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Posted November 15th, 2012 - 5:26 pm from Antalya, Turkey
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Posted November 15th, 2012 - 9:10 pm from Invercargill, New Zealand
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Posted November 17th, 2012 - 9:10 am from Antalya, Turkey
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Posted November 16th, 2012 - 12:29 am by from Lima, Peru (Permalink)
Look for "Mistura" (Perú) in google....; there is a bit of what food mean in this part of the world

Posted November 17th, 2012 - 9:12 am from Antalya, Turkey
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Posted November 17th, 2012 - 12:46 am from Sydney, Australia
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Posted November 17th, 2012 - 9:15 am from Antalya, Turkey
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Posted November 17th, 2012 - 11:10 am from Sydney, Australia
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Posted November 17th, 2012 - 11:24 am from Antalya, Turkey
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Posted November 17th, 2012 - 6:48 pm from Camden, United States
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Posted November 17th, 2012 - 7:23 pm from Antalya, Turkey
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Posted November 17th, 2012 - 7:37 pm from Saint-Brieuc, France
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Posted November 17th, 2012 - 7:51 pm from Antalya, Turkey
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Posted November 17th, 2012 - 8:12 pm from Walla Walla, United States
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Posted November 17th, 2012 - 8:19 pm from Antalya, Turkey
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Posted November 17th, 2012 - 9:40 pm from Invercargill, New Zealand
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Posted November 17th, 2012 - 10:16 pm from Victoria, Canada
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Posted November 17th, 2012 - 10:45 pm from Seattle, United States
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Posted November 18th, 2012 - 9:18 am from Antalya, Turkey
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Posted November 18th, 2012 - 9:27 am from Pune, India
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Posted November 18th, 2012 - 9:31 am from Antalya, Turkey
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Posted November 18th, 2012 - 8:11 pm by from Battle Ground, United States (Permalink)
The deep fried Twinkies reminds me of the US State Fair foods that are so popular here. Deep fried twinkies, deep fried butter, deep fried coca cola and anything they can dip in batter, it all gets deep fried (I so far have resisted the urge to sample these treats). State Fairs are a big thing in the summertime here in the US and it is fun to go and sample some of our favorite summer foods. My favorites have always been: corn on the cob, corndogs, lemon shake-ups and elephant ears. Elephant ears are an Indiana State Fair invention as far as I know. It's just sweet roll dough, rolled out in the size of an elephant ear, deep fried and then spread with butter and cinnamon sugar. Not a problem for gaining weight, as I only taste it once a year ;-)

Posted November 17th, 2012 - 10:51 pm from Saint-Brieuc, France
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Posted November 18th, 2012 - 9:15 am from Antalya, Turkey
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Posted November 19th, 2012 - 3:43 pm from Camden, United States
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Posted November 19th, 2012 - 7:15 pm from Antalya, Turkey
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Posted November 20th, 2012 - 6:04 am by from Soldotna, United States (Permalink)
Hi Tijen,

Sorry our schedules were off and you were in the US when I was in Turkey. All of your restaurant recommendations were fabulous. Çiya in Istanbul was so good, I went back a few times. Your friend's place on Boçada was another superb dining experience.

I've just skimmed the replies on this thread, so forgive me if someone already mentioned the locavore movement in the states. Even in Alaska it has become popular to try to use only ingredients produced in the region.
In my little town, more and more local produce is grown and with the abundance of fish (4 varieties of salmon, halibut, crab, shrimp and etc) as well as locally raised chicken, beef, goat, or game like moose or caribou, there are lots of menu options. A typical cooking style can best be described as homestead - basic but tasty. But there has been a tremendous amount of ethnic flavors simmering in, both from vibrant new immigrants in Anchorage ( the largest city in Alaska) and from those of us who get around.'the result is this fusion of tastes.

Right now I'm preparing a modified ezme, one of my favorite mezes that I had while in your country last month.

Posted November 20th, 2012 - 8:49 am from Antalya, Turkey
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Posted November 20th, 2012 - 5:38 pm by from Soldotna, United States (Permalink)
hello again, Tijen,

The ezme exceeded my expectations...I made it spicy hot like various ones I sampled in Turkey. I also made a cooked eggplant salad of sorts, another meze I often had in Turkey. That also turned out fine. I'll be bringing both as my contribution to a Thanksgiving Day potluck some friends are hosting.

I was having coffee with another friend the other day and we discussed another food trend, one that we found both amusing and disturbing. As she was going to prepare several dishes for her family's Thanksgiving dinner, she was more than annoyed by the requests from her relatives: gluton free bread and pie crusts, vegan and vegetarian- friendly dinner options. (for those not familiar with Thanksgiving, it traditionally is a meal centered around a roasted turkey, potatoes, gravey, and pies (apple, pumpkin) for dessert.

Anyway, nearly every person that either she or I know who has developed these dietary restrictions is female, of a certain age, well-to-do, and politically progressive. Since our sample of folks is so small, there might not be a correlation though. But we both found it amusing that more and more middle aged women seem to be picky eaters, even more so than little kids.

I think it might be time for me to duck and cover now.

Posted November 20th, 2012 - 1:51 pm from Walla Walla, United States
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Posted November 20th, 2012 - 3:15 pm from Antalya, Turkey
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Posted November 20th, 2012 - 2:09 pm from Colon, Costa Rica
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Posted November 20th, 2012 - 6:48 pm from Camden, United States
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Posted November 20th, 2012 - 8:03 pm by from Soldotna, United States (Permalink)
Yep, I'm an omnivorous single guy. Seriously, dietary incompatability has put the brakes on a couple of romantic possibilities. This past summer I invited a hopeful over for dinner; while she accepted my invite, it came with a very long list of restrictions, including notice that she wouldn't eat food that was prepared from a pot/pan that had been previously used to cook meat. I suggested that maybe she should cook for me instead. Haven't heard back from her.

Don't get me wrong. I eat healthy and well-balanced meals that I prepare from scratch. I avoid red meat and even have vegetarian meals two or three times a week.

Funny about bodily reactions to milk and by-products. Many Asians seem to have a high level of lactose intolerance, including my Yupik students. The schools serve breakfast and lunch to students and both meals use USDA surplus foods, including milk and cheese. All day long, it seems that I would have a tuba orchestra practicing in class. Always good for laughs anyway!


Posted November 21st, 2012 - 2:15 am from Sydney, Australia
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Posted November 21st, 2012 - 2:24 am from Portland, United States
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Posted November 21st, 2012 - 6:53 am from Walla Walla, United States
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Posted November 21st, 2012 - 8:13 am from Saint-Brieuc, France
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Posted November 21st, 2012 - 9:54 am from New York, United States
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Posted November 21st, 2012 - 2:54 pm from Sydney, Australia
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Posted November 21st, 2012 - 10:21 pm from Portland, United States
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Posted November 21st, 2012 - 11:28 pm from Victoria, Canada
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Posted November 21st, 2012 - 8:55 pm from Luebeck, Germany
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Posted November 22nd, 2012 - 7:29 am from Saint-Brieuc, France
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Posted November 18th, 2012 - 10:28 am by from Venice, Italy (Permalink)
It's difficult to define what is the "trend" in the food here in my area because you have to compare two ways of eating. "old" way of eating and "new" way of eating. So you have to establish what is old and what is new. If we take few years to compare the change, the trend here is due to "americanization". A few years ago we had no "brunches" "happy hours" or lots of take away food .
Now all this stuff is very popular among the youngest (I mean 20-35 years old).
The good thing is that within these imported traditions, the food that it is served is partly coming from a local tradition. Good slices of "salame nostrano" (notice that in Italy , every region has its particular salami, in Veneto we don't eat the same salami as in Tuscany or in Sicily!) or "prosciutto crudo" (even this , different it is it is San Daniele or di Parma) some slices of "polenta" (also, notice that here the traditional polenta is white, but in may regions you can find only yellow polenta).
Only few years ago, the only take away food was pizza or chinese food (this one not very popular here as take away food). Now, we can have Fried fish to take away, or also grilled steaks with chips, or little roasted chicken (polletto, we have a ).
Choice in wines has changed a lot, and this can be considered really a trend. NO more red wine, but a sparkling Prosecco is a must if you follow the trend.
Another trend: the aperitive "Spritz". This is an old Venecian tradition that now is really too much popular among the young people. NOt very healthy and also dangerous , because the spritz is alcholic and it is something you drink before eating.
That's all that came into my mind for the moment. (I hope that you can understand my Englsh, sorry!)
Daniela

Posted November 18th, 2012 - 1:36 pm from Antalya, Turkey
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Posted November 18th, 2012 - 8:12 pm by from Battle Ground, United States (Permalink)
In Indiana, in the US, the Spanish style tapas menu has suddenly become popular and little tapas restaurants are appearing even in small towns.

Posted November 18th, 2012 - 9:14 pm from Sydney, Australia
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