About the Food of Uruguay

Beach in Uruguay. Photo by José Porras.

[Recipe] I've been saying "Uruguay" wrong my entire life. Apparently, it's "oooo-rah-gway," as in, "oooo" that food looks good. Located in South America, Uruguay is made of gentle hills and a glistening coastline. As with much of South America, this is a meat-lover's paradise. Beef is the specialty of choice, though blood sausages and other offal are included as well. In this, it reminds me of Argentina (which we cooked three and a half years ago!). More mainstream choices include … [Read more...]

About the food of the United States of America

New York City at night. Photo by Paulo Barcellos Jr.

Ah, the United States of America. After three and a half years of cooking the world, we finally reach my homeland. Our country is known as the land of opportunity, a melting pot, and a dream that stretches "from sea to shining sea." Whether or not you agree with these sentiments, one thing is for certain: it's easy to eat in the USA. There's food on virtually every corner. Ever since the first Thanksgiving, when native Americans shared their bounty, our people have celebrated abundance. … [Read more...]

About the food of the United Kingdom

Leadenhall Market In London. Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

I'm not sure why people groan when I ask them what they think about the food in the United Kingdom. If I beg them to explain themselves, they mutter something about tripe, kidneys, haggis, mushy peas and lamb roasts. But, truly, what is more sublime than a bright green pea plucked from the  garden just moments before eating it? Or farm-fresh meats, from down the street? This is what I love about cooking in the United Kingdom. There's a taste of the farm everywhere. In her tea sandwiches, … [Read more...]

About the food of the United Arab Emirates

A view of Buhairah Corniche from a residential tower in Sharjah, UAE-by Basil D Soufi

I have a buddy, Brad, who traveled to the United Arab Emirates a few years ago. TheFederation is made up of seven states on the Persian Gulf, including Dubai (where he went). Brad told me about the overwhelming heat, the desert, the glittering skyscrapers, but what really stood out were the UAE islands. They actually built islands that look like enormous palm trees. So, if you bought a house on the island, your street might be on the trunk, or one of the leaves. They even built … [Read more...]

About the food of Ukraine

Wheat fields in Midsummer in Ukraine, Oblast Lviv-by Raimond Spekking

"A dream is sweeter than honey." Proverb from Ukraine This week we're ambling over to Ukraine, in Eastern Europe.  We can get there on foot, by car, or plane, but why not chug-chug-chug through Ukraine's 'tunnel of love,' a 3-mile section of lush, green train tracks? Seriously. What a dream. And then there's the food. The food of Ukraine is hearty, spirit-warming vittles. Wheat porridge, called (Kutia/Kutya) is the traditional dish for Christmas eve. All year round, there's lots … [Read more...]

About the food of Uganda

Wagagai, the highest peak of Mount Elgon, Uganda. Photo by Kristina Just.

"The person who has not traveled widely thinks his or her mother is the best cook." Ugandan Proverb Oh boy, what truth this proverb holds. But I'd say the opposite, too: the further I travel from mom's cooking, the better I remember mom's food - and the more I crave it. After all, distance makes the heart grow fonder. And I'm sure this is the way with Ugandans as well. If you'd like to float about in one of the world's largest lakes, you just might take a trip to Uganda, in … [Read more...]

About the food of Tuvalu

Funafuti in Tuvalu looking south. Photo by David Arfon Jones.

This week we're scooting out into the Pacific, all the way to Tuvalu - a country which is as much fun to eat as it is to say. I wasn't convinced I'd find much info on these water-lapped islands, especially considering Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world - behind Monaco, Nauru (also in the Pacific), and the Vatican City. It is made up of just three reef islands and six atolls. An atoll is a ring-shaped coral reef like these: There's generally a lagoon inside. Not a … [Read more...]

About the food of Turkey

Town of Ortahisar in Cappadocia, a region in central Turkey. Photo by Brocken Inaglory.

Turkey walks the line: her western borders dip into Europe, while the rest lounges in Asia. Indeed,  Istanbul - is the only large city in the world to span two continents. Pretty awesome. Her extensive mountains cradle many small villages and cities, but it is her coastal plains and valleys that produce the most luscious produce. There's everything from citrus to corn, and olives to barley. The food will fill your spirit as well as your mouth. A few years ago I watched a show about … [Read more...]