Tuesday, August 7, 2007
An assortment of desserts in the window of the most popular shop in Cairo for such things. This place was always jam packed with customers purchasing beautifully wrapped boxes of sweets and pastries, even late at night. It also served amazing chocolate, melon and mango ice cream - 2 scoops for 50 cents! We got a cone every night we were in Cairo - Gil sometimes got two.
A tasty (and cheap!) Egyptian vegetarian dish that's a popular home staple. A mixture of lentils, rice and/or pasta topped with chick peas, fried onions and a spicy tomato-based sauce. You mix it all together before eating it and can also add pickle juice if you like. It's very filling - this dish was too big to finish.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Spinach crepe with cheese. Or potato with mushroom and cheese? We ordered the only two veggie items on the menu and they looked identical. Tasty, but isn't anything topped with a pound of cheese? The dishes were served with mashed potatoes, some weird pasta nest and a medly of mushrooms, peas and carrots. All cold and barely edible.
Grilled calamari with tartar sauce served with fruits and veggies. We ordered this at what was supposedly one of the best restaurants in Anatolia. Certainly had excellent service and nice plating, but the food wasn't that spectacular... maybe we are spoiled in San Francisco?
Typical dinner at George House included a variety of vegetarian dishes served with rice, yogurt, honey and lots of homemade bread. This evening we had green beans in tomato sauce, sauteed eggplant, stuffed green peppers, a tomato pilaf and green potatoes with egg.
In Fethiye, you could purchase seafood at the seafood market and the neigboring restaurants would grill it and provide a salad and bread for 5 lira a person. We had these jumbo shrimp along with a whole black sea bass from the Black Sea (which we carved into as soon as it landed on the table, so we unfortunately didn't get a picture) .
We had a "Turkish breakfast" almost everyday in Turkey. It consisted of an egg (usually hardboiled), tomatoes, cucumber, olives, a basket of ekmek (bread) with butter and honey, and either Turkish tea, apple tea or Nescafe.
Often it would also include a slice of cheese or some fruit.
We had lunch at a lokanta, an informal Turkish restaurant, which usually has a variety of prepared hot and cold mezes (like appetizers or small plates) that you can choose from. For this mean, we had sauteed greens (something similar to spinach), a noodle casserole and a very nice vegetable gratin with some interesting spices.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Souvlaki is another typical Greek fast food. It ıs usually pork or chicken grilled on a stick and either served in a pita or served with rice or french fries. The vegetarian version was mushrooms and peppers grilled and served with cabbage, onions and a tasty sauce.
Fıra, Santorini, Greece
Another traditional Greek dish that is vegetarian friendly - veggies stuffed with seasoned rice. We've had these a couple of times, and each time they've been a bit different. Our favorite (in Athens) was studded with pine nuts and raisins.
A sampling of mezedhes (small plates) at a sea side cafe in Parikia, on the island of Paros, Greece. The salad had sun dried tomatoes and Parmesan. The tzatziki (yogurt and cucumber) and "giant beans" (butter beans in a tomato sauce) are traditional Greek dishes.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Salt potatoes are a central NY summer tradition invented by the workers in the salt mines in the 1800s. Basically, they are small new potatoes cooked in copious amounts of salt and served with melted butter.
We enjoyed these at my parent's anniversary party in Munnsville, NY.