Pisco Sour – the national cocktail of Peru and Chile

Surprised? At the time of Spanish empire, they were one country. After becoming independent, both countries claimed the liquor as their own). It’s a nice refreshing cocktail consisting Pisco (alcohol distilled from white muscat grapes), key lime juice and egg white and some sugar syrup and a few drops of Angostura bitters – if you don’t have it – sprinkle the cocktail with cinnamon. Here’s … Continue reading Pisco Sour – the national cocktail of Peru and Chile

Travel and Cooking – The Memory Catchers

I have to confess, over the last decade, wherever we traveled to, we’ve developed a habit of bringing back the food which natives eat and feed their loved ones. Spices from India, salt from Nepal, halvah from Turkey, tomatoes, aubergines, saffron, olive oil and oils from Morocco, artichokes from Spain, wine from France and Spain, coffee from Colombia, jasmine, chickpeas, cucumbers, tomatoes, oranges, pepper and spices from Jordan and dried yogurt from beloved Syria and Israel and the list goes on… Continue reading Travel and Cooking – The Memory Catchers

Toledo – Spain’s medieval treasure

Driving to Toledo from Madrid Airport can take you an hour or so. You can also catch a train departing from the beautiful Atocha station in Madrid, but this time we decided to hire a car. I had some serious ‘backlog’ in Toledo and wanted to make up for it. Having entered the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary through the Gate of Forgiveness, I … Continue reading Toledo – Spain’s medieval treasure

From Marrakesh to the Atlas Mountains. A diary from a journey. Part I.

Once you leave air-conditioned Marrakesh airport, hot, muggy air gets to your body so forcefully that you start to imagine how hell feels like. The only rescue is to take a bus trip to the city centre ensuring all bus windows are wide open. Drought brings some relief. The thick soup of air turns into a warm breeze. Always something.

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Where to find Vienna in London

There’s one concert every year that we never miss. No matter where we are, no matter how good New Year’s party was and how capable (having had far too many glasses of wine) we are to listen to classical music. It’s New Year’s Concert in the Vienna Musikverein. Yes folks, it’s on New Year’s Day usually around 10 am. One might think it’s a torture … Continue reading Where to find Vienna in London