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#1: All Indian food does NOT taste the same!

From the UK, We all live downstream explains this popular belief that find its roots in the lack of adventurous spirit of some when executing this natural, vital and recurrent activity. What kind of Indian food do you get when you go out? Northern Indian probably.

Not that all Northern Indian food tastes the same, but to assume such a diverse country has similar tasting food demonstrates the following: First, people usually order the same thing over and over, being shy to try something new. Second, there are not too many good exponents of Indian restaurants out there, and third, most Indian restaurants offer a limited menu which won't go further than the North Indian cuisine.

If your hunger for authentic Indian food has taken you overseas, to the heart and house of this movement, do not miss your opportunity to visit Panchvati Gourav in Bombay. There you will be able to enjoy an "all-you-can-eat" meal for Rs 145 (approximately a little bit less than $4 US) and more than 20 different dishes are served including 5 types of yummy breads!

#2: It is fried whole-fish time!

From Oman, My Dhaba features a delicious and incredibly easy recipe to prepare "Silver Pomfret Fry". If you've got a bagful of cute silver pomfrets and still have not decided what to cook with it, head over to his blog because this is the first of a series of great recipes where you know who is going to be the star! And, when you are there, please do not miss his slow-death Halwa recipe. It makes me want to go to the kitchen and prepare it right away!

#3: The Chinese New Year of the Dog

Six years is a long wait to indulge yourself with your favorite homemade food, right? That's how long Hotel Kid had to wait to enjoy the food he had engraved in his family memories. New year's dinners filled with an endless list of regional dishes from the land of his ancestors, and the warm, good times spent with relatives and friends were for a long wait for his dream. Now, he is happy as ever, and I couldn't agree more with him. Just take a glimpse at the menu: Yu Sheng, Suckling Pig, Roast Pork, Roast Duck, Roast Chicken, Stir-fry Prawn Noodles, Vegetable Curry (Lontong), Hainanese Beef Stew, Spring Rolls, Garlic Prawns, Scallops & Abalone, Nasi Kunning (Yellow/Tumeric Rice), and Fish Maw Soup. Join him while he shares this amazing story and delicious photos.

#4: Zambia is the place to be

Maeghanjuneray shares her incredible stories and photos of her travels in Zambia. If you are curious about what the local food is, we invite you to read this interesting post. She not only relates tales about the country,  the orphan children, and all of the HIV infection, she opens a window where we can take a peak and learn about their eating habits…Lots of rice, maize, cabbage, and fish of course, is what satiates the hunger of their body and soul.

#5: Pesto paradise

Have you ever forgotten something in the back of your freezer, to find it many months later? Well, that is exactly what happened to Vickie. Last summer she prepared and posted a delectable step-by-step recipe to prepare and store homemade pesto. Then,  just a few days ago she found them in the back of her freezer. It was the perfect occasion to prepare a really colorful Pesto Cream Sauce. It definitely looks scrumptious served with pasta and chicken breast,…hmmm

#6:  A taste of the world

Part Time Pro-bono Baker is traveling from London to Beijing. Follow her in this gastronomical adventure, and sample her food tales and beautiful photography from: Zagreb-Croatia, Beijing, RomeVeniceKraków-Poland, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Copenhagen, and many other interesting cities.

#7: The mango fever continues

From Guyana Diaspora, a very interesting post on luscious mangos. An excerpt follows:

There are 1,000 varieties of mangos throughout the world. And beyond being delicious and rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, mangos contain an enzyme to soothe stomach ailments. A 105 g (31/2 oz) serving of sliced fresh mango contains just 66 calories, almost no fat and is a rich source of vitamin A, potassium, vitamin C and fiber.

#8: From Galapagos with LOVE

The Curlin Clan letter from Galapagos in Ecuador is no doubt one of the longest letters I have read recently. I am not complaining at all, because every paragraph is filled with adventurous tales on the family travels in this beautiful Latin American country. It is no secret that I love Ecuador, but I have never been to Galapagos. After reading their story I made very clear to myself that this place would be visited soon, weather I like it or not!!!

After resting, we headed to the pier and fished for piranha on nothing but a line and a big hook. They are the size of bream with beautiful orange black eyes but oh what teeth. Vinnie says there is nothing to fear about swimming in the lagoon with them as they do not bother people with all the other food available. Dad was hoping to swim, but he got sick and I really did not need to have to do it to knock that one out. Everyone landed one except me. They kept eating my bait which was beef. You had to be quick at the jerks. I hooked one but did not land him…They actually cooked them for supper so people could eat some of their catch!

#9: Panama, a culinary destination?

The message is out: "we welcome you to our country, which is a melting pot, one of the richest ones when it comes to a variety of exotic fruits, vegetables, seafood, fish and delectable meats that would satisfy the most refined and trained palates and connoisseurs."

Read more about this fascinating topic here.

#10: Chocolate and Peanut Butter sitting in a tree

Being the chocoholic I am, I could not resist to finish this report with some sweet chocolaty stuff. Here we go…

From Cream Puffs in Venice:

When I think of food marriages, I think of warm bread slathered with soft butter, a freshly-baked chocolate chip cookie and a cold glass of milk, golden fried potatoes and a sprinkling of sea salt … I could go on! The grandest marriage of all, however, has to be chocolate and peanut butter. Wether it's a Reese's peanut butter cup or your own nutella and peanut butter sandwich, the two are made to go together.

Here is waiting for you her recipe to prepare Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Filling

Enjoy!

  • What a pleasure to see a roundup of my post on this amazing site! Thank you so much!!!

  • Ivonne, your recipe and photos are so delicious that it was impossible to resist. HUgs,
    M

  • Paz

    I love the round ups of links that you assemble. I always find something new and interesting here. Since mangoes are one of my favorites, I’m especially excited when you post something about them. Yay! I’m off to check out the post and others! Thanks, Melissa!

    Paz

  • Melissa,one more of you great round-ups.I have begun looking forward for these articles where get to learn so much about other foodies and great recipes.Thanks so much,Melissa.

  • Melissa, what a wonderful roundup. I love being able to travel the world of cooking through your eyes.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • PAZ: Now I know, I’ll surprise you again one of these days :)

    SAILAJA & RUTH: I am glad that you are enjoying the roundups! It is no doubt an easy way to travel the world, no passport needed!

    See you soon!
    M

  • Hi I am searching for Lubasi Samba from Lusaka.

    Is there way to find him???

  • I too am honored to see myself among such other fantastic blogs! I will have reports from Russia and China soon.

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