Tag: Entertaining

Cuba’s cuisine: tasty and diverse

| April 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
Cuba’s cuisine: tasty and diverse

Last winter, my husband and I flew to Cuba, the Caribbean’s largest country. Located on the northern margins of the region (not far from Southern Florida), the Republic of Cuba consists of one large and several small islands. Basically, half of the large island features flat lands or rolling hills while a more hilly and […]

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Pakistani cuisine: curried by history

| January 5, 2015 | 1 Comment
Pakistani cuisine: curried by history

Technically speaking, Pakistan is a relatively young country. When India gained independence in 1947, after almost a century of British rule, it was partitioned in two and the sovereign state of Pakistan emerged, offering a homeland for Muslims of the subcontinent. However, the land area occupied by Pakistan can trace its roots back as far […]

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UAE: From camel milk and dates to international cuisine

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
UAE: From camel milk and dates to international cuisine

A recent adventure took me and my husband to the amazing United Arab Emirates (UAE). Located in the Middle East, it borders Saudi Arabia, Oman, the Gulf of Oman and the Persian/Arabian Gulf, and is at the centre of three of the world’s strategic regions, each with its own dynamic food culture — the Middle […]

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Portuguese cuisine: a global mosaic

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Portuguese cuisine: a global mosaic

  Those unfamiliar with Portuguese cuisine may understandably assume it is similar to that of Spain. And while many of the same ingredients are featured in both, Portugal’s robust cuisine includes distinctively different recipes and cooking techniques that reflect a broad spectrum of terrain and climates and diverse historical influences over the centuries. With two […]

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Swiss cuisine: cheese, chocolate and beyond

| April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Swiss cuisine: cheese, chocolate and beyond

Switzerland has existed for centuries as a small, compact, alpine country nestled amongst France, Germany, Austria and Italy. As Ambassador Ulrich Lehner notes: Originally Switzerland was a poor country of farmers who were employed as soldiers beyond their borders by foreign powers. The Vatican’s Swiss guard was one such force and remains the only one dating […]

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Mongolia’s meaty cuisine – from marmot to mutton

| January 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Mongolia’s meaty cuisine – from marmot to mutton

  Mongolia is a landlocked country in northern Asia, sandwiched between Russia to the north and China to the south. With a population of fewer than three million people, it is known for its severe continental climate and historic nomadic way of life. On a global level, Mongolian cuisine is rather obscure. For centuries, cattle, […]

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Need a Dublin lawyer?

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Need a Dublin lawyer?

  Ireland’s food history and culture can be traced back to prehistoric times. That it’s  an island at the very western edge of Europe meant the influence of other countries did not play much of a role in Irish cuisine until recently. As such, traditional dishes still figure prominently in a cuisine that has evolved […]

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Korea: Yin-Yang Cuisine

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Korea: Yin-Yang Cuisine

  With the mention of the word Korea, tastes of smoky, sweetly marinated thin slices of grilled beef (bulgogi), extraordinary barbecued ribs (kalbi), memorable soya sauce-scented noodles with various vegetables (japchae) and fire-hot kimchi, all compete simultaneously in exciting my appetite. Ambassador Cho Hee-yong recognizes my enthusiasm and admits that Korean food is playing an […]

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Jamaican cuisine: A delightful tangle of cultures

| April 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Jamaican cuisine: A delightful tangle of cultures

  Joyfully vibrating to the beat of reggae, Jamaica is a lush tropical island paradise and, understandably, a popular tourist destination. While exploring the culinary history and culture of the island, I also learned of its uniqueness and delighted in the evolving historical puzzle that became more complex with each wave of new arrivals to […]

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Morocco’s exotic cuisine

| January 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
Morocco’s exotic cuisine

  Morocco’s culinary roots can be traced back to nomads, known as Berbers, who lived off the land. Subsequently, traders and conquering nations introduced a myriad of food customs, but the most profound impact came with the 7th-Century Arab invasion, which brought a wide variety of exotic spices (cumin, cinnamon, saffron, ginger and caraway). Today, the […]

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