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Frog legs

22 Jun

Frog legs are one of the better-known delicacies of French and Cantonese cuisine. They are also eaten in other regions, such as Thailand, Vietnam, the region of Alentejo in Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, northwest Greece, and the Piemonte region in Italy, as well as the Southern regions of the United States.

Currently the world’s largest exporter of frogs is Indonesia, also a large consumer. In regions such as Brazil, Mexico and the Caribbean many frogs are still caught wild. A type of frog called the edible frog is most often used for this dish. Frog legs are rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin a and potassium. They are often said to taste like chicken because of their mild flavor, with a texture most similar to chicken wings.

Here in my country they are served at two restaurants only. As I heard they are illegal to serve so they are hidden from the menu and can be ordered only if you know somebody from the restaurant.
So, not so many people in my country have tried these. I must be one of the lucky ones.
My friends were so skeptic about trying them, but I am always open for trying new specialities. Anyways, we ordered a huge plate for 4 persons (they only had grilled ones) . I do think they taste like chicken and I was the first to try them so I can give a green light to others 🙂 Here is how they looked like.

Frog legs Grilled

So we went for a search so we can find the other restaurant which serves them battered and deep fried. I personally liked the deep fried ones more

Deep fried frog legs

So, which one do you prefer? Are there other variations of Frog legs (cooked,baked…)?
Are they legal in your country? Do you like them?

Carpe diem,

Bella

Summer of Love

22 Jun

So the desert climate is here, all we have to do now is search and decide where to spend our holidays!
My bags are in the middle of my room, still empty and ready to go, since the beginning of may, because I L-O-V-E summer and I get happy and hyper like a little kid when it comes to travelling.
Well for me, there has to be a place which is beautiful and still on a budget.
Last summer I was visiting the beautiful virgin coast of south Albania and spend 10 days in 10 places, visited 15 different beaches within a budget of  around 350 Euros. Amazing, right?
We stayed at “Carcani hotel” in Dhermi. A 3 starts Hotel,clean,secured,with own private virgin beach. We Paid 60 euro BB, for 4 persons,for a sea view room. Amazing!!!!

So I think that Albania will be the destination for this summer as well, because there are still left some marvelous places to see.
I have to mention that we ate every night at coastal restaurants, fresh fish,pasta,and traditional cuisine. The Restaurants offer Italian kitchen, traditional Albanian, and International.
There is something for everybody. We took the route from northern Albania and saw each coastline city till the southern Albania ( borders with Greece – Igumentiza ). So the places we saw were: Vlore,Dhermi,Drymades,Havana Beach, ,Jale,Himare,Orikum,Coco Bongo,Qepare,Pasqyra,Porto Palermo, Sarande,Pema e thate, Ksamil, Butrint etc.
Here some pictures from my own library (photos were taken via iphone 3gs) and some other pictures from a facebook fan page of Albania. Which I suggest you should visit for more pictures of lovely Albania.
Here we go 🙂

Food 🙂

Baked shrimps in a traditional dish with 4 cheeses

I had this in a restaurant in Dhermi and was delicious for around 3.50 Euro

Baby shrimps

I had this in Ksamil Island for about 5 euro, the plate was huge enough for two people.

Homemade Bruschetti

Homemade Bruschetti with tomato,green pepper,onions,cheese and garlic for around 3 Euro.

Linguina Dateri

Linguina with frutti di mare and fresh mussels for 3 Euro.

Tres Leches Cake

My favorite dessert. A moist cake with 3 types of milk and topped with caramel cream. A very common cake in Albania, It is simply the best.

Salad

A salad from the salad bar. You can make your own salad from the salad bar for about 5 euro a huge plate.

Grilled Chicken

Half grilled chicken with rice and french fries for 5 euro
The chicken is fresh from the nearest village.

Fish

I don’t know how is it called in English but in Albanian they call it “Koc”.
It is a fresh wild sea fish caught in the morning. For around 5 euro.

In Northern Albania there are five stars resorts which offer everything you heart desires, but I still prefer the adventure and the wild  virgin beaches of Southern Albania. There are few years left,when those places will be full of expensive resorts and the natural beauty will be ruined. So If you want to experience the crystal clear green/blue sea with clean and beautiful beaches the time is now. Not to mention the budget friendly prices until the Arabian investor arrive (they already bought some places) and then the prices will equal Bora Bora 😛
Have you ever thought of visiting Albania?