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I was at a market in Oakland, California and found a drink called "Basil Seed Drink with Honey". There were black seeds suspended in the bottles. It looked interesting, so I purchased one.
Now I know why the country is called "Hungary" -- lunch lasted 9 hours: cabbage stuffed with pickled garlic, sauerkraut, pancakes with meat and gravy, poppy seed desert, beer, followed by pretzel and glühwein, Czech beer, pickled cheese & sausage, bread, and shot of mountain ash berry something in a pub filled with so much smoke the place could have been on fire...
Looking for something to do in the San Francisco Bay Area? Check out these websites for ideas:
I normally don't write about technology on my blog, but a lot of WordPress blogs are getting hacked at the moment, so I've made a quick tutorial on how to fix the problem.
Should travelers bring paper books on the road or buy an ebook reader?
Personally, I like physically holding books in my hand and can't see myself ever getting a Kindle or other ebook reader. But sometimes it's difficult to find English-language books while traveling overseas. Also, books are heavy to carry around.
If you do find yourself stuck without something to read, there are some easy ways to read high-quality ebooks for free on your laptop, tablet computer, iPod, or smartphone without buying an ebook reader.
I'm currently on the island of Crete, just finishing up a meal of paximadi.
Paximadi (παξιμάδι) is a kind of hard, twice-baked bread that is common in Greece. To a person who has never seen it before, it looks like stale bread. Someone at a hostel once threw my bag of paximadi in the trash with a loud clunk, because they thought it had gone bad.
To prepare the paximadi, it is rinsed off in water to soften it.
I've seen it in two common dishes on Crete: dakos (ντάκος) and Cretan salad.
Here's what paximadi looks like in the bag:
If you bring a tent to Greece, you can camp out in the Islands on a budget. I just spent a week on the island of Paros in a great campground called Camping Koula. It's not far from the ferry port, right across the road from the beach in the main town on Paros, Parikia.
They have a nice camping area, clean bathrooms, and a great cafe (Aqua Cafe) on the beach, with free WiFi:
"Happy is the man... who, before dying, has the good fortune to sail the Aegean sea." --Nikos Kazantzakis
I've been to the Greek Islands many times over the past 12 years. Here are some of the reasons why I love going back!
I read some discussions online about whether it’s better to travel with a backpack or suitcase. Here’s why I think that backpacks are much better for independent travelers than suitcases (in most cases).
Following up on my recipe for cold-brewed iced tea yesterday, here's a great recipe for cold-brewed iced coffee. The advantage of cold-brewing iced coffee is that it will have a much better, smoother taste than iced coffee that is brewed hot and then cooled.