Arugula, red pear, mozzarella, toasted pine nuts, pomegranate seeds.

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Red Pear & Arugula Salad

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I had dinner with JackieChris, and Erick last night and ended up ordering the above. The food and the Old Fashioned were good, but with the lack of real entrees I probably should have ordered a pizza instead of a second starter.

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Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana

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Making Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving is coming up, and with my favorite holiday comes also one of my favorite pies. So far I’ve been exceptionally good at buying Pumpkin Pies but I’ve never attempted to make one myself. That needed to change!

When making a Pumpkin Pie, you can basically do it in two ways. Either you get Pumpkin Pie mix and add cream and eggs, or you make the entire filling from scratch. Well, almost from scratch. I went with canned Pumpkin, which I feel like it is acceptable in lieu of harvesting it myself.

Ingredients for Pumpkin Pie

These are the ingredients you’ll need for 8 servings:

  • 1 can of Pumpkin (15oz).
  • 1 cup of heavy cream.
  • 1/2 cup of whole milk.
  • 2 large eggs.
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar.
  • 1 Tsp Pumpkin Pie spice.
  • Unbaked pie crust.

The step by step is pretty straight forward.

1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.

Mix everything together2. Mix together pumpkin, cream, milk, eggs, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice blend, and salt.

Pour filling into pie crust3. Pour into pie crust.

Put it in the oven4. Bake pie in the middle of the oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the filling is set but the center still trembles slightly (Filling will continue to set as pie cools). Transfer to a rack and cool completely.

In case you have leftovers they can be stored in the fridge, although I doubt they’ll stay there for long. Enjoy!

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On my way back from Greece I flipped through Aegean’s inflight magazine where I stumbled upon a brief Rhodes guide titled “18 Reasons to Revisit Rhodes – Discover the magic of the island of the Knights with this checklist of don’t-miss outings” (View the pdf). Don’t-miss! I wish I had discovered that on my way to the island!

The article started out with The Fort of Saint Nicholas that guards the Mandraki harbor, coincidentally the first sight I visited after I finally got my scooter. They continued with pictures of Afantou Beach and Lindos, places I went to in the second week of stay, looking for sandy beaches on the east side of the island. It went on with the waterfall of Seven Springs and the statues at The Entrance to the Port of Mandraki, which I got see at my island and sailing tours respectively, but also two places I did not visit, Kalithea and Rodini Park. The last two days of my stay were rather busy with trips to Lindos and to Rhodes’ Old Town, but they were also very rewarding, and let me check a few more of those sights off their list: Mavrikos restaurant where I had dinner in Lindos, The Palace of the Grand Master, The Medieval City, and Aleksis restaurant in Rhodes. I visited Anthony Quinn Beach during the sailing tour and The Ancient Kameiros during the island tour, leaving me only with Fourni and Prasonisi Beach that I didn’t visit.

Besides Mavrikos and Aleksis they rightfully mentioned Marco Polo, one of the best restaurants I tried, as well as Dinoris, Avantis, Perigiali, Bakis Brothers, Pigi Fasouli, and Mediterraneo, all of which I had not been to.

Going into my vacation I hadn’t really planned to do a lot of sightseeing. I was just looking forward to relaxing at the beach and going to CrossFit every day. But I could not be happier with the way it turned out, doing as much exploring of the island as I did. I covered most of the mentioned outings even without reading the guide beforehand, making it a very gratifying read on my way back to the real world.

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