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  • Mediterranean Dry Rubbed Chicken on Couscous
    Recipe: Mediterranean dry rubbed chicken and cousous
    Complicated recipes easily deter people from cooking and especially exploring other cuisines. However, not all flavorful recipes have to be this way. Get in touch with the delicous fragrance of Mediterranean cooking by putting together this dry...
  • El Fureidis
    El Fureidis Persian Gardens, Montecito - “a benefaction upon the State”
    “Mr. Gillespie has bestowed a benefaction upon the State, which may have more meaning, more value, than would the endowment of another college or the erection of a public library” wrote author Belle Summer Angier about the 35-acre El...
  • "Sculpture in the Garden" poster 2014
    Ruth Bancroft Garden and Annual Sculpture Exhibit
    “Nationally recognized as one of the finest American gardens,” according to the Garden Conservancy, for one month each year the world-class collection of succulent and drought-tolerant plants in the Ruth Bancroft Garden is transformed...
  • A trio of Cunard ships
    Cunard Line begins its Mediterranean Spotlight Sale
    Cunard Line is making it easier - and less expensive - to cruise through the Med this summer with one of their ships. Guests wishing to sail on the Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria or Queen Elizabeth can receive a free balcony upgrade, free gratuities...
  • Cafe Turko
    Cafe Turko
    Known most to Adobe employees, this Fremont neighborhood restaurant offers Seattlites a little taste of the Mediterranean.How I heard of this place: Our good friends chose this spot for their rehearsal dinner, the night before their Fairview Park...
  • Regal Princess is welcomed into the Princess Cruises fleet
    Regal Princess enters into the Princess fleet and an Inauguration Sale ensues
    You would think that it would be great enough news that Princess Cruises is welcoming its newest ship, Regal Princess, to its fleet of fantastic liners. And as the great RONCO commercials would say, "But wait, that's not all!"...
  • Easy Eggplant Stew (inspired by Elizabeth David)
    Easy Eggplant Stew (Inspired by Elizabeth David)
    'At Elizabeth David's Table' is a classic cookbook that brings together recipes from all over the world, as collected by the celebrated food writer. Simply presented, most of the dishes are a meditation on good eating by using fresh...
  • Blake Schumpert
    Chefs' spotlight: Blake Schumpert
    Discriminating diners in New York City's bustling Flatiron district now have another go-to option for after-work drinks and bites: 1200 Miles, which opened in the space formerly occupied by Prandial (already forgotten), with executive chef...
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
    A Mediterranean cruise, The Venetian in Las Vegas, and Utah’s national parks
    This week’s travel deals include a Mediterranean cruise, a great rate at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, and an adventure in Utah.Sail the Eastern Mediterranean in a balcony cabin this summer starting at $999 per person on Celebrity Cruise...
  •  How to cook Israeli pearl couscous in a Mediterranean style
    How to cook Israeli pearl couscous in a Mediterranean style
    Ever look in the frig or your pantry and think to yourself, “there’s nothing to eat,” even though the shelves are full of food? Next time you’re looking for something different to eat, look at the recipes on the food...
  • Real Estate: Magnificent Mediterranean 16 acre estate
    Real Estate: Magnificent Mediterranean 16 acre estate
    This magnificent Mediterranean 16 acre estate consist of a main residence with 21,000 square foot under roof, and a guest house with 6200 sq ft under roof along with a gated boardwalk leading to 11 acres of riding trails. Aesthetics, precision and...
  • Archaeological, history tours to explore Sicily
    New archaeological tours spotlight Sicily
    Memo to history fans: A new 13-day tour of Sicily will soon let you explore the archaeological legacies of the Italian island's Phoenician, Greek, Roman, Arab, Norman, Byzantine and Aragonese invaders. But hurry, the tour is limited to just 16...
  • The Rock sits alert and imposing
    The Rock of Gibraltar is a fun hike
    If you are in Spain or have a cruise to the Mediterranean, be sure to stop by and see the Rock of Gibraltar. The history is fantastic. And the view of the outlet to the sea is mind-blowing. It’s too far to see Africa, but when you think of...
  • Pumpkin, apple pockets
    Pumpkin, apple turnovers (borek)
    This is a classic turnover from Cyprus that was made every year when I was a child. It’s made from fresh pumpkin and very seasonal. This is a pre-Thanksgiving dish by tradition, but can be made anytime during the autumn months. If you prefer...
  • Low –fat stuffed peppers
    Low –fat stuffed peppers
    Stuffed peppers can be prepared many ways and can vary in ingredients. This recipe is a low-fat version, made with ground chicken or turkey instead of beef or lamb. Rice can be substituted with bulgur for more fiber and fewer calories in the...