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THE BOULEVARDIER COCKTAIL, COURTESY OF AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

Boulevardier Cocktail

In 1927, in the throes of Prohibition, the professional prospects for bartenders seemed dim. Many learned new trades, of course, while others set out for new lands where bars and clubs packed with nightly revelers looking for the latest stylish cocktail were still a welcome sight. Namely, Europe. And while Thursdays were perpetually thirsty during this dark time for American cocktail culture, had Harry MacElhone been able to stay behind the posh bar of New York’s Plaza Hotel, we may not be sipping our Boulevardier cocktails this evening…

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THE GIFTS OF TURKEY: 4 THINGS (AND COUNTING) YOU DIDN’T KNOW ORIGINATED HERE

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

Today’s Turkey has existed since the 1920’s following the fall of the Ottoman Empire, though civilization has existed in the region since the Paleolithic era. Understandably, a lot of innovation was borne from this lengthy history, much of which still benefits modern life across the globe. The list of contributions for which we have Turkey to thank is long, and we’re giving credit where it’s due this Wanderlust Wednesday, highlighting a few of our favorites…

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SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: TURKISH STUFFED PEPPERS WITH MINT YOGURT

Jon Ashton's Turkish Stuffed Peppers

This week, East meets West, simple meets complex and sweet meets savory in one delicious dish. Chef Jon Ashton’s Turkish stuffed peppers aren’t complicated, but there’s nothing basic about the flavors. An homage to traditional Turkish dolma (meaning “stuffed”), which pack grains, ground meat, dried fruits, seeds, nuts and vegetables into an outer shell – a preparation technique common to the Anatolian region…

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SPANISH COFFEE IS THE WARM COCKTAIL YOU NEED THIS FALL THIRSTY THURSDAY

Spanish Coffee

Coffee has been an integral part of Spanish culture for centuries, since Turkish immigrants brought it to Spain and cultivated the passion for its role in daily life. Today, Crystal’s barkeepers are sharing their favorite version of Spanish coffee, which will warm you on this crisp fall Thirsty Thursday, just as it does on the open decks of your favorite Crystal ships as you cruise the Mediterranean and Spanish coastline…

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