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Morocco – Street Eats

Selection Of Very Colorful Moroccan Tajines (traditional Cassero

Morocco has long been the most popular destination for tourists looking to visit North Africa, as one of the most beautiful and stable nations in the region. Many flock to Morocco for the pristine beaches and the fascinating cultural history, but just as enticing is the range of flavoursome street food that has come to define destinations such as Marrakech.

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Åland Islands – The Perfect Climate

Homemade Curd Pudding

Now an autonomous region of Finland, the 6,700 islands that form the Åland Islands archipelago have genuine historical significance for Scandinavia. Straddling the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia, sprawling across the sea between Sweden and Finland, the Åland Islands’ location made them an important strategic location, particularly in maritime history.

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Mixing it up

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It is the trademark dish of the Spanish cuisine, but what characterises good paella? 

Spain’s perhaps most famous dish was created by poor labourers in Valencian rice fields. So, at least, goes the story. At lunchtime they would cook rice in large pans over fire. They would eat it straight from the pan using wooden spoons. The ingredients? Whatever was available: tomatoes, onions, vegetables, snails, beans and rabbits. “It’s a peasant’s dish; an everyman’s dish. It came about as a result of needing to work in the fields,” says Nick Blythe of Paella Fella, a Spanish food caterer. “It was backbreaking work.”

Others tales go differently. In the time of the Moorish kings, another story says, servants would make rice dishes by using leftovers from royal banquets. They gathered the food in large pots and took it home. The theory also says the word ‘paella’ derives from the Arabic word for ‘leftovers’. Continue Reading…

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A new identity

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With the creation of a new designation system, the idyllic Weinviertel region is leading Austria’s wine production back onto the international market.

 

If a wine is a reflection of its region, producers in Weinviertel have little to worry about. Under the bright sun and clear blue skies it is so frequently spoilt with, the district’s wavy landscape of green hills, rich soil and charming, slow-paced towns forms, together with an ideal climate, a haven for the growth of distinctively spicy, smoky grapes. With vineyards of such idyll, it is perhaps no wonder that Austria has accelerated its return to the international market by labelling its wines with an emphasis on regional identity. Continue Reading…