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Ethnic Cuisine

Because I love food oh-so-much, I wanted to dedicate a post to just talking about some of my favorite ethnic dishes/specialties and hopefully have you guys share some of yours! I am going to keep it real basic and for now (maybe I will do a part 2 later) do some of the most common ethnic cuisines we all know and love!

For the occasion, I got a Chicken Souvalki pita for lunch from a local diner-type restaurant down the road that I had never been to. It was delicious and only $4… I am always a sucker for a good bargain! I am also a huge sucker for tzatziki sauce!

 

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With my lunch in mind, lets start this out with some GREEK!

I have a confession first, though I am a complete cheese eatin fool, I dont care for feta. I cant even tell you why, its just a little weird to me. But some of my favorite things about Greek food include:

  • Whenever I eat Greek food, I feel fresh. I always feel like they have fresh, crisp lettuce picked out, fresh cucumbers, and soft fluffy just baked pitas!
  • Everything tastes better with Tzatziki or Hummus!
  • If you wrap a fresh, warm pita around it or put it on a kabob it is automatically better. And by it, I mean anything haha
  • I love the atmosphere or Greek restaurants – you can feel the history!

My favorite dish: Souvlaki

My favorite dessert: Though I have only had these twice – Diples (like a donut/funnel cake) they are fried dessert heaven!

An example of Diples

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Dislike?: Im not a big lamb eater so I tend to steer clear of dishes that include lamb.

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Next up? Asian

I know this is very broad since there is Thai, Chinese, Japanese, etc. but since I could obviously go on forever and ever about all the different cuisines I will have to group them a little bit.

My favorite things about Asian food

  • The veggies – you can load up in veggies!
  • Rice – I just really love rice
  • Tea – Asian tea varieties are always delicious
  • Stir-fry – I am a huge fan of stir fry and you can always find an abundance of different combinations

My favorite dish: So much, I like a good stir fry with veggies and shrimp but also like sushi!! In particular, sushi that includes salmon. Yuk!

My favorite dessert: Crunchy Thai fried bananas. Oh. my gosh. Because I have an intense love for bananas.

Dislike?: I steer clear of the SPICY stuff!

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Onto French!

 Some things I love about French cuisine:

  • Wine. And more wine!
  • I always feel like I am indulging when I have french food (especially at a French bistro)
  • They sure know how to do soups.
  • The wide assortment of cheeses

My favorite dish?: Hands down, crepes. Mmm it has actually been a long while since I have had crepes… I should probably change that soon!

Favorite dessert: Custards.. my mom used to do a really good French caramel custard that was to die for!

Dislike?: Anything with Caviar. I know this is a huge delicacy but my taste bugs just cant grasp it for some reason.

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Now for Hispanic!

Again, I am making this a little more broad. Obviously it seems I have been eating a lot of Hispanic food lately with my double decker taco last night, a huge shrimp burrito on Monday night, and then homemade loaded nachos last week!

Some things I love about hispanic cuisine(s):

  • Tortillas. yummmm
  • melted cheese. on everything.
  • fresh salsa and that there are so many variations and possibilities for salsa!
  • rice and beans

My favorite dish: There are tons, but I like a good old fashioned hot melty quesadilla!

Favorite dessert: Sopapillas! Basically like a really fresh donut but so good! (are you seeing a major trend in all my dessert… fried! which is so funny since I usually stay away from fried food, but apparently it is fine if it is considered a dessert 😉 )

Dislikes: Like asian, I stay away from the spicy! I am not a fan of peppers!

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And you thought I was going to skip over it….

ITALIAN!

I could make this section 3 days long but I will try to keep it simple like the rest! Both of my parents families are from different regions of Italy so I have definitely learned (like any other countries cuisine) there are tons of variations. And really, when it comes to Italian dishes, I am a pretty simple gal!

Some (yes only some) of my favorite things about Italian food:

  • Carbs. Pasta, bread, gimme more gimme more!
  • Fresh herbs
  • Italian cheese
  • WINE
  • Fish, so many different fish dishes. ohh yum

My favorite dish: so difficult. I love a perfectly made fresh Caprice salad (tomatoes, fresh basil, fresh mozzarella) or Bruschetta. This is truly my favorite. I could name 30 pastas I love as well and someday I will probably make a post about that!

My favorite dessert: You probably think I will say Tiramasu but actually thats not it! but Gelato has my heart as I think it deserves to have everyone’s. It is honestly the most delicious thing ever!

Heaven

Dislikes: I am not a fan of Italian sausage so I definitely stay away from that if I can. That is probably surprising to you. It is also terribly bad for you haha…hey why do you think they call Fat Tony, Fat Tony? (in my best Italian voice)

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That ends part one of my ethnic cuisines but we will definitely revisit some more later because I could talk about food for-ev-er.

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Now choose any of the cuisines from above (or a different one!) and tell me some of your favorite things about it, your favorite dish, favorite dessert, and a dislike!

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