In the dry, dusty centre of Turkey, as the first light hits a strangely sculptural sandstone landscape, a giant nylon orb peeks over tall, spindly stone fingers. Then another, then scores more. Within minutes, the dawn sky is filled with 100 hot-air balloons; a candy-coloured kaleidoscope that is as mesmerizing as the strange moonscape above which it floats. A daily occurrence in one of Turkey’s tourism hotspots.
Beneath an old palace in the heart of Piedmont rests one of Italy’s great secret wine treasures. La Banca del Vino is Italy’s first interactive wine museum that covers all regions and all styles of local wine, bringing the encyclopedic regional detail of Italy’s complex wine story into clear focus. The only problem is that its administrators no longer want this great facility to remain a secret.
“Basically it was just a few buds sitting around slugging back homebrew and dreaming big”, says Joey with a wink and a smile.
In the tale of Jack and the beanstalk, Jack’s life changed when he traded his cow for a handful of magic beans. A few years ago, a handful of beans changed my life, too, and I didn’t even have a cow.
When I first met Tres Leches, I was aloof and disinterested. Left alone in a room together, however, we were forced to get to know each other better. It beckoned me closer. Tempted, I leaned in. It brushed my lips softly and against my will I savored its sweetness. It was love at first bite.
When Ned Bell discovered just how damaged and endangered fish habitat in and around Canada has become, the Executive Chef became an activist, biking 8700 kms in just 10 weeks across the country to raise awareness about the issue.
Knowledge is power, and it couldn’t be more true when it comes to wine. A few thoughts on blends and how some may truly warrant our attention.
Now I’m serving up the juicy, fork-tender meat with the browned exterior that a crock pot just can’t deliver. I make everything from coq-au-vin to lamb stew, and even blackberry cobbler with the help of my little friend.
Vienna is internationally famous for its cakes and cafés and has given the world Wiener schnitzel, Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel; what better place for gastronomic adventures than this ‘City of Dreams’?
Want to have some fun with your Yuletide ‘cheer’ this holiday season? Here are some ways to ignite your sense of adventure and explore the many options available for your holiday happy-hour.