August 21, 2017

Canistrelli Recipe Sweet Corsican Cookies to have with Coffee

Canistrelli Recipe Sweet Corsican Cookies to have with Coffee

It is highly probable, that Nutmeg’s nutritionist friends will not consider this practice remarkably healthy. So only do so sparingly, or when they are not watching. There is something decadent, childish and delightful about eating cookies with your morning coffee. Ginger and Nutmeg have discovered along their travel routes to Italy and Corsica that this “sweet” tradition is decidedly a part of the routine in some areas. (more…)

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January 30, 2012

Corsica ABCs For Foodies

Corsica ABCs For Foodies

The island of Corsica is odd shaped, think of a bunch of grapes with the stem at the top and you will not be too far off.  The stem of the cluster forms the wild and stunning Cap Corse. The island’s terrain is enormously varied from mountain peaks (120 summits over 2000 meters) and river gorges to sandy beaches and lush plains.  This varied topography is reflective of the balance of the grapes in the bunch. Ginger and Nutmeg were told by friends that Corsica is like a mini-France. They were right, the island offers the traveller a rich and tasty experience within the 1000km coastline. The Corsican population is fiercely proud of their locally produced food and beverage products. Ginger and Nutmeg did their best to sample a wide variety of the available goods during their trip. Nutmeg had a bit of fun with this post and hopes you will too. The following are the ABC’s of Corsican food for the hungry and parched traveller: Domaine Arena – one of the top-rated wines on the island.  Ginger and Nutmeg have tried the red and white varieties – both are excellent. This winemaker is located in the Patrimonio region.  They were one of the first vineyards to begin the process of replanting classic Corsican grapes such as Biancu Gentile.  The wine is made in an organic style, and it is delicious. (more…)

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January 23, 2012

Corisca A Long History

Corisca A Long History

It is impossible to do the history of Corsica justice in one short blog post.  The following is a brief summary and an opportunity to show off our photos.  For those history buffs out there, you can easily lose yourself for hours on the Wikipedia pages alone. A history of strong, dominant forces formed the island of Corsica, throughout its’ entire history. The landmass of Corsica was created by intense, volcanic activity.  Among other names for this beautiful island, one is “a mountain in the sea”.  Corsica is the most mountainous island in the Mediterranean, with well over 100 peaks higher than the 2000-meter level. The dramatic peaks, lush valleys and 1000 kilometres of coastline, have all played heavily, in the civilization of the island, as it exists today.  The Moor’s head is dominant on the Corsican flag and visible throughout the island on 1000s of items from beer labels to beach towels.  The exact origins of the symbol remain debated; however, it is a powerful, iconic reminder of the island’s history.  It is a chronicle over millenniums of habitation, growth, conflict and struggle for survival. (more…)

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January 16, 2012

Corsica The Beauty

Corsica The Beauty

Years ago, Nutmeg had a boss (a faithful blog reader) who suggested that it could be a career limiting move, to stay in Paris longer than the assignment required.  Nutmeg found this rather disappointing as she had a strong desire to explore Corsica, and felt that she deserved a holiday. The French, for good reason, call Corsica “l’Ile de Beauté” or Island of Beauty.  The island is stunning at every turn with sandy beaches, limestone cliffs, granite mountain peaks and lush agricultural areas.  Corsica offers something for every taste, from the “beach lizard” to the “adventure racer” and all the folks in between. Nutmeg would like to thank her former boss, if she had visited Corsica all those years ago two things probably would have happened: She would have fallen in love with the island Ginger may have had another name like Antonio (more…)

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