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October 23, 2018

By Peg Kern

How Do You Eat Tapas in Barcelona?

Filed Under  Food History, Travel Tips

How do you eat tapas in Barcelona? It's super easy, especially in a cosmopolitan city where most of the waitstaff speak multiple languages, including English. There are different types of tapas, all of which you can enjoy on a cooking vacation and foodie tour of Barcelona, including: pintxos tapas frias tapas calientes montaditos bocaditos Pintxos What is a pintxo? Basicaly it's a tapa (singular of "tapas") that is composed on… Read
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October 8, 2018

By Peg Kern

What is Baklava?

Filed Under  Food History, Recipe

What is Baklava? Baklava is a traditional dessert from the eastern Mediterranean basin, and is especially prevalent in Greece and Turkey, but also the Caucuses and the Middle East. There is no consensus about where or when it originated, but some date it back almost 3000 years! The ingredients can change slightly, but they always include phyllo (or filo) sheets, chopped nuts, some type of sweet syrup, and some type… Read
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June 25, 2018

By Peg Kern

Iconic Desserts from Europe

Filed Under  Food History

This week we're featuring some iconic desserts that you can learn to make on our cooking vacations in Europe. These are some of the tastiest of the dishes you'll eat, preferably paired with a delicious local wine that can balance out the sweetness of these dessert recipes. Of course, there are far too many to feature in only one blog, so check back later this week for more! France The… Read
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May 22, 2018

By Adrian Hall

A Gastro Windmill in Spain

Filed Under  Destination Feature, Food History

"What giants?" said Sancho Panza. "Those thou seest there," answered his master, "with the long arms, and some have them nearly two leagues long." "Look, your worship," said Sancho; "what we see there are not giants but windmills, and what seem to be their arms are the sails that turned by the wind make the millstone go." "It is easy to see," replied Don Quixote, "that thou art not used… Read
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April 30, 2018

By Peg Kern

Recipe for Mexican Chiltomate Sauce

Filed Under  Food History, Recipe

Do you know where tomatoes come from? They first grew in the western part of South America, and were subsequently cultivated by the Aztecs and Incas over a thousand years ago before being introduced into Europe during the Sixteenth Century. Hailing from Mexico's Yucatan region, Chiltomate is considered one of the world's oldest tomato sauces. It is both easy to make and delicious, and is traditionally served with grilled meats.… Read
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January 10, 2018

By The International Kitchen

Tamales, Tamales!

Filed Under  Food History, Special Occasions

The tamal or tamale dates back to as early as 7000 BC in pre-columbian history when Aztec women would tag along as cooks during battles. Because battles were long and far from home, sustainable food that was portable and easily heated was required and because tamales could be premade in large quantities, they quickly became popular. According to history, tamales were originally buried in hot ashes. Later the Aztecs learned… Read
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