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Around the World in 80 Plates: Hasselback Potatoes, Sweden 2/80

Glorified jacket potatoes? Maybe.

Delicious? Definitely!

Hasselback potatoes are said to have originated at the Hasselbacken Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden. There’s always been a Norwegian-Swedish rivalry in my family with ancestors on both sides, but I must say this is one thing the Swedes have definitely got right.
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Around the World in 80 Plates: Biscotti, Italy 1/80

Biscotti, the stuff Italian dreams are made of, are simple to make twice-baked cookies and are sure to impress your friends.

On a trip to Italy last year, I was given a version of this recipe from Rosana at Agriturismo i Fuochi near Cortona and it was the best souvenir I could have asked for.

As long as you add flavour combinations you love and you keep a close eye on them in the oven, this recipe is a keeper.
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An Amalfi Coast adventure on two wheels

A narrow road in Italy calls for a scooter. Nothing else will do.

When a friend of my CouchSurfing host in Pompei offered to take me around the Amalfi Coast on his scooter, I was thrilled.

He called up the morning of our planned trip to tell me the weather didn’t look so good so we would go by car instead. Instantly, I was gutted.
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Sunset in İstanbul

Sunset in İstanbul

Take a ferry between Eminönü (on the European side of the Bosphorus) and Kadıköy (on the Anatolian side) near sunset and you’ll be rewarded with this view for 1.35 Turkish lira – about $1 USD, £0.60 GBP or €0.75. Not bad for a sunset cruise between two continents!

The crossing takes about 20 minutes – just enough time to snap some photos and have a cup of Turkish tea.

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Romania’s Holocaust Memorial

In October 2009, the Holocaust Memorial in Bucharest was opened. I happened upon it the day it opened and while exploring, I met the artist, Peter Jacobi.

The memorial is dedicated to the Roma, Jewish and Romanian people who were persecuted during the Holocaust and there are several sections of the memorial to represent the various communities.
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Feeding the birds near İstanbul’s spice market

Feeding the birds near İstanbul’s spice market

İstanbul, like most major cities, has no shortage of pigeons.

Despite the busy square outside the Yeni Cami, the New Mosque, near the busy spice market, the pigeons still gather and are regularly fed by children and tourists.

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