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Monday, January 7, 2019
Through the Keyhole - January 2019
Through the Keyhole Take
a break from your day...
typical company OR newsletter
Can you guess the
"At the geographic center of its home peninsula, this
capital city has many great monuments. It is a lively
metropolis with many pubs, cafes, discotheques and nightclubs
open late into the night. Don't be surprised if you get
into a traffic jam at four in the morning as the people you meet
at that time are not necessarily going to work..."
I remember thinking when I was a young kid how far away that year
sounded. I figured by now we'd be living more like the
Jetson's than we do. For those of you who don't know who
the Jetson's are, they were a cartoon family who lived in the
future. They had videophones, robots, drones, 3D printed
food, smartwatches, treadmills for dogs, and jetpacks. Wait
a second - we have all that stuff and it only took about 56 years
to make it happen.
Truthfully, it is amazing the things human beings can do
today. Some of the new technology is quite scary.
From artificial intelligence to robots, talking alarm clocks,
flat screen TVs and video chats, we have certainly come a long
way. We don't have flying car yet but semi-autonomous ones
As the new year begins, many people make resolutions. To
quit some bad habit, to exercising more or simply to better
oneself. Not to be too depressing but statistically
speaking most of us (about 80%) will give up on their new years
resolution by February 1. Here are some ideas of things
that are attainable...
Use your time
better (it's called time management)
Save more money
Learn a new
stress better (see number 1 above)
Learn how to code
Be nicer to people
Speaking of travel, here are some great places to
go in January (of any year).
Park City, Utah
Cape Town, South
Most people don't have the time in January to
travel and if you have children, it is no easy task to get
away. However, the cool thing is that Chicago is also a
great place to spend time in January. Even though the
average high this month is 30 degrees and we usually get around
11 inches of snow, layering up the clothes and heading downtown
isn't a bad idea.
Mid-winter guests at downtown hotels often enjoy lower rates and
dining establishments offer prix-fixe menus to entice
foodies. You can also join the rest of Chicago by going ice
skating at the "bean" or "ribbon".
You also may wish to visit Chicago's biggest and best indoor
winter playground, Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier that runs
through January 8th.
If you are a Cub fan, the Convention is on from January 12-14 and
if you love the Sox, their fest is January 26-28.
So Happy New Year to all of you and
may you have a healthy and prosperous 2019.
the Location Game
Last month the
winner of the guess the location game wasMichael
who guessed the right answer. I appreciate all of the
participation. THANKS FOR PLAYING!
Santorini - Keyhole
"This crescent shaped island sits atop of
what remained after an enormous volcanic eruption that destroyed
the earliest settlements there. Cousteau looked for the
lost city of Atlantis there and the whole cluster of islands is
still an active volcano with its crater under the sea."
Santorini is the supermodel of the Greek islands, a
head-turner whose face is instantly recognisable around the
world: multicoloured cliffs soar out of a sea-drowned caldera,
topped by drifts of whitewashed buildings. With its reputation
for dazzling panoramas, romantic sunsets and volcanic-sand
beaches, it’s hardly surprising the island features on so many
travellers’ bucket lists.
There’s no denying the uniqueness of this destination or its huge
allure – Santorini hosts 1.5 million tourists annually. Here’s
all you need to know if you’re planning to join that crowd.
Part of the Cyclades island group, Santorini (officially known as
Thira, a name that encompasses the volcanic islets within
Santorini’s orbit) sits in the Aegean Sea, roughly halfway between
Athens and Crete.
The island is shaped like a wonky croissant, and the neighbouring
islets hint at the fact that Santorini was once circular; it was
known as Strongili (the Round One). Thousands of years ago a
colossal volcanic eruption caused the centre of Strongili to
sink, leaving a caldera (or crater) with towering cliffs along
the east side – now Santorini’s trademark landscape.
Santorini’s commercial development is focused on the caldera-edge
clifftops in the island’s west, with large clusters of
whitewashed buildings nesting at dizzying heights, spilling down
cliffsides and offering gasp-inducing views from land or sea.
Fira, the island’s busy capital, sprawls north into villages
called Firostefani (about a 15-minute walk from Fira) and
Imerovigli (the highest point of the caldera edge, about a
half-hour walk from Fira). A path running through these villages
is lined with upmarket hotels, restaurant terraces and endless
These three conjoined settlements draw most visitors, together
with the stunning and quite exclusive village of Oia in
Santorini’s north. There’s a growing number of hotels in the
island’s south, offering caldera views to the north and
northeast. Akrotiri’s views come cheaper than Oia’s, but it’s a
fair way from the action of Fira.
Away from the caldera
Santorini’s east coast is lesser known than the
celebrated, elevated west coast. Here, the caldera-edge heights
have sloped down to sea level, and volcanic-sand beaches and
resorts offer a very different drawcard. East-coast resorts such
as Kamari and Perissa have a more traditional (and more
affordable) island-holiday appeal: sunlounger-filled beaches,
water sports, bars and taverna-lined promenades.
The east coast’s beaches are lined with black sand; on the south
coast, there’s a string of beaches famed for their multicoloured
sand – dramatic Red Beach is a traveller favorite.
The island’s interior is dotted with vineyards and traditional
villages that let you see beyond the tourist hustle. Make a stop
in Pyrgos for great eats and a wander through charming
What to do
The obvious activity is to walk the caldera edge and admire the
views. Walks in and around Fira are spectacular, particularly
heading north to Firostefani and Imerovigli along the
caldera-edge pathway. Keep walking and you’ll eventually reach
Oia, but be aware that this is no small undertaking and the trail
beyond Imerovigli can be rough. It’s about 9km in all, and a good
three- to four-hours’ walk in one direction.
Santorini’s lauded wines are its crisp dry whites and the
amber-coloured, unfortified dessert wine known as Vinsanto. Both
are made from the indigenous grape variety, assyrtiko. About a
dozen local vineyards host tastings (usually with a small charge)
and some offer food, with scenery and local produce combining to
great effect. Start your investigations at the large, slick
Santorini’s intrigue reaches deep into the past, with the
fascinating site of Akrotiri displaying a Minoan city destroyed
by the volcanic eruption of 1613 BC. In Fira, the impressive
Museum of Prehistoric Thera helps piece together the story of
Nature’s handiwork is on display from any waterfront seat come
sundown, but prime sunset-viewing is in Oia, where thousands of
tourists flock to admire (and applaud) nightfall.
Take the plunge: at your hotel’s infinity pool or your suite’s
private plunge pool, from the edge of a boat on a caldera cruise
or on a black-sand beach on the east coast.
Any tour your heart desires can be organised – there are dozens
of agencies ready to help with winery visits, archaeology tours,
sunset-watching and more. The most popular option is a cruise,
and the classic itinerary takes in the caldera’s volcanic islands
of Nea Kameni and Palia Kameni, including a stop at the former’s
crater and the latter’s hot springs.
Sure, there are views that stop you in your tracks and great
glimpses into how A-listers travel. But away from Santorini
travel headlines there’s plenty to explore, from a gorgeous
open-air cinema to a cool microbrewery, wine caverns adorned with
artworks, and cooking demonstrations and classes which celebrate
Santorini’s growing foodie culture.
Hilarious Punishment for Package
You will laugh
out loud at this...
Odd Combinations that
actually taste good
Ice Cubes in your Hamburger?
In an interview with Fox News, MasterChef judge
Graham Elliot revealed that his trick for making better burgers
is pressing a small ice cube into the middle of the patty before
Yep. An ice cube.
"Make your patties, then put your little ice
cube in there and then when you grill it, it keeps it moist and
keeps it from getting dried out," Elliot told Fox News.
The ice cube will prevent the burgers from
overcooking and add a bit of extra moisture to the beef —
something that's especially helpful if you're grilling rather
What you're gonna do is take a ball of ground
beef, gently press a little ice cube in the center, and form the
beef around it so it's sealed. (Just imagine a regular burger
patty with a little bulge in the center. That's what we're going
And if you're worried about the ice cubes making
your burgers cold or wet — don't! The ice melts pretty quickly so
no one will even know they were there.
So the next time you grill up
some burgers, try pressing an ice cube right into the raw patty
before grilling it.
Funny Sounding Words
Short video of
some funny stuff...
Luckiest people in the world...
They all survived
but this is really hair raising...
Not sure I would
want to be on any of these flights. Good Pilots...
Little Johnny was in the kitchen playing with his
toy train as his father cooked dinner.
Little Johnny stopped the train and said, ''All you
damn a**holes who want to get off, get the hell off. All those
who want to get on, get the hell on!''
''Little Johnny!'' exclaimed his father. ''I can't
believe you are using that language! You should be ashamed of
yourself! I want you to go to your room and don't come back until
you have thought about what you've done!''
So Little Johnny goes to his room and comes back an
hour or so later.
He resumes playing with his train, only this time
when he stops it he says, ''All of you ladies and gentlemen who
want to get off, you may now get off, and those who want to get
on, you may now also get on.
And as for those of you who have a problem with the hour delay,
talk to the a**hole in the kitchen!''
Roast of Pork with Mushroom Dressing
It looks so elegant that everyone thinks I really
fussed when I serve this roast. But it's actually so easy! The
biggest challenge is to remember to order the crown roast from
the meat department ahead of time.
1 pork loin crown
roast (10 to 12 ribs, about 6 to 8 pounds)
1/4 cup butter,
1 cup sliced
1/2 cup diced
3 cups cubed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup apricot
1 cup whole fresh
Preheat oven to 350°. Place roast, rib ends up, in
a shallow roasting pan; sprinkle with seasoned salt. Cover rib
ends with foil. Bake, uncovered, for 1-1/4 hours.
butter over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and celery;
saute until tender. Stir in bread cubes, salt and pepper.
Spoon around roast. Brush sides of roast with preserves.
Bake until thermometers inserted into meat between ribs
reads 145°, 45-60 minutes. Remove foil; let meat stand 10
minutes before slicing.
thread cranberries on a 20-in. string or thread. Transfer
roast to a serving platter. Loop cranberry string in and out
of rib ends. Slice between ribs to serve.
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