This week, our taste buds are taking us to Italy.¬† I have a recipe for the always popular Margherita Pizza.¬† The Margherita pizza came about in 1889 when Queen Margherita Teresa Giovanni visited Naples.¬† Don Raffaele Esposito, famous pizza maker and owner of Pietro il PIzzaiulo, was given the honor of preparing a special dish in honor of the Queen‚Äôs visit.¬† He concocted a pizza topped with mozzarella, basil and tomatoes (red, white and green like the Italian flag) and named it after her.
The recipe I have for Margherita Pizza is a very easy one, and will give you a little taste of Italy.¬† Once you travel to Italy, you can see for yourself what a ‚Äòreal‚Äô pizza tastes like!
Prepared 12‚Äù Pizza dough
Fresh Basil leaves (8-12 cut into julienne strips)
Garlic clove, finely chopped
¬Ω lb mozzarella, sliced ¬Ω inch thick
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 ripe plum tomatoes cut into rounds
¬Ω tsp salt
Preheat oven to 500¬∞ if using a pizza stone, and place stone on lowest rack of oven if electric, oven floor if gas.¬† Heat stone for 45 minutes
(Preheat oven to 450 if not using pizza stone)
Brush dough lightly with olive oil.¬† Distribute cheese, garlic and tomatoes.
Cook for 10-15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown. ¬†¬†Top with basil and allow pizza to cool before serving.
As everyone knows, the shopping experience in London is definitely an unforgettable one.¬† There is Harrods (and I hope you have a full day to go to Harrods, it‚Äôs huge!), Covent Garden, Westfield Shopping Centre, etc.¬† I love them all, but my favorite place to shop in this fabulous city is the Portobello Road Market.
Portobello Road is in the heart of west London‚Äôs Notting Hill district and has been featured in movies such as ‚ÄúNotting Hill‚Äù with Julia Roberts and Disney‚Äôs ‚ÄúBedknobs and Broomsticks‚Äù starring Angela Lansbury.¬† The Market is one of the largest and¬†most famous street markets in the world.¬† Walking down Portobello Road during market hours, you can find anything from purses to leather notebooks, from tunics to antique furniture, whatever you are looking for, it’s¬†there.¬† ¬†The shopkeepers will let you haggle them down, so don‚Äôt expect to¬†have to pay the price you see on the tag.¬† For instance, I saw a really great hat with a ¬£14 price attached.¬† After some friendly arguing, that nice man let me have it for ¬£9.¬† I walked down the road a little further, bought some tomatoes from a local farmer¬†and then at the next booth, I found an antique magnifying glass.¬† I got it for way less than its worth; I believe I bargained this person down to around ¬£5-6.
The shops along Portobello Road¬† are open Monday through Saturday, although the best day to go is Saturday as all the proprietors will be out.¬† It is definitely something you do not want to miss out on during your next trip to London.
Depending on what city you are in,¬†one of the adventures or tours we can book for you¬†is a cooking class.¬†The recipe I am posting today is one I got from¬†one of these classes during a trip to France.¬†The particular class I took was the ‚ÄúCooking and Market Visit in Montmartre‚Äù.¬† During this class, we were taken to a local market to pick up the fresh herbs and other ingredients.¬† Back at the culinary school, everyone worked together making their own dish at the same time.¬† There was no competition, everyone was relaxed and had a great time.¬† When it was finished, we all sat down to enjoy our creations and enjoyed a bottle of wine together.¬† It was fantastic!
Did you know that 1-800 Fly Europe books sightseeing tours as well as airfare and car rentals?¬† Not just in Europe, but in most of the major cities around the world.¬† There are many choices of tours and expeditions that can be arranged by 1-800-Fly-Europe, depending on where you are and what you are interested in doing and seeing.
For example, if you are taking a trip to¬†Paris, we could book for you the ‚ÄúCruise and Moulin Rouge Tour‚Äù.¬† On this particular tour, formal dress is required.¬† You will be picked up at your hotel and taken on a night cruise down the River Seine to see the illuminated monuments then shuttled to the Moulin Rouge for the show.
We also have the ‚ÄúParis at a Glance, Lunch and Versailles‚Äù tour.¬† On this tour, you will be picked up at your hotel in the morning and driven around Paris to see the popular sights such as Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triumph, The Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre and more.¬† You will be taken to the Eiffel Tower for lunch and after lunch your guide will take you to Versailles where you will be given free time to explore.
With a lot of these city tours we book, you are getting two or more things at one price.¬† Also, since they are booked and paid for up front before you go, you don‚Äôt have to worry about the hassle of exchange rates or waiting in lines to buy your tickets, etc.
To get more information on what activities we can offer for a particular city, call and speak with an agent at 1-800-359-3876.