Food

Traveling for food is such an important aspect for learning about a culture. Not only do we try to find the best local food to try, we look into the history, and we bring home a recipe or two.

A Snack Called Churchkhela

A Snack Called Churchela

Our spring trip to the Caucasus’ wasn’t over, we had plenty of things to do in Georgia and Armenia, and one of them is always learning more about the food. If you read our recent post on making Georgian dumplings, called Khinkali, then you know that we had to negotiate our way into a restaurant kitchen. The negotiations, made mostly in Georgian by our hotel host, also somehow included making a Georgian snack or dessert, called churchkhela. We couldn’t believe our luck, we considered making the churchkhela bonus and what a good one it was. The problem with negotiations is that sometimes the person doing all the talking doesn’t have any idea what this will mean to his workers. The …

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Five Appetizers From Around the World That Will Melt In Your Mouth

Appetizers from around the world

For us, travel must include sampling the local foods, getting a taste of the region so to speak. Once we’ve found something we like, it’s time to dissect and analyze. Is this tasty morsel something we can recreate ourselves? For this weekend’s inspiration we’re sharing five appetizers from around the world that we’ve discovered in our travels that have become staples for dinner parties, pot-luck gatherings, or just a quiet weekend afternoon, spent on the terrace with some wine and a few close friends.

Baking The Perfect New York Bagel (with Recipe)

Baking The Perfect New York Bagel (with Recipe)

Manhattan, the center of New York’s finest bagel shops. When Jim and I go, we know that we are going to fill up on fresh bagels and lots of great coffee every day that we are there. We love them! My favorite New York bagel is an onion bagel with cream cheese and lox, one of the many popular foods you can find in New York. You just can’t go wrong with that. So on our last trip to the Big Apple, we were determined to find out how to bake these delicious bread rings.  We signed up for a cooking lesson at the International Culinary Center on Broadway.

British Pies – Chicken and Leek Recipe

British Pies and a Recipe

Britain has a long history of pies, and I have a long history with Britain…and her pies, especially meat pies. I love them! I spent a few of my formative years in Ipswich, and I would love it when the family stopped off at the chippie. On every visit, I would get a steak and kidney pie, which is pretty unusual for a little girl, but that was my go-to choice. Maybe it was because I had no idea what a kidney was, and my younger self had no idea that I wasn’t supposed to like them. I remember the first time I ordered one with Jim, not even thinking about it and he just gave me this look like, “What …

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Finding (and Making) the Best Tiramisu

How We Found An Authentic Tiramisu Recipe  I had my first Tiramisu dessert in Germany in the mid 1980s and I have been on a mission to find the best tiramisu recipe ever since. Naturally, this creamy, fluffy dessert is a staple in practically every Italian restaurant in the world.  However, it is surprising how many different methods there are to prepare it. So what is the “traditional” tiramisu recipe? Where did we find our favorite tiramisu?

Searching For The Best Tarte Flambee in Alsace

Tarte Flambée or Flammkuechen, A Popular Dish Like An Alsatian Flatbread Pizza  What is Tarte Flambée? In English, we could call it “flaming cake” and in Germany it is known as Flammkuechen. Is it French? Is it German? Non. Nein. It is Alsatian. The small border area that currently resides in France has always had a bit of an identity crisis since it has been swapped over from country to country for hundreds of years. All political boundaries notwithstanding, Alsace is one of my favorite places on Earth. In fact I have said I am addicted to it, and one of the main reasons is because of the amazing food. Legend has it that bakers always used wood ovens, in medieval …

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The Amazing Food of the Azores

This post is written by fellow blogger, Nathan Aguilera. He is the creator at Foodie Flashpacker and when he offered to write a post on the food of the Azores, I was so excited. I’ve had the Azores on my list for a long time, and of course when I finally get there, I’m going to want all the amazing food that I can find.  What kind of food is there in the Azores? I had been wanting to visit the Azores of Portugal since a friend had first told me about the collection of nine volcanic islands halfway between Europe and the U.S. She had described the stunning landscapes, dramatic views of the ocean crashing into the cliffs, and even …

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Durian – Stinky Fruit or a Must-have Delicacy?

Durian the Stinky Fruit

As you know, we love trying new foods everywhere we go.  It is surprising how differently taste develops around the world. Whenever I travel I make a list of foods that are popular in that place, and to be honest I find that sometimes I am not a fan. However, and sometimes even more surprisingly, I find something I like that I would have never tried otherwise.  In many parts of Asia, especially Singapore and Malaysia, one must-try fruit is the stinky durian. It was so high on my list that I didn’t even sleep once I landed, I headed straight for the Chinatown market.

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