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Is Gallo Pinto's origin Costa Rican or Nicaraguan?

Is Gallo Pinto's origin Costa Rican or Nicaraguan?
Neither Nicaraguans or Costa Rican start the day without a Gallo Pinto. Gallo Pinto is a staple dish of our diet that combines rice and beans and ‘olores’ (herbs) that are stirfried in vegetable oil, or any other oil (I use olive oil). This delicious meal can be accompanied with so many tasty side dishes such as fried sweet plantain, avocado, sour cream, fresh cheese, any type of meat, pico de gallo, eggs, and of course we can’t forget the tortillas. The history of gallo pinto is not well known, and there have always been disputes between Costa Ricans and Nicaraguans about where the dish originated. Some historic references takes us to the Atlantic, where is was first mentioned in literature in the book Mamita Yunai by Carlos Luis Fallas, a Costa Rican historical novel, where the workers of the banana plantations, not only Costa Ricans but Nicaraguans learned to eat...
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A wild taste from Morocco: Matbucha

A wild taste from Morocco: Matbucha
I just got back from a two week trip to Morocco and the day I returned I had to make one of my favorite dishes, matbucha . Matbucha is an appetizer which is pretty much what we would call salsa, but Moroccans call it a salad. Today at the office I ran a taste test just to make sure this was ready to suggest as a wild recipe and the staff gave it two-thumbs up! Matbucha Recipe: Ingredients 10 tomatoes (diced) 2 Bell peppers (diced) 1-2 Jalapeños (diced) 1/2 an onion, 1 onion if you love onions. (diced) 1-2 cloves of garlic - if you love garlic add two. (diced) 1 Tbsp of paprika 1 Tbsp of salt 2 Tbsp of sugar 1/3 Cup extra virgin olive oil Optional Ingredients: 1 Tbsp of turmeric 1-2 Tbsp of chili peppers - depends if you want some heat, typically you don't add chili peppers. 1 Tbsp of Ras...
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Guest — Kurt Kutay
Looks similar to the kind of delicious vegetable mezes in Turkey, but then it's all part of Mediterrean cuisine. Thanks for sharin... Read More
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 09:40

5 ½ Foods to try in Turkey

5 ½ Foods to try in Turkey
Turkey is a fresh-food lover’s paradise. Once you see the markets brimming with fresh cucumbers, eggplants, melons and hand-made cheeses, you will not be surprised when you taste the depth of flavor in the local dishes. Some of the most delicious meals are shared with family or friends from a large platter where you dip your torn pieces of Italian-style bread into the tomato-based sauces. For today, I give you 5.5 Turkish dishes to try on your adventures in Turkey . 1. Su boregi : Many of you may have tried one type of borek , baked pastries made of layers of phyllo dough filled with cheese, herbs, and vegetables. I recommend trying my favorite, su boregi (or water pastry). It is akin to a simple lasagna with layers of boiled dough and a mixture of feta cheese, parsley and oil. The borek is brushed with butter and baked in a...
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A Wild Wine Tasting in Argentina

A Wild Wine Tasting in Argentina
On this day we head off to Clos de Los Siete, a collaboration of seven bodegas initiated in the early 2000's by Michel Rolland. The bodegas here are architecturally stunning, each designed in a way that reflects the individual winemakers, just like the designer wines made here. We first visited the wine making facilities of  Cuvelier Los Andes where we learned just how specific and sophisticated the art of wine making can be. The winemaker at Cuvelier Los Andes shares his craft with our  Argentina  wine tour group. He described how they take grapes from specific areas of their vineyards, combine various varietals mainly Malbec, but also from their own plantations of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot, blending each according to the winemaker's specifications. Then he showed us and explained the amazing technology behind it with automatic control systems in fermentation tanks capable of fermenting each parcel of vineyard individually...
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Guest — Kurt Kutay
Madelene,Thanks for your comment. Lots of empty wine glasses on the table is a good sign of what's to come! Lovely to see you run ... Read More
Friday, 12 April 2013 04:35
Guest — Madelene Swinny
It's lovely to see those wine glasses at the table. Looks like they were having fun. Nice photos by the way. -GoGrape.com
Thursday, 11 April 2013 18:38

The Best Birthday Lunch in My Life!

The Best Birthday Lunch in My Life!
This is what a birthday suit looks like on a tour in Argentina. “In all my 61 years I can say unequivocally without any doubt that this is the best meal I've ever had on my birthday!” That’s how Duke described our lunch at Bodega Ruca Malen. And several of the rest of us might even rate this the best lunch in our lives all things considered: outdoor formal table setting with a sea of glasses and silver overlooking Cuyo de Lujan vineyards, beautiful sunny day with white billowy clouds over the Andes, exquisite 5 course tasting menu paired with the bodega’s wines, and exceptional table service including fun interactions with the young Chef Lucas at each course. Warning: The following tasting menu may be hazardous to read if you are hungry or thisty! Our Argentina gastronomy tour table setting at Ruca Malen bodega. Two appetizers: Small goat cheese truffle, dried...
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Guest — Jonathan Burnham
The food in Argentina looks amazing and I love the plate with the dish explained right on it.
Monday, 25 March 2013 02:45
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