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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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June 9, 2014

By Peg Kern

Street Food in Istanbul

Filed Under  Destination Feature, Food History

Many of the world's largest cities share a culture of street food, where local vendors on public streets sell traditional, usually portable dishes that can be eaten on the fly. Think hotdogs in New York, tamales in Chicago, "pizza al taglio" in Rome, or "poutine" in Quebec. Turkey, where east literally meets west, has a street food scene so rich and complex it is hard to sum up, especially as… Read
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