One may not immediately associate England’s North East region with exotic food, but the area’s specialities are some of the United Kingdom’s best kept secrets, from unique baked goods to world-renowned seafood. Today, restaurants in Newcastle upon Tyne bring a contemporary spin to classic North Eastern fare. Here’s where the locals go to feast upon the very best of it.
Such is the love for food among Mediterranean countries that after a joint petition, put forward by Greece, Spain, Italy and Morocco, UNESCO decided to include the Mediterranean diet in the World Heritage list, in the 5th session of the UNESCO Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage, in Nairobi, Kenya, last November.
Located in the southernmost part of Europe, the Greek island of Crete has been blessed with a temperate climate that provides the optimal conditions for cultivating high-quality produce. The Cretan diet, which dates back to the Minoan Age, is widely believed to promote longer and healthier lives.
Little did Mary and Stuart Manley, the owners of Barter Books – a second-hand bookstore in northeastern England – know that a poster they discovered in a box of old books would become a global phenomenon.
With some 6,000 sun havens scattered across the Mediterranean Sea, the Greek islands are an earthly paradise of sugar-white sandy beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters, where time stands still and sweltering, and hazy afternoons are punctuated by the chirping of cicadas. Here is a guide to four of the best Greek islands to visit.