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Mardi Gras King Cake

Mardi Gras King Cake

They yelled “Who got the baby?” and the party guest looked bewildered. He took another careful bite, slowly rolling the object with his tongue, and then slowly spit it out yelling “I got the baby, so I’m king for the day!” When I hear such stories it reminds me it’s Mardi Gras King Cake time! […]

Five New Orleans Activities under Five Dollars

NOLA St. Charles Streetcar

Five New Orleans Activities under Five Dollars? Yes, you bet and most of them are free. New Orleans is a wonderful, yet expensive city to visit. The hotel prices are relatively high especially during events such as Mardi Gras, Essence Festival, Jazz fest, and the Voodoo festival. Save your money for the excellent Creole and Cajun […]

Five Spectacular Carnival Celebrations in the World

Sambadrome

Carnaval, Carnevale, Mardi Gras, Fasching. No matter how you say it, it’s that time of year when costume-clad, circus-masked party-goers all over the world celebrate Carnival—the time leading up to Lent. Even though the festive season has religious roots, anyone can partake in the season of parties, parades, foods, extravagant balls before the repentant 40-day […]

Perfecting Paella

Paella

Perfecting Paella, pleez!  Is it all in the pan or is there more? If the dish is made correctly, it’s one of the most perfect comfort foods. If made incorrectly, it’s a disaster dish that just can’t be fixed. Maybe that’s why discussions about Paella recipes can go on until the wee hours of the morning, […]

Tapas vs Pinchos

Tapas and Pinxtos

Tapas vs Pinchos vs Pinxtos? You’ve most likely heard of tapas and maybe even pinchos (aka pintxos) too! Tapas are Spanish snacks or savory finger food using all sorts of ingredients from fish to veggies to cured ham hanging from the ceilings as well. They vary from one Spanish town to another, but always taste delicious since […]

Shiver Me Timbers, I Just Ate Gooseneck Barnacles

Percebes

From the rocky shores of Spain’s coast, a slip of the foot and you’ll plunge 300 feet into the deep icy waters of the sea. As the water violently beats against the cliffs, the crustaceans are not weary, in fact they take pleasure in hard beatings which will eventually make them, the gooseneck barnacles, even […]

Sélestat: Home of the Christmas Tree

Selestat Christmas Tree

Looking for the perfect Sapin de Noël (Christmas tree)? Then ask someone in Sélestat, the home of the Christmas tree. After all, anyone in the Alsatian village situated between Strasbourg and Colmar should know since the town holds the first recorded mention of a Christmas tree. Sélestat: Home of the Christmas Tree Don’t believe me? […]

The Streets of Strasbourg’s Christmas Market

Nothing says “Ooh” and “Aah” like the streets of Strasbourg’s Christmas Market (Marche de Nöel). They illuminations are opulent, grand, sometimes over-the-top, but no matter your taste, you’ll go gaga over the holiday light bling-bling display as you travel by foot from one part of the town to another. Strasbourg Christmas Market Decorations Strasbourg, the […]

Gluhwein Recipe (Mulled Wine with Spices)

Gluhwein (Mulled wine with ppices)

I’m sorry to report this, but for the last few years I’ve been noticing a decline in the quality of Gluhwein recipe at various Christmas markets. The taste is often weak denoting too little alcohol, overcooked making the blend of wine and spices bitter, or just plain undrinkable because many vendors use pre-packaged mixes. Yuck! […]