Royal Mile in Edinburgh

16 July 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit, Shopping, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  4 minutes

© flickr.com - Timo Newton-Syms/cc-by-sa-2.0

© flickr.com – Timo Newton-Syms/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Royal Mile (Scottish Gaelic: Am Mìle Rìoghail; Scots: Ryal Mile) is a succession of streets forming the main thoroughfare of the Old Town of the city of Edinburgh in Scotland. The term was first used descriptively in W. M. Gilbert’s Edinburgh in the Nineteenth Century (1901), describing the city “with its Castle and Palace and the royal mile between”, and was further popularised as the title of a guidebook by R. T. Skinner published in 1920, The Royal Mile (Edinburgh) Castle to Holyrood(house).   read more…

Bagel

14 July 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit, New York City Reading Time:  8 minutes

Bagel with sesame © Shisma/cc-by-4.0

Bagel with sesame © Shisma/cc-by-4.0

A bagel (Polish: bajgiel; Yiddish: beygl; also spelled beigel) is a bread roll originating in the Jewish communities of Poland. Bagels are traditionally made from yeasted wheat dough that is shaped by hand into a torus or ring, briefly boiled in water, and then baked. The result is a dense, chewy, doughy interior with a browned and sometimes crisp exterior.   read more…

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…

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…

Long Street in Cape Town

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

© Discott/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Discott/cc-by-sa-3.0

Long Street is a major street located in the City Bowl section of Cape Town, South Africa. It is famous as a bohemian hang out and the street is lined with many book stores, various ethnic restaurants and bars. Restaurants include African restaurants such as Zula, and Indian restaurants such as Masala Dosa. Long Street exhibits a diversified culture and attracts tourists from all over the world. It also has a number of youth hostels which provide accommodation to an international roster of guests. Several theatres which showed anti-apartheid plays were located on the street during the 1970s and 1980s, although most have now closed and been replaced by restaurants or stores.   read more…

Full English breakfast

23 June 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit Reading Time:  7 minutes

Full English breakfast © Oxfordian Kissuth/cc-by-sa-3.0

Full English breakfast © Oxfordian Kissuth/cc-by-sa-3.0

A full breakfast is a substantial cooked breakfast meal, often served in Great Britain and Ireland. The typical ingredients are bacon, sausages, eggs, black pudding, baked beans, tomatoes, mushrooms and fried bread with toast and a beverage such as coffee or tea served on the side. Hash browns are a common contemporary but non-traditional inclusion. Ingredients may extend beyond these or include regional variants, which may often be referred to by different names depending on the area. While it is colloquially known as a “fry-up” in most areas of the United Kingdom and Ireland, it is usually referred to as a “full English” (often “full English breakfast”), a “full Irish”, “full Scottish”, “full Welsh”, and “Ulster fry”, in England, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, respectively.   read more…

Clam Chowder

16 June 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit Reading Time:  7 minutes

New England Clam Chowder © Jon Sullivan

New England Clam Chowder © Jon Sullivan

Clam chowder is any of several chowder soups in American cuisine containing clams. In addition to clams, common ingredients include diced potatoes, salt pork, and onions. Other vegetables are not typically used. It is believed that clams were used in chowder because of the relative ease of harvesting them. Clam chowder is usually served with saltine crackers or small, hexagonal oyster crackers.   read more…

Fruit salad

9 June 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit Reading Time:  6 minutes

© Mạnh An/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Mạnh An/cc-by-sa-4.0

Fruit salad is a dish consisting of various kinds of fruit, sometimes served in a liquid, either their juices or a syrup. In different forms, fruit salad can be served as an appetizer or a side as a salad. A fruit salad is sometimes known as a fruit cocktail (often connoting a canned product), or fruit cup (when served in a small container).   read more…

Steak frites

2 June 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit Reading Time:  3 minutes

© flickr.com - LWY/cc-by-2.0

© flickr.com – LWY/cc-by-2.0

Steak frites, meaning “steak [and] fries” in French, is a dish consisting of steak paired with French fries. It is commonly served in European brasseries, and is considered by some to be the national dish of Belgium, which claims to be the place of its invention.   read more…

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