Archive for October, 2009

World Cuisine Wednesday

By 1800FlyEurope in World Cuisine Wednesdays | on October 28th, 2009

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’s 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 ‘real’ pizza tastes like!

Margherita Pizza

Prepared 12” 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.

Enjoy!

Portobello Road Market in London

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on October 21st, 2009

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’s 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.

World Cuisine Wednesday

By 1800FlyEurope in World Cuisine Wednesdays | on October 8th, 2009

Ah, le soufflé!  What a scrumptious, fluffy treat!  This is one of the most famous and popular dishes to come out of France.  The word soufflé comes from the French word “soufflér” which means “to puff up” or “to blow up”.

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 “Cooking and Market Visit in Montmartre”.  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!

Soufflé au Fromage de Chèvre et aux Herbes
(Herb and Goat Cheese Soufflé)

¾ c milk
¬Ω c chopped onion
2 tbsp flour
1 cup goat cheese (crumbled)
1 tsp thyme
¬Ω tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp sage
¬Ω tsp dry mustard
4 egg whites
2 tbsp butter
¬Ω tsp fresh ground black pepper
6 tbsp grated Romano or Parmesan Cheese
3 egg yolks
1 tbsp salt

Coat 6 soufflé cups with butter or oil and place them on a cookie sheet.  In each cup, add 1 tablespoon of the Romano or Parmesan cheese.

In a small bowl, whisk together egg yolks and milk until well blended.

In a separate small bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar together until fairly stiff (but not dry).

In a saucepan over medium high heat, melt butter.  Add rosemary, sage, thyme and onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes.  Whisk in flour until blended well, then add the egg and milk mixture.  Whisk this until bubbling and of a thick consistency.  Remove from heat and add dry mustard, salt, pepper and half of the goat cheese.  Fold in half of the egg whites, and then add the remainder of the goat cheese.  Fold in the other half of your egg whites and divide this evenly into your soufflé cups.

Bake at 350 ° for 20 minutes or until puffy and slightly browned.

Serve immediately, bon appétit!

If you are interested in booking a cooking class like this, or a different type of sightseeing tour, give us a call  1-800-359-3876 and let one of our agents help find something for you!

Sightseeing and Tours

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights, Travel Deals | on October 7th, 2009

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 “Cruise and Moulin Rouge Tour”.  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 “Paris at a Glance, Lunch and Versailles” 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’t 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.

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