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The Week in Bites<br>30th March 2014

The Week in Bites
30th March 2014

This week at FDL we explored the history of rooibos tea, interviewed Moscow-based Latin chef Adrian Quetglas and discovered 26 interesting facts about sesame.

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South Africa's Treasure

We kicked off the week here at FDL with a look at rooibos tea, a special plant that grows only in one part of the world: South Africa. Did you know that rooibos comes from a red bush that is actually an herb?

Its needle-like leaves are fermented to obtain its characteristic amber color which have an addictive flavor many tea lovers around the world have come to adore. Rooibos can be prepared warm or cold and has many uses in and out of the kitchen.

Find out more about its history by reading our in-depth article on this treasured tea.

A Latin Chef in Moscow

From South Africa we focused our attention to Russia where chef Adrian Quetglas is making his own gastronomic revolution. Born in Argentina and raised in Spain, the chef showcases his avant-garde dishes at the Cipollino Cafe and The Sad Restaurant, both in Moscow.

 'Sad' actually means garden and, thus, the restaurant features a subtropical ambiance with exotic plants and plush chairs. There Quetglas puts his own spin on Russian classics, satisfying palates and leaving diners wanting more.

But how did this Latin chef end up in Moscow? FDL caught up with Quetglas at the recent 2014 Chef's Cup in Alta Val Badia. Read our exclusive interview here.

Sesame From A to Z

Later in the week we explored the fascinating world of the tiny but mighty sesame seed. From Ali Baba to Zinc, we discovered 26 interesting things you probably don't know about sesame seeds.

For instance, did you know ancient Romans ate sesame for energy and to regain their strength? Or that in India sesame seeds are employed in sacred rituals and are a symbol of immortality?

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