Celebrate the World & Win (Giveaway)

ava eats the world

This week is a special week. We’re only five countries away from finishing cooking the world. Four years ago, I was afraid I wouldn’t make it to the letter “B,” let alone V!

But I’m stubborn.

And I love learning.

And I’m … stubborn.

If all goes according to plan, we’ll be done in less than 2 months!

This is an appropriate time to take a pause… to take a week to breath in and settle into the idea of the finish line being so close. For many of us, this is coming much too quickly.

In my family, we think this is a great time, though, too.

We’ve spent four years celebrating the world.

Four years teaching our daughter to love her world.

Four years with all of you.

As you may have noticed, we’re having a HUGE party at Philbrook Museum this weekend called the Global Table Experience. There’ll be samplings from 175 countries, prepared by 16 chefs and cooking schools in the Tulsa area. Never before has food from so many countries been in one place at one time.

It’s going to be ridiculous.

Here’s the thing. We saved 21 countries for all of you to cook, so that you can Experience the Adventure from wherever you are!

We’d love for you to claim one of them, cook it and share photos and stories from your experience with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or even via email:

[dropshadowbox align=”center” effect=”lifted-both” width=”500px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]China, Congo, Cte dIvoire, Ethiopia, Seychelles, Β North Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Yemen,Β Zambia, Zimbabwe.[/dropshadowbox]

Use #globaltable when sharing your culinary adventures, so you can be included in the day’s hashtag!

People at the event will be using #globaltable, too, so you’ll be able to see what everyone’s tasting!

It’s going to be great…

Together we will cook and celebrate the ENTIRE WORLD in one day!

I can hardly believe that what took me four years will take us, as a community.. a single day!

Anything truly is possible.

Now, for a little more fun. Let’s have a giveaway.

I’ve so enjoyed getting to know you all on the blog, but would love to reach out and chat with one of you.

I can’t wait to find out who! (UPDATE: Congratulations to CHRISTINE who won the giveaway! Thank you to all who entered)

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Good luck!


  1. This is a great idea, can I enter another country thats not on the list. As I am doing my own global table adventure but I’m only up to Benin. Could I enter a country I have already done? Also what does one cook for a special week?

  2. Kc192 says

    Wow, I can’t beleive it’s coming to an end!! I discovered your blog around Australia and I’ve been following you ever since! Tonight we’re eating Greece. At least, the meat (which I’m subbing chicken) with yogurt sauce but I’m making Turkish tabbouleh (I can mix and match right?!). Are you using Instagram to post pictures or just fb/twitter?

    • Sasha Martin says

      Instagram works, too. I just added the link to my account so you tag me as well as #globaltable. Sounds delicious – can’t wait to see πŸ™‚

  3. Ashley Morgan says

    It has been such an amazing journey following this blog with you. I have watched it grow over the years and blossom into such a large scale adventure. I’m so happy that you kept up with it!! I have especially loved watching Ava grow into such a beautiful young girl. Thank you for helping me satiate my own desire to travel (while not yet having the funds or the time to do as much as I’d love to), learning about countries I’d never even knew existed and expanding my cooking abilities all at the same time! It’s been a wonderful journey, one I will never forget!

    • Ashley Morgan says

      Oh – I forgot to mention that I plan on cooking Tuvalu with you! A country that I discovered here on your blog!

      • Sasha Martin says

        This is great! I’m so glad you’ve been able to follow along all this time… thank you πŸ™‚

  4. Jessica Michael says

    I will be cooking Dhal Bat from Nepal. Super excited to actually find a recipe for it.

  5. Leslie says

    I’m working on the 12, 13 and 14. But I can cook belatedly on Tues. the 15th. Even though Libya isn’t on the list and it is too late for the contest… I would like to cook something from a country I lived in and loved as a child for family.I’m picking Mint tea. We’re not coffee drinkers. I first tasted it in the old Souk in Tripoli at 9 while my parents were buying couple of small area rugs for the house. And from the great food blog ‘Look out Libya’ by Sarah Elmusrati, 2 dishes I know well from Libya. ‘Tabeenhat Bamya’ Okra stew with seared lamb shanks plus tomato and spices. and the folded ribbon shaped fritters ‘Dibla’ covered with a simple sugar syrup, I like to use cardamon and orange blossom water to flavor the simple syrup and sprinkle the Dibla with chopped almonds before I pour the warm simple syrup over the fritters. Yum, a perfect Libyan meal.

    • Sasha Martin says

      That sounds DIVINE. Thanks Leslie, we’re excited to have you join the fun!

  6. I’m thinking of cooking Beef Pho for Vietnam. I’ve been having a hankering for pho for a while now, I might as well try my hand at it.

    • Sasha Martin says

      Can’t go wrong with that! The “foe” I made for Laos is very similar. I still think about that soup… I need to make it again!

  7. Janet Goodell says

    I thought I wouldn’t be able to cook my international dinner this weekend. Son’s football game Friday night, working a volleyball tournament all day Saturday, making 2 apple pies (using GTA recipe) for church dinner an bazaar Sunday at which I am working. The sandwiches from Comoros look so good and are so simple, I can easily swing them (hungry son will need something even if I am busy). I can use up some garden tomatoes, to boot! Now I’m looking forward to weekend supper….

  8. Jenny says

    I’ve cooked several countries along with you (and have been following your blog for most of these past 4 years!), so i’m really quite sorry I can’t come to your gathering in Oklahoma. I look forward to cooking along with you! My favorite thing I’ve made from your blog was Lagman Shurpa from…Kazakhstan, I think? With homemade noodles…mm. I know it’s not from one of the countries you’ve listed but I might put it on my menu if thats ok!! I’ll make an app or accompaniment from one of the countries on the list so it counts πŸ™‚

    • Sasha Martin says

      That is one of my favorites, too. Such clean bright flavors, but also extremely comforting!! I love that you’ve been cooking along, too. That makes me so happy.

  9. Tiffany says

    We made Pad Thai last week with my step mom, Noi, who is from Thailand. I love eating everything she makes because she is such a great cook, but this time I learned a lot more of how I can try it on my own. I will post pictures on my Facebook page tomorrow once I get them from a friend. Thank you for your inspiration and the awesome opportunity for greater unity and understanding in our world.

  10. I love this!:) I can’t wait to come this weekend and meet you in person- it’s going to bean incredible experience!!!

    • Sasha Martin says

      YES! You’ll have to come find me! Looking forward to meeting the whole family πŸ™‚

  11. I plan on cooking (well I’ve already cooked it) Carbonnade flammanade which is a beef stew and chocolate moosse.

  12. Dutchgirl says

    I’ll make my daily sandwich anyway: Brood met hagelslag from The Netherlands. Does this count as well?
    Maybe I’ll try the Israelian breakfast dish (shaksouka) too. I want to make it since I read about it in your blog. Saturday might be a good day for that!

  13. My mother purchased encyclopedias of cookery (for 49 cents years ago at the grocery store). They contain recipes from all over the world, as well as the origin and how to cook almost every vegetable, plant, meat/fish, etc., that was common at those times. I have worked through these cookbooks some almost 40 years now, often commenting on the date and the news of the day (deaths of prominent figures, elections of presidents, birthdays of royalty, etc.) that I made that particular recipe or what my family had participated in that day–soccer, Christmas, birthdays, etc. It was a world of fun! Now my daughter has these books for her collection.

  14. It is an amazing “set” of 13 volumes–arranged A-Z! the “C” volume has been very well used–including “chicken” and “cooking for children”! I love it and still do!

  15. rachel says

    I’d like to get better at Chinese food but I’m intrigued by some of the smaller countries, like Laos.

  16. CONGRATULATIONS ON MAKING YOUR DREAM COME TRUE WITH YOUR EVENT AT THE PHILBROOK. I even saw some of my students there. Good job, glad to have been there.

    • Sasha Martin says

      Thank you Ruby! It was AMAZING! Can’t wait to share the photos etc after I’v finished cooking the world! Thanks for coming and spreading the word πŸ™‚

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