Archive for January, 2010

World Cuisine Wednesday

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights, World Cuisine Wednesdays | on January 27th, 2010

In the United Kingdom, old tradition dictates taking an afternoon tea.  Although the custom has died down quite a bit due to most people being at work and other circumstances, it is still something that is done. Afternoon tea is usually taken around 4:00 p.m. This is time for a light snack and socializing. Typically the  tea is served with milk, sugar and the snacks accompanying the tea are scones, various pastries and finger sandwiches.

In London, you will find  places such as tea shops and cafés that still honor this longstanding tradition.  The internationally famous Harrods, for example, serves an afternoon tea each day in the beautiful Ladurée Tea Room. This is a great way to relax and still be doing something unique while in London.

Today, I am sharing with you a very simple and quick recipe for scones.

Scones

3 c. all purpose flour
¬Ω c sugar
1 ¬Ω tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
¬Ω stick butter, cubed
1 egg
¬Ω c milk

Sift together flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl.  Stir in 3 tbsp sugar and the salt. In separate small bowl, beat egg slightly and add 1/3 milk. Using a pastry mixer, cut butter into the mixture until it looks like small breadcrumbs.   Add milk and egg mixture and mix until stiff, but not dry. Roll dough out to approximately ¾” thick and use a cookie cutter to cut out the scones.  You can also use a knife and cut into 2” squares and fold them in half to form triangles.  (Don’t press down, just fold over.) Brush the remaining milk on the scones and sprinkle the rest of the sugar over the top.

Bake at 350° on a greased cookie sheet for 25 minutes or until slightly browned.

Serve with butter, jam, clotted cream, whipped cream or cream cheese.  You can also add sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, raisins or cheese to your dough.

Taking afternoon tea is definitely something you should do your next trip to London.  It will make a great memory of your visit for years to come.

Springtime in Amsterdam

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on January 19th, 2010

In the last decade, Amsterdam has seen a steady growth in visitors, seeing up to 3 million international tourists a year. It is a beautiful city with much to do and see.

Many people want to visit Holland to see the tulips and windmills.  Going in April would be the perfect time for this, as the tulips bloom between late March and the middle of May. You can just rent a car and take a ride along the beautiful countryside to see the fields between Haarlem to Leiden (which appear to be a perfect carpet of flowers). A  road trip to Lisse would also be in order, to visit the Keukenhof – Garden of Europe.  The Keukenhof is the world’s largest flower garden, with at least seven million flowers planted each year. Breathtaking.

If museums are big on your agenda, you are in for a treat as Amsterdam has many. Most of them are located on Het Museumplein (Museum Square). Here you will find the Rijksmuseum – this is where the largest collection of Dutch art is.  There is also the Van Gogh Museum which houses the early artwork of former Amsterdam resident, Vincent Van Gogh.  Next to the Van Gogh Museum is the Stedelijk Museum where the largest collection of modern art in Amsterdam is displayed. And although neither the Anne Frank House or  Rembrandthuis are located on Museumplein, you mustn’t skip visiting them.

The canal cruises are an excellent way to see the city. Typically lasting about an hour and a half, the boat will take you along the canals to see 17th century Amsterdam.  You will experience the era of the Rembrandt and experience the beauty of the canals, the bridges, waterfront houses and houseboats. You will get to learn the history of the city of Amsterdam, as these cruises have tour guides.

Your Amsterdam Vacation begins when you land in the lovely Schiphol Airport.  Call us for a free quote and ask about additional discounts on hotels and sightseeing tours when booked with airfare.

World Cuisine Wednesday

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights, World Cuisine Wednesdays | on January 13th, 2010

This week’s recipe is a very easy one.¬† It’s healthy, too!¬† We have a Tzatziki sauce recipe coming to you, straight from Greece. This is a great thing to either have as a light snack with pita bread or a¬† garnish for your gyro.

Tzatziki Sauce

7 oz Greek Yogurt
2 medium sized cucumbers – seeds removed, then chopped into small pieces
1 small bunch dill – finely chopped
2 cloves garlic – minced
1 tbsp olive oil
Juice of one lemon
Pinch of coriander
Pinch of ground cumin
Salt and pepper to taste

(Some prefer their Tzatziki sauce to also have mint. If you’re one of these folks, just add 1 tsp – finely chopped)

Place grated cucumber in a paper towel. Squeeze out all moisture.  Combine all ingredients except the yogurt in a food processor and process until cucumbers are finely chopped.  Stir pureed mixture in with yogurt,  add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and chill for at least two hours.  Serve with pita bread, your favorite wrap or a gyro.

Want to try Tzatziki sauce in a genuine Greek setting? Just give us a call for a free quote on cheap flights to Athens.

Golfing in Ireland

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on January 11th, 2010

When you think of Ireland, what comes to mind?  Green hills, shamrocks, Guinness and golf?  Now is the time to start planning that perfect vacation to Ireland this spring to swing the clubs and hit the pubs.

Did you know that over 1/3 of the world’s links golf courses are located in Ireland?  This country is considered by many professional golfers to be the top golf destination in the world.  People from all over come to the kelly green country to play at one of the many seaside courses.   Here are just a few:

In Cork, we have the Old Head Golf Links.  This site is located on a peninsula on the southern coast of Ireland, sticking out into the Atlantic Ocean.  It is hundreds of feet above rugged cliffs and golfers can appreciate the stunning view from every hole.

In Northern Ireland is the Ballyliffin Golf Club, opened in 1947.  This course offers spectacular views of surrounding dunes, coastline and ocean. There are two links course and 36 holes here. The old links have recently been refined, and the new links fashioned around the surrounding dunes. Either one you choose will be a great game!

In Dublin is the Royal Dublin Golf Club.  Established in 1885, this is one of the oldest courses in Ireland.  Royal Dublin is located on Bull Island, 4 miles from Dublin City center, accessed by a one lane wooden bridge.  This club has been visited by many famous people, including former President Bill Clinton.  (And might I add, while you’re in Dublin, you might as well go to the Guinness Brewery -AKA Guinness Storehouse- and see how this wonderful brew is made. We can book that tour for you at a discounted rate!)

If this sounds like a great vacation to you, give us a call. Let one of our agents help plan your perfect Irish Vacation.   We can book your flight  into Dublin or Shannon,  where you could stop and play at a local course. Package that flight with a rental car and hotel reservations for additional savings so you can drive all around the country, stopping at various courses, breweries and attractions on the way.

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