As many travelers do, we visited Lima en route from one place (Jackson Hole) to another (Machu Picchu). It was the means to an end but is worth a few days on its own merits, especially for food lovers! Continue reading “Foodie Friday | Lima, Peru”
Something old, something new, something borrowed (although nothing blue) could sum up the food scene in Dubai. During our three day visit, we enjoyed traditional Emirati meals, outstanding Thai and Indian food, and a veritable mash-up of western and eastern cuisines. Continue reading “Foodie Friday | Old and New Dubai”
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”
Dates, Glorious Dates
Until I started traveling in the Middle East and North Africa, I had no appreciation for dates (the fruit, that is). The lone boxes purchased to make Christmas cookies often languished well beyond their “sell by” date. Better late than never: I am now a convert.
Omanis consume dates from sun up to sunrise with the average person eating almost 1/2 pound a day. Dates are an excellent source of protein, vitamins and mineral and their high sugar content (40–80 percent) protects them against bacterial contamination and means they can be stored for years.
Continue reading “Foodie Friday | Oman”
Food was not the primary focus of our trip to Russia but it was the unexpected star. We ate phenomenal fresh and marinated fish, wonderful mushroom dishes celebrating autumn and some of the most delicious desserts I have eaten anywhere. Read on for the highlights and a list of restaurants where you can sample these delights.
We had barely checked into our hotel when it was time for lunch at Savva in the historical Metropol Hotel (where Amor Towles’ novel A Gentleman in Moscow takes place — a great read). Continue reading “Foodie Friday | Russia”
After an overnight flight and a seven hour time change, the first order of business for me is COFFEE! Even better is coffee with unbelievable pastries, which is what I found in Tallinn at the 150 year old Kohvik Maiasmokk. Continue reading “FoodieFriday | Tallinn, Estonia”
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”