Seafood paella

Paella is a rice dish that originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century near lake Albufera, a lagoon near the eastern coast of Spain's Valencian region. Many non-Spaniards view paella as Spain's national dish. However, most Spaniards consider it to be a regional Valencian dish. Valencians, in turn, regard paella as one of their identity symbols.

During the 20th century, paella's popularity spread past Spain's borders. As other cultures set out to make paella, the dish invariably acquired regional influences. Consequently, paella recipes went from being relatively simple to including a wide variety of seafood, meat, sausage, (the most popular being Spanish, chorizo) vegetables and many different seasonings. However, the most globally popular recipe is seafood paella.

There are three widely known types of paella: Valencian paella, seafood paella and mixed paella; but there are many others as well. Valencian paella consists of white rice, green vegetables, meat, snails, beans and seasoning. Seafood paella replaces meat and snails with seafood and omits beans and green vegetables. Mixed paella is a free-style combination of meat, seafood, vegetables and sometimes beans.

Paella has gained considerable popularity throughout most of the Spanish-speaking world and among Hispanics in the United States. It also enjoys moderate popularity throughout Western Europe.

Huffer Collection

New Zealand design brand, Huffer, believes in creating fashion pieces that are ready to be worn. With an emphasis in both men’s and women’s wear, Huffer delivers unique silhouettes built around comfort. The Spring/Summer Mens collection features short shorts, skinny leg lines, slim fitting body styles, and stretch. The Spring/Summer Womens collection features skinny high-waist jeans, A-line short dresses, and puffed out skirts that flirt and flatter.

Everything is designed in house in New Zealand. The sunny atmosphere and beautiful bodies have an influence on the fabric choices which range from old fashion 100 percent cotton, light and summery linen knits, one of a kind floral fabric, and slinky viscose.

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Europe’s unique natural reservation: the Danube Delta

The Danube springs from Germany and it gathers all the tributary streams from 10 countries and crosses 4 capital cities. After covering 2860 km and before following into the Black Sea, it forms a delta. Related to the surface of Romania, the Danube Delta is situated in the Southeastern part of the country, it has the shape of the Greek letter "delta".

Fishing represents a constant human activity in this area. Navigation on the arms and shipping on the channels is another preoccupation of the inhabitants. Kaleidoscope of an original scenery, the paradise of the birds, of the reeds, of the multitude of fish - the Danube Delta is an area of great tourist's beauty and of real scientific interest, a reservation of the biosphere.

The Danube Delta is on the 5th place among the most humid areas in the world. For its specific hydrographical features, but also for the diversity and the originality of the flora and fauna, within the perimeter of the reservation were formed 16 natural reservations strictly protected and they represent 9% from the territory.

It is the region with the shortest winter. Against a background of temperate climate, the Danube Delta is situated in an arid area with winds from the North and North-East. The annual average temperature is over 11 degrees, the hot summers with 22-23 degrees and the winters with blizzards and temperatures under 0 degrees for about 20 days.

Considering the things presented above, there are many tourist's places that can be visited depending on the time that you have at your disposal, the objectives that you have in mind and and also your main preoccupations.

Best books in the first half of 2009

According to, below is a selection of the top 10 must-reads of the year so far:

Cheever: A Life by Blake Bailey. Blake Bailey pays a monumental tribute to Cheever's legacy as an American master in Cheever: A Life. Written with compassion and the full cooperation of Cheever's widow and their three children, it chronicles the mournful arc of a lifetime, covering the author's childhood, his time in the army, his life as a writer and his literary rivals, and his struggle to play the role of suburban family man.

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. Colum McCann has worked exquisite magic with this novel of electromagnetic force that defies gravity. It's August 1974, a summer when Watergate and the Vietnam War make the world feel precarious. A stunned hush pauses New York City as a man on a cable walks between the World Trade Center towers. This extraordinary feat becomes the touchstone for ten stories that briefly submerge you in a series of varied, intense lives.

Fordlandia by Greg Grandin. With sales booming in the 1930s, Henry Ford saw opportunity in a downtrodden Brazilian economy. Once a global leader in rubber production, the region was in dire need of an economic savior. If the Ford Motor Company began manufacturing rubber in the Amazon jungle, they could become that messiah while dramatically lowering their own overhead. With meticulous research, Fordlandia explores how this dream of a "jungle economy" ultimately proved no match for Ford's own hubris.

The City & The City by China Mieville. The city is Beszel, a rundown Eastern European metropolis. The other city is Ul Qoma, a modern boomtown. What the two cities share, and what they don't, is the deliciously evocative conundrum of China Mieville's The City & The City. Using a seen-it-all detective's voice that's perfect for this story of seen and unseen, Mieville creates a world both fantastic and unsettlingly familiar, whose mysteries don't end with the solution of a murder.

The Lost City of Z by David Grann. In The Lost City of Z, New Yorker writer David Grann retraces the steps of renowned British explorer Percy Fawcett in his 1925 quest to discover the legendary kingdom of El Dorado in the heart of the Amazon. Grann dives into the jungle on a quest to find details of his sudden disappearance, a mystery that has led many would-be explorers to death or madness.

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. Like Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved classic, Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden takes root in your imagination and grows into something enchanting--from a little girl with no memory, alone on a ship to Australia, to a fog-soaked London where orphans comfort themselves with stories of Jack the Ripper, to a Cornish sea heaving against cliffs crowned by an airless manor house, where an overgrown hedge maze ends in the walled garden of a cottage left to rot.

Crazy for the Storm by Norman Ollestad. The facts of the story alone are breathtaking: an 11-year-old boy is the sole survivor of a small-plane crash in a blizzard in the California mountains. Writing 30 years later, Norman Ollestad cuts elegantly back and forth between the crash and his memories of his driven, charismatic father, who died on the mountain. More than a story of survival, Crazy for the Storm is a time-tempered reckoning with what it means to be a father and a son.

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. Committed to a quiet life in Ireland, Eilis Lacey reluctantly finds herself swept up in an adventure to America, engineered by the family priest and her spirited older sister, Rose. Eilis's determination to embrace the journey--especially on behalf of Rose, who has sacrificed her own chance of leaving--makes a bittersweet center for Brooklyn. Spare and lovely, with a haunted heroine who glows on the page, Colm Toibin's latest novel is a moving meditation on the immigrant experience.

The Gamble by Thomas Ricks. Fiasco, Thomas E. Ricks's first bestseller on the Iraq War, was superb and influential, but his follow-up, The Gamble, may be even better. Ricks tells a remarkable story of how a few people inside and outside the Pentagon pushed for the unpopular "surge," and then how soldiers put the difficult plan into action on the ground. But Ricks's conclusion is bracing: the war has not yet been won, and America is not done in Iraq.

Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead. Sag Harbor--Colson Whitehead's "autobiographical fourth novel"--is a soulful coming-of-age chronicle of the lazy, sun-soaked days sandwiched between Memorial Day and Labor Day, filled with moments both celebratory and painfully funny and swimming with references to New Coke, The Cosby Show, and more memories of growing up in the 1980s.

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The long-awaited new novel will be published by Dan Brown in September

Dan Brown’s new novel (the long-awaited follow-up to his no.1 international phenomenon, The Da Vinci Code), will be published on September 15, 2009. The Lost Symbol will once again feature Dan Brown’s unforgettable protagonist, Robert Langdon. This book’s narrative takes place in a twelve-hour period, and from the first page, the readers will feel the thrill of discovery as they follow Langdon through a masterful and unexpected new landscape.

The Lost Symbol is a brilliant and compelling thriller. Dan Brown’s prodigious talent for storytelling, infused with history, codes and intrigue, is on full display in this new book. This is one of the most anticipated publications in recent history, and it was well worth the wait, said Sonny Mehta, Chairman and Editor in Chief of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

Referring to his new novel, the author declared: this novel has been a strange and wonderful journey. Weaving five years of research into the story's twelve-hour timeframe was an exhilarating challenge. Robert Langdon’s life clearly moves a lot faster than mine.


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