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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.

Meantime, here’s the blogger round-up for Thailand. Enjoy! Continue reading Culinary Tour Around the World • Thailand • Blogger Round-Up

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

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.

Continue reading Culinary Tour Around the World • Japan Blogger Round-Up

Negamaki + Daigakuimo from Japan • A Culinary Tour Around the World

Have you heard of umami? Umami is a word that recently made its way into the worldwide culinary vernacular. Its origin is Japan and the definition loosely implies ‘good taste’ or ‘deliciousness’. There are all kinds of chemical reasons that trigger this sensation. They involve words I don’t understand like glutamate, ribonucleotides, inosinate and guanylate.

Suffice it to say, if I ever use it…I mean it in the gastronomical sense and as it has conventionally become known: “the fifth taste” to its counterparts sweet, sour, salt + bitter. Beef and sweet potatoes are considered umami-rich foods.

I loved this dinner for its combination of sweet, savory and salt…which definitely speaks umami to me! Continue reading Negamaki + Daigakuimo from Japan • A Culinary Tour Around the World