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Greece the land of Temples, the birth of democracy and mythology but also land of exquisite cuisine. I’ve spend a week in Aegina this summer, a small island, about 1 hour south of Athens by boat. This Island is a special one, first it’s home to the Temple of Aphaia, one of the best preserved doric temples in Greece. Plus since 1860, the island is a top producers of quality pistachios in Europe. Their pistachios are simply divine, they say sweeter than most pistachios, those trees are growing easily all over the island, although not so easily elsewhere in Greece or even Europe… As soon as you touch land, in the harbour, you’ll see many stands of pistachios here and there. A pure pistachio heaven! They sell all kinds of products like; pistachio butter, pesto, paste, nougat, preserved in honey, candies, baklavas, etc. Plus those “nuts” (technically not nuts but seeds) are lower…

Specialities from the region of Picos de Europa, Spain is a world of its own. From the famous blue cheese Cabrales to the hearty stew “Fabada” you’ve got to come to discover some of the hidden gastronomic treasures of Spain. Picos de Europa is a small range of mountains in northern Spain a few kilometres away from the Atlantic ocean making it a “one of a kind” scenery with its 2000m high peaks perched right next to the ocean. It’s also the second most visited National park in Spain although its low season is fairly calm. The park is divided in between 3 regions; Cantabria, Asturias and Castilla y León each having their own gastronomic particularities. Let’s start by talking quantities… being in a rigorous surrounding the locals diet is quite calorific and mainly consist of meat, beans and cheese. If you order any main dish at the restaurant, the odds are that you’ll get a gargantuan quantity. Except maybe for those…

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