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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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SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: SHAKSHUKA WITH MARINATED FETA CHEESE

Shakshuka Recipe

Smoked paprika, coriander, chili flakes and cumin. The measurements for these ingredients called for by Chef Jon Ashton’s recipe for traditional Shakshuka may be small, but their importance is great and their impact on this dish is mighty. Together, these potent spices meld with the tomato and onion mixture, seasoning the soft feta cheese and eggs to create deeply savory flavors and textures that melt in your mouth…

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THE BRANDY ALEXANDER: THE DECADENT DRINK YOU’RE CRAVING THIS THIRSTY THURSDAY

Brandy Alexander Cocktail

The Brandy Alexander is one of the reigning favorite derivatives of the original, and for good reason. The deep caramel flavor of brandy melds with the cacao and cream for a perfectly indulgent night cap or dessert cocktail. Until we get to the bottom of who officially invented it, we’re giving credit to Crystal’s barkeepers, who are sharing their recipe this week…

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SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: BEEF GOULASH & HOMEMADE SPÄTZLE

Chef Jon Ashton Hungarian Beef Goulash

One bite of Hungarian beef goulash can easily transport you to the shores of the Danube River and a charming eatery in the heart of Budapest, at a table for two, warming you inside out after a day exploring the city’s monuments and avenues, or perhaps the ice skating rink and sparkling Christmas market. Crystal River Cruises’ fall and winter Danube voyages to Hungary in 2021 and 2022 set the stage for such cozy moments, while Chef Jon Ashton’s recipe brings the flavor right to your home…

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JAMAICA’S WICKED PAST AND WILDLY BEAUTIFUL PRESENT

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Some places are simply idyllic in that blissfully uneventful way that implies nothing could ever happen there beyond day after glorious day of paradise play time. Such appearances, as we know, can be deceiving, and perhaps nowhere more so than Port Royal, Jamaica. Step ashore today and you’ll find a quaint fishing village with warm, friendly locals, but the history of the place is wickedly fascinating…

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SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: MRS. SPIELBERG’S EGGPLANT PARMESAN

Erica Ashton's Eggplant Parmesan

This week, Chef Jon Ashton is bringing a very special version to the table as he prepares his wife, Erica’s (you know her as “Mrs. Spielberg”) personal recipe. The hot blend of savory cheeses and rich marinara sauce balanced by the earthy freshness of eggplant will transport you to those voyages to Italy you’ve been longing for and stir memories of long meals in Prego spent discussing experiences, wine and food…

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SPECIAL EDITION: TONIGHT’S FRIDAY NIGHTS AT THE GALAXY BRINGS STAR POWER

Crystal on Broadway

The virtual marquee for this week’s episode of Friday Nights at the Galaxy is lit with stars of Broadway acclaim, packed with Tony and Drama Desk Award winners and nominees. The curtain goes up promptly at 6 p.m. EST on the Crystal Cruises Facebook page. So, mix yourself one of our featured cocktails, find the best seat in your house and tune in for a very special show…

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A TOAST TO THE PRINCE OF WALES THIS THIRSTY THURSDAY

Prince of Wales Cocktail

As the mixed drinks of different liquors began to gain steam across Britain and into Europe in the mid-1800’s, Prince Albert Edward embraced the trend and concocted a mixture of his favorite ingredients, predictably dubbed the Prince of Wales. The recipe calls for a splash of champagne with the deep flavors of rye whiskey, bitters, Maraschino liqueur and simple syrup. The bubbly addition not only gives the drink a celebratory and refreshing twist, it also reflects the historical context of the era…

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