Category Archives: Cuisine

Mutabbaq: A Taste of Arabia

Churning out the MutabbaqOn a recent evening, I set out on a power walking mission through Riyadh’s dusty  and automobile maddened streets.

I wanted to find a little Bangladeshi place that had been pointed out by my Pakistani friend two weeks prior.  It is next to a Pakistani joint that he’d taken me to.  I’d later find what I was looking for to realize that it wasn’t Bangladeshi food at all, but South Indian fare.

A Flashback of India

Guys From Hyderabad Enjoying Their Native South Indian CuisineAs I set out for my nightly cuisine excursion, the plan was to hit a Chinese place that a coworker had recommended to me.  He said,

Just hop in a cab and any driver will know where it is.”

This colleague had told me that the food there was excellent and cheap.

A Taste of Egypt

My Personal Egyptian Spread In my last cuisine post, food aficionado Mark Wiens asked about a dish he’d tried in Egypt.

Because Saudi’s capital boasts a seemingly endless array of ethnic eats, I inquired about an Egyptian eatery.  I easily came across Al Feshavoy, an authentic Egyptian restaurant.  It’s only half an hour by foot from my hotel.

Cuisine Scenes From Saudi

Enjoying Delicious Saudi Arabian Food Now, after being in Saudi’s capital for just over two weeks, it feels like much longer. Because the Middle East is new to me, I feel like I’ve seen and witnessed so much. Maybe it’s because I’ve never been to this part of the world, and that my introduction to the region is being viewed from its most stringent land.

I’ve learned a handful of Arabic, yet I’m coming to the realization that I may never become fluent. To do that I’d need full immersion. It’s hard to become fully immersed when I’m often conversing with Filipinos who speak Tagalog, or Pakistanis who speak Urdu, and many other foreigners , many of whom have at least a functional knowledge of English.

3 Tropically Exotic South American Fruits

Tropical destinations remind me that everything grown isn’t exported. There are more fruits than us four seasons dwellers know of. Although those of us that don’t live in tropical zones can get imported coconut, mango, papaya and pineapple, there are other delectable fruits that we don’t come across.

Many say that fruit is the single best type of food you can eat. Our bodies crave and love it. I try to eat multiple servings per day. While it’s easier while I’m situated in one place for a bit, I still manage while on the road, especially in the tropics. There, I can’t help but notice fruit all over the place.

Gone are the Hotel Nights That Include Breakfast

25,000 right.”

Actually it’s 35,000.  But that’s with breakfast included.”

I thought: Breakfast is nice.  I read somewhere online that it was 25,000 but . . .  Prices go up.  Bills need to be paid.  It’s not super easy to make a solid living off of running a little place of accommodation.

25,000 Colombian Pesos = $14.  35,000 is $19.50.  I shouldn’t have been spending that much each night in Manizales.  At the time I justified it being a good value because I had my own room and a home cooked breakfast was included.

Food Savvy Acquired After More Than a Year of Drifting

Back in December of 2010, I wrote my first post: 10 things I Want to do on My Next Trip.   I published this list before beginning my drifting experiment.

I recently got the first comment on that first post, 164 entries later.

It comes from the stream of consciousness travel writer and photo blogger Pinky Binks:

Peruvian Cuisine

Ages ago I wrote a post entitled Nicaraguan Cuisine. Nicaragua was the first foreign country that I’d started blogging in.  Now, after a drifting escapade through Perú, the ninth land that my virtual publication has seen outside of the US, I’ve decided to dedicate a post to a country’s cuisine again.

There’s a consensus among aficionados in the Americas. Many believe that Perú possesses preeminence in the category of cuisine.

There’s good food everywhere.  But in Perú, it’s easier to find.

3 Cheap Vegetarian Options in La Mariscal

I’m not going to lie.  I’m not a full-fledged vegetarian.  That means that when there’s no other option, I suck it up and usually end up settling for chicken and or egg.  I even eat beef or pork when it’s served to me in someone’s home.  Recently in Colombia I had liver on arepas or corn tortillas while at a home in Virjinia.

As time goes on, I continue to like the idea of vegetarianism more and more.    Even though I’m not a fan of labels, for the moment, I’ll loosely consider myself a virtual vegetarian.

The bottom line is that my goal going forward is to focus mostly on a high fruit, high veggie diet.

El Rincón de Lucy: A Party on Your Peso

Only on the inside of the restaurant will you see the sign: El Rincón de Lucy. Nothing on the outside of the establishment will give an indication that it’s a restaurant that’s colloquially called Lucy’s.

On my first day in Salento, a British couple in my hostel asked if I’d like to join them at a place that they said was good and incredibly reasonable for only 6,000.