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Dijon mustard 3 teaspoons
Egg yolk 2
Light soy sauce 2 teaspoons
Tabasco 1/2 teaspoon
Lemon juice 2.5 teaspoons
Salt 1/2 teaspoon
Pepper 1/2 teaspoon
Garlic cloves 1 (optional)
Red wine vinegar 4 ounces (125 milliliters)
Olive oil 6 ounces (175 milliliters)
Vegetable oil 2.5 ounces (75 milliliters)
Finely chop or crush the garlic. Combine all the ingredients except the oils until smooth, then gradually whisk in the oils.
Enjoy this recipe from Uniworld’s Pastry Chef, Delio Garavito
11 oz (312 g) bread flour
3.8 oz (107 g) rye multigrain flour
0.4 oz (10 g) salt
0.2 oz (6 g) dark molasses
0.2 oz (6 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
0.4 oz (12 g) yeast
12.3 oz (350 g) water
0.4 oz (10 g) bread unproved powder
Add all the ingredients into a mixer and run the mixer for 8 minutes. Add water slowly into the dough in the mixer until the dough thickens. Let the dough rest for 15 minutes and then cut a portion at about 200 g and roll in the shape of a baguette. Let the dough rise at room temperature for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, add the dough to the oven and bake at 300 F (150 C) for 50 minutes.
Dieters beware—this is not a list for you. No matter where you go around the world, every culture has its own famous dish. Since food and travel go hand in hand, there’s no better way to delve deep into a destination than to try its most famous dishes.
Chocolate Sachertorte in Vienna, Austria
Chocolate is the food of love, and you will undoubtedly fall in love with this Viennese treat. This chocolate cake is said to be invented in Vienna by the chef Franz Sacher in 1832, who was rumored to have a strong sweet tooth. The Sachertorte is a multi-layered chocolate cake, baked with the simplest and freshest ingredients found in a Viennese pantry. The “Original” Sachertorte has two layers of apricot jam between the outer layer of chocolate icing and the sponge base. Hotel Sacher’s “Original Sacher Torte” is sold at the Vienna and Salzburg locations. In Vienna, slices of Sachertorte are always served with a dollop of thick whipped cream!
Peking Duck in Beijing, China
What is it about Peking Duck that makes it one of the most popular Chinese dishes? When prepared correctly, authentic Beijing Peking Duck is a delightful and mouth-watering combination of the tender, moist meat and the crispy, potato-chip-like skin. This famous duck dish from Beijing has been prepared since the imperial era, and is now considered a national dish of China. The dish is prized for its thin, crisp skin, and authentic versions of the dish are served with mostly the skin and very little meat, with the cook slicing the duck right in front of the diners.
Croissants in Paris, France
Croissants have long been a staple of French bakeries and pâtisseries. In the late 1970s, the development of factory-made, frozen, pre-formed but unbaked dough made them into a fast food which can be freshly baked by unskilled labor. In fact, the croissanterie was explicitly a French response to American-style fast food, and today 30–40% of the croissants sold in French bakeries and patisseries are frozen.
This innovation, along with the croissant’s distinctive shape, has made it the most well-known item of French food in much of the world. Today, the croissant remains a popular staple of the continental breakfast.
Neapolitan Pizza in Naples, Italy
It is known worldwide that Naples, Italy, is the home of pizza. There is even a non-profit organization in Naples, founded in June 1984, dedicated to promote and protect the authenticity of the “true Neapolitan pizza” (verace pizza napoletana). The True Neapolitan Pizza Association (Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, or AVPN) details rules for genuine Neapolitan pizza dough. Traditionally, a Neapolitan pizza is made with slices of tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.
Uniworld cruises are designed to help guests gain a deeper understanding of the beautiful countries through which they are traveling. If you’re planning to sail with Uniworld on an upcoming river cruise, why not complement your journey of discovery with one of the following books? Reading about the regions you’re visiting is a great way to fully immerse yourself into the history and culture of a brand new world… and isn’t that what river cruising is all about?
Italy—The Agony and the Ecstasy, by Irving Stone
Michelangelo was a legendary sculptor, painter, poet, and engineer, and his works survive to this day in Florence and Rome. You’ll view a number of his masterpieces—including the famed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel—during your “Splendors of Italy” cruise/tour. Stone’s biographical novel, which drew heavily from Michelangelo’s own letters, has been lauded for decades as a masterpiece for its portrayal of this brilliant and influential artist.
France—The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux
Leroux’s novel has been adapted for the stage and screen several times, and although characters and plot points may change from one adaptation to the next, one constant always remains: the Paris Opera House. Known by several different names, including Opéra Garnier and Palais Garnier, this Paris landmark is the setting of the legendary novel. It is also one of the many sights you’ll see during your “Paris and Normandy” or “Grand France” programs.
Vietnam—The Lover, by Marguerite Duras
During your “Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong” cruise/tour, you’ll travel to Sa Dec, Vietnam. Located in this town is the one-time home of Huynh Thuy Le, which was made famous by Duras’s autobiographical novel. The story takes place in the late 1920s, when Vietnam was still a French colony, and it details an affair between a French girl from a working-class family and a wealthy, older Chinese man. Though controversial, the novel’s poetic and honest descriptions of life and love in French Indochina (as Vietnam was known during colonial rule) have earned it awards and acclaim.
Did you know that April is Stress Awareness Month, and that today, April 16th, is National Stress Awareness Day? Did you also know that studies show that stress can lead to heart problems, diabetes, and even cancer? It can be very difficult to avoid stress; it will always show up in our lives, especially at the least appropriate times. However, you can always learn how to deal with it!
Here are 5 easy steps to help you handle all the stresses in your daily life:
Allow plenty of time for sleep.
Nurture yourself; it is a necessity, not a luxury.
Set aside time to relax in your daily schedule. Do something you enjoy every day, whether it is playing the piano, going for a walk, calling a good friend, or reading a book.
Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet.
Start your day off with a healthy breakfast, and keep your energy up and your mind clear with balanced, nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day.
Remember, stress is defined as mental, emotional, or physical tension or strain, and too much can negatively affect your health. Take time each day to relax, breath, and be active! And remember, “stressed” is just “desserts” spelled backwards.
Have a stress free day!
It may feel like summer in Southern California this week, and there may be snow on the ground on the East coast, but it is springtime in the Netherlands, which means only one thing—tulips! Millions of these colorful flowers bloom each spring in the Keukenhof Gardens, the world’s largest flower garden. It is a beautiful sight to behold, and if you have already booked a cruise on Uniworld’s “Tulips & Windmills” or “Springtime Tulips & the Rhine” itineraries, you could be seeing it in a just a few weeks!
Located to the southwest of Amsterdam, the city of Lisse once featured a number of large estates belonging to wealthy families. Among these estates was Keukenhof, which was situated on 75 acres of land that served as hunting grounds. Herbs were also collected on these grounds, to be used in the castle kitchen of Jacoba van Beieren, a legendary figure in the history of the Netherlands. That is how the Keukenhof Gardens earned its name, as the word means “kitchen garden” in Dutch.
Over the centuries, the estates all disappeared one by one, until only Keukenhof remained. The estates were all removed to make room for flower cultivation, as the soil in Lisse is ideal for growing tulips and other flowers. Over time, the Netherlands eventually became the world’s largest exporter of flowers. In fact, seven million flowers are planted at Keukenhof each year alone!
Tulips, of course, are a mainstay of the Netherlands’ flower cultivation. The country’s fascination with the flower began in the 17th century, when a botanist named Carolus Clusius helped popularize the plant. He was able to create many color variations of the flower, and he even isolated the virus that causes a streaking in the flower, giving it a beautiful two-toned appearance. The Dutch fell in love with the flower, and they continue to grow it in abundance each year.
So to those lucky travelers sailing with Uniworld through the Netherlands this spring, take a brief moment to stop and smell the tulips!
Paris, the “City of Light” is undeniably gorgeous any time of the year. Paris is especially beautiful during the winter season as “in the know” travelers and travel experts have stated that this is their most favorite time of the year to visit Paris.
Top Ten Reasons to visit Paris in the Winter:
1. Crowds are at a minimum | Feel like a Parisian when you visit Paris during this special time of the year.
2. Inexpensive airfare | Rates during this time of the year are lower than peak travel season.
3. See Paris with all of her famous landmarks decked out for the holidays | Visit the incomparable Palace of Versailles and stroll down the famous Champs-Élysées. Take a moonlight drive through the “City of Light” and enjoy an Eiffel Tower light show.
4. Cultural events are in full bloom | Take in concerts or cultural events for Parisians during the winter season.
5. Visit the Christmas Markets | The largest of the markets runs from the Champs Élysées to the Place de la Concorde, so you can do some Christmas shopping while enjoying many of the city’s most famous landmarks.
6. Take a scenic drive past Paris illumine Paris, or “Paris Lights up Paris,” the delightful holiday illuminations created by the city’s most talented lighting designers.
7. Museums will be less crowded | Take in famous works of art without the massive crowds during peak season and discover special exhibitions available in the winter.
8. The shorter line for macarons at Eric Keyser and Pierre Herme, and knowing that the popular items won’t run out such as the chocolate mousse at Chez Janou.
9. Visit new restaurants when they’ve worked out their kinks | When the hype has died down, visit the hottest new restaurants the city has to offer when they’re not as noisy and crowded.
10. Ice skating in Paris | Ice-skating rinks open up in the city’s most beautiful and iconic locations such as the Hôtel de Ville and in some winters, most spectacular of all — 200 feet in the air on the first level of the Eiffel Tower.
Celebrate this festive season in high-style on a Uniworld boutique river cruise. Click here to view Uniworld’s luxury river cruise in Paris - http://www.uniworld.com/destinations/europe/parisian-winter-holiday
Russia is a beautiful country rich in history, architecture, art, music, and—of course—ballet! Any journey through Russia is sure to be a memorable and rewarding experience, which is why it is such a popular destination for travelers. Before you start packing, however, you need to obtain a Russian visa, and this process can be quite complex and overwhelming. That is why today’s blog post will arm you with the proper information you need to acquire your visa, so the process will be as quick and painless as possible.
In order to travel to Russia, you must have important two items other than your passport:
A Certified Letter which is supplied from the Tour Operator (in this case Uniworld). Make a note this is also referred to as a “Invitation Letter” or “visa support letter”
A Russian tourist visa (there are many types of visa, but travelers who are entering the country only once during their trip can obtain the tourist visa, which is valid for one month)
A Certified Letter issupplied by your Tour Operator in this case Uniworld. Make a note that the Certified Letter is often referred to as an “Invitation Letter” or a “Visa Support Letter,” among other names. You can apply for your Tourist Voucher within 90 days of your scheduled departure date. Obtaining this letter allows you to apply for a Russian visa.
Once you receive your Certified Letter from the Tour Operator you are using, in this case Uniworld, you can begin the application for your Russian visa. Unlike the Certified Letter, which allows you to submit an application within 90 days of your scheduled departure, you can only begin the application for a Russian visa within 30 days of your scheduled departure date. This is due to security and immigration measures imposed by the Russian government.
To assist in this application process, Uniworld has partnered with Visa Central. If you choose to work with Visa Central, your service package already includes the Certified Letter. In fact, when working with Visa Central, there is no need to apply for the Certified Letter. You only need to submit an application to Visa Central for your Russia visa 30 days prior to your scheduled departure date, and the Certified Letter will be automatically included in the service package.
If you choose not to work with Visa Central, I highly encourage you to speak with your travel agent regarding the best way to go about applying for your Russian visa.
As in order to obtain your Russian visa from the Russian consulate or other visa service, you need to submit a number of requested documents, including your Certified Letter, your Russian visa application form, two passport-sized photos, your travel passport, and any specific documents requested by the Russian consulate.
Hopefully now you have all the knowledge to successfully obtain your Russian visa and you are ready to go explore Russia. Bon voyage! Or as the Russians would say, Счастливого пути!
A Bordeaux wine is any wine produced in the Bordeaux region of France, centered on the city of Bordeaux and covering the whole area of the Gironde with a total vineyard area of over 120,000 hectares, making it the largest wine growing area in France.
The history of Bordeaux wine spans almost 2,000 years to Roman times when the first vineyards were planted. In the Middle Ages, the marriage of Henry Plantagenet and Eleanor of Aquitane opened the Bordeaux region to the English market and eventually to the world’s stage. The name Bordeaux derives from the French au bord de l’eau which means “along the waters” and makes reference to the Gironde estuary and its triutaries—the Garonne and the Dordogne rivers—which play a pivotal role in the history and success of this region.
Eighty-nine percent of wine produced in Bordeaux is red with sweet white wines (most notably Sauternes), dry whites, and also (in much smaller quantities) rose and sparkling wines (Cremant de Bordeaux) collectively making up the remainder. Since Bordeaux provides an ample selection of wine from red to rose, it is only a matter of choosing the right wine for you!
In a recent wine study commissioned by “French Wines with Style,” experts found that “red wine drinkers appear to be the more relaxed of wine fans”. ” White wine drinkers love the status quo. Whilst rosé fans are itching for change.” Red wine drinkers described themselves as “confident, relaxed, strong and intelligent,” whereas white wine drinkers chose terms like “practical, bright, shy, quiet and reserved” to describe themselves. Rose drinkers called themselves “loud, warming, and charming” .
Whether this study is an accurate description of your own palate and personality, or completely off-base, one thing can be made certain: “Drinking good wine with good food, in good company, is one of life’s most civilized pleasures.” (Michael Broadbent)
The City of Eternal Love
Rome is the “Eternal City” but Verona is known as the city of eternal love. Verona is most infamously known as the romantic setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet—one of the most famous couples in history. Of course, as one of the world’s most romantic destinations, Verona does Valentine’s Day right. Couples flock to the city for “Verona in Love,” a five-day festival which is held around Valentine’s Day (February14th). It features Shakespeare-themed activities, and the city boasts Renaissance gardens, vineyards, boutique hotels, cobblestone streets, and countless candle-lit restaurants to bring out the star-crossed lover in all of us.
Letters to Juliet
Even before William Shakespeare’s famous play, the archetypal tale of two ill-fated young lovers from feuding families was penned in ancient times. Similar Italian versions date back to the 15th and 16th centuries. One of the most iconic destinations visited today in Verona is Juliet’s House (Casa di Giulietta), thought by locals to be built in the in the mid-1800s.
Tourists flock to Juliet’s iconic balcony and experience the tour around her home, while leaving their own personal souvenirs—letters. With love being the main focus, letter writers often express their concerns and feelings about various issues. Club di Giulietta or “the secretaries to Juliet,” are tasked with answering some of the letters left on Juliet’s wall. Every year on Valentine’s Day, the club awards their “Cara Giulietta” (“Dear Juliet”) prize to the most compelling letter received.
The Legend of Ponte Vecchio padlocks
Traveling south to nearby Florence, the Renaissance ambience gives this city a romantic, fairy-tale atmosphere—especially during Valentine’s Day. No trip to Florence would be complete without a kiss on the legendary Ponte Vecchio (Vecchio Bridge), or without placing a lock on the famed structure. Legend has it that if you and your loved one attach a padlock to the bridge and throw the key into the Arno River below, your love will last forever. Millions of couples have come to the Ponte Vecchio expressly for this reason—to lock in their love and throw away the key for eternity
Happy Valentine’s Day!