R. Crusoe Luxury Travel Blog

 
16 May 2019
Posted in Food & Beverage, History, Tidbits & trivia

It takes a railroad.

And an influx of Europeans with experience in Old World wine-making. Together, the arrival of the railway and the immigrants transformed Mendoza, Argentina, from a modest wine region into the world’s fifth-largest wine-producing area. All this happened in the 19th and early 20th centuries, but lucky you: You can reap the benefits ... Read More >

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25 Apr 2019
Posted in Culture, Food & Beverage

Dragon Well, the caviar of teas.

Fan Shenghua, 58, is a master tea-maker in the West Lake area of Hangzhou, China. From his father and grandfather, he learned the traditional method of producing China’s finest green tea, Dragon Well, which is cultivated on hillsides around his home village.

Dragon Well, also known as Longjing tea, was granted the status of ... Read More >

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11 Apr 2019
Posted in Food & Beverage, Tidbits & trivia

Spaghetti bolognese: fact or fake?

In a recent edition of Euronews, the mayor of Bologna claimed that spaghetti bolognese is “fake news.”

What’s all this about?

According to the article, Virginio Merola, Mayor of the Italian city of Bologna, took to Twitter to deny the existence of the classic dish, traditionally comprised of meat sauce made with milk and wine and ... Read More >

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21 Feb 2019
Posted in Culture, Food & Beverage

Edible joy.

Who doesn’t love dumplings?

Gyoza. Momos. Kreplach. Manti. Pelmeni. Ravioli. Jiaozi. Almost every nation in which we’ve chowed down has its own irresistible version.

Today, we focus on Poland’s dumpling, the delightful pierogi. A thin wrapper of unleavened noodle dough surrounds a savory or sweet filling, and the whole delicious package is cooked in boiling water ... Read More >

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What’s cooking in Hong Kong.

Our good friend, Chef Thai Dang, and his wife, mixologist par excellence Danielle Dang, founders of Chicago’s HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen—head to Hong Kong and Macao in late February 2019, and they invite you to come along.

On this five-day journey, the Dangs will run a pop-up version of their Chicago restaurant, HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen, at ... Read More >

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25 Oct 2018
Posted in Food & Beverage, R. Crusoe recommends

Prague from plate to plate.

Did you know that the old Czech city of Prague has a vibrant, dynamic gastronomic scene? Restaurants here include two Michelin-starred establishments and a slew of innovative, modern culinary delights.

If you thought your meals would run strictly to traditional Czech fare—pork, dumplings, and goulash—think again.

La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise, on a romantic back street in ... Read More >

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23 Aug 2018
Posted in Food & Beverage, Uncategorized

Salt cure.

If you’ve been to Spain, chances are you’ve indulged in jamón ibérico—the delicious local ham that is salty but not overbearingly so, dried yet soft, with a nutty, delicate flavor.

It might just be time to return to Spain to taste “the ham of the sea,” mojama, Spanish salt-cured tuna. Made primarily in Barbate, ... Read More >

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23 Aug 2018
Posted in Film, Food & Beverage, History

You must remember this.

Yes, it’s true that the 1942 film “Casablanca” was fictional, Rick’s Café Américain and all. But no need to get caught up in the details. Fact is, the movie—and Humphrey Bogart’s restaurant—is so beloved, that one woman decided to recreate the café in Morocco.

A former American diplomat fell in love with the film ... Read More > Read More >
28 Jun 2018
Posted in Food & Beverage

The finest eating around.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, an annual ranking, has just been announced for 2018. Here’s a teaser: the top 10 on the list. Once you stop salivating, let us plan your journey…

10.  Asador Etxebarri. Axpe, Spain. Nestled in the Atxondo Valley, this restaurant preserves ancient grilling methods using a carefully selected variety of ... Read More >

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Delectable Vietnam.

The late Anthony Bourdain said that of all the countries he had explored, Vietnam was his favorite. After reading Graham Greene’s The Quiet American, he fell hard for Hanoi.

With that in mind, we suggest you consider joining us on Crusoe’s Hosted Journey to Vietnam, which departs in February 2019. The journey is co-hosted by ... Read More >

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