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Falafel

2 (15 oz.) cans garbanzo beans
½ med. red onion
1 handful fresh parsley
1 handful fresh cilantro
4 cloves garlic  
1 tsp salt
½ tsp cayenne
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup flour

STEP 1: Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans and add them to a food processor with the red onion, parsley, cilantro, salt, cayenne, garlic and cumin (all ingredients except baking powder and flour). Process the mixture until it forms a paste. Some chunks are okay and usually desirable. You may need to scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally.
STEP 2: Place the mixture into a bowl and stir in the baking powder. Begin adding flour, 2 Tbsp at a time) until the paste becomes dry enough to form into patties without sticking to your hands. Chick pea or garbanzo bean flour gives the best texture but all-purpose can be used in it’s place. Refrigerate the mixture for at least 4 hours to allow the flavors to blend.
STEP 3: Using a small measure (about 1/8th cup or 2 Tbsp), form the falafel dough into small patties. If freezing the patties, place them on a parchment lined baking sheet so they can freeze without sticking together. The patties can be transferred to an air-tight container once they have frozen through.
STEP 4: To cook the fresh or frozen patties, heat oil in a skillet (or pot if deep frying) until very hot but not smoking. Cook the patties on each side until deep golden brown and crispy. Serve with hummus or on a pita.

By sea, by land its up to you!

Let’s cruise away into a different world. Cruise ships give you the opportunity to travel to numerous different countries for the price of one! It gives you an exposure like no other, for those traveling on a budget cruise ships are ideal!

My favorite part of traveling by boat is that cruises are perfect for relaxing especially during stops at different port entries. Cruise ships offer you some of the same amenities that you would find at an all-inclusive resort, from fine dining, dinner and dancing.

There are a variety of different types of cruise ships, depending on the destination. Depending on the destination varies the amount of stops that the cruise ships makes during the entire trip.

Today I’m going to share with you some of my favorite cruise shop destinations.

1).  Alaska - A cruise that isn’t meant for all, when you think of cruise ships most people think of rather warm climates. Alaska is indeed the opposite; prepare to sail by glaciers, icebergs and more. The best time to take an Alaskan cruise is between the months of June and August this is when it’s the warmest. In fact June is the best, giving you the opportunity to see more with longer daylight for sightseeing. 

2). South Pacific- Imagine sailing through lush tropical paradises like the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji. These tropical paradises are breathtaking, beauty like no other! I encourage all to visit, if fees able!  

3). Mediterranean- My all time favorite cruise, numerous different exciting regions, including the French Riviera, Greek Islands and Spanish Costa del Sol. Mediterranean cruises are usually booked solid during the summer months! Even though the summer times are indeed the best months to take these vacations, there is also a pricey penny that accompanies it.

4). Hawaii- A country known mainly for its tourism industry, and as one of the top ten surfing destinations is also a local port of entry for some of the best known cruise-lines. Travelers journey to Hawaii to view the volcanic cliffs that drop down into the sea, as well as the enormous waves and shark dives. Hawaii is not a destination for one who is trying to relax and in search of piece and quiet.

5). Antarctica- When you think of this continent I’m sure one shivers! This cold icy, penguin congested continent is an ideal cruise ship destination. Best time to take a cruise to Antarctica is during the months of December and January, being that this is when the sea and weather are in agreement. Unlike other cruise destinations, ships do not sail to Antarctica year round; they have their own season.