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Foods of the World

Part of the travel adventure for me is ALWAYS what I can eat that is particular to the area I am visiting. Eating is very much part of any country's culture. Can you help me compile a list here?
8 years ago, August 21st 2010 No: 21 Msg: #117973  
I've just been reading the question about 'crumpets'. I fear there is still some confusion about 'English Muffins' and 'crumpets'. They are, indeed, similar to one another - but different! The "English" Muffin, sometimes referred to here as a breakfast muffin or hot muffin, is a round, yeast-leavened form of bread (a bit like sourdough), usually around 2 to 2.5cm thick and dusted with cornmeal. Often eaten split down the middle, toasted, then buttered. Crumpets (also known as pikelets), on the other hand, are a much more chewy thing altogether and are more widely eaten than the aforesaid muffin. They're only 1.5 to 2cm thick. Also made from flour and yeast, these are the ones with holes all over. Must be toasted until the outside is crisp and the inside is squidgy. Butter generously while hot so so the melted butter fills the holes and runs down your chin when you bite it! Both can be eaten with cheese, jam (jelly?), honey or whatever takes your fancy.

Almost as confusing as cricket to our neighbours across the pond! Reply to this

8 years ago, August 24th 2010 No: 22 Msg: #118131  
Thanks for that fantastic info Mike! I was hoping someone who actually knew what they were talking about would join in and correct me 😊 It probably hasn't helped that I've only run into "English" muffins in the U.S and crumpets in England - I'll have to remember to compare the two next time I'm in the U.K. as the difference is likely obvious what you know what to look for, but from outside seems rather subtle.

Rather as subtle as the jam/jelly divide in the U.S - where jelly to basically a seedless jam. So you will find both jam and jelly (and preserves, which has whole fruit like strawberries or cherries) and the only difference is how much or which part of the fruit is included.
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8 years ago, August 24th 2010 No: 23 Msg: #118134  
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Hi Stephanie,

I´m going to have to interrupt my feverishly productive anthropological fieldwork in southern Ecuador to dip into the crumpet debate.

The difference (even to the crumpet virgin) is far from subtle; the look, the texture and taste are quite different. A google image search may help somewhat in grasping the first two differences, but alas the taste test will have to personally conducted (I say alas, when it may just be the culinary highlight of one´s life).

As a side note, both crumpets and muffins can be enjoyed sumptously warm with butter and either jelly, or jam,-) Reply to this

8 years ago, September 2nd 2010 No: 24 Msg: #118615  
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My choice of spread for warm (the only way to eat them) crumpets is honey - with the butter of course.

Traditionally they were round, but square-shaped ones are now also available here. Taste exactly the same ;-) Reply to this

8 years ago, February 18th 2011 No: 25 Msg: #129412  
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Most people think Canadian food would be beer, maple syrup and bacon...and it might be true, but because we are so multicultural, we also have fantastic spins on all the stuff that originated from other countries (butter chicken, ginger beef, perogies, nun's farts, gyros, etc.)

The following list are some of the most authentic in Canadian fair. Try them if you visit us!

When in Montreal, try some Poutine (french fries, cheese curds and gravy) or a Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich

A must is the Jiggs dinner while in Newfoundland, or fiddleheads with your Lobster.

Tourtière is a meat pie very popular in Quebec

Have a Beaver Tail (pastry) before iceskating on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa

Maple beans on toast in Winterpeg, oops...Winnipeg Manitoba

Drink a couple of Ceasars in a pub in Calgary

In Northern Ontario, you will pass out from sugar overload trying the Butter Tarts

Have a LumberJack's Breakfast aka the Lumby (piled high with back bacon) while in British Columbia

Heaven and sickening sweet Nanaimo Bars while on Vancouver Island B.C.

....and of course, all the other stuff you can't get anywhere else in the world. Kraft Dinner, Coffee Crisp, Bridge Mix, Shreddies, Ketchup chips, Hawkins Cheezies, Canada Dry, Tim Hortons, Bagged Milk.... Reply to this

8 years ago, February 19th 2011 No: 26 Msg: #129420  
From empanadas in Argentina, Awesome vietnamese and Indian food, to snails in Finland and ribs in Swaziland, I am lucky that my daughter likes trying different foods.

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8 years ago, February 20th 2011 No: 27 Msg: #129543  
When we took our around the world trip in 2007 our first stop was Singapore and we could not get enough of the wonderful soups.

That's a nice photo of a cold beer. Hey, rate that photo!!

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8 years ago, February 20th 2011 No: 28 Msg: #129545  
In Brunei we discovered some fantastic shrimp curry or their version of it.
Plus their version of the American breakfast--- some noodles and eggs.

Eating in foreign countries is always a dance for the taste buds because you find magnificent flavors that you cannot experience at home. Hence, one of the many reasons to travel. Reply to this

8 years ago, February 21st 2011 No: 29 Msg: #129549  
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ThroughMyEyes Those are great photos of your daughter. She must have truly developed her adventurous side, esp with food.
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8 years ago, February 24th 2011 No: 30 Msg: #129805  

8 years ago, February 24th 2011 No: 31 Msg: #129807  
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Dear me, MJ, those photos make me hungry. Off to dinner now. 😊) Reply to this

8 years ago, February 25th 2011 No: 32 Msg: #129857  

I hope you ate something Italian.

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8 years ago, March 2nd 2011 No: 33 Msg: #130257  
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MJ, had something FAR FROM ITALIAN. Am back from a trip in the southernmost part of Luzon, one of 3 island groups in the Philippines , where most dishes are spiced with local pepper (called sili) and lots of coconut cream or milk. Whatever I ate, I most certainly enjoyed. Now that I'm back, I'm ready to go Italian ;-) Reply to this

8 years ago, March 3rd 2011 No: 34 Msg: #130343  
My other hobby besides travel, is to reproduce food that I had while travelling, when I get home. That is becomming easier and easier, with more information, more receipes and willing advice givers, on the internet . As well as that, there are now a lot of Asian, African, Middle Eastern... shops in Munich Germany where I live, so its getting easier and easier to get exotic ingredients. As well as that, the regular supermarkets are starting to have more variety in exotic goods.

One of my favourites is Thai style coconut curry. I flavour it with lime leaves which I buy at a Chinese store, and ginger, garlic, lime juice and sugar. Reply to this

8 years ago, March 9th 2011 No: 35 Msg: #130703  
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I'm back in Manila, but still craving for Bicol Express, a dish made famous by a train plying the Manila-Bicol(southern part of Luzon) route.

Especially after I just completed my blog on Bicol Express and Other Bicol Food Treats Reply to this

8 years ago, March 9th 2011 No: 36 Msg: #130704  

8 years ago, March 11th 2011 No: 37 Msg: #130894  
I may have to visit the Philippines. That looks wonderful! Make me hungry. Reply to this

8 years ago, March 11th 2011 No: 38 Msg: #130896  
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Come on over, then!😊) Reply to this

8 years ago, March 13th 2011 No: 39 Msg: #131005  

8 years ago, March 13th 2011 No: 40 Msg: #131010  
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Loved the dragonfruit shake and grilled bananas (street food) in Siem Reap, Cambodia. So with the Amok Fish dishes and others with Viet and Thai influences.
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