If you've rented a villa or apartment in Italy, no doubt you'll be trying to sample all the foods of Italy you can-- dining out and eating in. Here's a quick and easy guide for getting food in Italy, whether you're ordering your first Italian meal at that sumptuous restaurant down the street or buying produce at the local market to create your own authentic Italian food.Shopping for Italian FoodOne of the great delights of renting an Italian villa or apartment is shopping for produce at an outdoor market. Virtually all towns in Italy have an outdoor market, usually once a week (ask around to find out which day). But regardless of whether you're at a market, a small grocery, or a supermarket, there is just one rule to remember when shopping for food in Italy: DO NOT TOUCH THE PRODUCE. We're quite used to handling our apples and oranges in the US, but in Italy it is considered very rude!In an outdoor market, you should indicate which fruits or vegetables you need, and the seller will pick out the best specimens for you. Don't try to indicate that you don't, for example, want that slightly green lemon-- picking out produce is a point of honor for sellers, and rejecting his/her choice is an insult! Another thing to note about open markets in Italy is that there is no bargaining. In Italy, a price is a price.In a small grocery, you still can't touch the produce (no matter how much you want to)! Instead, wait until an employee comes to help you. Indicate you choices and the employee will pick the produce and put it in a bag.If you really need control over your produce selection, try a large supermarket: here you will be provided with plastic gloves so that you can pick your own fruits and vegetables! Weigh each bag and punch a button for that particular item, whereupon a machine will dispense a sticker that you should put on the bag before taking it to the checkout line.Another great place to pick up some traditional Italian food is a deli. There are no special rules here (although you might have to "take a number" or wait in line). Pick up delicious marinated meats, prepared olives, artichoke salads, roasted peppers, fresh mozzarella, and everything else you might find at a full-service American deli-- only better!Here's a list of some delicious common foods in Italy:-Pane (bread: get it fresh in the morning!) -Aceto (vinegar: balsamic or wine)-Aglio (garlic)-Basilico (basil)-Olio di Uliva (olive oil)-Limoni (lemons)-Pomodori (tomatoes)-Capperi (capers)-Porcini (mushrooms)-Other vegetables: potatoes, onions, carrots, green beans, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, and everything else!-Tonno (canned tuna)-Uova (eggs)-Frutta (fruit)-Pollo (chicken)-Vino (wine)Italian Cooking - RecipesWhat could be better than cooking in Italy with all those delicious fresh ingredients? Here are a few simple Italian food recipes you can make at your rental. If these tried-and-true favorites get old, eat out and then experiment to see if you can duplicate the recipe.1.Tortellini in Brodo con Petti di Pollo: Make a broth using bullion and add tortellini, chopped chicken, and veggies. Serve with local parmigiano cheese, mixed salad, and local bread.2.Pasta al Pomodor: Otherwise known as spaghetti, this is delicious with fresh Italian ingredients! Buy fresh pasta at the market, heat sauce (or make your own), mix in garlic and basil, and add: a can of drained tuna, olives, or artichoke hearts. Serve with parmesan, insalata mista (mixed salad), and bread.3.Minestrone: Saute onions and garlic in oil. Add broth, bring to a boil, and add vegetables (carrots, zucchini, peppers, etc.). Just before the vegetables are cooked, add pasta and spinach. Season with your herbs of choice.Italian Dining CustomsWhen you go dining in Italy, remember this: Italy is a food culture! If you're looking for fine Italian foods, it's not going to be fast. Meals are a social event to be enjoyed, one delicious course at a time. Let's begin with the courses, in order:1.Primi - A pasta dish2.Secondo - The main course: meat or fish. This course may also include the contorno, or side dishes, which are usually vegetables.3.Fromaggio - Cheeses4.Frutta - Fruit5.Dolce - A sweet6.Caf - After-dinner drinks, including coffee, wines, liqueurs, and digestives.Note also that, depending on the restaurant in question, courses 3, 4, and 5 may be condensed or eliminated (for example, only cheese may be offered). There aren't any hard and fast rules in Italian dining, but there are a couple of things you should keep in mind. Upon receiving a menu with five or six courses, many Americans feel like they are expected to order one item from each course. Not so! It's perfectly acceptable to order a first, third, and fifth course if that's all you want.When you order, do so all at once, at the beginning. Don't order the first course, eat, and then tell them you want the second! The exceptions are desserts and coffee; at the end of the meal, your waiter should offer you the restaurant's choices. Eating in ItalyWhether you're dining out or cooking your own Italian meals, have fun! If you accidentally touch that piece of forbidden fruit, remember to say "Mi dispiace!" And when the second course seems to be taking hours to arrive, sit back, relax, and have a good chat with your companions. This is la vita bella-- enjoy it while it lasts.
So you are like John Locke of the TV series Lost & basically (literally) dying for an adventure. Or maybe you are bored to death & you want to experience more of life. Have no fear. no need to travel across the globe to taste adventure in the wilds of Africa or the rainforests of South America. Why should you when you have got Alaska. Alaska. the 49th state & fondly known as the Land of the Midnight Sun & The Last Frontier.Most people believe that Alaska, a name which comes from an Aleut word meaning "land that's not an island" is basically tundra in the middle of nowhere because of it is distance from the lower 48 states & because most of the stories you hear about it are usually related to the cold & snow & so-called vast, desolate, open spaces. But you thought wrong.Alaska - the largest state (by land mass) is also one of the least populated - is a land that combines the attractive snowy scenery of the Alps with the challenge of an adventure trip to the Congo.Don't believe me?River FishingWhen someone mentions Alaska, people usually visualize a land of ice & frozen desert. So it is a bit hard to imagine people being able to fish in such a place. But like I mentioned earlier, Alaska is a place filled with adventure, a place well worth travelling to.That's okay because i have got proof.For your Alaska fishing adventure, you can try your luck at hooking any of a variety of prized fish like: Silver Salmon in Resurrection Bay during August & September, the King Salmon of the Lower Kenai River from May to July or Red (Sockeye) Salmon, Dolly Varden & Rainbow Trout in the Upper Kenai River.RaftingYes, you can raft to your hearts' content & pretend you are a lone wanderer having an adventure in the midst of the vast array of Alaskan wildlife. Travel & encounter the plenty of natural wonders of Alaska. Listen to the stories of the natives. Catch a glimpse of moose & bald eagles as you hold on for dear life while traversing the rapids of Kenai River Canyon - a trip that's highly recommended & one that you don't want to miss.Sea KayakingThis not so common adventure is one that only travelling to Alaska can bestow upon you. This is not for the feint of heart & make sure, that you don't attempt this alone.BackpackingThis is an adventure you must grab because there is virtually nothing that compares to backpacking in Alaska. You can of work choose your own adventure travel destination: Brooks Range, Artic Refuge, Talkeetna Mountains, & Wrangell-St. Elias to name a few.Dog SleddingThis is probably the most popular sport in Alaska & an adventure worth telling your grandchildren, great grandchildren, friends, barber or whoever will listen. If you so choose, you can basically watch the dog sled races or try it out yourself by mushing your own team. The Siberian huskies, are highly trained so there is no need to worry about your safety. Plus, if you have the time, you can also visit the renowned author, husky owner & Alaskan original Mary Shields.Expeditions to Walrus IslandSo you haven't seen any of those furry adorable creatures up close? Find yourself aching for more of a marine adventure than a landlocked one? Or perhaps you are content to basically watch. Have no fear because Alaska's Walrus Island has it all. You can view walrus, other marine mammals & rare bird species from the comfortable deck of a cruising yacht. But if you want a bit more of a challenge, you can take a hiking trip & see more of the Alaskan wildlife.So... are you now convinced that travelling to Alaska is an adventure that you must not miss? I sure hope so because if you aren't - what is wrong with you. kidding, however before making reservations be sure you have got everything you need like clothes for wide range of temperatures & a comfortable pair of hiking boots.Fjord ExplorationIf you have ever dreamed of experiencing the sheer scale of an honest-to-goodness glacier that the pages of a book or movie screen can't convey then Alaska is the place to be? Unless, of work you prefer Greenland or Iceland for your icy adventure. I think not... & another of plenty of reasons why they should be thankful for the great State of Alaska.& clearly... compare the available travel packages being offered by the travel agencies that cater to Alaska or you can make your own travel itinerary & then basically hire a guide to assist you along the way. A great place to start planning your trip is Alaska - The Last Frontier. A web-site dedicated to being a complete resource on Alaska.
Ive found a cool apartment! Okay, okayso its not perfect. Just a few bugs. I mean literally! First expense? An exterminator! Is it worth the cash? Well, I cant afford a more expensive place, so a one-time (please!) cash outlay should be okay. Maybe just a can of Raid?I need a way to move my stuff. Daddy, can I borrow your truck? You dont have one? Why not? Do you want one? Ill help you pick it out! Well, it was just a suggestion. No need to get all bent out of shape! I guess Id better call the truck rental places. What do you mean$200PLUS mileage? AND Gas? Good grief!While Im on the phone Ill call the utility and phone companies. Yes, I know I havent used your services before. No, I dont have a credit card; this is my first place. You want what? A $100 deposit? For EACH? Holy cowdo you people have a license to steal? Daddy, I need $500 for moving expenses! I used all my money for the first and last months rent AND the damage deposit. Well, how was I to know this was going to be so expensive? Sell something? DaaaaadI NEED my TV!Boy, this place is pretty empty. Maybe I should buy a couch and a chair. NahI have my bed. Thatll be good enough. I dont need a table; Ill just use this box.Renters Insurance? I dont think so! What do I have to insure?Just got my first phone call! Id love to come to your party! Daddy, I need a car. Because its too far to walk to work, thats why. Umm, Daddytheres car insurance too! Thanks, Dadyoure the best! And gas? I didnt think soTime for dinner. Lets look in these boxes. Oh, No! No dishes or pans. No FOOD! Uhhh, Mom?
When my friend sensed that in a few weeks the light of life was about to be extinguished, and that there was no more hope for him, he called me to his side and said, "If only I had lived my life differently, I might not have felt such an emptiness now. Promise me," he caught my hand, "Promise me that you won't make the same mistake." And when I asked him what mistakes, he asked me to get a pen and paper and to jot down his last words. Here they are in condensed form:1) Talk less; listen more.2) Listen to your grandfather's stories about his youth. When he's gone, you will relive the bond through these memories.3) Invite friend over for a snack or dinner even if the house is a mess.4) Eat popcorn in the living room even though its messy.5) Invite the friends who have children home. Don't worry about their children creating a mess.6) Sit on the grass even though it dirties your pants.7) Never buy something just because it lasts for a long time or because it is practical.8) Stay in bed and at home when sick and stop pretending that the world cannot go one without me for a day.9) Light up the wonderfully crafted candles and let them burn out. Better this than they accumulate dust in the closet.10) Share life's responsibilities with a partner, not only expenses.11) (Meant for Women) Instead of waiting for the pregnancy to get over, cherish each moment in your heart. Understand that the life in you is the only chance you will get to help god create magic.12) Let your children hug and kiss you whenever they wish to. Don't stop them by saying things like: later, go wash your hands first, we have to eat dinner.13) Say the following two phrases as often as possible: "I love you" and "I am sorry."14) Stop worrying about who loves or and who doesn't or about what others have or don't have.15) Cherish all personal human relations.16) Play with a pet every day. Laugh and run with it and take part in all its antics.17) Spend more time with the people who love you.18) Stop sweating because of all the small details and problems of life.19) Grab every moment, look at it and live it. That moment will never return again.Her name was Susan, and she had one six year old daughter. Susan taught me these few basic ideals that I have tried to follow in honour of her memory. It has made me a better man, a much nicer husband and in general, a happier person. Even now I can hear her say that God has blessed each and every one of us, and that we should accept these blessings and strive to become stronger both physically, mentally and also emotionally. I will always remember what she said to me the last time we met: "Jack, you are lucky. Don't blow it."
After caravans made history centuries ago, became associated with the hippy lifestyle. Nowadays the caravan is having a surprising recovery.Knights used the caravans in Crusades and the people who afforded to have one used it as tool for moving around. The conquest of Wild West is probably the one who made the caravans famous. What would it have been like to cross the Rocky Mountains without the covered wagons? The alternative was a cold draughty ride on a horse or tramping along in the mud. Only a hundred years ago you could see brightly painted horse-pulled Romany caravans on our roads. But what about now, when you have roads and maps and so many means of getting where you want? What would be now the role of caravans? You can find the answer in the need of freedom people are still having. In the last century motor-car ownership took off but the same thing happened to caravans and soon drivers found themselves queuing behind lines of caravans on the way to the coast. For decades the typical image of motor-caravanners was probably that of a hippy family in an old VW. Nowadays the image of caravans is so much improved and in many cases caravan became a luxury home-from-home with a price to match.By the time more and more people that had money to spend became interested in having their own home from home that could give them the freedom to travel all over the place in good condition, the static caravan took off. These uncool and static caravans located by the sea or by the wild forests are now history.Lately caravanning became one of the country's most popular holidays. Celebrities enjoy this way of traveling or more accurate this way of living. Actresses like Helen Mirren and Tracy Shaw, singers like Mark Owen, Chris Evans and even Sir Jimmy Saville are owners and satisfied users of caravans. And now we can talk about fancy, luxury and styled caravans.The classic old hand built caravans, such as the Stirling and the Carlight, used to be expensive - the top of the market. Back in the fifties, these caravans were bought and run by owners of the Armstrong Siddeley, Lagonda and Rover cars. The owners thought nothing about embarking on overseas trips with them of thousands of miles.