Monaco, Monte Carlo

Monaco, Monte Carlo

After the Vatican City, Monaco is the smallest country in the world. This rocky country nestled on steep hills that drop off into the Mediterranean is divided into four neighborhoods: Monaco-Ville, La Condamine, Monte-Carlo, and Fontvieille. Of these four, Monte Carlo is the main resort and residential area, popular with tourists around the world.

Thanks to its location and climate, Monte Carlo has an easy access to fresh, local produce. Moreover, the near proximity of the sea has led to the development of the cuisine which is rich in fresh seafood of high quality. Thus, the people in Monaco developed a taste and appreciation for good, local food. The cuisine generally reflects its Mediterranean heritage, but both Italian and French influences can be found in the local recipes.

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Belgium

Belgium

It may be a small country, but Belgium is packed with sights that attract tourists from all over the world. One of the attractions is definitely architecture, as well as nicely preserved medieval streets. Throughout its history, Belgium found itself involved to a great degree in the history of Europe, which shaped its culture, especially food. Thus, today you can find some of the most delicious meals in local Belgian restaurants.

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Montreal Canada

Montreal Canada

As the second-largest city in Canada, Montreal is a lively place with a strong mixture of English, French, as well as other cultures, such as Irish. It is the largest and most populous city of the Canadian province of Quebec and is characterized by its perfect blend of authenticity and urban life. Besides being described as one of the world’s friendliest cities, Montreal is also said to be a true foodie paradise. As a matter of fact, food makes a strong part of the Montreal identity.

The Montreal food scene represents a spin on French food that highlights local ingredients such as maple syrup, root vegetables, and game, such as caribou, goose, and wapiti, as well as lamb and emu.

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Barcelona Spain

Barcelona Spain

What differentiates Catalan cuisine from other Spanish regions is its innate creativity and tendency to mix sweet and savory flavors. The most famous examples of this are the so-called Mar and Muntanya dishes (sea and mountain dishes). For instance, pork can be combined with lobster whereas chicken is usually prepared with shrimp. Also, you will often find nuts or raisins in vegetable dishes, fruit in meat dishes, or even rabbit meat combined with snails.

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Shanghai China

Shanghai China

Generally speaking, Chinese cuisine aims for a balance of textures, flavors, and ingredients. There is this idea that certain foods have yang or yin, i.e. warming or cooling properties. Thus, meals usually reflect a harmonious blend of vegetables, meat, spicy, and bland. We can find a great variety of regional cuisine, all characterized by different ingredients available in a particular environment as well as different cooking methods.

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Budapest Hungary

Budapest Hungary

Hungarian Cuisine

The location, along with influences from the neighbors, has had a great impact on Hungarian cuisine.   Hungary's most flavorful dishes represent a perfect balance of not just Germanic and Slavic characteristics but also include Italian and Asiatic influences.  It is a true melting pot of flavors, tastes, and spices that make tasting Hungarian dishes a truly unique experience.   The prominent use of meat together with so many dishes cooked over open fire in Hungarian dishes reflects the nomadic past of Hungary.

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Turkish Breakfast Recipes

Breakfast in Turkey

Breakfast in Turkey

Food has always played a major role within Turkish culture.  From the Ottoman Empire to present day Turkey, food is the unspoken language of welcoming family, friends and foreigners alike to the table.  Geographic variability along with seasonal factors affecting climate and soil has contributed to the wide array of breakfast choices and preferences.  Region to region, breakfast in Turkey is ever-changing.

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