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can you find a ferrari shot in barcelona?

One summer afternoon in Barcelona we had just walked through the beautiful Picasso Museum and found ourselves wandering the streets of Barcelona. Since we learned that the 4 Gats resturant was a hangout for the great Picasso himself we stopped in and had some of their yummy white sangria, made with sparkling Spanish Cava and lovely seasonal fruit. After that break we decided to keep wandering down to the waterfront area of Barcelona. There we found a variety of sidewalk cafes and waterfront marketplaces to keep us busy.

what to drink on bastille day

Bastille Day's official liqueur is a French apertif wine that blends citrus liqueurs with an orange tang called Lillet. It can be served over ice, chilled, as a spritzer or in a variety of ways.

  

To make a spritzer, pour 4 or 5 ounces into a lovely white wine glass filled with ice and add club soda to fill. You can garnish with an orange slice, or a festive French flag swizzle stick if you have one.

  

pasta - italian family style

We love family, we love pasta. We think pasta makes for a great family style dinner just about anytime. If you're like us, you enjoy mixing and matching different sauces with different pastas. Some believe that you should use a thin pasta like cappelini (or angel hair) with lighter sauces such as pomodoro and thicker or ribbed pasta such as penne, rigatoni or fettuccini, which can stand up to and hold heartier sauce like the meaty bolognese. We, however, believe that, as it is with wine, so it should be with pasta. Drink what you enjoy! Eat what you enjoy!

tastes from cyprus, the land of aphrodite

Cyprus has a unique and interesting culinary and historical culture. Its varied influences come from its long history of occupations by the Greeks, Phoenicians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Persians, Romans, Francs, Venetians, Turks and British.

Today the island is divided between the Greeks living on the southern part of the island and the Turks living to the north. The cuisine is thus touched by the various influences that have lived on the island, giving it a flavor all its own.

Rock of Aphrodite - birthplace of the goddess of love

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the passions of oberammergau

The village of Oberammergau, nestled in Bavaria, is a lovely and unique destination, sometimes overlooked by visitors who come to Germany in search of perhaps more populous locales. But in 2010, Oberammergau will be the site of one of the most sweeping theatrical events in Europe, the Passion Play, which has been consistently performed since its first appearance in 1634.

tasty & healthy tapas recipes for home entertaining

With its lush growing regions, abundant coastlines and ample room for grazing cattle, Spain naturally offers some of the best food on the planet. Spanish cuisine combines bold flavors, such as garlic, shellfish, game, beef and saffron into a variety of dishes. Paella is among the best-known examples of Spanish cooking. This rich dish pairs rice that is flavored with garlic, tomato and saffron with rabbit, chorizo (a dried Spanish sausage) and escargot.

tapping into chicago tapas

So, you can’t make a trip to Spain right now, but the call of Sangria and thrill of all those tiny plates of tasty temptations beckons you. If you’re in Chicago, you might just have a few wonderful options available to you that meet our discriminating authenticity requirements or provide for some new twists on old favorites. Here is a brief sampling of tapas offerings and a roundup of places you can feed your need in the Windy City. Here at PoshPorts, we pride ourselves on being in touch with what makes a great experience for those with discerning tastes.

a little night music in paris

While traveling in France this past summer a friend mentioned that they had seen a wonderful live concert at Sainte-Chapelle. Since Sainte-Chapelle was one of our favorite sites in Paris, we thought a concert there would certainly be worth attending.

Sainte-Chapelle is located in the courtyard of the royal palace on the Ile de Cite in Paris. Ordered by Louis IX, Sainte-Chapelle, was built between 1242 to 1248, to house the Relics of the Passion of Christ.

a paris must see: musee de l'orangerie

We're not sure why this museum does not come up higher on the Top Ten lists - because it should. After a day trip to Monet’s gardens in Giverny we were on the hunt for all things Monet in Paris. Our first stop was Musee de l’Orangerie. This museum located in the Jardin des Tuilleries, houses Monet’s crowning work, the water lily series or Nympheas. Painted in his garden at Giverny, seeing these large format paintings up close immediately takes you back to his beautiful gardens.

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