Month: May 2011

Kathmandu.
Travel

Kathmandu.

Kathmandu Many clichés abound about Kathmandu, some are justified, and others seem to be figments of imaginations of young, doped, backpackers. Thick with flamboyant Hindu temples, public cremations and dread-locked holy men (sadus) smoking pipes, Nepal’s capital is a natural for breathless riffs on the exotic Far East. The city […]

Sushi and Sashimi.
Food

Sushi and Sashimi.

Sushi and Sashimi Rice is the staple food of more than half of the world’s population, and for the majority of Oriental nations it represents a significant source of calories. There are three basic varieties of rice – long grain, short and round-grained and glutinous that becomes sticky when cooked. […]

Polish Vodkas of Distinction.
Spirits

Polish Vodkas of Distinction.

Polish Vodkas Vodka is a diminutive for of the Slavic word voda (water). It means little water. The first record of vodka dates back to 1405 in Poland. Although Russians claim to have produced vodka before Poles, the Poles insist and can prove that they were the first. In both […]

Rum – Jamaica’s Spirit.
Spirits

Rum – Jamaica’s Spirit.

Rum – Jamaica’s Spirit. Rum plays an important economic role in many Caribbean islands. It is a product of sugar cane production and is mostly derived from molasses. Slaves working on sugar estates were the first to discover that when molasses started to ferment it become more enjoyable and inebriating. […]

whisky
Spirits

Scotch Whisky and How to Enjoy It.

Scotch Whisky Single malt Scotch whisky consumption has been increasing constantly since 1990’s. Distillers and distributes have been struggling with the sagging popularity of blended whiskies in the 1980’s, and saw an opportunity to specialize in more upscale products. Baby boomers looking for new taste sensations proved to be an […]

Charcuterie.
Food

Charcuterie.

Charcuterie In the 1990’s, chefs in Toronto and Montreal started to produce their own sausages, cured meats, and pates. Previously, practically all of these items were purchased, and most restaurants and food beverage operators continue to purchase them, some from small artisan producers others from huge nationally known manufacturers. Pending […]

Croatia.
Wine

Croatia.

Croatia Once under the umbrella of Yugoslavia, this country on the Adriatic Sea has a long and varied vitvinicultural history starting with ancient Greeks who where probably the first to plant grapes in the region. Croatia is located between 43 – 46 latitudes north bordering Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Slovenia […]

Laotian Cookery.
Food

Laotian Cookery.

Laotian Cookery Sandwiched between Vietnam in the east and Thailand in the west, this narrow and long Southeast Asian, socialist country’s cookery was influenced largely by the French. Still today, French-style baguette and other breads and pastries play an important role in Laotian cooking. Thai cuisine has also influenced food […]