Gado Gado Indonesian Peanut Sauce Salad

Gado Gado Indonesian Peanut Sauce Salad

There are few nations who have succeeded in leaving a definitive mark at the salad bar. While honorable mentions include Greece’s ellinki salata, an Italy’s insalata Caprese and Thailand’s green papaya salad, our favorite national salad of the week has to be Indonesia’s gado gado. A melee of steamed and fresh vegetables, a mix of … Read more

Tabouli: Syrian Parsley & Bulgur Salad

Syrian Tabouli - parsley, cucumber, bulgur, red onion, tomato salad with lemon juice and olive oil

Sure, there are some foods that have become so popular that everyone knows about them. Tabouli certainly qualifies in that category. Even in non-Mediterranean, non-Levantine restaurants around our area, chances are good you can find at least some form of this parsley and bulgur wheat salad on the menu. And yet, despite its ubiquity, it seems … Read more

Mizeria

Mizeria served in a plate

It’s always fun to find recipes with ironic and sometimes bizarre names. When we do, the backstory to the name is almost as intriguing as the recipe itself. Mizeria certainly counts as one of those recipes. Backstory to the Mizeria Name When translating into English, mizeria can embody several concepts, none of which are at all flattering. Mizeria, … Read more

Poisson Cru: Tahitian Raw Tuna Ceviche with Coconut Milk

Poisson Cru: Tahitian Raw Tuna Ceviche with Coconut Milk

Poisson Cru – a Tahitian National Favorite Ceviche Dish What is poisson cru? Poisson cru is a dish made from fresh or canned coconut milk. The recipe is simple and easy to follow, and it takes more time to make than most dishes, but the results are worth it. Poisson cru is a French dish … Read more

Ensalada Nochebuena: Mexican Christmas Salad

Mexican Christmas Salad - Ensalada Nochebuena

For most, the “holiday season,” like it is in the US, actually means only a handful of days that are the holidays themselves. But other countries, like it is in Mexico, have a true holiday season, lasting from early December all the way through January 6. Amid this season of celebration, one of the biggest feasts still does … Read more

Fattoush: Lebanese Sumac Lemon Salad

Fattoush: Lebanese Sumac Lemon Salad

With the holiday season coming up, Heather and I both thought it would be fun to find ways to “internationalize” our upcoming holiday meals with our friends and family. Not that we don’t love what you’d traditionally find around the Thanksgiving table (trust me, we do), but this seems like it will be a really fun challenge. … Read more