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CORK: FIRST, FOREMOST, FASCINATING

Cork, Ireland

Set on the mouth of the River Lee, Cork is the picture-perfect image of the Emerald Isle. It’s quintessentially quaint with an edge of prominence that betrays its significance that inspires many Irish to consider Cork the “real capital of Ireland.” And while it’s not the official capital, it is indeed a seat of importance borne of pioneering innovations and people that have paved the city’s history…

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SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: GUINNESS BRAISED SHORT RIBS WITH BACON & POTATOES

Guinness Braised Short Ribs

It’s said that when cooking with wine, you should always use a vintage that you would also want to drink. This goes for beer, too, making this week’s featured specialty a likely favorite of Guinness lovers. The signature beer of the Emerald Isle lends deeply roasted, earthy flavor, while its natural tannins and alpha acids help tenderize meats, like the braised short ribs on the menu with Chef Jon Ashton this week…

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WHEN IN BRESCIA, IT’S THE PIRLO COCKTAIL YOU WANT

Pirlo Cocktail

There’s a big difference between Italy’s northern, inland region of Brescia and the flowing lagoons of Venice. Beyond the geographical obvious traits, one very important distinction is the cocktail of choice in each of the two cities. Many people are familiar with the Venetian Spritz, fewer know the complementary version from Brescia, the Pirlo…

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PICTURE-PERFECT POSITANO

Positano, Amalfi Coast

Think pink. All shades – buildings of peach, blush and terracotta, wisteria of bright magenta and every hue in between cast across the sky at sunset over the Mediterranean. Life is colorful in Positano in every way. Nothing is subdued. The limoncello and gelato are sweeter and there’s always room for one more of both. Time spent at the beach or on a sailboat circling the harbor is just that much more blissful…

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SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: RAGÙ ALLA BOLOGNESE

For our featured version of Ragu alla Bolognese, we’re turning to our favorite professional, as Chef Jon Ashton shares his personal recipe here. You’ll notice that one pound each of all three ground meats are on your shopping list this week, as well as a host of fresh veggies, herbs, wine, cream and broth (yes, Chef Jon uses all three)…

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WHICH CARIBBEAN BEACH WILL CAPTURE YOUR HEART?

Caribbean Beach

Everything is better at the beach. The sun is sunnier, seafood is fresher, cocktails are adorned with umbrellas that seem unnecessary given the vibrant blue skies. Even when the sun departs for the day, it leaves a trail of every color on the wheel in its wake. We tend to breath more deeply and take life more slowly at the beach, which is good for body and soul…

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FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE GALAXY PRESENTS AN ELEGANT SUPPER CLUB EXPERIENCE

Crystal Serenity Stardust Supper Club

We’re throwing it back with this week’s Crystal@Home programming with a special presentation of Crystal’s Stardust Supper Club on tonight’s Friday Nights at the Galaxy. Back to a time when Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald commanded intimate audiences of elegant clubs, crooning classic tunes as guests toasted glasses and dined on elaborate feasts…

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YOUR GUIDE TO THE WONDERFUL WINES OF BORDEAUX

Bordeaux Wines

Whether you’re an aficionado who decants with flair or simply a fan of history and raising a great glass of wine with friends, a day spend exploring Bordeaux’s vineyards and storied wineries will satisfy your palate for this local art form. As Crystal voyages visiting Bordeaux spent two nights and three days in the charming French port city, you’ll have plenty of time to sip your way through the bank that best suits your tastes. Here’s our easy guide to navigating the largest wine appellation in France…

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OLD WORLD MEETS SHINY, NEW VISION IN BORDEAUX

Place de Bourse, Bordeaux

As the world’s largest UNESCO urban World Heritage Site, it has everything today’s travelers seek. The heartbeat of Bordeaux comes from the Garonne River, which is at arm’s reach virtually anywhere you roam in the city. Left or Right Bank, this waterfront is an ideal spot for sipping (wine, of course) and snacking (French pastries are at their best here) while taking in the sights…

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SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: GRAND MARNIER CHOCOLATE CAKES WITH RASPBERRY SAUCE

Jon Ashton Grand Marnier Chocolate Cakes

As Valentine’s Day approaches in the U.S., we can think of no better time to celebrate the sweetness of the Crystal Experience, returning to the kitchen with Chef Jon Ashton. This week, Chef Jon is preparing individual Grand Marnier chocolate cakes, complete with molten chocolate centers and paired with raspberry sauce…

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TOP 10 ADVENTURES NOT TO MISS IN CENTRAL AMERICA, THE WESTERN CARIBBEAN & BEYOND

Los Cabos, Mexico

Jamaica, Colombia, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Mexico each present distinctly special opportunities to explore ancient influences on local culture and spectacular natural landscapes that beg to be discovered. Collectively, they comprise one of the world’s most renowned regions for unique, warm-weather pursuits that easily melt away the chill of the season. Here are our “top 10” favorite adventures not to miss in the Caribbean, Central and South America and along the Mexican Riviera…

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BEER LOVERS ARE RIGHT AT HOME IN NEW ENGLAND

New England Beer

Beer is woven into the fabric of many New England towns. New England IPA is the signature brew in these parts, dry and hoppy with a tropical fruit essence. It’s generally considered smoother than traditional IPAs and has made an impression on those in the know since it hit the beer scene in 2011. But, like so many American treasures and traditions, a number of various types of beers have emerged over the years, inspired by global origins and reimagined in distinctly American ways…

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BOSTON: A BRIEF SNAPSHOT OF A CAPTIVATING STORY

Boston, Massachusetts

For its relatively youthful history, Boston packs a lot of pivotal history into its city limits. And though it was among the first territories settled in the “new” country and continues to wear this heritage proudly, Boston is anything but a staid testament to the past. The city is alive with energy, thanks to nearly three dozen colleges and universities that teem with the leaders and innovators of tomorrow, as well as the bars, restaurants, cultural centers and sports events (oh, the sports!) to entertain them all…

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SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: EXTRA CRISPY CHICKEN WINGS & TENDERS

Jon Ashton's Chicken Wings

Calling all sports fans! This week’s featured recipes are the classic, go-to choice for cheering on your favorite team (or side, club, squad, troupe, lineup and on and on), in particular, American football. As our Crystal Family in the U.S. gears up for Super Bowl Sunday in a couple of weeks, Chef Jon is back in the kitchen with two recipes for crispy, crunchy comfort foods that are synonymous with the big game…

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