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Michael Solomonov
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Chef Michael Solomonov’s honest letter to younger self
Chef Michael Solomonov, chef-owner of Zahav, winner of the James Beard award for Best Restaurant in America, writes an honest letter to his younger self.
Paco Roncero's Gastronomic Performance is conquering the World
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Paco Roncero's Gastronomic Performance is conquering the World
The gastronomy has crossed the kitchen walls and chefs are increasingly looking for new intersections with different disciplines where technology, music and
Cape Town tasting tour with chef Kobus van der Merwe
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Cape Town tasting tour with chef Kobus van der Merwe
Cape Town on South Africa’s west coast, flanked by Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, is known for its excellent fresh produce,
The Restaurant of the Year's iconic dishes
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The Restaurant of the Year's iconic dishes
Take a look at a selection of amazing food creations by chef Kobus Van Der Merwe from Wolfgat menu, crowned at last World Restaurant Awards.
Massimo Bottura's Torno Subito is Far from Fine Dining
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Massimo Bottura's Torno Subito is Far from Fine Dining
Torno Subito, Massimo Bottura’s first restaurant outside Italy, in Dubai, is a new departure and couldn’t be more different to Osteria Francescana.
Bugs on the plate: the Mexican tradition turns into fine dining
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Bugs on the plate: the Mexican tradition turns into fine dining
Modern restaurants are renovating an ancient tradition in Mexico by adding ants, grasshoppers, and worms to their iconic dishes.
Marrakech
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Marrakech: a City Tasting Tour with Alleno
Are you going to visit the Moroccan city? The top chef Yannick Alléno leads Fine Dining Lovers' readers to the best fine dining spots in the city.
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South Africa's Top 10 Restaurants: See The List
Find out the new no.1 restaurant topping South Africa's Eat Out list, plus news of all the winners from the award's ceremony.
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The Eat Out Restaurant Awards 2018: The Nominees
The South African restaurant industry is set to celebrate in style at the annual Cape Town awards ceremony on 16 November.
Monterrey
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Monterrey: A City Tasting Tour with Guillermo González Beristáin
Top Chef Guillermo Beristáin leads Fine Dining Lovers to the best places to eat in Monterrey, Mexico: from bread dining stops to the best tacos in the city.
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Tuscan Nights 2018: A Taste of Tuscany comes to Tel Aviv
An Italian Michelin starred chef collaborates in a Tuscan inspired menu at Tel Aviv's Claro this month. Find out what's cooking.
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María Elena Lugo Zermeño and Gerardo Vázquez Lugo win Lifetime Achievement Award
The mother and son duo from Nicos restaurant in Mexico City have been named as the recipients of the award ahead of Latin America's 50 Best 2018.
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Dieuveil Malonga: 'Africa is my Source of Inspiration'
A chat with the Basque Culinary World Prize 2018 finalist increasing the global visibility of African cuisine and talent with his "Chefs in Africa" platform.
Mexican Flautas: 3 Easy Recipes You'll Love
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Mexican Flautas: 3 Easy Recipes You'll Love
Learn how to make Mexican flautas with the help of these recipes: chicken, beef or vegan. Choose your recipe and enjoy a flavorful Mexican-themed dinner!
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The Search for South Africa's Most Sustainable Restaurant is on!
South Africa's definitive restaurant guide is on the look out for the most sustainable restaurant to win this year's Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award.
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Morocco Wins the first Bocuse d'Or Africa Selection
Morocco managed to defeat 5 other teams in the first ever edition of the prestigious culinary competition in Africa and will now head to Lyon for the final.
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Affordable Luxury: Where to Eat in Casablanca
Up to 25, 50 or 100 euros: in Casablanca there are gourmet experiences to be enjoyed by all. Find out how to make the most of a limited budget.
7 Must Try Dishes from Ethiopian Cuisine
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7 Must Try Dishes from Ethiopian Cuisine
Discover the most enticing dishes of this rich West African cuisine and, from injera to the essential spice mixes.
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Bocuse D'Or Americas Day Two: USA Wins First Place!
On Day Two of the Bocuse d'Or Americas edition Chile, the Dominican Republic, the United States, Costa Rica and Mexico battled the heat for the ultimate win.
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Affordable Luxury: Where to Eat in Dubai
Up to 25, 50 or 100 Euros: in Dubai, there are gourmet experiences to be enjoyed by all. Find out how to make the most of a limited budget.
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Heston Blumenthal to Open in Dubai
Heston Blumenthal and Ashley Palmer-Watts are to open a third outpost of 'Dinner by Heston Blumenthal' in 2019 it's been announced.
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Maksut Askar's Taste of Childhood
A chat with the Turkish chef of Neolokal restaurant about Turkey’s gastronomical heritage, food waste reduction and his future plans for Neolokal.
Senegalese Cuisine: 10 Dishes Worth Discovering
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Senegalese Cuisine: 10 Dishes Worth Discovering
Discover 10 emblematic dishes of Senegalese cuisine and learn more about one of the richest gastronomys in West Africa.
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Mikel Alonso: 'Making a Diner Happy is Priceless'
A chat with the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 mentor for Central America and Caribbean region, about his cuisine that fuses Mexican and Basque cooking traditions
Egyptian Food: 10 Must Know Dishes
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Egyptian Food: 10 Must Know Dishes
Discover the wonderful sweet and savoury dishes that should be tried on any trip to Egypt.
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The Flavours of Jerusalem, a City Tasting Tour
A selection of typical meals, streetfood and gourmet venues: don't miss this list of tips for discovering Jerusalem's gastronomic scene.
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Marthinus Ferreira: 'Don’t be Afraid to Fail'
A chat with the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 mentor for Africa Middle East, about how he developed his style of cooking and about his plans for the future.
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Gastromasa 2017: A World of Ingredients
The world's best chefs gathered in Istanbul for Gastromasa 2017, to talk gastronomy and share some of their favourite ingredients with Turkish foodies.
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South Africa's 10 Best Restaurants Revealed
Find out all this year's winners from the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards held in Cape Town, South Africa.
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Rovos Rail: A Tasting Trail through Africa
On this African odyssey from South Africa up to Tanzania on the east coast, we take you on a Tasting Trail on the majestic Rovos Rail.
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Affordable Luxury: Where to Eat in Marrakesh
Up to 25, 50 or 100 euros: in Marrakesh there are gourmet experiences to be enjoyed by all. Find out how to make the most of a limited budget.
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The Growing Influence of African Flavours
African flavours are appearing on menus around the world as more American and European chefs experiment with African ingredients and cooking techniques.
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Guillermo González Beristáin Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Guillermo González Beristáin is the recipient of Latin America's 50 Best Restaurant's Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Chantel Dartnall's Inspirational Dishes
Have a look at the gallery of delicious dishes prepared by the South African chef Dartnall, famous for her Botanical cuisine based on natural ingredients.
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Curry Traditions across South Africa
Traveling across South Africa, Ishay Govender-Ypma goes in search of curry recipes that define the nation and its culinary traditions.
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10 Highlights from Biodiversidad Symposium in Mexico
The best and brightest discussion from the Biodiversidad food symposium in Mexico City, featuring some of the world's best chefs and farmers.
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Entries Now Open for SA's 2017 Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award
The South African food magazine is inviting restaurants to register for a chance to win this year's sustainability awards.
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Have your Say in South Africa's Best Everyday Eateries Awards
Food fans are being invited to help nominate their favourite eateries across South Africa for Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries awards.
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Thomas Keller Expanding to The Middle East
Thomas Keller is expanding his empire with new ventures planned for Dubai, Kuwait and Qatar.
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10 South African White Wines You Should Be Drinking
What if we told you that South African white wines are truly great? Here are ten wines you should know about.
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Chef Chantel Dartnall's Nature Inspired Creations
The South African chef told FDL about three of the dishes she prepared during a recent event at Mosaic Restaurant with guest chef, Gregory Czarnecki.
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René Redzepi's Mexican Journey
"Traveling broadens your view of food and culture". A chat with chef Redzepi about the Noma Mexico pop-up, to find out how this journey influenced his cuisine.
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A Look Back at Noma Mexico in Pics
Take a look back at Noma Mexico with this collection of pictures from the event, full of delicious dishes and intriguing ingredients.
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Gregory Czarnecki, a French Touch in South Africa
A French-born chef with global roots is casting his magic in South Africa’s fairest Cape. We chat to Gregory Czarnecki about what makes him tick.
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The Week in Bites <br> 23 April 2017
This week at Fine Dining Lovers we took a culinary tour of Israel, chatted with Italian chef Enrico Crippa, discovered the world's first clear coffee and more.
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The New Identity of Israeli Cuisine
Gourmet pita bread, new Arab cuisine and microbreweries: how modern Israeli cuisine is turning the country into a new destination for gourmet tourism.
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Kobus van der Merwe, an Outsider in the Kitchen
Meet South African chef Kobus van der Merwe, who started to cook seven years ago at the age of 30. He recently opened his Wolfgat restaurant in Paternoster.
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Johannesburg, South Africa: a City Tasting Tour
Johannesburg, South Africa’s economic capital, harbours a pan African community and it reflects in the cuisine you’ll find across its breadth.
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Mérida, Yucatán: a City Tasting Tour
From market stalls to glamourous dining in lavish haciendas, where to eat in Mérida (Mexico), the cultural capital of the Yucatán peninsular.
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See The First Dishes from The New Pujol Restaurant
The new Pujol restaurant will feature simpler food, a taco dining counter and a whole new menu: here's an exclusive look, as Enrique Olvera explains all.
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2.5 Tonnes of Plastic Rice Found in Nigeria
Authorities in Nigeria have confiscated 2.5 tonnes of what they is 'plastic rice' - a fake rice that sticks together when boiled and gives off a chemical odour.
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Noma Mexico in Pics and Vids
Mushroom corn on the cobs, prehistoric animals, native stingless bees and piles of folded meat. Enjoy a look at Noma Mexico in pics and vids.
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Redzepi Offers Noma Scholarships and Free Meals at Noma Mexico
René Redzepi has announced that he will be launching a special scholarship to take culinary students to work with him at Noma.
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South Africa's 2016 Eat Out Awards - Find out this Year's Winners
The 2016 Eat Out Awards held in South Africa honored 10 of the countries finest restaurants. Meet the winners and the S.Pellegrino Chef of the Year.
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Noma Mexico is Confirmed - Here Are All the Details
René Redzepi has confirmed he will take Noma to Mexico in 2017, here are all the details and how to get a table.
How to Choose a Thanksgiving Turkey
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How to Choose a Thanksgiving Turkey
Take a look at this chart that will help you choose the right turkey and how to cook it for Thanksgiving.
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Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants 2016 - The Social Story
See how Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants 2016 unfolded with tweets, comments and live video from the night.
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Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants 2016: Here's the Full List
Virgilio Martinez and his Central restaurant have once again claimed the number one spot at Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants ceremony: here is the full list.
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Alcalde Restaurant is Mexico's One to Watch
Enjoy a look at dishes from Alcalde - the One to Watch winner ahead of Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants ceremony.
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Meir Adoni: 'We Should All be Entitled to Make Mistakes'
A chat with Israeli chef Meir Adoni, mentor for Mediterranean Region at SPYC 2016, about inspiring young chefs, Middle East cuisine and the new opening in NYC.
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Chantel Dartnall: 'Young Chefs, Think Sustainable'
Meet chef Chantel Dartnall, famous for her innovative take on botanical cuisine, mentor for the Africa and Middle East finalist at S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016.
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10 Best Food Cities in the World
Travel and Leisure readers have voted this city as the best food city in the world – can you guess where?
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Claude Troisgros Wins LatAm 50 Best Lifetime Achievement Award
The French–born chef at Rio's Olympe will receive The Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award at next month's Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants.
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Mexico City to Host Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016
The event is returning to Mexico City following a successful 2015 and will be held at the Centro Cultural Roberto Cantora.
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The Taste of Swahili Coast
Running from Southern Somalia to Northern Mozambique, the Swahili Coast is a unique cultural melting pot, which is reflected in the cuisine...
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Marrakech, a City Tasting Tour
Fine Dining Lovers invites you along for a getaway in the colourful Moroccan Imperial City: some of the best Marrakech food and best places to eat in Marrakech.
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Coffee in a Cone is the Latest Instagram Craze
Coffee served in an ice cream cone from a particular Johannesburg coffee shop is 'the' food trend all over Instagram right now.
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Female Food Entrepreneurs in Dubai
Meet Kim and Aysha, two female entrepreneurs making waves in Dubai focusing on the highest calibre of two popular products: gourmet coffee and chocolate.
A Real Taste of Italy in Dubai: The Artisan Restaurant
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A Real Taste of Italy in Dubai: The Artisan Restaurant
La dolce vita has arrived in Dubai, with the opening of The Artisan restaurant, for modern Italian cuisine in relaxed surroundings.
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Bocuse d'Or Latin America: What Happened in the 1st Round
Here is our exclusive report direct from the Latin American finals of the Bocuse d'Or featuring chefs from Colombia, Basil, Ecuador, Mexico and Uruguay.
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Mexican Mezcal, a Tradition Evolving
The last elBulli sommelier has been working in Oaxaca, Mexico, with a traditional handcraft mezcal master: the result is a high end agave-based drink.
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Maasai Men Steal Dinner from a Pack of Hungry Lions
This unbelievable video shows the moment a group of Maasai men steal a fresh kill from a pack of hungry lions. A rather tense way to get your dinner.
How to Carve A Turkey Like a Boss
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How to Carve A Turkey Like a Boss
Here's a nice video as a chef shows you some useful tricks on how to perfectly carve your turkey.
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Cooking with a Zapotec in Teotitlán de Valle
We had the opportunity to learn some cooking tips from a Zapotec woman, a Mexican indigenous group who settled in the area of Oxaca: here's what happened.
Turkey Hotline Reveal the Craziest Questions People Have Asked
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Turkey Hotline Reveal the Craziest Questions People Have Asked
The Butterball Turkey Hotline assists those in need at Thanksgiving - here's some of the craziest questions people have asked them.
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René Redzepi's Culinary Journey in Turkey
We have a chat with René Redzepi about his recent trip to Turkey and find out why Baklava might one day make it on to the menu at Noma.
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Catit - A Taste of Modern Israeli Cuisine
The Catit restaurant in Tel Aviv, Israel, is run by chef Meir Adoni and offers a perfect place to sample a modern take on some classic Israeli cuisine.
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Flavours of the Yucatan are coming Home with Hartwood's new Cook Book
Hartwood restaurant fans, the wait is over for the much anticipated first ever restaurant cookbook from the vibrant restaurant at the edge of the jungle.
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Chefs Step Up to The Plate
The role of chef is constantly shifting as we see them having a larger impact further and further away from the kitchen but what is a chef in the 21st century?
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Gary Rhodes to Open Restaurant Inside a Cinema
Chef Gary Rhodes is getting set to open ThEATre - a restaurant inside a cinema in Dubai where food and film will no longer equal soggy hotdogs and bad popcorn.
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Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants 2015 - The Social Story
We recount Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants ceremony in Mexico City through the social stories of those who were there on the night: have a look!
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Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants 2015 - The Full List
Martinez' Central has been picked as the number one restaurant in Latin America. Here's a look at the full list of Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants 2015.
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Enrique Olvera Turns Mexican Food Inside Out
Award winning chef and protagonist of fine Mexican cuisine, Enrique Olvera, has written his debut book.
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Mesa Redonda 2015<br>A Much Needed Culinary Critique
A look back at Mesa Redonda - a culinary critique by some of the gastronomy's biggest players, including Michel Bras, Wylie Dufresne and Ruth Reichl.
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The New Appetites of Mexico City
Hosting LatAm 50 Best Restaurants 2015, Mexico City is the place to keep an eye on: while waiting for the list, here's a selection of new venues not to miss.
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Enrique Olvera Wins Lifetime Achievement Award
The Mexican chef Enrique Olvera has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement award ahead of Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants ceremony.
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Cooking the Classics: Mozambican Peri Peri Chicken
A whole spatchcocked chicken, a chili and spicy sauce meaning 'pepper pepper' in Swahili: discover the Peri Peri chicken recipe, traditional Mozambican dish.
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Arriba! Tacopedia is Set to Arrive Soon
The wait is nearly over for the long expected English version of Tacopedia, the ultimate go to Taco guide. We take a look inside.
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Win a Trip to Mexico for Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants Ceremony
Here's your chance to win a trip to Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants list with a week long, food loving holiday for two.
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Cooking the Classics: Falafel
Universally adored by carnivores and omnivores, the falafel has a story behind its origins not as simple as the recipe to make it. Find out more about it.
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Mesa Redonda: It's Time to Critique the Culinary Industry
The organisers of Mesamerica, the annual food festival in Mexico, have announced plans for an exciting round table discussion this September.
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Underwater Oxygen Bar in Mexico
The world's first underwater oxygen bar has opened in Mexico offering guests a range of oxygen cocktails and smoothies.
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Plates Designed for Instagram
A restaurant in Tel Aviv has teamed up with a wine company to design plates specifically for taking pictures of your food.
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The Views at Sunset Da Mona Lisa
Arguably one of the best restaurant views available anywhere in the world, Sunset Da Mona Lisa in Mexico offers Italian cuisine served right by the sea.
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Is This the Most Expensive Ice Cream in the World?
A café in Dubai is dishing up what could be the world's most expensive ice cream sundae - it is called Black Diamond and sells for $817 a pop.
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Mexican Street-Level Cuisine, an Infinite Open-air Restaurant
Street food in Mexico City is such a serious matter to be considered much more than satisfying hunger: join us in this an enormous open-air restaurant.
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The Fruit That Makes Sour Taste Sweet
We take a closer look at synsepalum dulcificum - aka Miracle Fruit - a special berry that, once eaten, makes all sour flavours taste sweeter.
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Africa and Middle East Semi-Finalists | S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015
The Africa and Middle East region has selected its ten semi-finalists for the S. Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 global talent search. Here is the full list.
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Cooking the Classics: Turkish Baklava
History and recipe of Turkish baklava, an Ottoman invention consisting of a tight stack of filo dough, layered with chopped nuts ad bound with honey or syrup.
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Middle East & Africa Jury Announced for S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015
Top chefs David Higgs, Joe Barza and Uwe Micheel will judge selected candidates from these areas. The young local champion will join the Grand final challenge.
Gordon Ramsay Cooks a Perfect Turkey
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Gordon Ramsay Cooks a Perfect Turkey
Gordon Ramsay offers up a few simple suggestions for how to make a perfect turkey that's stays moist throughout. Watch the video recipe.
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The Poultry Lifter - Never Drop a Turkey Again
The Good Grips Poultry Lifter is a new device that aims to ensure your poultry gets from pan to plate in perfect condition.
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South Africa's 2014 Eat Out Restaurant Awards - Meet The Winners
The 2014 Eat Out Awards held in South Africa honored 10 of the countries finest restaurants. Meet the winners and the S.Pellegrino Chef of the Year.
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Réunion Island, a Spicy Cultural Overlap
700 km from Madagascar, in the Indian Ocean, Réunion Island displays a mixed Asian and and African heritage, while maintaining a distinctly French flair.
5 Easy Recipes For Homemade Mexican Food
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5 Easy Recipes For Homemade Mexican Food
Craving homemade Mexican food? Enjoy delicious chicken mole, traditional tortilla soup, a cheesy Mexican beef casserole and much more.
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World-Famous China Grill Opening in Dubai
The China Grill, a staple of the New York dining scene for the past 27 years, will celebrate its grand opening in Dubai at the end of October.
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Improve Your Tequila Knowledge
Get to know tequila and find out how it’s made with this infographic that kills some common misconceptions about the popular Mexican spirit.
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What to Expect on the Plate When on Safari in Africa
Planning an African safari? What to expect depends on the area you're going to visit, but here’s a list of food and drinks you can enjoy while on safari.
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Plant to Plate with Jorge Vallejo
Hopping from island to island just 45 minutes out of Mexico city, as FDL join chef Jorge Vallejo for his weekly ritual in search of deliciousness.
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Dine Atop A Floating Rock in The Middle of the Indian Ocean
Don't miss a chance to dine at The Rock, a unique restaurant perched atop a floating rock off the coast of Eastern Africa.
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Elena Reygadas is Latin America's Best Female Chef
Elena Reygadas who runs the Rosetta restaurant in Mexico City has been picked as best female chef in Latin America.
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Watch Cacao Farmers Taste Chocolate for The First Time
A beautiful video that shows a group of cacao farmers in the Ivory Coast tasting chocolate for the very first time - a culture shock for everyone involved.
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These Designers Want To Feed You Bread Balloons
Two designers from Israel have invented the Blow Dough, a heavy-duty kitchen gadget that creates 'bread balloons' by inflating dough.
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Future Flavours of the Mexican Riviera Maya
The Mexican Caribbean is already a famous Mecca for tourists, now the region is gaining a strong reputation for its cuisine based on pre-Columbian flavours.
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Dining in the Dark: World's Blind Restaurant Experiences
Imagine your favourite dish, eaten without looking at the plate: how would it taste? The answer comes from a blind dinner, where the sense of sight is blocked.
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Kemal Demirasal: "It's time for Turkey to go on the gastronomic stage"
An interview with the creative and self-trained chef at Alancha and Barbun restaurants in Turkey: from his cooking philosophy to the Turkish fine dining scene.
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Mexico City, City Tasting Tour
A guide for enjoying a full offering of traditional flavour in Mexico city, including ant larvae, all while avoiding the city’s infamous "Montezuma's Revenge".
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Massimo Bottura's Speaks About His New Istanbul Restaurant
An exclusive chat with Massimo Bottura about his new restaurant opening 27th May in Istanbul.
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Mesamerica 2014 - Day 1 Highlights
An interview with Enrique Olvera, a surprise from René Redzepi, advice from Danny Bowien and Mario Batali: here is the report from Mesamerica 2014, day 1.
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Enrique Olvera Interview - Mesamerica 2014
An interview with the Mexican chef Enrique Olvera about the 2014 edition of his Mexican food congress, Mesamerica. 
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Meet The Winners of the 2014 Eat Out Zonnebloem Produce Awards
Here are the 23 winners of the prestigious Eat Out Zonnebloem Produce Awards 2014 held in South Africa.
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Israeli Gastronomy, the Future Around a Table
Some of top Israeli chefs gathered together, invited by S.Pellegrino, to discuss the debate on the future and upcoming challenges of Israeli cuisine.
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A Stroll Through the Food Streets of Mauritius
One of the most pleasant discoveries a visitor to Mauritius can make does not involve the white sandy beaches, but the abundant street food.
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Meet the Israeli Chef Competing at the S.Pellegrino Cooking Cup 2014
Israeli chef Ahmad Salameh was selected to compete in the upcoming 2014 S.Pellegrino Cooking Cup - an extraordinary cooking competition taking place in Venice.
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Rooibos Tea, the Treasure of South Africa
Although attempts have been made to cultivate the rooibos of red bush tea, it grows in only a single area in the world – the Cederberg region in South Africa.
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Food Truck Movement in South Africa: Gourmet Trend on Wheels
While growth in South Africa has been slow, as opposed to the mushroom-effect in the USA, there is a constant trickle of new trucks as the word spreads.
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Here's one more reason to visit Turkey: acclaimed Italian chef Massimo Bottura is opening a new restaurant at a luxury shopping mall in Istanbul.
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What's Cooking in Mexico? Gourmet Mexican Food Goes International
With a boom in first-rate food events and new restaurants run by international chefs, Mexican food is finally in the spotlight of the world's culinary stage.
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A unique food tour of Bnei Brak, a Jewish ultra orthodox community just outside Tel Aviv: a closer look to kosher food, from deli to bakeries and butcheries.
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Mesamerica 2014: Line Up Announced
The line up for the international food conference Mesamerica 2014, organized by Enrique Olvera, has been announced. Here's the list.
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A Tasty Minute in Mexico
The team from The Perennial Plate have been in Mexico sampling the sights, sounds and tastes of this colorful country.
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South African Braai for Christmas
In South Africa, the national tradition of braai (barbecue) has long replaced the Western stuffed turkey and pudding.
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Explore the old markets and side streets, as well as the bars and delis being reinvented by young chefs and entrepreneurs.
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Kenyan athletes are famous for winning marathons and competitions around the world. Could their secret be a little-known super food known as 'mursik'?
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'Guagas de Pan' Tradition in South America
Deceased relatives and loved ones have been honored with special food since ancient times. A celebration that turns to a feast, particularly in Mexico.
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Camel milk is a specialty of the Karrayyu herders, a nomadic tribe from the Fantalle district in East Showa where Roba Bulga grew up.
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The Faces of Food in Turkey
A great video by the Perennial Plate looking at the many faces of the people we often forget - from market traders, workers, chefs and restaurant owners.
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Anatolia is revamping its ancient wine production, here is a list of the most famous grapes from the region and an excursion into its vineyards.
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Exploring the breathtaking Cederberg Wilderness Area, we take refuge at Bushmans Kloof and try the surrounding indigenous yet gourmet designed food.
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Is Jason Atherton Opening a Restaurant in Dubai?
Reports online suggest that the British chef Jason Atherton is working on a new 'Social Eating House' style restaurant in Dubai.
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Test Kitchen's Luke Dale Roberts gives a candid interview on what got him where he is now and his future plans in the culinary world, directly from Cape Town.
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Bill to Ban Trade of Foie Gras in Israel Approved
The state of Israel is to impose a ban on the trade of foie gras after banning the production of the food back in 2003.
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This Hotel Lets You Dine With A Giraffe
If getting up close and personal with a giraffe is on your bucket list, head to this African hotel which lets you 'dine' with this exotic animal.
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Take a look at the world's most expensive caviar. This rare Beluga white caviar hails from Iran and comes in a 24-karat gold tin.
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The Fabulous Frozen Ice Cream Factory is a unique restaurant in Mexico that turns up the volume on icy treats by using liquid nitrogen.
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A look at the history of tacos and a look at how the Mexican dish came to invade the U.S. in such a big way.
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An interview with Dubai-based chef Dominic Petzold, a contestant in the upcoming 2013 S.Pellegrino Cooking Cup to be held in Venice.
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Culinary reflections from the 2013 Mesamérica food festival attended by some of the world's best chefs including Redzepi, Atala, Jordi Roca, Bottura and Aduriz.
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A look at an interesting design idea in Mexico City that sees unused city areas turned into communal green spaces for all to enjoy.
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Chef Haviv Moshe: "My cuisine? Creative, Mediterranean, New age"
In anticipation of the 2013 S.Pellegrino Cooking Cup, we'd like to introduce you to participating chef Haviv Moshe from Tel Aviv, Israel.
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The Bar Inside a Tree
A pint inside a tree at the the Sunland Baobab tree, found in South Africa, it's 6,000 years old and contains its own bar and cellar.
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Brazilian chef Alex Atala talks about his food philosophy in these videos from the 2013 Design Indaba conference in South Africa.
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Finding Great Feteer in Dubai
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Ottoman Cuisine, The Secrets of Women in the Harem
During the glorious days of the pre-Turkish Ottoman Empire, women of the Harem played an important political role, even in the kitchen
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Did you know that Egyptians used to be baptized in beer? That and more amazing beer facts in this infographic from Online Bachelor Degree Programs.
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David Chang to Host Pop-Up with Zahav Restaurant
It seems that chef David Chang is to host the Zahav restaurant at his Momofuku Ssam Bar in New York.
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Taste of Dubai 2013
Taste of Dubai runs until 16th March with some of the best restaurants in Dubai offering up a range of dishes to thousands of hungry revelers.
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Where to Eat in Dubai: a City Tasting Tour
Discover what Dubai has to offer in terms of delicious street food, local eateries, markets and specialities: where to eat in Dubai and what to choose.
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Nelson Mandela's Family Launches Wine
The family of political reformist and former South African president Nelson Mandela has launched a line of fine red, white and sparkling wines
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Four Days of Food and Wine in Cancun
A look at the Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival, a four day event in one of the most beautiful locations in the world
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Mexican chef Enrique Olvera has created a special menu that is being featured at Ikarus restaurant in Salzburg, Austria
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The World's Highest Pop-up Restaurant
An African chef is hosting the world's highest pop-up restaurant standing at 12,500 feet on Mount Kilimanjaro
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A City Tasting Tour: Istanbul Food Guide
Istanbul offers some of the best street food anywhere: why not try these traditional sweets and "durums," not to mention all the creative Turkish delights?
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A Mayan Meal for The End of The World
Rene Redzepi and some of the best chefs in Mexico will tonight cook a banquet to mark the beginning of the new Mayan Calendar - a feast for the end of the world
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Learn how to roast a chicken, turkey or a goose this Christmas, with tips from three world famous chefs
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The Eat Award winners for 2012 have been announced listing ten of the best restaurants to try in South Africa
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Atul Kochhar Opens Restaurant At Luxury Resort
Michelin starred Indian chef Atul Kochhar has opened a fine dining restaurant at a luxury resort in Mauritius
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The Walkway Made of Coffee Mugs
An installation made of nearly 1,500 coffee mugs is perking up a sidewalk in Mexico City - it's called the Portal of Awareness
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How to Deep Fry a Turkey
A video lesson in deep frying a turkey from the New York Time's Thanksgiving guru Sam Sifton
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MesAmerica, The Mexican Food Summit
Have a look at some of the themes and topics as discussed by the chefs and speakers at the MesaAmerica gastronomic summit in Mexico held at the end of July
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Meet The Golden Cupcake
A cupcake that's covered in over 20 layers of edible gold - makers say it's the world's most expensive edible cupcake
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Chef Jouni Ibrahim: "Dreaming Of A Modern Lebanese Fine Dining Restaurant"
A chat with the young chef from Emirates: he will be one of the chefs that are going to cook aboard the sail boats at the incoming S.Pellegrino Cooking Cup
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Chef David Frenkel: "How I Will Reinvent Israeli Modern Cuisine"
A chat with the young Istraeli chef: he will be one of the chefs that are going to cook aboard the sail boats at the incoming S.Pellegrino Cooking Cup
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Tea Time In South Africa... Inside A Green House
Nature provides the inspiring backdrop for this tea house in South Africa that is located inside a greenhouse - a rustic and unique dining experience
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Swap Trash for Food in Mexico City
A new market in Mexico City encourages residents to recycle by allowing them to trade trash for fresh food
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Chef Mehmet Gurs's from Mikla restaurant in Istanbul amazing appetizer recipe: Turkish anchovy crisp with olive oil bread
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Gourmet seafood and chicken recipe by the South African chef Peter John Vadas: a creative dish with many flavours
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Pizza Panic Button
A look at an interested food marketing campaign from a pizza shop in Dubai who recently launched a pizza magnet for ordering food
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Cape Town, a City Tasting Tour
Food in Cape Town: a look at the best restaurants, food markets and bars to visit in when in the South African city
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Cape Town Food City Tours
With little bit of planning on your part, you can explore the food scene like a local and make the most out of your trip.
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Jorgensen’s Distillery in Cape Town
Jorgensen’s are artisan distillers of handcrafted premium spirits, an entirely family-run business.
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Thanksgiving Facts and Figures from Internet
How are Americans preparing their holiday feast? Their search inquiries on the web reveal a number of food trends - some of them quite surprising...
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Fine Dining On The Bosphorus
In Istanbul, chef Mehmet Gurs proposes a completely new Anatolian cuisine
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In a symbolic city like Istanbul, the restaurant Mikla proposes a new kind of Anatolian cuisine. All thanks to chef Mehmet Gurs
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Lebanese Brewer Hajjar's Tips for Beer and Food Pairing
How to pair Middle Eastern food with beer? Some tips from the Lebanese '961' brewery.
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Yafa Café and Bookshop: a Cultural Crossroad in Jaffa
In Jaffa, a café where dialogue – in Arabic, Hebrew or English – is on the menu.
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Falafel, a Dish the Entire Middle East Can Agree On
Discover the origins of the crispy fried balls made from spices and chickpeas, that are the favorite and contended dish of Middle East people.
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Ancient egyptian recipes: Ancient Egyptian Honey Sweet Balls
From the ancient egyptian recipes, discover the Cleopatra's favourite treat: sweet honey balls similar to loukoumades and pomegranate seeds.
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Cleopatra's Pearl Banquet
Cleopatra not only knew her food, but her chemistry as well. And we all know how important chemistry is in both cooking… and love.
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Gourmet Shopping in Dubai
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Dubai Atmosphere: Restaurant at 442 Metres in the Sky
A breathtaking dining-experience on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa building, the world’s highest construction
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Qahwa Arabic Coffee
There are various legends about the origins of coffee.