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Food and People Halloween Special – New Orleans with Lisa McLaughlin

By mahir | October 28, 2010

This week’s photos of Food & People is by Lisa Mclaughlin. Below is what Lisa has to say about the photos and her experience of New Orleans during halloween.

Last Halloween found me attending a government conference in New Orleans. It was one of those all too rare conferences that is actually interesting and informative and filled with fascinating folks from around the world, punctuated with lunch breaks for spicy gumbo and olive-spiked muffalettas at Napoleon House and bittersweet coffee and beignets at Cafe du Monde. But the only thing many of us could think about Read More

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Food and People – Rioja, Spain with Lisa Mclaughlin

By mahir | October 14, 2010

This week’s photos of Food & People is the second piece by Lisa Mclaughlin, an amazing food writer. Below is what Lisa has to say about the photos and her experience of Rioja, Spain.

Rioja is the most celebrate wine region in Spain, famed for earthy reds made from the Tempranillo grape. Legend has it that a nephew of the biblical Noah brought the first vines to the region after the Flood and indeed there has been a vibrant wine industry in this area for most of recorded history. Traveling through the region, we visited wineries both young and old. We sipped vintages from historic and medieval cellars as well as those that were stunning examples of contemporary modern architecture like the breathtakingly curvaceous Bodegas Ysios winery designed by Santiago Calatrava. At the Marques de Riscal the old and new combine with both a cellar filled with bottles from the 1860s and an undulating avant-garde hotel designed by Frank Gehry.

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Food and People – Lima, Peru with Lisa Mclaughlin

By mahir | October 7, 2010

This week’s photos of Food & People is by Lisa Mclaughlin, an amazing food writer. Below is what Lisa has to say about the photos and her experience of Lima, Peru.

Mistura is an annual gastronomy festival founded by Chef Gaston Acurio who has spearheaded the popularization of Peruvian cuisine both at home and abroad. One of the most amazing things about Mistura, which I attended in 2009, is that while famous chefs from Peru and around the world attend and proffer demos and tastings, the festival is mostly about celebrating all cooks and food equally. The final award last year went not to a Michelin-starred chef but the woman who helms a popular street cart on a Lima street corner serving anticuchos – marinated beef heart kebobs grilled over open flames.

The food stalls at Mistura represent some of the best fine dining restaurants in the city and also the traditional food found in different regions of the country like tacu tacu, an afro-Peruvian dish of beans and rice formed into a cake; causa rellena which are yellow mashed potatoes seasoned with lime and aji peppers and filled with crab; fire-roasted fish cooked on banana leaves called patarashca and cuy frito, or deep-fried guinea pig. Read More

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Food & People from around the World!

By mahir | September 2, 2010

This week’s photos of Food & People were taken by Sheryl Estrada in Florida, USA. Below is what Sheryl has to say about the photos and her experience of Florida, USA.

Each Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to noon there’s a farmer’s market in Fort Pierce, a South Florida city, which is a part of Florida’s Treasure Coast. Many Spanish galleons wrecked off of the coast, including those of the 1715 Spanish fleet, leaving behind treasures that have been recovered in the past 50 years — thus the name. I’ve never found any gold sparkling in the waters, but for me, this farmer’s market is gold. I find it unique, as it not only offers fresh fruit and vegetables, but atmosphere. There’s always a band performing, sometimes causing visitors to dance while sipping a smoothie or eating a kettle corn; the food vendors are varied. Set adjacent to the Indian River Lagoon, you get a nice view. It’s also in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce, where you can see an old-fashioned building or two. A mix of locals and vacationers, you’ll hear a Boston accent one minute, the next, a Southern accent. Everyone is upbeat, experiencing what markets used to be before they became “super.”

Thank you Sheryl for your contribution!

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Food & People from around the World!

By mahir | August 26, 2010

This week’s photos of Food & People were taken by Samantha Solis in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Below is what Samantha has to say about the photos and her experience of Khada, Bangladesh.

I attended pre-wedding ceremonies. The photos show a ritual of feeding the soon to be bride sweets and putting some turmeric on her forehead to give her your blessings. The bride also puts turmeric on ones forehead.

The photos are of the Shaheed Minar monument that commemorates the protesters that were killed for wanting equal recognition for Bangla which is now known as the Language Movement.

There are also photos of the Buddhist Monastery that I thought was so beautiful! It was the best surprise I got during the whole summer at Bangladesh. My friend and her family planned this trip because I was about to be leaving that very weekend. They did warn me a week ahead that they would be taking me somewhere. So I packed my things and got ready for the 10 hours drive. I’m so glad they didn’t tell me exactly where. It made it much more beautiful the experience.

Thank you Samantha for your contribution. Keep up the good work!

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Food & People from around the World!

By mahir | August 19, 2010

This week’s photos of Food & People were taken by Samantha Solis in 2009 last summer in Feni, Bangladesh. Samantha has great memories of the town in which her friends celebrated her seventeenth birthday. Below is what Samantha has to say about Feni, Bangladesh.

Bangladesh is a country within suppressed beauty it has yet received praise by people other than the natives. Its vast greenery is everywhere with the Jack fruit trees, and rice fields. The street food some of the best I have ever had in my life. The first thing that comes in mind on food are the “fuchkas” it’s similar to the Indian version “dahi puri” but this has a much simpler outlook it has no sweet tamarind sauce or yogurt it just lights your whole mouth in fire. Delicious. To cool it down drink “chaa” similat to “chai” only better! This country is just unknown to the majority especially in the culinary world. It’s not just Bangladesh. It’s Burma, Nepal, Cambodia, etc. The experience of being there has changed me.

Thank you Samantha for your contribution, I loved the photos and the story!

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