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Provençale Scallops

Did you ever wonder why scallop shells are iconic throughout European history, topping classical arches and doorways, marking pilgrim paths and even conveying a Greek goddess in Sandro Botticelli’s beloved Birth of Venus Renaissance masterpiece? This beloved bivalve is unique in abilities and flavor, because unlike immobile clams, oysters and mussels, sea scallops glide across …

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Tuscan Enigmatic Vines & Wines

Why does Sangiovese grow best in Tuscany? Italy cultivates more than 370 wine grape varieties over 1.7 million vineyard acres, but Sangiovese, a difficult and fickle grape, seems to almost exclusively thrive amid romantic vineyards just a sling’s throw from Michelangelo’s David. Central Italy epitomizes the Mediterranean climate and that is an important factor in …

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Secrets of Fresh, Organic Olive Oil Revealed at Montenegro’s Moric Family Farm

Deep dive into delicious olive oil country on the Taste of Montenegro tour offered in Kotor, a port on the Classic Italy & Dalmatian Coast. cruise. You will be the youngest living thing in the orchard … of 300 year old olive trees. From the medieval Old Town of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, …

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Around Iceland Travel Tips: A Meal in Every Port

Though the onboard kitchen of Windstar’s Star Pride is notable for its international cuisine, circumnavigating Iceland allows for access to remote restaurants with local specialties hard to find anywhere else. Where else might you try minke whale? Or puffin heart? Here is a guide to the best local restaurants in each of the ports on …

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Tropical Cocktail Recipe Pinky’s delight by Angelo Labastida

While the crew is safely quarantined on board Wind Spirit, Angelo Labastida came up with a new cocktail for a bartender’s challenge called Pinky’s Delight that you can also make at home. Ingredients & procedure 1 oz Vodka .5 oz Malibu Rum .5 oz Peach Schnapps 2 oz Cranberry juice 2 oz Sour Mix Splash …

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What to Do & Eat in Portofino

Portofino is an enchanting fishing village on the Italian Riviera. Known for being a destination for celebrities, Portofino offers visitors the chance to experience la dolce vita. You can expect to find charming restaurants dishing up regional specialties, water as green as emeralds, dramatic seaside cliffs blanketed in vegetation and pastel-colored homes lining the harbor. …

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The Best Indonesian Food You Should Try

If unspoiled beaches, ancient temples and deep green rainforests aren’t enough to draw you to Indonesia, consider heading there for the food. With culinary influences from China, India, and the Middle East, Indonesia offers some of the most intense flavors and colorful dishes in the world. Indonesian food also ranks high in deliciousness. For example, …

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Behind the Scenes with Chef Anthony Sasso on a culinary themed cruise

There is a reason chefs work in kitchens. For some, it’s because they grew up in them, watching a mother or father roast chickens or flambee bananas every day after school for as long as they can remember. For some, it’s because they live on the adrenaline, soaking up the energy of fire and steel …

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James Beard Foundation Culinary Cruise Review

Windstar Cruises’ affiliation with the James Beard Foundation provided us with much more than we expected as we cruised the western Mediterranean islands on the beautiful Star Pride cruise ship recently. Windstar has always provided exceptional food quality and wonderful menus, but this culinary cruise was really special! Chef Amy Brandwein a 2017 James Beard …

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Seared Sea Scallops, Smoked Bacon, Grilled Asparagus with Fresh Garden Peas, Citrus Butter Sauce Recipe

Seared Sea Scallops Serves 4 people 16 u 10 – 20  Scallops 12 Spears Grilled Asparagus Butter Sauce Garnish Pea Puree Olive Oil Sugar Salt Fix through the scallops, remove the side muscle and lay onto paper towels. Wash and prep the asparagus. Peel and pencil the asparagus. Drizzle with olive oil and cook on …

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Mushroom Polpettine, Polenta & Basil Oil Recipe

Mushroom Polpettine 3 lbs         Mushrooms shiitake stem removed 2 sprigs   Whole rosemary 2 sprigs   Whole thyme 1/4 Cup   Extra Virgin Olive oil 1               Whole Egg 1/2           Small Onion, small dice 1/2           Cup Parmesan cheese 2 tbs         Breadcrumbs 1 tbs         Parsley Italian Salt & Pepper Preheat oven to 450. …

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Tomato & Watermelon Salad, Burgos Cheese, Shaved Onion Recipe

Salad 5          Each Heirloom Tomatoes 1          Each Watermelon 1          Each Red Onions 2 tsp   Chive Chopped 1 ½     Cup Burgos Cheese 1          Cup Crunchy Oil Cured Olives 1 tsp    Lime Zested 1/2     Cups Mint Leaves Picked Tomato and Sherry Vinaigrette to Taste Sea Salt To Taste | Serves 10 Cut the tomatoes and …

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