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Glorious Cuisine From Around the World

Saturday, April 28, 2007
Oh Glorious Mexican Food

Last night was a glorious night. I finally took advantage of the black beans and tortillas that Kate brought me.

Enchiladas were on the menu, along with a gorgeous chicken/whole black bean/vegetable salad made by Megan.

My oven blew out halfway through the proceedings, but that didn't stop my from finishing the preparations.

Dessert was Arroz con Leche (spelling?), a rice/milk/sugar/cinnamon concoction.

It all turned out great, and the guest of honour, Alia, was thrilled.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Turkish Delight!
In front of the Hagia Sofia..built in the 6th Century
I just returned from an amazing trip to Istanbul and I must say that I paid as much attention to the food as I did to the beautiful, historic architecture. Its a little difficult not to because street food is more plentiful in Istanbul than in any other city I've been to. You name it, and someone was there to sell it to you; assorted nuts, corn on the cob, baked pretzels, rice with chick peas....etc.

Fish Market along the Bosphorus Coast

Alex preparing a fried Sardine sandwich bought on the Asian side of Istanbul

The Turkish are famous for several dishes and my favorite of the bunch are kebab, baklava, Turkish delight (of course) and who could forget Turkish coffee and tea. The first night that we arrived there, we had an amazing meal with our tour group. What was more impressive however was the dining room that we ate in, which was situated in the garden of a Mosque with beautifully decorated vaulted ceilings and tables fit for royalty. I believe the Sultans used to eat here!

Turkish coffee and tea

Lunch! It was exactly like cevape from Bosnia.

My favorite "food" adventure had to be a trip to the spice was WAY more interesting than the Grand Bazaar. As you'd guess, a variety of spices are sold here along with tons of other food delicacies. We purchased a bunch of spices to make curry with including saffron (not the real stuff, that was WAY too expensive), garam masala, chilly, a curry mix for when we're lazy and the rest of the names escape me right now. Another great purchase was all the Turkish Delight we bought in a variety of flavors again. FYI don't buy it in the Grand Bazaar; it was selling for 20 tl there, and only 5 tl for half a kg. at the Spice Market and these looked way more fresh. We also got an assortment of dried fruits...I'd never had dried strawberries, kiwi, ginger, and mandarin before, not to mention Apple tea (so good while smoking sheesha!). The best part about it is that all of the vendors allow you to try whatever you want before purchasing. I even had Turkish Viagra....settle down boys, its dry fig with a walnut in the center.

So many choices for such a good price


In any case, I was temped to buy way more food including honey comb but I was afraid of EU restrictions about stuff like that so we stuck to our spices and sweets! I'm temped to go back for more though and use my oh so expensive tourist visa. Even though they made me pay more than double than any other country to get in, I'm still willing to go back.

posted by Blanka at 6:49 AM    3 comments
Monday, April 23, 2007

I'm a sucker for pie, so when I found this in a bakery, I had to get it. It wasn't the greatest (more of a sweet dessert pie, as opposed to a succulent meal pie), but it got the job done.
posted by kent at 3:35 PM    2 comments
Friday, April 13, 2007
Izakaya, A Japanese Style Pub
Being Chinese I thought I ate my fair share of animal organs but some things still surprise me. I guess that just shows how I've adapted to being Canadian. I went to a Japanese pub with some friends and we had some typical appetizers....Front: Chicken gizzard, Back right: Chicken heart, Back left: Something near the liver? Also had the liver at one point....and petal of the heart?

Chicken Cartiledge with fried noodles in the background.

Deep fried Rape Blossoms....not so weird except for the name.

Deep Fried Garlic...sure it's not as strong as fresh garlic, but it still tastes like garlic!

Something more normal, fried mochi (rice cake) with soy sauce. This is my favorite!

There was a lot more food that came as we finished dishes, but you get the idea.
posted by ~diana~ at 6:56 PM    2 comments
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
100th Post
Congratulations to Megan. She is the lucky blogger of the 100th post. I'd say she celebrated it adequately with her new rice cooker.

Here's to 100 more posts. Hint hint, nudge nudge.
posted by kent at 10:33 AM    1 comments
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Brown Rice and Chicken

I have difficulty cooking rice. I've tried every imaginable method and variety of rice. Strangers at the supermarket and on the train offer tips and advice, but nothing has ever worked.

Until finally, on Friday, my friends bought me a rice cooker for my birthday.

Hello, world of rice cookery!

Here, my first celebratory meal featuring rice? Grilled sesame-orange chicken, steamed veggies and brown rice.

posted by Meg at 4:35 PM    1 comments