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Paris for Foodies

Well- known chefs like Julia Child and Disney Pixar star Ratatouille got their culinary training in Paris at some of the best restaurants and schools. But you don’t have to head to the most well known establishments in the city of lights to get the crème de la crème. Here are a couple of ideas to taste your way through one of the most renowned culinary cities in the world, that will satisfy taste buds, help you blend in with the locals, and take you down the road less traveled. Read More

1001 Arabian Nights - in Vancouver

In what we consider an ambitious move, our friends at the Shangri-La Vancouver have launched a one-month, hotel-wide promotion to highlight and celebrate all things Middle Eastern. Called 1001 Nights, the promotion brings authentic spa treatments from the Middle East, traditional live Arabic music, beverages and cuisine from Lebanon and a souk (market) to the lobby of the hotel. Read More

Kitchen Swapping

Those of us who are foodies can appreciate the difficulty acclimating to a friend's kitchen. Well, imagine the complex challenges of taking over an entire restaurant for the day and serving a multi-course meal to a group of critical food and travel writers, as well as paying guests. That's exactly what we witnessed last week as the management, chefs and front-of-house staff of Whistler's celebrated Bearfoot Bistro descended from the alpine heights to relatively balmy downtown Vancouver to take over MARKET by Jean-Georges

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A Touch of Turkey in Qatar

By Zehra Fattah

The Sharq Village & Spa (operated by Ritz-Carlton) had a great kick off for the Turkish food festival at its famous Al Livan restaurant .

Some of the delights at the opening the Turkish festival at the Sharq Village. Photo: Zehra Fattah

Some of the delights at the opening the Turkish festival at the Sharq Village. Photo: Zehra Fattah

The Turkish Ambassador to Qatar, Hon. Ahmet Demirok and his family were guests of honour on this great occasion. 

Politics, the relationship between the Arab countries and Turkey, and the increase in tourism in Turkey were among the many subjects that brought together a great group of attendees at this lovely gathering. 

Renowned chefs, Erol Sen and Mehmet Akif Aksoy, are exclusively flown in to prepare special dishes - including ciğ köfte (lean minced meat kneaded with grinded wheat (ince bulgur), onion, tomato or red pepper paste and spices like cumin, paprika, pepper, mint, coriander, cinnamon), grilled lamb chops, lahmacun (a round, thin piece of dough topped with minced meat and minced vegetables and herbs including onions, tomatoes and parsley, then baked) and Turkish pizza.

The Sharq Village & Spa describes Turkish cuisine this way: 
"Heavily influenced by classical Ottoman cooking, modern Turkish cuisine can be described as a fusion and refinement of Central Asian, Middle Eastern and Balkan flavors and techniques. It has, in turn, influenced those and other neighboring cuisines, including that of Western Europe. 
Turkish cooking varies hugely from region to region: for instance, chefs along the Black Sea coastline use fish extensively, while the Southeast of the country is famous for its kebabs and dough-based desserts such as Baklava. In the West, where olive trees are abundant, the use of olive oil predominates, while the Marmara and Mediterranean regions are rich in vegetables, herbs and fish."

Says Savvy Angel, Zehra Fattah, who is being hosted by the Sharq Village & Spa: "The last time I had Turkish food this delicious it was prepared by my mother!" 

A night filled with inspiring conversions, authentic Turkish cuisine in a setting which couldn't have been better for such an event. 

The Turkish Food Festival runs until Nov. 1. See our review of Al Liwan by clicking here


A desert item at the festival opening. Credit: Sharq Village & Spa

A desert item at the festival opening. Credit: Sharq Village & Spa

Sushi Networking: New Concept Being Exported Globally From South Africa

A unique idea generated in South Africa by Digital Media Specialist Marianna Boguslavsky, brought together a group of professionals from different business sectors, sharing not only an evening in a highly classy atmosphere but also many creative ideas to network and support each others business ventures.

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