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Peru’s complex culinary evolution

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
Peru’s complex culinary evolution

Peru, situated on the west coast of South America, sharing borders with Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia and Chile, boasts a rich multicultural cuisine combining the flavours of four continents. Dating back to pre-Inca times, an ever-evolving Peruvian cuisine has shown unique tolerance and assimilation of those cuisines introduced by immigrants from Europe, Africa and Asia. […]

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Exploring the cuisine of Madagascar

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Exploring the cuisine of Madagascar

In the beginning, Madagascar was physically part of Africa, as were the islands of Seychelles, Mauritius and the Comoros. Some 165 million years ago, a cataclysmic earthquake set Madagascar free on a 45-million-year 400-kilometre northeastern journey to its current location. For millions of years, Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world, has been teeming […]

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Polish cuisine: Old is new again

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
Polish cuisine: Old is new again

Poland is located in Eastern Europe on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea and west of Germany. Evidence indicates mining activity took place in the area as early as 3500 BC; however, the first written record of a town refers to a 2nd-Century trading post, Kalisz, on the amber route between the Baltic and […]

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Icelandic foods: A challenging history

| October 4, 2016 | 1 Comment
Icelandic foods: A challenging history

Seeking solitude and seclusion, Irish monks in the seventh Century happened upon Iceland by chance, but fled two centuries later as Vikings from Sweden and Norway stumbled upon the island. After that, Norse settlers from Sweden and Norway soon began dotting the country with homesteads, having fled political strife on the Scandinavian mainland. From that […]

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Unravelling New Zealand’s culinary history

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Unravelling New Zealand’s culinary history

Situated in the South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand consists of two larger islands (North Island and South Island) and further south, a tiny third, Stewart Island. The country is located just east of the southern part of Australia, across the Tasman Sea. Former Canadian high commissioner to New Zealand, Penny Readie, says New Zealand’s amazingly […]

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The cultural melting pot of South African cuisine

| March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
The cultural melting pot of South African cuisine

South Africa regards itself as one of the cradles of mankind, a claim endorsed by the discovery of 117,000-year-old footprints just north of Cape Town. Referred to as the “Rainbow Nation,” it offers a unique diversity in its cuisine, rooted in the evolution of a rich culinary history based on its people surviving life in […]

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Filipino food: A historical odyssey

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Filipino food: A historical odyssey

The Philippines, an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands east of Vietnam, boasts the longest discontinuous coastline in the world. Its topography features mountains, plains, coral reefs and a vast number of lakes, rivers, streams and springs, while its tropical climate includes rainy and dry seasons. With 100-plus ethnic groups, the gastronomy of this nation […]

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Armenian cuisine’s complexity

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Armenian cuisine’s complexity

Bordered by the Caucasus and other mountain ranges, Armenia, more or less a high plateau, enjoys fertile soil, a basically temperate climate — though punctuated by extremes — and stunning scenery with many lakes and rivers. Indeed, the country, land of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, can trace its existence from ancient times, as it […]

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In Japanese cuisine, tradition prevails

| June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
In Japanese cuisine, tradition prevails

One of the basic principles of Japanese cooking is to capitalize on the food of the seasons — seafood, vegetables and fruit at the peak of their flavours. Add to this Japan’s widely varying climates in each season and you get the famed Japanese cuisine. The archipelago of Japan extends from the northern cool, temperate […]

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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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