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Easter Around The World

By mahir | April 22, 2011

Photo: RichardBH on flickr

Photo: RichardBH on flickr

By Julia Burgi

Easter, technically, is the Christian holiday celebrating the rebirth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It has been around for thousands of years and coincides with the rebirth of life in the Northern hemisphere, spring! This holiday is not only religious, but a time of cultural celebration as well. Every country, even region, has its own Easter traditions! Read More

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A Berry Tale – Drink Day with Elizabetta Tekeste

By mahir | October 12, 2010

Hello everyone, I hope you enjoyed the series on tea as much as I did.  We’re now moving into coffee. I won’t commit to a 4 part series here because this series can go indefinitely!

I am from a small country in the Horn of Africa called Eritrea. Less than 20 years ago it was part of Ethiopia. And it is from this part of the world that coffee was discovered and dispersed throughout the world. So this beverage is dear to my heart and heritage!

The myth goes:

A goat herder by the name of Kaldi discovered the energizing effect of the coffee plant in the hills of Ethiopia when one day his goats began chewing on the red berries and then became ‘jumping goats’.

He took the beans to a holy man who disapproved of the beans and threw them into a fire. The beans let out an aroma the goat herder could not resist. He collected the roasted beans from the embers, ground them up and added them to hot water.

The world had its first cup of coffee!

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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!

You can share your photos by emailing us at FoodandPeople@SamuelssonGroup.com You can also submit a post on Tumblr which we review before posting our favorites here on MarcusSamuelsson.com Another option is to share your photos with us by posting them with a story caption in our group “Marcus Samuelssson Food and People from around the World” on Flickr.

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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!

You can share your photos by emailing us at FoodandPeople@SamuelssonGroup.com You can also submit a post on Tumblr which we review before posting our favorites here on MarcusSamuelsson.com Another option is to share your photos with us by posting them with a story caption in our group “Marcus Samuelssson Food and People from around the World” on Flickr.

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Contributor Section

By mahir | August 25, 2010

I really appreciate you all tuning in and reading about my food experiences, and now I’d really like to hear yours. I’m starting a contributor section on MarcusSamuelsson.com where I want you to share your food stories and photos.

Become our local guide in your area of the world. We’re especially eager to hear stories and see personal photos related to fishing, hunting, pasta making, holiday meals and family traditions from around the world. And if you have a good cocktail, feel free to share that too!

If you have some good tidbits you’d like to see on my site, email us at foodtales@samuelssongroup.com
Looking forward to hearing from you!
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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!

You can share your photos by emailing us at FoodandPeople@SamuelssonGroup.com You can also submit a post on Tumblr which we review before posting our favorites here on MarcusSamuelsson.com Another option is to share your photos with us by posting them with a story caption in our group “Marcus Samuelssson Food and People from around the World” on Flickr.

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