“My father is Chinese, Spanish, and Filipino; my mother is half-Irish and half-Japanese; Greek last name; born in Hawaii, raised in Germany.” —Mark Dacascos
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
True vanilla flavor comes from the cured seed pod (bean) of the vanilla orchid. The properly prepared pod contains vanillin and 100s of other flavor compounds.
These orchids are the only orchids that produce an edible seed. The primary producers of these beans are tropical areas: Mexico, Madagascar, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea.
Planifolia vs tahitensis
There are two distinct types of vanilla orchid:
1. V. Planifolia beans have a strong, familiar flavor, it is often called ‘Madagascar Bourbon’. Planifolia is the same variety grown in Mexico.
2. V. Tahitensis is a weaker vanilla with ‘fruity, floral, and sweet’ flavors created by the compound heliotropin. Tahitensis is a mutated form of a planifolia orchid from Tahiti, though most tahitensis is now grown in Papa New Guinea. This kind is favored by pastry chefs.
LA VANILLE DE MADAGASCAR ROUGE FENDUE OU NOIRE GOURMET
Le parfum relaxant de la vanille de Madagascar rouge ou noire gourmet vous transportera vers des destinations sensorielles mémorables
If vanilla is one of your favorite scents, you should consider growing it, so that you can have your own beans. From these beans, you can make your own essence, and appreciate your effort all the more.
Now days these beans are grown in several distinct regions of the world. This produces beans with unique regional characteristics and attributes, each particularly suited to different uses.
The fruit, a long capsule, reaches its full length of about 20 cm (8 inches) in four to six weeks but may take up to nine months to mature. As soon as they turn golden green at the base, the unripe pods are harvested.
If you’ve been to Italy, you’ve probably been to Rome. It’s got most of the sites and attractions that come to mind when people even THINK of Italy: the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Forum, Saint Peter’s Basilica. The city’s cobblestone streets, medieval architecture, and Renaissance-era fountains are (literally) what romance is made of.
GARDENS OF BOMARZO IN NORTHERN LAZIO
But for a truly unique travel experience, I like to visit the most unusual places of the country, where tourists are rare to see, places with one-of-a-kind photo ops, and chances to interact with authentic local Italian communities.
THE MATERA SASSI IN BASILICATA
Have you heard of Baia? It was the Las Vegas of ancient times, attracting people from far and wide to its state-of-the-art baths and nightlife spaces. Powerful icons of ancient times were known to frequent Baia, from Nero to Cicero to Julius Caesar. If you want to walk in their footsteps now, however, you’ll need some scuba gear.
THE SUNKEN CITY OF BAIA IN NAPOLI
Because of Baia’s location over natural volcanic vents, its water level slowly rose to swallow its once majestic buildings. Saracens sacked it by 1500, but some meaningful relics still remain under its waters to this day. Take time to visit Baia for an unparalleled perspective on antiquity. You’ll feel like it’s been frozen in time! It’s truly like no other place.
I grow mint, strawberries and watermelon on my yard, and this refreshing beverage is a wonderful way to use them all. You can add only mint and strawberries. Flexibility is the key! Ah, For extra flair, add some ginger ale.
MINT STRAWBERRY WATERMELON
A friend suggested I add a sprig of rosemary to lemonade. The herb makes the drink taste fresh and light, and it’s a pretty garnish.
LEMONADE WITH A TAD OF ROSEMARY….Ahh refreshing!
Agua frescas are refreshing fruit drinks they sell all over Mexico, and that you can find in this country at almost any taqueria. They’re cooling and sweet and are great alongside spicy food.
This is a cucumber juice base that seems to have the effect of lowering one’s body temperature. (Gives new meaning to the phrase “cool as a cucumber”.)
CUCUMBER LIME MINT
Making long blackberry shrub drinks is a creative way to use up extra fruit all the way summer. They are as colorful and refreshing as a summer drink should be.
When you travel make sure you choose well. Your travel experience could be full with pleasure and excitement, or you might want peace and quiet. Whatever you wish, you always want to have the help you need right at your fingertips.
Management and staff should go out of their way to make you feel welcome. making your stay one of the most memorable and pleasant ones ever.
In these hotels you find quality service, comfort and the most exquisite food in the world. For the entrepreneurs or scientists, they also have alluring rooms and saloons for all kinds of conferences.
It’s June! summer has arrived and it’s almost time for many of us to harvest our first squash, beans and tomatoes!
I have worked very diligently on my compost for the last 12 months to make sure that it would be perfect for my vegetable garden project this summer. Now I have pumpkins, tomatoes, squash, peaches, berries, and nore, swiss chard and more veggies and fruits growing divinely and profusely.
Cats and kittens are adorable. The cutest in the animal kingdom; except for the Pandas. I love Panda bears, but I cannot have them at home.
I know, we all know, kind of a clitché to say that cats are adorable? But who in their “right” mind would’t say that? Well, some love dogs more than cats, some prefer birds instead. I love animals in general. OK, no, I just thought about snakes. No, I don’t hate them but don’t like them in “person” , lol.
The closest to a snake I want to be is probably 1 kilometer away. But there are other reptiles I like a lot: lizards. Now, earth worms don’t bother me at all. In fact, I get them out of my yard and give them to my chickens and to my catfish I raise in my pond farm. But this topic is for another blog post….mmmm….yes, great idea.