Month: July 2014

Crème Fraiche – The French Luxury
Food

Crème Fraiche – The French Luxury

Crème fraiche is a silken delight, derived from cow’s milk, by French gourmets with ingenuity only they possess. A good crème fraiche is dreamy – a thick cloud-like cream that is a little nutty liked an aged cheese, and yet still fresh, creamy and heavenly smooth. Sour cream in comparison […]

Joseph Drouhin – A Prominent Burgundy Shipper
Wine

Joseph Drouhin – A Prominent Burgundy Shipper

Burgundy’s vineyards represent only a small fraction of France’s viticultural surface, but it has more negociants than the production warrants. First, thanks to France’s Napoleonic inheritance laws, vineyards are economically too small to be profitable. On occasion, an individual may have one or two rows of vines in a famous […]

Edinburgh
Travel

Edinburgh – The Capital of Scotland

Edinburgh’s majestic castle dominates the city. As beautiful as Paris, Venice, Prague, Edinburgh ‘s broad tree-lined avenues with Georgian town houses, a world class arts festival, a lively cultural life and a friendly population. And as the home of the new Scottish Parliament, it is in the midst of a […]

Croissants, Doughnuts and Muffins
Food

Croissants, Doughnuts and Muffins

North Americans simply love doughnuts. They eat them for breakfast, and as snacks, accompanied with a cup of coffee. Doughnuts have been around for more than a century, becoming very popular since 1970’s. These days, coffee chains like Tim Horton’s specialize in donuts, although small family operations produce superior quality […]

Book Review: The Armenian Genocide
Book Reviews

Book Review: The Armenian Genocide

Armenians and Greeks have been living in Asia Minor for millennia and had developed distinct cultures, but Turkish hordes from central Asia overran their lands in the 14th century. Armenians were the first nation to accept Christianity as a national religion, and helped spread the gospel for centuries. Towards the […]

Gluttony then and now
Food

Gluttony then and now

Millions of North Americans are obese. They art most of the time and all the wrong foods that consist of salt, sugar, fat, and flour. Fast food corporations are making money hand over fist. All of the above is true, but few, if any writer, mentions that obese people live […]

Comparing Smoked Salmon To Lax
Food

Comparing Smoked Salmon To Lax

Once the sole domain of Eastern European immigrant Jews, lax, and now smoked salmon as well have become ubiquitous. Lax calls for bagels and maybe a smear (soupcon if you will), of butter. It was at one time a delicacy reserved for Sunday’s extended leisurely breakfast of middle class or […]