These are the dishes that represent a place on a plate, they're those classics you just gotta try from Lebanese Lemonade to Portuguese Pineapple Cake, and, of course, our easy, healthy version of those recipes.
When I was traveling in Japan I had some amazing eats—gooey takoyaki, grilled skewers, bowls of ramen. But, after a while, I wanted a good clean meal—enter the chirashi bowl. This is a recipe for a classic Chirashi bowl with brown rice to make it even healthier.
Look, tortilla soup is like chicken soup in that there are as many versions as there are abuelitas. What I know is that I love mine blended rather than soupy -- even if it makes some of my traditionalist friends crinkle their nose in disapproval -- and I like to mix it up, garnishing with avocado, radishes, scallions, and, of course, lots and lots of crisp tortilla strips.
I haven't given Martinis much love around here because I kind of assume we've all been there done that. But, when our friends at Juliska offered up their gorgeous Martini set for a holiday giveaway (details below), it got us rethinking this classic cocktail. Here is a very slight twist on the classic, a Citrus Vodka Martini with a twist.
On my trip to Zurich, I was focused on finding great rösti (possibly the best potato pancake ever created). At its best it's crispy and buttery and I found a lot of great versions: during breakfast at the Ambassador Hotel, a rustic dinner at Zeughauskeller, and during both of my two meals at Hiltl vegetarian restaurant.
Between the people, food, and culture, San Sebastian is by far one of our favorite places we've ever set foot. Very much Basque but still distinctly Spanish, one of the must dos in this seaside town is a tapas crawl. You'll see foods familiar to tapas in Madrid and Barcelona and other flavors that are 100% Basque. This piquillo pepper is a variation on the tapas bars and we now make it on the regular.
One of my favorite discoveries from my trip to the Azores was this pineapple cake I found on the menu at A Tasca in Ponta Delgada. Nothing like those 60s era upside-down cakes, this pineapple cake was filled with fresh pineapples, perfectly textured, and totally messy — and I was determined to recreate it when I got back home.
It's that time of year — the time when the Pacific Northwest starts to shine. When you can cast your line in the nearest river and catch your dinner, be it salmon or rainbow trout. Which means it's time for this Toasted Walnut Green Sauce.
There's no question that the food in Lebanon is downright amazing. So when people ask me what I liked there, I go off on a tangent. But what I couldn't stop ordering? Well, that's simple. It was this Lebanese lemonade called Limonada. Lighter than an American lemonade, more akin to a French citron presse, and flavored with mint and rose water it was the first recipe I wanted to recreate upon returning home. And, now, as soon as the weather heats up, I mix up a batch.
Lisa Samuel goes on an annual trip to Tel Aviv and when she goes back this year she'll head directly to Miznon for the lamb pita. But until she can get there, she'll make this Lamb Pita with Tahini Sauce and Zhug – it’s as close as you’ll get to the real thing without hopping a flight to Israel.