Weekly Schedule

As a rule, we visit a new country every week. Every rule has exceptions, however: once in a while I’ll combine two countries in a week, so that I can build in vacation and sick time. Regardless, this is the weekly schedule:

Travel Tuesday:

Overview of the cuisine. Learn about some of the popular foods, preparation methods, and customs.


Menu: Read what I’ll be cooking, usually 3-4 dishes (sometimes more, sometimes less). In general I provide an appetizer, vegetable, main course, and dessert. Sometimes I substitute in drink, sauce, or soup recipes.

Technique Thursday:

Learn about a new ingredient or technique to enhance your cooking. This is almost always a recipe.

Fun Friday:

Random recipes, tidbits and polls.

Monday Meal Review:

Recipes, photos, and reviews are published by Monday morning. This usually includes a video of Ava trying the food filmed and edited by my husband, Keith Martin.


Aside from Ava’s Corner (shown in the Monday Meal Review), you can sometimes watch videos about the country’s food or culture on Twitter. (This has been moved from the blog due to the ephemeral nature of YouTube videos). Once in a while I’ll also post one on our Facebook Fan Page.

Fun Questions and Randomness

Our Facebook Fan Page is a place for chit chat about random food/travel topics, mostly via questions posted on the wall.


  1. Najat Naser says

    Hi ,thanks for your wonderful blog.I liked the idea very much and I really admire your work.I am a Canadian of Palestinian origin and i have noticed that Palestine is not on your list of countries.Although it is not on the world map,it’s cuisine is rich and versatile.if you need more info please feel free to contact me on resources regarding Palestinian cuisine.i have some palestinian recipes on youtube where i post videos ,search for najatskitchen.please keep the good work.

    • Sasha Martin says

      I love to hear such positive feedback and really appreciate that you took the time to write. While I would love to cook the food of Palestine, I have limited myself to the list of countries as recognized by geographers (I had to set a limit somewhere). That being said, I do hope to someday add other regions/groups/cultures which don’t fit so neatly in that box… the more food I get to try, the better, really – and the better for my readers, to experience more cultures. Perhaps once I complete the 195 countries I’ll be able to do this.

  2. Cliff Davis says

    I greatly regret that I have entered this party at its halfway point. I love your idea! In fact, years ago I created a manila folder for every country in the world and began to save interesting news articles from each one, with the idea that I would focus on a new country each month, learning its current events, a few words from its official language and one or two cherished recipes. I have kept up with this idea, off and on. However, you have done something much better, more organized and more fun. And by sharing it with the public, you make it valuable for everyone. I will be a daily reader!

    • Sasha Martin says

      Thank you Cliff! I’m so glad you found your way here. I think it’s great that you were working on the news angle for every country. That must have been fascinating. Enjoy the stovetop travel for now 🙂

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