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Jollof + Imoyo • Nigeria • A Culinary Tour Around the World

I wanted to end the tour with a real ‘ta da‘ dish…to go out with bang and a real challenge to my skills. Once again, I considered dessert because that is unique to FOODalogue’s usual fare, but I had difficulty finding a recipe that sang to me so…

I went with 2 dishes — both within my comfort zone, but both very traditional to the region. Chicken Jollof is a stewed chicken and rice dish, much like the Doro Wat from Eithopia (a dish I did during our 2009 culinary tour). Or you might even liken it to arroz con pollo (although very differently spiced). Imoyo is a plantain salad similar to an escabeche.

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Culinary Tour Around the World • Egypt • Blogger Round-Up

After 7 weeks ‘on the road’, we will close this edition of the Culinary Tour Around the World next week when we spotlight Nigeria. But this week we honor Egypt.

Along with expressing good wishes to the people of Egypt as they move forward in their domestic restructuring, our bloggers prepared some of the country’s most popular dishes. It’s a strong representation and, interestingly, there are no duplicates. Bravo bloggers!

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The Story of My Egyptian Dinner • Culinary Tour Around the World

Since Egypt is currently having a rebirth of sorts, I thought I, too, should venture into uncharted waters for this stop on the tour. Instead of putting my usual keywords in search, I googled ‘dessert’. Yes, folks, FOODalogue decided to tackle dessert…but, alas, it wasn’t meant to be. I couldn’t find a recipe that sufficiently appealed to me and was worth expending unwanted calories. To illustrate, I found one called “Halawa Sweet”. “You can eat it, and you can use it as Hair Removal”. I don’t think so…in either form. :)

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Culinary Tour Around the World • Thailand • Blogger Round-Up

A couple of bloggers who started the journey with us didn’t show up for this stop on the tour. I’m surprised because Thai food is pretty well-known and appreciated across the world. But don’t despair. Those that did show up were really creative and provided an excellent representation of the flavors of Thailand.

Note: I toyed with the idea of canceling Egypt because I didn’t want to be seen as trivializing current events, but what better way for food bloggers to show solidarity than to showcase the food? Plus, we all have to eat so we’ll meet you next week at the pyramids.

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Thai Green Curry with Beef (Gaeng Keow Wahn) • Culinary Tour Around the World

Sawakeedah! You can count me among the fortunate who have visited Thailand.

In 2007, I took a whirlwind trip  to Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, with a side visit to Myanmar. It’s a long way to go and it’s not for the faint-hearted, especially when you start out with a 3-hour delayed departure in Fort Lauderdale. Then, a 5 hour flight to LA, a 15 or 17- hour flight to Hong Kong and I think a 2-hour flight to Bangkok. I’ve since blotted the actual timeline from my mind — so that I’d remain open to traveling in Asia again. Because it is sooo worth it! But, like my visits to Turkey, it was both a taste and tease. I long to go back. Continue Reading

Polenta-Crusted Fried Fish with Capers + Mint Oil

I’m currently in La Isla del Encanto (Puerto Rico) having an annual reunion with my friends from NY. The ‘snownami’ that passed through the country last week shaved a couple of days off everyone’s trip due to cancelled flights. I hope by the time this publishes we are all reunited and enjoying ourselves as we usually do — with leisurely days exploring the island and glittery evenings in the hotels and casinos of San Juan. This is my umpteenth trip to PR, but the first time I’m taking my new ipad with me so i hope to be checking in here, twitter and facebook and, as time permits, your blogs.

This fish recipe, as they say in Puerto Rico, is muy sabroso (very tasty)!

[Culinary Tour resumes in Thailand on or about February 13.]

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Date-Almond Pesto: The Best Thing I Ever Ate…Recently

2011 officially started off with a fabulously decadent New Year’s Eve dinner of caviar and blinis, foie gras, and a perfectly steamed 2-lb. lobster (per person).

I didn’t think it could get any better — and maybe it hasn’t, but that meal was the genesis for this lip-smacking and unique sweet and savory pesto.

With such an extravagant meal (not to mention ?# glasses of champagne), I could not finish my lobster so I went home with leftovers (the whole tail and 2 claws). I know that’s what most people eat first but I’ve always had a “Hoover” approach to eating lobster, sucking out the carcass and going from there.

So one day not long after the holiday (who could wait?), I popped the tail out of the freezer for my dinner.

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Culinary Tour Around the World • Japan Blogger Round-Up

Japanese cuisine is so much more than California rolls and the Benihana style of stove-top theatrics that most people are familiar with. And, it’s certainly more than 59-cent ramen noodle packages.

Our bloggers knew better. They embraced the clean taste, style and intricate presentation that is so uniquely and admirably Japanese. And they set their tables to appropriately show off the dishes they made. I encourage you to click through to all the blogs for their unique perspectives, more photos and, of course, the recipes.

Note: We have 3 new bloggers joining us for this leg of our tour. Please give them  an especially warm welcome.

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