Fun Fact Friday: World Food Giveaway (with poll)

Because the leaves are changing, and because I’m feeling fiesty, let’s do a book giveaway. And not just any book give away. This is a “must have” book for anyone who loves Latino/Caribbean food. (Mmmm, doesn’t everyone?)

The book:

Latin & Caribbean Grocery Stores Demystified by Linda Bladholm

There’s nothing I enjoy more than plunging into one of Miami’s many latin markets with Linda at my side–and now you can, too, wherever you live. Her carefully researched, clearly presented information will let you shop with confidence. And her charming and enthusiastic approach will make it fun. This indispensable guide will turn your trepidation into delight. –Kathy Martin, Food Editor, The Miami Herald

How to win:

I’m guessing that you read this web site because you are interested in international food, travel, and culture. Awesome.

Or you are standing by to see if I actually can cook one meal for every country in the world!

Or perhaps you just like watching videos of cute babies eating international food…. which, trust me, I get. Super-duper.

Either way…. I love it! I want to know:

How do you live the life of a Global Table Adventurer?

Leave an answer to this question in the comments section below. One winner will be chosen at random. Contest closes in 24 hours, at midnight (Friday, October 15, 2010). Winner will be announced Saturday, October 16, 2010. Prize is one copy of Linda’s book as described above. Must be 18 to enter.

But wait, there’s more!

For those who are disappointed that Fun Fact Friday has been interrupted, I’ve included a poll about Colombian food. Yum. Enjoy!

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  1. I’m always hunting for new and tasty recipes from near and far! I’m an adventurous eater and love learning about new cultures! Your blog is fantastic!

  2. I love reading the new recipes of the week, and hope to try many of them to try to introduce my baby to new foods, and my husband who is about as picky!

  3. Dianne Roberson says:

    I learned to enjoy international food and culture as a child – being the daughter of a US Army Sgt Major who brought home his favourite recipes from every place he was stationed at ensured that. Now, even though I’m in a small town in the Nebraska panhandle where international ingredients are *not* readily available, I still find ways to cook a variety of international foods.

    I’m constantly on the look-out for international recipes that can be easily made with commonly available ingredients. Often, the difference between foods of various countries is in the spices or other simple ingredients. Because of that, every few months I do a massive ordering of spices and other items that can be used in more than one cuisine. I often make my own seasoning blends, and I grow what herbs I can in this area for use fresh and dry.

    Your website has been a *great* inspiration to me – I’m very glad I found you!

    • Jessica Bennett says:

      You definitely know THE way to make the best of where you live. I used to do the same thing when I lived in a small town in Maine (although I also went into Boston on occasion to find other things).

  4. One of the most wonderful things about the USA is that it has been touched by so many cultures that an amazing variety of food is available. On Dec. 31, 2009, on my drive home from work, I thought, “I wonder if anyone has compiled an alphabetical list of countries of the world.” I Googled, I found, and decided to start the New Year by making one dish from every country in the world in alphabetical order. A few months into it while searching for recipes from Bahamas, I found Sasha’s Global Table. Immediately impressed with the scope of her adventure, I became a fan. With little time leftover from my 9-5, I have fallen far behind with my own adventure (just completed Belgium) but am still cooking along as I follow the Global Table’s amazing adventure.

  5. While we are also trying to introduce our baby to new foods, trying new recipes and having fun in the kitchen was something we enjoyed pre-baby. While we don’t always have the time (or energy) to cook together anymore, I’ve found that introducing one or two new recipes every couple of weeks helps to remind us of… well, us.

  6. I love to travel and am an adventurous eater. Cooking and feeding people is a passion of mine. I host dinner parties regularly, around a theme. I’ve done Spanish food and tapas, Indian, Moroccan, Mexican (authentic), Greek, Lebanese, Polish, and Italian. I’m always looking for new ideas and that’s one thing I love about this site.
    And the baby trying out all the meals is beyond adorable. I know my kid won’t try much so it’s refreshing to see a little adventurous eater.

  7. Reading your Blog has opened my eyes to all the possibilities we have here around Tulsa. I didn’t realize we could get exotic things like Kangaroo and Konch. I’ve started noticing more and more international markets. I’ve even branched out a little in what I order at restraunts choosing to be a bit more adventurous. I love international food anyway. I’m a big Lanna Thai, India Palace, and just about any Mexican restraunt fan! I’m trying to break Jason into some Mediteranean Restraunts. If only we had a good cuban/caribbean restraunt!

    • Hehe…I wasn’t even thinking about the cookbook when I wrote that last sentence. I used to work with a girl who was from Cuba and she used to bring in wonderful dihes for us to try like fried Plantains. And Jason and I fell in love with Caribbean food when we went on our Honeymoon cruise.

  8. My husband and I both love to try international foods, both eating out and cooking at home. My specialty is Indian and Asian style food, but we’re fanatics of any Spanish food, especially from South & Central America!

  9. Collette Lemons says:

    I live vicariously through you as I know Cliff is not as brave as Keith is, lol.

    I have had the honor of actually participating and that was fun. Australia had some interesting stuff and Pavlova was definitely a challenge that I conquered and have made it since then.

    Clifff always told me he didn’t like rice so i never made it – I have you as a witness when he said he don’t mind rice so I can feel some coca cola rice headed our way.

    I love reading about food from other countries and seeing the choices you make to try and then watch the video on what Ava really thinks, lol.

    It’s all fun.

  10. For me, it all started with my Dad’s heart attack in 1991. I was a sophmore in high school at the time and our diets changed dramatically to skinless chicken and turkey, along with fish and very little salt. Baked chicken and bland turkey meatloaf got very boring very fast. So I started looking for other chicken and turkey recipes with lots of flavor and very little fat and salt.

    Fast forward a couple of decades, and I have a large collection of cookbooks from different cultures – from Hawaii and Puerto Rico to Brazil, India, and Italy. I am no longer limited to chicken, turkey and fish but I still try to keep that fat and salt down. It is fun to cook and I enjoy it, even with all the great restaurants here in NYC. I even try to do one vegetarian meal per week.

  11. I too lived in Europe MANY years ago. I miss soo many of the foods, simple and complex but REAL foods. I absolutley love the bulk spice aisle at Whole Foods. We love to try out new spices and see what we can cook up. Our favorite “new” cuisines are North African and Spanish.

  12. I love reading the recipes and the Monday review and Ava’s Corner are my favorites! I am trying to be more adventurous in my own cooking to create healthy, flavorful meals for my family. Tim claims to not be a picky eater, but he can be really annoying when I try a recipe and make the mistake of telling him what is in it!

  13. I just found your blog and love it! I am starting to try a bunch of new recipes and love eating (and making) Chilean food! Tonight we’re having some friends over for Chilean empanadas! Loved your post about cooking Chilean food!

  14. I read the blog daily and love it. I try to make a brand new meal to us ever week and I use your blog as inspiration.

  15. I love experimenting with different recipes and incorporating new ingredients. I think it is important to not only expose our children to different cultures and tastes but also that variety makes for a healthier diet. This summer we grew thai chiles, tomatillos and asian green beans in our Maryland garden.

  16. Jessica Bennett says:

    Ever since I started travelling Internationally, I became interested in learning about all aspects of all cultures. Food happens to be one aspect. Whenever I travel, I make a point to try each region’s cuisine and national dishes.

    Several years ago, I started a project like yours (though not as formalized- I didn’t make it public in any way). I went in alphabetical order just doing one country per letter and figured I’d just keep going through the alphabet. I made it through N on the first go-round, and then my life took a major turn, so I stopped. But I loved it. I read all about the country’s cuisine from cookbooks and websites, decided on a main dish, side dish, and dessert, bought the ingredients, and then made the meal. One day, if/when there’s a point in my life where I can pick this back up, I definitely will.

    At this point in my life, I still try to make meals from various cuisines as often as possible, though I tend toward doing similar variations of meals based on ingredients of Latin America, Middle East, and Far East, since I know them best and don’t need to take too much time to research or try new techniques. Also, when I eat out, I like to go to a variety of restaurants, which was a lot easier when I lived in NYC. But I now live in a college town and am lucky to have choices such as Ethiopian, Indian, and Japanese. I have basically found a balance of getting to enjoy a variety of flavours when I am able while not having cooking take up too much time in my life (between personal, health, and work issues- I just don’t have the time to devote to everything I would like).

  17. I grew up in a German household, so I had ample access to that type of cooking and food from both my mother and her friends. Later in life, I moved to Switzerland, and through my husband’s work, I was able to travel to different countries around Europe and try something traditional to their country or region. In Austria, I had geniune Sacher Torte and Weinner (Vienna) Schnitzel. In Switzerland, I tried the Berner Pfannkuchen, and I even tried horse meat, which is so popular their. In Italy, I was eager to try out the best gelato shops in Rome, and in Venice, I was hard pressed to find something (I’m not a seafood lover), but settled on sardines marinated in vinegar.

    Back in the US, I’ve met many latinos and Chinese people, who have made something authentic — brought family receipes from their homeland, and made something unique which you can’t find very often in restaurants.

  18. We have been introducing the kids to various countries (over the summer we studied one country per week – its map, landmarks, some words and of course (!) a meal or two. So, we use culture to introduce food. Both my husband and I are avid world travelers – and we plan to bring the kids into that world with a long-term travel in a couple of years – so starting them out with knowing some cool things about different cultures, including the dense variety of food options, is how we are going about it.

  19. I try something new at every restaurant I go too, so I can always be trying new things and going new places.

  20. I am fascinated by your adventures in food and particularly enjoy videos of Ava. She’s precious and thanks to you, will have a lifetime of courageous eating! I imagine she keeps Keith on his toes to set a good example when it comes to trying new foods!

    When I was very young, my first “foreign” cooking was Chinese and I enjoyed shopping in San Francisco’s Chinatown for ingredients. Now those ingredients are available EVERYWHERE and not nearly as exotic as once perceived.

    I now live in an agricultural area where many Latinos live and work. I would love to have a better understanding of the ingredients in the nearby bodegas and tiendas!

  21. I was born in Austria and grew up in Germany right next to the French border and traveled extensively throughout Europe. Now I live in the US in an RV, moving North and South with the seasons. I’ve always been interested in ethnic food of all kinds, and though my kitchen is quite small, I manage to do a variety of cooking. The one thing I miss in my gypsy lifestyle is the garden!
    But in our travels, we have met many other people with diverse ethnic backgrounds and made many friends by sharing recipes and experiences.
    I very much enjoy your site and the many ideas and “moral support” I get here. My husband Carl is a good but picky eater: he doesn’t like a lot of things but he eats most of it anyway. That means I am free to serve my exotic meals if I don’t mind listening to his mumblings while he cleans his plate!
    Thank you for letting Ava help to keep me in a good mood!

  22. I found your site while searching for Algerian recipies. Many moons ago, I was in love with a Chaoui Berber man and enjoyed the time cooking with the women in his family. A couple of years ago, I found myself in Morocco, once again in the kitchen, cooking this time with the ‘hired help’! On the same trip, I met some Senegalese immigrants and ended up cooking W. African food. I love playing with flavors and thinking up pan-fusion ideas in my head.

  23. My father and stepmom worked for the American Embassy for 30ish years. Every three years they were required to relocate to another embassy. (Government stuff… Moving people around prevents corruption, I suppose.) Anyway, they are now retired, but they have the most wonderful stories of the many places they have lived, and of the wonderfully varied cuisines of the world.

    So the way I live the Global Table Adventure is for the most part vicariously, enjoying their stories and the beautiful photos and articles on this blog. I do occasionally check out some of the ethnic restaurants in my local area.

    Between the stories, the blog, and personal experimentation, my palate (and alas, my waistline) has expanded quite a bit recently. Thanks Sasha and Keith for the enjoyable education!

  24. We have a very diverse family with Mexico, China & Korea represented along with all European ones. We cook recipes from every country. We especially like Indian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Mexican.

  25. I live in Anchorage, AK, which is surprisingly multicultural. We have restaurants – and even better, grocery stores – representing just about every cuisine you can imagine. My husband and I are trying them all! Also, one of the types of cookbooks I collect is international, and I love trying out new recipes from around the world.
    You have a neat blog!

  26. I really enjoy such a variety of Colombian food, but definitely, the best of all of them is the “Plato Paisa” in its variations of “Bandeja Paisa” or “Típico Montañero”. I think the variety of its ingredients represents all the flavors of the Colombian regions (Grilled steak, rice, beans, fried pork rind, sweet plantains, corn bread “Arepa”, and fried eggs) and whoever is still hungry can enjoy some fried blood sausages with fried cassava and fried plantains “Patacones” , and for salad avocado with cilantro, onions, lemon, tomato, and vinegar.
    For desert, I recommend sweetened figs with fresh cheese “Quesito” and caramel. Buen apetito!

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