Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Cuisines


Ohrid Summer Festival Promotes Ajvar

2 July 2009 | This year Macedonia’s Ohrid Summer Festival will not only bring a month filled with art Full Story



Greece
Espresso Gains Popularity in Greece

10 June 2009 | Espresso is increasing winning over the hearts (and palates) of Greeks and making its way to becoming the caffeine-loving nation’s favourite type of coffee.
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Turkey
Turkey to Ask EU to Recognise Rakiya as National Drink

6 May 2009 | In its negotiations with the EU, Turkey will ask that rakiya, or brandy, receive the status of a “national drink,” national media reported recently.
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Serbia
Serbia Marks End of Month-Long, Food-Filled Holiday Season

A large number of holidays and patron-saint days are marked in Serbia between December 19th and January 20th. Full Story


Macedonia
Macedonia Goes Back to Culinary Roots

The holiday season this year confirmed a new trend in Macedonia: people are getting back in touch with their culinary roots.
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Turkey
Turkey Boasts World’s Most Ecologically Clean Tea

Among the nearly 30 countries that produce tea in the world, Turkey is the only one producing ecologically clean tea without chemical additives Full Story


Balkans
Balkan Culinary Wars III: Other People’s Meatballs

Ćevapčići from Leskovac, köfte from İzmir or Bulgarian kebapche? Greek keftedes too, please!
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Macedonia
Culinary (and Other) Delights of Macedonia's Tikvesh Wine Region

In this engaging travel piece, the author recounts a summer expedition into Macedonia’s wine country, and a trip down the country’s ‘other’ lake - Tikvesh, which is also the general name for the entire dry and dusty region of south-central... Full Story


Balkans
Balkan Culinary Wars II: The Epic Battle over a Vegetable Relish

Ajvar, lyutenitsa, zacuscă or biber salçası? The peppers, tomatoes and aubergines purée is to inflame as much hostility as the Macedonian issue a century ago. Full Story


Turkey
Urfa Kebab, Çig Köfte

Once in a local restaurant in Urfa, most connoisseurs of Turkish cuisine would immediately order the Urfa kebab – the wonderfully tasty pieces of ground meat on a stick, accompanied by lots of onion and tomato fried on a hot plate, spiced with... Full Story




Curiosity Chest


Bulgaria
Dimitur, who visualisеd the Bulgarian expression “Pumpkin Head!”

26 February 2014 | He is 26 and he tried to enroll in the national Fine Arts academy. Academics, though, refused to recognize his talents, and this is how he searched for consolation in food carving. Full Story



Useful Reads


Greece
In Sfakia: Passing Time in the Wilds of Crete (2008) | By Peter Trudgill

Crete has long been acknowledged as one of the most singular and unique parts of Greece. Its people keep a fierce hold on their traditions, customs and history. Practically a country of its own, this vast island looms over all others in Greece. Nevertheless, as In Sfakia author Peter Trudgill aptly notes in his preface, “some parts of Crete are more special than others, and Sfakia, on the remote south coast, is certainly one of those.” Full Story




Music


Serbia
Serbia Surprises with Choice of Little-Known Singer for Eurovision

12 March 2009 | A little-known Serbian singer and composer, Marko Kon, has surprised many by emerging as his country's representative at the 54th Eurovision in Moscow.
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