshouse Street to Wardour Street.   read more…

Escargots

23 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit Reading Time:  13 minutes

Escargots à la bourguignonne © Marianne Casamance/cc-by-sa-4.0

Escargots à la bourguignonne © Marianne Casamance/cc-by-sa-4.0

Snails are considered edible in many areas such as the Mediterranean region, Africa, France as a whole and Southeast Asia, while in other cultures, snails are seen as a taboo food. In American English, edible land snails are also called escargot, taken from the French word for “snail”, and the production of snails for consumption is called snail farming or heliciculture. Snails as a food date back to ancient times, with numerous cultures worldwide having traditions and practices that attest to their consumption. Snails were a popular fasting food in monasteries because they are “neither fish nor meat” and therefore eating them does not violate the fasting laws.   read more…

Café de la Paix in Paris

13 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit, Paris / Île-de-France Reading Time:  8 minutes

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© Arthur Weidmann/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Café de la Paix is a famous café located on the northwest corner of the intersection of the Boulevard des Capucines and the Place de l’Opéra, in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, France. Designed in the Napoleon III style by the architect Alfred Armand, who also designed the historic Grand-Hôtel in which the café is located, its florid interior decorations, historic location, and high-profile clientele have all brought it international recognition as a site of great cultural significance.   read more…

Tarte tropézienne

10 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, French Riviera, Bon appétit Reading Time:  4 minutes

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© Fortetclair75/cc-by-sa-4.0

Tarte tropézienne, also known as “La Tarte de Saint-Tropez”, is a dessert pastry consisting of a halved brioche filled with a mix of two creams, thick pastry cream (crème pâtissière) and buttercream, and topped with pearl sugar. It was created in 1955 by Polish confectioner Alexandre Micka, a pâtisserie owner in Saint-Tropez, where he moved in 1945 just after the war.   read more…

Key lime pie

3 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit, Miami / South Florida Reading Time:  6 minutes

Key lime pie © Peter Veldhuizen

Key lime pie © Peter Veldhuizen

Key lime pie is an American dessert pie. It is made of lime juice, egg yolks, and sweetened condensed milk. It may be served with no topping, topped with a meringue topping made from egg whites, or with whipped cream; it may be cooked in a pie crust, graham cracker crust, or no crust. The dish is named after the small Key limes, which are more aromatic than the common Persian limes, and which have yellow juice. The filling in a Key lime pie is typically yellow because of the egg yolks. The pie is related to the English Lemon Meringue Pie.   read more…

Moules-frites, an advance on your next vacation on the coasts of Belgium, France and the Netherlands

27 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit Reading Time:  5 minutes

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© flickr.com – Archangel12/cc-by-2.0

Moules-frites or moules et frites (Dutch: mosselen-friet) is a main dish of mussels and French fries originating in Belgium. The title of the dish is French, moules meaning mussels and frites fries, with the Dutch name for the dish meaning the same. It is considered the national dish of Belgium.   read more…

Fish market in the Old Port of Marseille

25 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit, Shopping Reading Time:  5 minutes

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Bouillabaisse fishes © flickr.com – smallkaa/cc-by-2.0

The fish market in the Old Port of Marseille is a small fish market made up of around ten stands located in the middle of the Quai de la Fraternité, at the exit of the “Vieux-Port” stop of the M1 metro line. Since Marseille-Provence 2013 European Capital of Culture, the fish market is partially covered by the Ombrière du Vieux-Port de Marseille, an immense mirror ceiling reflecting the activity of the quay.   read more…

Beirut Souks

22 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit, Shopping, Union for the Mediterranean Reading Time:  9 minutes

Beirut Souks © flickr.com - n.karim/cc-by-2.0

Beirut Souks © flickr.com – n.karim/cc-by-2.0

Beirut Souks is a major commercial district in Beirut Central District. With over 200 shops, 25 restaurants and cafes, an entertainment center, a 14 cinema complex, periodic street markets and an upcoming department store, it is Beirut’s largest and most diverse shopping and leisure area. Beirut Souks also features piazzas and public space. Designed in five separate commissions by international and Lebanese architects, Beirut Souks offer 128,000 sq. m of built-up area interspersed with landscaped pedestrian zones.   read more…

Islay, Scotland’s whiskey island

20 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit Reading Time:  6 minutes

Main street of Bowmore © panoramio.com - Martin Cígler/cc-by-sa-3.0

Main street of Bowmore © panoramio.com – Martin Cígler/cc-by-sa-3.0

Islay (Scottish Gaelic: Ìle, Scots: Ila) is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. Known as “The Queen of the Hebrides“, it lies in Argyll just south west of Jura and around 40 kilometres (22 nautical miles) north of the Northern Irish coast. The island’s capital is Bowmore where the distinctive round Kilarrow Parish Church and a distillery are located. Port Ellen is the main port.   read more…

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