Middle Eastern foods: 20 best dishes

Middle Eastern foods: 20 best dishes

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(CNN) — Fresh, wholesome, healthy, rich, aromatic -- it's no wonder that the past decade has seen Middle Eastern cuisine's global profile skyrocketing.While everyone has their favorite dish, we hit up Lebanese-American food blogger Bethany Kehdy of dirtykitchensecrets.com for her take.Her favorite dishes are simple and rustic, such as the m'jadarrah, lentil stew, also known as poor man's stew, consisting of slow-cooked lentils with a sprinkling of burghul and caramelized onions and served with a side of zesty cabbage salad.Or kkshik -- a porridge made from burghul fermented with yogurt and dried in the sun on rooftops over seven days during the fall before being ground into fine powder."It's soul-soothing, wholesome food in a jiffy, although an acquired taste, I'll admit," says the power blogger.So what is your favorite Mideast…
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Anguilla to expand tourism infrastructure during Hurricane Irma rebuild | News

Anguilla to expand tourism infrastructure during Hurricane Irma rebuild | News

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The chief minister of Anguilla, Victor Banks, has announced that plans are in place for the expansion of Anguilla’s Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport and the reconstruction of the Blowing Point ferry terminal. The British government has indicated that in short order they will be responding to the need to expand Anguilla’s airport.  A team from the British Corps of Royal Engineers will oversee the project to extend the runway by 600 feet from its current 5,400 feet. This extension will allow the airport to accommodate operations from larger aircraft, including the B-737 series. The airport will remain open to private and commercial aircraft during this planned expansion period.In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the terminal at Blowing Point will be demolished.  Architectural plans have already been commissioned for the…
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Aeolian Islands of Sicily: Volcanoes create tourist havens

Aeolian Islands of Sicily: Volcanoes create tourist havens

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(CNN) — Locals call them the "shape-shifting" or "floating" islands. That's because the Aeolian archipelago has been sculpted and destroyed by volcanic activity over the millennia.Named after the powerful wind god Aeolus, the string of UNESCO-protected islands north of Sicily and west of mainland Italy offers a variety of volcanic landscapes and local color, each with its own unique character. From the active cone of Stromboli to chic Panarea and car-free Alicudi, here's how to enjoy the best of the Aeolian islands. FilicudiFilicudi is only nine kilometers square and has about two hundred residents.Nicknamed "Bone Island" because of the pirates who died here after long sieges, Filicudi is a place where unspoiled nature rules.There are just two fishing villages and one road on the island, with steep stone paths connecting…
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London Eye: Tips for your visit

London Eye: Tips for your visit

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(CNN) — Originally designed as a temporary attraction to celebrate the new Millennium, the London Eye has long surpassed its intended five-year shelf life to become the most popular paid-for attraction in the UK.Standing 443 feet tall over the River Thames, each 30-minute rotation grants ever-changing, 360-degree views spanning the length and breadth of London (and beyond, if the weather plays ball).First things first -- it's not a Ferris wheel. It is, in fact, a "cantilevered observation wheel," with 32 fully enclosed capsules moving at a leisurely 0.6 miles an hour. If you're superstitious, don't panic -- it seems the designers were as well, so there's no capsule number 13.Each capsule fits up to 25 people, but there's enough space for you to walk around and see how many landmarks…
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WeSki launches to UK holidaymakers | News

WeSki launches to UK holidaymakers | News

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WeSki launches this ski season to banish the difficulties which groups experience when booking a ski holiday, and to offer more choice to a market saturated with weeklong trips. The new site turns the booking process on its head by splitting the responsibility to book between the group. Once dates and location have been decided, the group leader can share the package with their friends, who in turn customise their booking with ski hire, lessons and passes. WeSki then divides the payment up, saving the group leader the hassle of counting costs and collecting money – a chore experienced by all nominated holiday planners. A recent survey of 12,000 people by the Ski Club of Great Britain found that 48 per cent of people wanted more flexibility and choice in…
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Asia’s best luxury tented camps: See wildlife in comfort

Asia’s best luxury tented camps: See wildlife in comfort

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(CNN) — The glamping trend has swept through Asia, with new luxury tented camps setting up in the region's most pristine locations.The latest additions include the soon-to-open Cardamom Tented Camp and Bill Bensley-designed Shinta Mani Wild, both in southwest Cambodia, and Rosewood Luang Prabang in the jungles of Laos.Better yet, many of Asia's hottest spots provide glimpses of elephants, gibbons and leopards through safari-style excursions."It is different than an African safari," John Roberts, director of elephants at the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, tells CNN Travel. "The nature of the forests and wildlife allow you to be much more intimate. Even in deepest tiger, leopard, rhino, sloth and bear territory -- with a good guide, you can safely walk and spend time concentrating on birds, butterflies and plant life between…
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