On-the-go workstations and remote working have changed the idea of the work environment for the last year. But many employees prepare to return to the office in coming months. Here are the 3 best cities in the US ideal for both permanent relocation and a summer office for these last few months.
For beach lovers, Honolulu is the ultimate, idyllic destination for work hard and relax harder routine. Remote workers can choose to stay in a condo that overlooks the scenic Waikiki Beach. In the off time, bicycling around Diamond Head is very relaxing with stellar views of the coast. Refreshing activities for the weekend are surfing at Waikiki Beach or even paddle boarding while standing up at Ala Moana. Point to be noted, visitors would require a negative Covid test to travel to this location as well as a 10-day quarantine.
This quaint city has all the amenities of a larger city, but with a tight-knit small community vibe. There are two co-working spaces that are centrally located and many coffee shops that provide Wi-Fi. Along with its beautiful coast, easy access to this city adds the perk for wine lovers, with the popular Sonoma County vineyards. The city also boasts its own mini wine region, the Petaluma Gap, craft breweries, and several beer gardens.
Tucson is ideal for remote workers with a culinary enthusiasm. For its heritage foods and dishes, Tucson was named a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy in 2015. The striking contrast of Sonoran Desert landscape and lush greeneries in monsoon season has made Tucson a favorite relocation escape from big city booms. The city has 23 miles of exciting Mexican cuisines to explore. Exploring these restaurants as well as food trucks is a must weekend activity. Tucson is also the headquarters of the International Dark-Sky Association and has large observatories where people can go look at stars and constellations.
A Recipe for Stuffed Cabbage — The ‘Grandmother’ of Hungarian Cuisine
Stuffed cabbage is one of the most beloved traditional Hungarian dishes that many European countries have adopted in different ways in their own cuisines. Being Hungary’s oldest crop dating back almost eight millennia, cabbage arguably is a product of Slavic culture that has long been a focal point in the country’s cuisine.
This Typical Hungarian Dish Was Once Called ‘Cabbage Meat’
Although the first written mention of the so-called ‘cabbage meat’ (that wasn’t ‘stuffed’) was in a 1662 manuscript cookbook, the dish was already vastly popular in Hungary. In fact, people even called it the “Coat of Arms of Hungary.” Some people claim that the recipe came from the Turks and quickly spread around the Balkans, but history is still inconclusive.
Before paprika came to Europe, cabbage meat wasn’t yet prepared with sauerkraut, but people rather used saffron, ginger, and pepper to season the dish. Hungarian people later developed a dill sour cream side to complement the recipe, thus creating a new typical Christmas meal. Years later, the rolled stuffed cabbage appeared.
How to Prepare Stuffed Cabbage
- 1 head cabbage or the equivalent amount of sauerkraut leaves
- 200g rice
- 500g minced meat
- 500-600g sauerkraut
- 2 tablespoons condensed tomatoes
- 2 eggs
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 3 onions
- bacon and/or sausages (based on your preference)
- ground red pepper
- bay leaf
- pepper and salt to taste
If you’ve chosen to use fresh cabbage, you’ll need to cut the bottom of the head and place it in a pot of water until the leaves are soft enough to fold into rolls. Then, mix the uncooked rice and minced meat with the condensed tomatoes, 2 eggs, 1 onion, and 1 clove of garlic.
Fill the cabbage leaves with that mixture and layer the rolls into a large greased pan. Put the remaining diced onions, garlic, and cabbage in between the layers of rolls. Don’t forget to season every row with salt, pepper, cumin, bay leaves, and Hungarian paprika. Pack the rolls neatly and cover the dish with water, so it covers all the rolls.
Cook over medium to low heat for about two hours (covered) and then check periodically until it’s cooked through. You can serve with sour cream, tomato paste, or a topping of your choice. Enjoy!