Foodie Friday | More than Dates in Oman

No one can not live on dates alone, although the intrepid Bedu and other explorers often subsisted largely on dates for long periods of time when traversing the desert. In Arabian Sands, Wilfred Thesiger’s epic account of five years traversing the wilds, he confesses to hoping he never sees another date and certainly could never eat one.

Our local guide told us there are five items in every Omani household: Omani coffee, dates, fish, Halwa and lemons.  During our week there, these foods were central to our days, too. Continue reading “Foodie Friday | More than Dates in Oman”

Foodie Friday | Head over Heels for Herring

My gustatory life before Russia did not include herring, or at least not the succulent mouthwatering fish I grew to crave during my time there. Any previous encounters were most likely at overladen buffet tables, with some mysterious white sauce and not of a very high standard. From our first dinner in Moscow and for the next eight days, I made sure to have herring at … Continue reading Foodie Friday | Head over Heels for Herring

Salads on display at Nopi restaurant in London. ©travelmagnolia

Foodie Friday | A Few Favorites

From time to time, I read interviews with famous chefs or others with the question: what would you like for your final meal? Morbidness aside, I couldn’t begin to choose.  Moreover, what meal would it be? What time of day? As I was compiling photos for  100 Posts of People and Places, I realized it was only fair to do a separate post of favorite foods and meals as well. What follows is my ideal day of eating (assuming I could transport myself magically and never get full). Continue reading “Foodie Friday | A Few Favorites”

Foodie Friday | San Francisco Treats

To paraphrase an oldie but goodie: if you are going to San Francisco, you’re going to eat a lot of great food there.  The trick is deciding what, when and where.  The city’s food scene is not concentrated in any one area, and there are so many excellent choices in just about every category and cuisine. The following five places are favorites from my recent trip.

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A mouthwatering selection at Crosstown Doughnuts in London UK. ©travelmagnolia2016

Foodie Friday | London

Heading to London? You won’t lack for dining options! Here are a few of my favorites from my most recent trip.

Bao

Exterior of Chinese dumpling restaurant Bao in London's SoHo neighborhood. ©travelmagnolia2016

New to me, but a real crowd pleaser (NB – expect to wait about 30 minutes in line across the lane from the entrance – they do not take reservations), Bao has expanded from takeout only at Netil Market, to three locations, including the one in Soho where I ate. Yes, it seems a bit absurd to wait so long but bring a book, or a companion, and you will not regret it. Delicious Taiwanese dim sum and more. Continue reading “Foodie Friday | London”

Morocco | Fabulous Foods of Fez

While I loved staying at the Riad Fès and eating at a variety of restaurants, wandering the alleys of the medina with their mouthwatering displays did make me wish I could buy some provisions and cook a few meals — maybe next time!Souk, Medina, Fès el Bali, Fez, Morocco ©travelmagnolia2016

Since we were there in springtime, the stalls were overflowing with the freshest produce in addition to everything else one could possibly need. Continue reading “Morocco | Fabulous Foods of Fez”

FoodieFriday | Saffron-tastic!

I had no idea that saffron would be one of the takeaways (literally and figuratively) from my trip to Iran.  According to Iranian legend, overconsumption can lead to death from laughter. There is no danger of that here in the States, where saffron is so expensive, many stores keep it under lock and key, if they carry it at all. Continue reading “FoodieFriday | Saffron-tastic!”