For the top: beat the foam with the mixer, the egg whites with a pinch of salt and sugar. Separately, mix, also with the mixer, the yolks with the butter, milk, baking powder and cocoa. Carefully incorporate the beaten egg whites, then the flour, mixing. The creamy composition obtained is poured into a tray prepared with baking sheet, put in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes, on low heat (or until the toothpick test passes). Leave to cool.
For the syrup: boil the water, the orange peel and the sugar, let it boil for about 5 minutes, remove from the heat and leave to cool.
Cut the cake into squares, move to a large tray and syrup.
For the icing: put the broken chocolates together with the milk in a kettle and heat over low heat, stirring constantly, so that they do not stick. When the chocolate begins to melt, keep the kettle a little away from the flame so that it does not burn. When the icing is set, leave to cool for 5 minutes, then pour over the cake. Refrigerate to harden a little for half an hour.
For the ganache cream: heat the liquid cream over a low heat (taking care not to boil it, but just enough to fry it on the finger), remove from the heat, add the chopped chocolate and mix until the chocolate melts. Refrigerate for at least half an hour, then beat with a mixer until creamy.
Beat the liquid cream with the mixer until it becomes thick but silky.
For decoration: garnish each cake with a popcorn made of ganache cream and a higher flower of cream. Let cool until serving.
Baking time: 30 min
Preparation time: 1h 10min
Portions: 16 (my tray is 25x25 cm)
If you liked my recipe, you can also find it on my blog: http://ancutsa-cuisine.blogspot.com/2018/07/boema-de-casa.html
The Desert Escape of Sedona Shines at L'Auberge de Sedona
Don’t underestimate the power of a vortex, particularly if you’re in Sedona. On a recent trip to the stunning town known for its red rock formations, my iPhone went completely berserk at the top of a mountain, flashed green lights for a few hours, and eventually died. The Apple Genius Bar guy said this kind of malfunction was exceptionally rare, and I have never had issues with my Apple products. This is the power, perhaps, of a wildly spiritual and majestic place such as a Sedona. Even without a working iPhone though, I can’t help but love Sedona, especially if I get to stay at L’Auberge de Sedona.
Tables at the restaurant inside L’Auberge de Sedona
If you’re not looking for L’Auberge de Sedona, you’ll completely miss it. It’s a place that’s quiet, woven into nature, and serene by design. From the main street, nearly at the epicenter of the town of Sedona where pink Jeeps roll by and restaurants and shops display neon colored storefronts, a discreet driveway with a single, small sign points to L’Auberge de Sedona. One hundred or so yards down this drive one comes upon the nonchalant front doors at L’Auberge de Sedona, and you’re immediately in another world. Through the small lobby, the property opens onto a multi-tiered wood deck where a bar, restaurant, and fire pits overlook a rushing creek under the cooling shade of slender Sycamore trees. There’s something immensely soothing about the sound of moving water, and L’Auberge de Sedona takes full advance of this natural gift. Many of the tables at the Cress on Oak Creek restaurant rest a stone’s throw from the creek, and parts of the deck make way for the trunks of the mature Sycamore trees. The outdoors don’t stop at L’Auberge de Sedona’s deck: one of the best features of the property’s luxury 62 cottages are the outdoor showers, some of which are also carved around trees.
Not to be missed is at least one night of dining at Cress on Oak Creek, the property’s standout restaurant frequented by locals and guests of Sedona alike. The pre-fixe three course menu changes frequently for the whims of the seasons and harvests of local farms. Recently, L’Auberge de Sedona snagged Executive Chef Franck Desplechin to oversee the restaurant’s cuisine, and Desplechin’s Michelin-star pedigree shines through each course. There’s a beautiful tartare dish made from trout from the local Sedona Rainbow Trout Farm just up the creek as well as a perfectly crisp skinned duck breast main course that I could easily eat three nights in a row.
Reading and watching the ducks creekside
In addition to the dining experience at Cress on Oak Creek, there are so many on-resort activities at the L’Auberge de Sedona to quell any desire to leave the property for days on end. Mornings feature duck feedings on the sandy shore of the creek as well as gentle yoga offered daily at 8:30 am. In the weekend evenings, Dennis Young, a local favorite and astronomer for 35 years, takes guests through his telescope tour of the stars and planets that can be brightly seen in Sedona’s night sky. Dennis ’passion for the cosmos are just as dazzling as the stars’, and for three nights in a row, I saw guests linger for hours to admire the next constellation Dennis would tee-up on his telescope. In the afternoons on Tuesday, painting classes are available right on the creek, led by instructors from Sedona’s Goldenstein Gallery. No need to be a graduate of an art school: the teachers walk guests through a surprisingly simple step-by-step exercise. If you’re lucky enough to come during a full moon, the resort even has a full-moon meditation class to help guests “activate connections at a deeper level.” I’ll take whatever connection I can get, whether through art or stars or whatnot.
One of the spacious rooms of the resort
2019 is particularly special for two reasons, and L’Auberge de Sedona is celebrating accordingly. First, this year marks the centennial year of the Grand Canyon National Park. Obviously, this Seven Wonder of the World has been around for millennia (at least six million years, according to experts), but only since 1919 have tourists been able to explore the Grand Canyon’s vast vistas. It's only a scenic two hour drive to get to the Grand Canyon from Sedona, and guests who opt for L'Auberge de Sedona's Grand Canyon package will get treated to hiker backpacks, a picnic lunch, and tours from the air (via a small plane ) and ground (via a Jeep) as well as hotel perks. The second enticing package aims to celebrate the property’s 35th anniversary. Over three nights, guests will savor a few picnic lunches, a sweeping helicopter tour, and a private dining experience that includes a 6-course meal and ritual to rekindle romance. The best part of this package is perhaps the “couples Vortex meditation,” a guided meditation at your choice of vortex (there are several in Sedona) accompanied by a sound bath. On my next trip to Sedona, I’m going to embrace the vortexes, leave my phone behind, and explore the encompassing enchantment of Sedona, particularly at L’Auberge de Sedona.
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I’ve traveled to 70 countries and have reviewed more than 200 luxury resorts from the bottom of Patagonia, the plains of Mongolia, the shadows of the pyramids of Egypt, and the cloud forests of Uganda. The best trips for me have the “3 Gs”: gritty, grueling, and gorgeous, and I usually aim for a gorgeous resort or hotel somewhere in a trip. When I’m not traveling, I cover venture capital and startups for outlets such as Inc, Fast Company, and Entrepreneur and lead a tech PR firm, BAM Communications. I also invest in other startups and fly helicopters.
Deceived and abandoned by their own families
Some of the institutionalized young people are contacted by their families near adulthood, in order to take their money while they stayed in the centers, the study shows.
& # 8222The family suddenly finds interest in the child, looks for him at the center, offers him gifts and the promise that he will be well received in case of return to the family. However, the purpose of this behavior is very petty and concerns the account with the amounts of money accumulated by the child from the allowance granted by the state for the period of institutionalization.
There were several examples in which the family came into possession of this money and later resumed its old behaviors of rejection and abuse of the returned child, who again became homeless, but, already at the age of majority, without the possibility of hospitalization in a shelter & # 8221.
Children beaten at a placement center in Râmnicu Vâlcea in 2018
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The Sonoran desert wraps around the northern end of the Gulf of California, from Baja California Sur (El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve in central and Pacific west coast, Central Gulf Coast subregion on east to southern tip), north through much of Baja California, excluding the central northwest mountains and Pacific west coast, through southeastern California and southwestern and southern Arizona to western and central parts of Sonora. 
It is bounded on the west by the Peninsular Ranges, which separate it from the California chaparral and woodlands (northwest) and Baja California Desert (Vizcaino subregion, central and southeast) ecoregions of the Pacific slope. To the north in California and northwest Arizona, the Sonoran Desert transitions to the colder-winter, higher-elevation Mojave, Great Basin, and Colorado Plateau deserts.
To the east and southeast, the deserts transition to the coniferous Arizona Mountains forests and Sierra Madre and Sierra Madre Occidental pine – oak forests at higher elevations. To the south the Sonoran – Sinaloan transition subtropical dry forest is the transition zone from the Sonoran Desert to the tropical dry forests of the Mexican state of Sinaloa. 
The desert's sub-regions include the Colorado Desert of southeastern California and the Yuma Desert east of the north-to-south section of the Colorado River in southwest Arizona. In the 1957 publication Vegetation of the Sonoran Desert, Forrest Shreve divided the Sonoran Desert into seven regions according to characteristic vegetation: Lower Colorado Valley, Arizona Upland, Plains of Sonora, Foothills of Sonora, Central Gulf Coast, Vizcaíno Region, and Magdalena Region.  Many ecologists consider Shreve's Vizcaíno and Magdalena regions, which lie on the western side of the Baja California Peninsula, to be a separate ecoregion, the Baja California Desert.
Within the southern Sonoran Desert in Mexico is found the Gran Desierto de Altar, with the Pinacate Biosphere Reserve and Great Altar Desert ('Pinacate National Park' in Mexico), extending 2,000 square kilometers (770 sq mi) of desert and mountainous regions.  The Pinacate National Park includes the only active erg dune region in North America. The nearest city to the Pinacate Biosphere Reserve and Great Altar Desert is Puerto Peñasco ('Rocky Point') in the state of Sonora, Mexico.
Sonoran Desert sub-regions include:
350 bird species, 20 amphibian species, over 100 reptile species, 30 native fish species, over 1000 native bee species, and more than 2,000 native plant species can be found in the desert area.  The Sonoran Desert area southeast of Tucson and near the Mexican border is vital habitat for the only population of jaguars living within the United States.  The Colorado River Delta was once an ecological hotspot within the Sonoran desert due to the Colorado river in this otherwise dry area, but the delta has been greatly reduced in extent due to the damming and use of the upstream river. Species that have higher heat tolerance are able to thrive in the conditions of the Sonoran Desert. One such insect species that has evolved a means to thrive in this environment is Drosophila mettleri, a Sonoran Desert fly. This fly contains a specialized P450 detoxification system that enables it to nest in the cool region of exudate moistened soil. Thus, the fly is one of few that can tolerate the high desert temperatures and successfully reproduce.
Many plants not only survive, but thrive in the harsh conditions of the Sonoran Desert. Many have evolved to have specialized adaptations to the desert climate. The Sonoran Desert's biseasonal rainfall pattern results in more plant species than any other desert in the world.  The Sonoran Desert includes plant genera and species from the agave family, palm family, cactus family, legume family, and numerous others.
The Sonoran is the only place in the world where the famous saguaro cactus (The giant carnage) grows in the wild.  Cholla (Cylindropuntia spp.), beavertail (Opuntia basilaris), hedgehog (Echinocereus spp.), fishhook (Ferocactus wislizeni), prickly pear (Opuntia spp.), nightblooming cereus (Peniocereus spp.), and organ pipe (Stenocereus thurberi) are other taxa of cacti found here. Cactus provides food and homes to many desert mammals and birds, with showy flowers in reds, pinks, yellows, and whites, blooming most commonly from late March through June, depending on the species and seasonal temperatures.
Creosote bush (Tridentate pasture) and bur sage (Ambrosia dumosa) dominate valley floors. Indigo bush (Psorothamnus fremontii) and Mormon tea are other shrubs that may be found. Wildflowers of the Sonoran Desert include desert sand verbena (Abronia villosa), desert sunflower (Geraea canescens), and evening primroses.
Ascending from the valley up bajadas, various subtrees such as velvet mesquite (Prosopis velutina), green stick (Parkinsonia florida), desert ironwood (Olneya tesota), desert willow (Chilopsis linearis ssp. bend), and crucifixion thorn (Canotia holacantha) are common, as well as multi-stemmed ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens). Shrubs found at higher elevations include whitethorn acacia (Acacia constricta), fairy duster, and jojoba. In the desert subdivisions found on Baja California, cardon cactus, elephant tree, and boojum tree occur. 
The California fan palm (Washingtonia filifera) is found in the Colorado Desert section of the Sonoran Desert, the only native palm in California, among many others introduced Arecaceae genera and species. It is found at spring-fed oases, such as in Anza Borrego Desert State Park, Joshua Tree National Park, and the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge. 
The Sonoran Desert is home to the cultures of over [ quantify ] 17 contemporary Native American tribes, with settlements at American Indian reservations in California and Arizona, as well as populations in Mexico.
The largest city in the Sonoran Desert is Phoenix, Arizona, with a 2017 metropolitan population of about 4.7 million.  Located on the Salt River in central Arizona, it is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States. In 2007 in the Phoenix area, desert was losing ground to urban sprawl at a rate of approximately 4,000 square meters (1 acre) per hour. 
The next largest cities are Tucson, in southern Arizona, with a metro area population of just over 1 million,  and Mexicali, Baja California, whose municipality also has a population of around 900,000. The municipality of Hermosillo, Sonora, has a population of around 700,000. Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, in the southern part of the desert, has a population of 375,800.  
The Coachella Valley, located in the Colorado Desert section of the Sonoran Desert, has a population of 365,000. Several famous Southern California desert resort cities such as Palm Springs and Palm Desert are located here.
During the winter months, from November to April, the daytime temperatures in the Coachella Valley range from 70 ° F (21 ° C) to 90 ° F (32 ° C) and corresponding nighttime lows range from 46 ° F (8 ° C) to 68 ° F (20 ° C) making it a popular winter resort destination. Due to its warm year-round climate citrus and subtropical fruits such as mangoes, figs, and dates are grown in the Coachella Valley and adjacent Imperial Valley. The Imperial Valley has a total population of over 180,000 and has a similar climate to that of the Coachella Valley. Other cities include Indio, Coachella, Calexico, El Centro, Imperial, and Blythe.
United States – Mexico border region Edit
Straddling the US-Mexican border with low levels of human-installed security, the Sonoran desert is a route for unauthorized entry across the border. The harsh conditions mean that the 3-to-5-day march, usually moving at night to minimize exposure to the heat, sometimes results in death. 
There are many National Parks and Monuments federal and state nature reserves and wildlife refuges state, county, and city parks and government or nonprofit group operated natural history museums, science research institutes, and botanical gardens and desert landscape gardens.
Desert of the LionsView all photos
Contrary to what the name suggests, Desierto de los Leones, or Desert of the Lions, is neither a desert nor are there any lions. Rather, it is the name of both Mexico’s first national park and the abandoned convent that lies within its forests.
The origin of the name instead reputedly comes from the forest’s remote location outside Mexico City, and because the Spanish settlers were surprised at the number of Puma they encountered in the area, which they called lions. Today, however, things have changed. The Puma has become extinct in the forests, and urban sprawl creeps ever closer.
These woods were never settled by the Aztecs, who preferred to occupy the lakesides (though there is evidence that they and other earlier civilizations long used the area to hunt deer and other game animals.) It wasn't until the arrival of the Spanish that. people began to live in the area in any numbers. In 1606, the Catholic Carmelite order of barefoot monks chose to build their convent here due to its peaceful surroundings and distance from the city, which made it ideal for meditation and retreat. Life for the monks who occupied the building would have been simple but often harsh due to the vow of poverty, silence, and chastity they had taken. In addition to the vow of silence that prohibited the monks from communicating with each other, they were also required to walk barefoot, which must have been very unpleasant considering the terrain, dangers of rattlesnakes and scorpions, and often cold temperatures.
The convent was eventually abandoned in 1810, partly due to the deterioration and collapse of the building as a result of the near-constant humidity from, as well as the war of independence against Spain reaching the outskirts of the forest. After being used as a military barracks, the area was declared a forest reserve in 1876 and became Mexico’s first national park. However, many contend that the monks never really went away, and the convent ruins are surrounded by urban legends about the supernatural. Over the years, many visitors have reported seeing the ghosts of barefooted and hooded monks and feeling the presence of a sinister and unseen entity watching them.
Though the Puma are gone, plenty of wildlife is still found within the park, such as coyotes, bobcats, white-tailed deer, raccoons, and foxes. These, however, are seldom to be seen by visitors and it is more likely that you will see reptiles and amphibians such as rattlesnakes, salamanders, and birds of prey like the red-tailed hawk, horned owl, and Harris hawk.
Know Before You Go
Getting to Desert of the Lions is slightly difficult. The best and fastest option is to take a registered taxi or uber from San Angel, which will drop you off at the entrance. Make sure you talk to the driver and schedule to be picked up when you are finished at the park. Bring some warm clothes as it is almost always cold, misty, and humid due to the forest's microclimate. If you are hungry there are several very good and cheap places to eat and have a coffee at the entrance just outside the convent. Be mindful of stepping on rattlesnakes while walking in the forest during the summer months, and don’t risk eating any of the fungi found on the trails, many of which look like “magic mushrooms” but are actually toxic.
The Ancestral Sonoran Desert People
Hohokam Red-On-Buff pottery
Who were the ancestral Sonoran Desert people? Archaeological evidence suggests they may have descended from an earlier hunting and gathering “Archaic” culture that began in this area around 5,500 B.C.E. Over time, as the area grew hotter and drier, wild plants and animals became less abundant. Domesticated corn from Mesoamerica was introduced and appears to have influenced a gradual transition from hunting and gathering to a more settled farming existence. Adapting to the dry conditions of the desert, these early farmers learned to use water from mountain run-offs and rivers to irrigate their fields. By 450 C.E., these desert dwellers had formed a distinct culture, identified in part by their particular form of pottery called "red-on-buff." Archeologists call this specialized culture "Hohokam" but this is not the name of a tribe or a people. O'Odham, Hopi, and Zuni descendents of these ancestral people do not call them Hohokam, and Hohokam is not a word in any of those descendent languages. It is thought that an archeologist misheard the O'Odham word "huhugam" which translates to ancestors (among other meanings). Today we try to use Hohokam only when referring to archeology and its discoveries, we use ancestral Sonoran Desert people when talking about the people who created the pottery, homes, and irrigation systems the archeologists study.
Ancient canal construction
The ancestral Sonoran Desert people discovered that as their villages grew, farm land adjacent to the rivers was becoming scarce. To bring water to land farther away from the rivers, they began to dig canals around 1500 B.C.E., a technique they continued to use for generations. Archeologists have discovered hundreds of miles of prehistoric irrigation canals in the Gila River valley, as well as the Salt River Valley of Phoenix, the Santa Cruz River Valley in Tucson, and on the American Indian reservations of Southern Arizona.
A bountiful desert harvest
The crops grown by the ancestral Sonoran Desert people eventually grew to include not only corn but several varieties of beans and squash, as well as cotton and tobacco. In addition to their crops, the Hohokam culture continued to make use of the many native plants and animals of the desert. These included cactus fruits, pads and buds, agave hearts (century plant), mesquite beans, and the medicinal creosote bush. The local game included birds, squirrels, rabbits, snakes and lizards, as well as fish and clams from the rivers and canals. Larger game such as mule deer and bighorn sheep could be hunted in the mountains.
Hohokam Canals, Gila River Valley
Illustration by Rebecca Leer
Once the idea of irrigation farming took hold, it spread gradually throughout central and southern Arizona. From about 600 to 900 C.E., more villages were established in the Salt and Gila river valleys. Hohokam culture colonists moved up the Verde River valley north of Phoenix, and up the Salt river valley east of Phoenix. They also moved downstream as far west as Gila Bend. Growth of new villages and canal systems also took place along the Santa Cruz river in the Tucson area./> An ancient shell & turquoise necklace
As the ancestral Sonoran Desert people expanded, their contacts with neighboring tribes greatly increased. Trade flourished, bringing material goods and ideas from far and near. They imported turquoise, pottery, pinyon nuts, obsidian (volcanic glass) and even sea shells from the Gulf of California and the Pacific Coast. From Mexico came copper bells, iron pyrite mirrors, and parrots. And what did these desert dwellers have to offer in exchange? Their farms produced surplus crops for export. They also traded their finely crafted shell jewelry and pottery. Casa Grande Ruins became a crossroads in the trade system. One major route, reconstructed by archeologists, went from northern Mexico into the Tucson area, and from there into the Gila River Valley.
Hohokam Ball Court
Casa Grande Ruins museum illustration
The idea of a ball game played in an arena or court may have been imported from the Mesoamerican cultures. Archeologists have found over 200 oval-shaped, earthen-sided structures located in large Hohokam villages throughout southern and central Arizona. Some archeologists speculate that a game was played within these courts by two teams and a hard rubber ball. Casa Grande Ruins National Monument preserves a Hohokam ball court which can be viewed from a public observation platform.
Casa Grande Ruins museum illustration
Desert dwellings changed over time. The earliest types consisted of large oval pits dug several feet into the ground. A brush and pole framework covered the pit, and a layer of mud was applied to the outside. Appropriately, these structures are called “pit houses.” Though pit houses continued to be used, by the 1100's more permanent, above-ground structures began to be built. Using caliche, a natural concrete-like material found under the top soil throughout this region, they built houses with solid walls and flat, caliche-covered roofs.
The 1100’s also marked the beginning of several significant changes. The traditional burial practice of cremation was expanded to include full interment burials. Ball courts were gradually no longer used, and flat-topped, rectangular-shaped earthen structures called platform mounds were built. Villages became more formally organized. Caliche homes were grouped into caliche-walled compounds, and these compounds were arranged around public plazas and public structures. The Casa Grande was built within one of these compounds and today serves as the main visitation area for the public at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.
Casa Grande village compound in approx. 1400
The building of the Casa Grande was a major event of the Classic Period (1100 - 1450 C.E.). The best dating methods available indicate that this large, caliche structure was built during the 1300's. The construction appears to have been well planned and organized, requiring tons of material and a huge cooperative effort on the part of many people. Today we can only marvel at the Casa Grande and try to imagine what it was used for. Though many theories have been suggested, we still aren’t sure as to its purpose. All we can assume is that the Casa Grande must have been very important to the people who built it.
The Casa Grande circa 1890.
During the late 1300’s and early 1400’s, the ancestral Sonoran Desert people suffered a period of widespread depopulation and change. Speculations as to the cause have included drought, floods, disease, invasion, earthquakes, internal strife, and salinization of farmland. Today, several American Indian groups have ancestral links to the ancestral people. Their cultural traditions, together with on-going archeology and the continued interest of visitors at Casa Grande Ruins, all combine to keep the legacy of the ancestral Sonoran Desert people alive to this day.
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House of the Desert
Casa del Desierto: The Spanish term for "house of the Desert
In 1911 Fred Harvey of the Harvey House system opened up the Casa Del Desierto featuring gourmet dining and lodging were featured and for many years the Barstow Harvey House was considered the jewel of the chain. With a full ballroom the neo-Southwestern style building also became the site for many of the town's dances and social events.
The first Harvey House and railroad depot was built in May, 1887. Only two months later in July, it burned down and was immediately rebuilt. In 1892 the depot burned down again and was rebuilt. In 1908 the depot burned down again. Harvey House on the forth try, in 1911, the building was made of bricks and didn't burn down. In 1974, with the station already closed and thoroughly vandalized, Santa Fe prepared to demolish the structure. Citizens formed to save the building. In 1985 Santa Fe donated the buildings to the City of Barstow. Casa del Desierto was renovated, and only one day before the re-dedication in 1992, the Landers earthquake struck it was all set back several more years and millions of dollars.