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#1056927 Athens to Istanbul

Posted by Jaymes on 16 November 2009 - 04:50 PM

So I'm cruisin' again.

"Cradle of History"

We're extending at least two nights in Athens pre-cruise, and three or four in Istanbul, post-cruise.

Not lots of time in the other ports, but certainly enough to see one or two "don't misses" and have a meal.

Did post about Istanbul over in Europe and have gotten some wonderful suggestions.

We're doing a day tour to Massada/Dead Sea in Israel.

What else?

#1056434 Istanbul

Posted by Jaymes on 12 November 2009 - 09:29 PM

Not sure where to put this. Is Turkey in Europe? Eurasia, maybe? Do we have a spot for Eurasia?

At any rate, I'm going to be spending a week in Istanbul this coming May. I've never been there before and know nothing. Nada. Zero. Zip.

Anybody know anything? Like where a single gal might be able to find an affordable hotel room that's safe for a woman traveling alone?

And ditto for restaurants. Attractions. Sites to see.

And any other tip that anyone might be predisposed to share.

admin edit on the thread sub-title

#1053525 Oaxaca

Posted by Jaymes on 27 October 2009 - 01:54 PM

And I want to thank you for getting back with us and letting us know how it went.

All too often, folks give advice and recommendations and suggestions...

And then never hear nuttin'.


#1018535 Anchorage

Posted by Jaymes on 18 May 2009 - 07:02 PM

QUOTE(splinky @ May 18 2009, 01:43 PM) View Post
when i left anchorage, i took all the fine dining with me

Did you pack it out on your pony?

#985100 Location

Posted by Jaymes on 16 January 2009 - 01:45 AM

Well, I probably should let sleeping lords lie, if you know what I mean.

But sometimes....

#975276 Mumbai

Posted by Jaymes on 29 November 2008 - 05:48 AM

QUOTE(rancho_gordo @ Nov 28 2008, 11:39 PM) View Post
QUOTE(mongo_jones @ Nov 28 2008, 09:15 PM) View Post
you've described every 5-star hotel in delhi and bombay.

But this one had waiters in the restaurant and there was a man at the front desk who checked you in. He had black hair and a thick accent.

Was he grinning?

If so, I think maybe I stayed at that same hotel when I was in India. Because the man with the black hair and thick accent at the front desk who checked me in was grinning.

#830352 Verona, Siena and Umbria in October

Posted by Jaymes on 29 August 2007 - 10:14 PM

Unfortunately, I have no suggestions for you but do want to tell you that I, for one, am very much looking forward to your reports.

And I enjoyed reading your blog - especially the bits about your South American connection.

So, welcome!


#560730 Mexican Cooking Project #3

Posted by Jaymes on 14 February 2005 - 08:48 PM

Is this traditionally made with large pieces of meat?  I also always thought this was a Cuban dish. 

One more thought....most of the "easy" recipes I have for picadillo call for ground beef, or pork, or (best) a mixture of the two.

And there is a Cuban version of picadillo.

#560520 Mexican Cooking Project #3

Posted by Jaymes on 14 February 2005 - 04:31 PM

I'm still on the cochinita pibil--got all the ingredients together this weekend and will be making the paste and marinating the pork tonight.  So don't be waiting on me. :(

Actually, me, too.

I wound up marinating two nights because real life interrupted my Mexican cooking project. So then I cooked it while running errands. Called the house and asked my dad to take it out of the oven and put it in the fridge, which he did. Got back too late to get it together that night. Heated it up next night, but turned out it didn't get done the day before. So, back into the oven. And now, after a four-day process, we're having it tonight. I made both of the marinated onion recipes and am eager to sample each and pronounce a favorite.

So, I'm running late as well. :(

#556445 Mexican Cooking Project #2

Posted by Jaymes on 04 February 2005 - 01:03 AM

What's next? I'm hungry!!!!

Well, as I said in my opening post, I've always wanted to try cochinita pibil, and those exquisite pickled red onions, and some fried platanos.

I've got quite a few recipes, but don't know if I'm going to be able to find banana leaves here, or achiote paste. I do know that there were some MF'ers that undertook an expedition into pibil-land a while back, and am hoping for input from them.

One recipe I've got for a "modern version" seems relatively simple:

Cochinita Pibil (paraphrased from "Mexican Family Cooking" by Aida Gabilondo)

First, prepare marinade:
1 C fresh orange juice
1 T white vinegar
2 T fresh garlic, mashed & minced
2 T achiote paste
salt to taste

5 lbs pork, cut into chunks, best to use a mixture of pork butt, short ribs, etc.

Rub pork chunks with marinade. Seal and allow to marinate in fridge for several hours.

Line large casserole with heavy foil. Arrange meat in it, being sure to include any extra marinade, and seal it up well. Bake in 300 oven for 2-3 hours, checking on it often, and turning the chunks of pork in the juices.

When meat is tender and falling apart, chop it and discard any bones, gristle, etc. Serve with fresh corn tortillas and pickled onions.

Okay -- a simple enough recipe. Maybe too simple? Need some advice and suggestions, folks.

#553647 Mexican Cooking Projects

Posted by Jaymes on 28 January 2005 - 05:42 PM

I'd love to take part in some sort of Mexican cooking project with all the other sympatico folks hanging out aqui.

I don't know exactly what. Perhaps we'd all settle on one dish every two weeks, and find various recipes for it and make it and then come back here and chat about it.

Thought about once a week, but that might be too much. We could rotate between something more complicated like cochinita pibil, and something easier, like calabacitas.

Anyone else up for a project? Any thoughts as to how we could go about it?

Whaday'all think?