health, just to inspire, Lifestyle, summer 17, taste, travel

Enjoy the ritual of the Le Convivial experience

A taste of elegance in a superb atmoshpere 

Weekends have always a magic touch, since we just enjoy every second of them. This weekend, we experienced that to a much greater level, since we traveled…and we visited the small and beautiful town Xylokastro(Corinth- Greece) and to be more specific we tasted the experience of the Le Convivial Hotel.

The minute you set your foot there you are filled with relaxation and calmness, something that is enhanced with the unique decorations, the smell of the candals, the relaxed music and the whole vibe that welcomes you and transfers you in a different time and season.

First stop, our suite, with the number 11. Each suite has a strong personality and motivates you, as you enjoy the time travel view. http://www.leconvivial.com/suites/suite-11/#!

The second stop was bikeriding to the boardwalk and pic nic to the forest, which is 5 minutes away. A beautiful and multidemensional experience that you have to live.

The time has come for our spa treatment. Two hours of a full spa treatment, from foot massage to 4 hand massage and aromatic hamam. Can you think something more relaxing?

With a wide options and choices upgrade your stay with a range of great wine spa treatments, wine tasting from famous wine makers,  delicious dinners with local products of superior quality. We were just amazed with the carrot soup, the spinach tart and the refreshing and neutral dessert. I am telling you, book it now!

If you enjoy yoga, then you will happy to know that there is a yoga retreat weekend.

Visit the site for more details 

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food, taste

Fusion influences in the new menu

Meet the new dishes of Rakkan Bar restaurant 

Asian and European cuisine collaborate and create special dishes for a place to be in Athens. Rakkan combines the Japanese tradition with culinary alchemy of renowned international cuisines recommend ‘euroriental’ stylish creations. Make a tasty proposal with unique cocktails, selected wine list and a wide range of regular & premium beverages.

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fitness, food, health, taste

The Bean and the Berry’s

Greek homemade vegan dark chocolate 

The combination of black chocolate with dried fruits (superfoods) and take off the taste and nutritional value.

The amazing and extra tasteful Bean and Berry chocolate is black, organic, chocolate containing 70% cocoa, supplemented with superfoods, combining great taste, aroma and rich benefits for health.

https://www.facebook.com/thebeanantheberry/

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design, taste, trends, Xmas 16

Birthday cake by Konstantinidis

Ready set, go…ready to blow the candles 

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The luxury pastry shop Konstantinidis, isn’t just a place where you can taste the sweet-ness of life, it’s your pastry shop, where you can find your favorite and significant pastries. Nothing changes in Konstantinidis, since the history of it (started in 1920), tends to evolve and enclose the secret ingredients of tasteful memories.

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Fall 16-17, Lifestyle, taste

Fall for the best millefeuille

Back to our bases…back to Konstantinidi

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Fall has arrived and so have our sweet traditions. The luxury pastry shop Konstantinidis, isn’t just a place where you can taste the sweet-ness of life, it’s your pastry shop, where you can find your favorite and significant pastries. Nothing changes in Konstantinidis, since the history of it (started in 1920), tends to evolve and enclose the secret ingredients of tasteful memories.

Try the marvelous chocolate pie, the millefeuille that is made step by step in front of your eyes, the kadayif ice cream. You will also be addicted to the all kinds of chocolate-related sweets, besides the award-winning ice cream and of course, the one of a kind millefeuille.

Visit the site http://www.konstandinidis.com/el/page

Like them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/zaxaroplasteiakonstandinidis/?fref=ts

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Color, food, Lifestyle, next best thing, summer 2016, taste, travel

Summer mood still on

Meet Acantha Boutique hotel in Erikoussa island 

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Your private paradise is not that far, as you imagined. Acantha boutique hotel is a new experience that landed in Corfu. Suites for every mood and intention, extraordinary food, breathtaking view and outdoor activities ready to create unforgetable memories.

Lapped by crystalline waters of the Ionian Sea, the Boutique Hotel offers spacious outdoor facilities and common areas including: a lush garden, a beach bar with private sun beds and umbrellas, free kayaks and snorkelling equipment, a restaurant with an extraordinary sea view.

See more http://www.acanthahotel.com/

 

 

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summer 2016, taste

Top ice cream choice!

Summer tasteful choices by Konstantinidi 
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Summer is the time of the year where, ice cream and sweets are first in our list! Our favorite traditional pastry shop Konstantinidis, is the place to be. The place where you can find all kinds of chocolate-related sweets, the award-winning ice cream and of course, the one of a kind Konstandinidis millefeuille. Vote for the madagascar vanilla ice cream and the biscuit ice cream on the stick, we did and we loved it!!

Visit the site http://www.konstandinidis.com/el/page

Like them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/zaxaroplasteiakonstandinidis/?fref=ts

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Color, food, next best thing, summer 2016, taste

Ice tea cocktails

Refreshing tea cocktails by Lipton 

When summer comes, ione of the first pleasures is to drink your favorite cocktail by the sea, by the pool or on your balcony. Check some easy cocktail stories that need to make it on your list.

Take a shot of what can me made with Lipton Ice Tea

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food, taste

Healthy snacks

Baked zucchini fries with pesto yogurt dip 

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Ingredients
1 medium zucchini
2/3 all-purpose flower or whole wheat pastry flower
1 large egg
3/4 cup whole weat panko bread crumbs
3/4 table spoon paprika
1/2 table spoon salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
olive oil cooking spray
The sauce:
1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
3 tsp basil pesto
1/8 tsp salt
Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with foil and set a cooling rack on top of the baking sheet. Coat the cooling rack with cooking spray.
2. Cut the zucchini into 3-inch long and ¼-inch thick pieces.
Spoon the flour into a medium bowl. Whisk the egg in a separate bowl. In a third bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, paprika, salt and pepper.
3. Working with several zucchini pieces at a time, dredge the zucchini in the flour, shaking off the excess. Dip the zucchini in the egg, then place it in the bread crumb mixture, covering completely.
4. Transfer the coated zucchini pieces to the prepared rack, in a single layer. Repeat with remaining zucchini pieces.
5. Light coat the zucchini with the cooking spray.
6. Bake in the oven until the zucchini is tender and the breading is browned and crisp, about 15 minutes.
7. Serve immediately with the dipping sauce.

Special thanks to http://www.cookincanuck.com/2015/07/baked-zucchini-fries-with-pesto-yogurt-dipping-sauce-recipe/

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Fall/Winter 15-16, fashion, food, taste, trends, xmas 15

Christmas decorating ideas

Inspirational alternative ideas to decorate your house

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If you don’t have what you want, draw it!

The Holiday that is filled with joy, creativity and happiness arrived and we want to give back to you as much as love as you want and creative ideas that will certainly provole your smile!

Food, fun and DIY christmas treats

 

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food, taste, trends

Grilled corn on the cob

Summer BBQ idea

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You’ll need:

Corn on the cob
Butter
Salt and pepper to taste

Step one: Soak the corn in a pot of cold water for 15 minutes

Step two: Preheat your grill on the medium setting.

Step three: Peel back corn husks, pull the silks off around the corn. Season the corn with butter, salt, and pepper, or your favorite seasonings.

Step four: Wrap corn rightly in tin foil to keep the steam in and speed up the cooking time.

Step five: Grill for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender, turning occasionally. Then, peel back the husks and remove the corn. Serve!

Read more on http://stylecaster.com/bbq-ideas/#ixzz3heeWwDPM

 

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Beauty, fashion, food, Jewlery, style, taste, trends

Vogue supports Greece

Top greek products according to Vogue 

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The american edition of the “Fashion bible”, Vogue, supports Greece and chooses the finest Greek exports that find a special place from our wardrobe to our table. Greece is an inspiration and an unstoppable cradle of creativity.

Find more on the original post on  http://www.vogue.com/13278463/greek-exports-we-love/

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taste

Snowflake oreo cookie

Yummy Christmas sweet

Ingredients

  • 36 OREO Cookies
  • 1 8-ounce brick cream cheese, softened
  • 16 ounces chocolate candy melts (we used Wilton brand), melted
  • Snowflake sprinkles (or other decoration of your choice)

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Instructions

  1. Place OREO cookies in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until completely crumbled.
  2. Add cream cheese to bowl and pulse again until the cream cheese and cookie crumbs are completely blended together.
  3. Shape into 1-inch balls. Freeze for 10 minutes and if necessary reshape the balls into a round shape. Using a fork, dip balls in melted chocolate, and place in single layer in a shallow waxed or parchment paper-lined pan.
  4. Add sprinkles before the chocolate hardens, or allow the chocolate to set and then decorate as you wish.
  5. Refrigerator for 1 hour or until firm.

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taste

A delicious treat for the Fall

Caramel apples

Few desserts are more closely associated with fall than caramel apples.  Tart, crisp apples and sweet, chewy caramel make such a delicious pair!  These classic fall treats are quite easy to make, and yield impressive results.  Dress up your caramel apples with chocolate, nuts, or small candies to create an extra beautiful and decadent dessert.

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How to make caramel apples 

You’ll need…

Apples (most commonly, Granny Smith)

Wooden apple sticks (available at the craft store or grocery store)

Caramel

Toppings such as chocolate (milk, dark or white), nuts, toffee bits, mini M&M;’s, or sprinkles.

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Directions 

1. Wash and dry apples. If you can use organic apples that is best. Traditional (non-organic) apples are coated with wax, which can make it hard for the caramel to stick to the apple. If your apples are waxed, dip apples in very hot water for just a few seconds, then rub off the wax the best you can.

2. Melt caramel in the top of a double boiler or melt caramel in a large, microwave-safe bowl, in short intervals, stirring occasionally.

3. While the caramel is melting, push wooden apple sticks into the apples.

4. Holding the stick, dip apples (one at a time) into the melted caramel. Allow excess caramel to drip off.

5. Set freshly dipped apple on a parchment-lined (or Silpat lined) baking sheet. After you dip a few apples, put freshly dipped apples in the refrigerator to help the caramel cool quickly.

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Options

If you’d like to dip your apple in nuts, mini chocolate chips, etc. do that before setting the apple onto the parchment.

Additionally, after the caramel apples have set up a bit, melt white, milk or dark chocolate and drizzle it on top of the apples. You may also top the chocolate with nuts or toffee bits or sprinkles.

Caramel apples are usually best the day they are made, but may be stored in the refrigerator up to two days.

Tip: It’s a nice idea for a gift to!

special thanks to http://www.glorioustreats.com/2011/10/how-to-make-gourmet-caramel-apples.html

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Spooky boo treat for the Halloween

Spooky brownies, a trick or a treat?

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Ingredients

1  box Betty Crocker™ Original Supreme Premium brownie mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on brownie mix box
1  1/4 cups Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy creamy white frosting (from 16-oz container)
16 large marshmallows
Betty Crocker™ black decorating gel (from 0.68-oz tube)

Directions
1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Line 8- or 9-inch square pan with foil so foil extends about 2 inches over sides of pan. Spray foil with cooking spray. Make brownies as directed on box for 8- or 9-inch square pan. Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Remove brownies from pan by lifting foil; remove foil. For 16 brownies, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows.
2. Heat frosting in microwavable bowl uncovered on High 30 seconds, stirring every 10 seconds, until frosting can be stirred smooth and fluid. If frosting becomes too firm while decorating, microwave 5 seconds; stir.
3. Top each brownie with 1 large marshmallow. Spoon 1 tablespoon frosting over each marshmallow to coat. Let stand until frosting is set, about 30 minutes. Use black gel to make eyes and mouths.

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/spooky-boo-brownies/93e60a6a-24fb-428f-8f29-84e2ea7de04b?nicam4=SocialMedia&nichn4=Pinterest&niseg4=BettyCrocker&nicreatID4=Post&crlt.pid=camp.KDQA0RFfXO80

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Oreo Balls

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A yummy Halloween treat

It’s nice, easy and soooo tasty! You will need 1 hr and 30 min. What are you waiting for? Start now!

Ingredients:

15.5-oz. package Oreo cookies
8-oz. package cream cheese, softened
3/4 lb. vanilla-flavored almond bark, coarsely chopped
Sprinkles for decoration

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Instructions:
Place Oreos in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Place chopped Oreos in a large bowl and add the cream cheese. Stir until well coated.
Roll mixture into 24 balls and place on a baking sheet covered with wax paper. Place baking sheet in refrigerator until firm, at least 30 minutes.
Place almond bark in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 60 seconds and stir. Heat in 15-second increments until smooth. Stab the chilled Oreo balls with a skewer and dip into the melted almond bark until coated. Cover with sprinkles/edible decorations as desired. Carefully place balls back onto the wax paper and chill for another 30 minutes.

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http://www.pipandebby.com/pip-ebby/2011/12/15/oreo-balls.html

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accessories, autumn 2014, taste, trends, women

Ioanna’s Papadimitriou Top 6 Trends “T6T”

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Ioanna Papadimitriou, is a professional model and a table tennis athlete, which has traveled around the world and gained a lot of experiences and become a well recognized figure that we all admire. She is seductive, smart, beautiful (inside and outside), talented and interesting in so many levels. That’s why we were wondering what are Ioanna’s Top 6 Trends for this Fall and when we communicated with Ioanna, she responded to us instantly. Let’s take a look of a successful models list, who is a fashion icon and an inspirational woman.

http://ioannapapadimitriou.com/

#1 Mini Windbourne Handbag by Kempton & Co

The Mini Windboourne handbag. It is made from soft cowhide, unlined, with one interior zip pocket and one exterior zip pocket. Has an adjustable leather crossbody strap.  http://kemptonandco.com/mini-windbourne-handbag-tri-colour/

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#2 Vanilla Eau de Toilette by Body Shop

Can’t get enough of Vanilla? Get a fix of your favorite gourmet scent in an eau de toilette format. It’s light and wearable. Warm, seductive and gourmet scent. http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/shop-by-line/vanilla/vanilla-edt.aspx

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#3 Own a library card 

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#4 Passing my time 

My favorite place to pass my time is by playing Ping Pong at BTTC. http://www.2xtremepong.com/

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#5 Elicia shirt by A&F 

I already got two.

http://eu.abercrombie.com/shop/eu/p/elicia-shirt-2828085?gender=NA&ddkey=http:Search&search-field=Elicia%20Shirt

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#6 Favorite dish 

“California New England Style Rolls” by Pubbelly Boys in  Miami Beach.  http://www.pubbellyboys.com/pubbellysushi/

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Marvelously chewy, chocolate-rich cookie

INGREDIENTS
2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8 1/2 ounces) cake flour
1 ⅔ cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour
1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons coarse salt
2 ½ sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter
1 ¼ cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
1 ¼ pounds bittersweet chocolate disks or fèves, at least 60 percent cacao content (see note)
Sea salt.
PREPARATION
Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside.
Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Drop chocolate pieces in and incorporate them without breaking them. Press plastic wrap against dough and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. Dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Set aside.
Scoop 6 3 1/2-ounce mounds of dough (the size of generous golf balls) onto baking sheet, making sure to turn horizontally any chocolate pieces that are poking up; it will make for a more attractive cookie. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still soft, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more. Repeat with remaining dough, or reserve dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining batches the next day. Eat warm, with a big napkin.

http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1015819-chocolate-chip-cookies

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Choco pizza #3

Chocolate tribute …

A controversial combination, pizza and chocolate come together and dazzle our taste. Try it!

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Ingredients
Pizza dough
2 tablespoons butter (1/4 stick), melted
1/4 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread (such as Nutella)
1/2 cup chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
2 tablespoons chopped high-quality white chocolate (such as Lindt or Perugina)
2 tablespoons chopped toasted hazelnuts
Preparation

Preheat oven to 450°F. Line large baking sheet with parchment. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 11-inch round. Transfer dough to prepared sheet. Make indentations all over dough with fingertips. Brush melted butter over. Bake until pale golden, about 20 minutes.

Smooth chocolate-hazelnut spread over hot crust. Sprinkle chopped bittersweet chocolate and white chocolate over. Bake until chocolate begins to melt, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle chopped hazelnuts over, cut into wedges, and serve.

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special thanks to http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Chocolate-Pizza-237341

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