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Eatwith, The Airbnb for Foodies

There’s a new business afloat that links people to people for the purpose of sharing authentic local dining experiences.  I found EatWith.com a month too late for this summer’s vacation, but there’s always next time. I’m fresh back from a few weeks in Europe, a family reunion through Paris and Venice and Rome that doubled […]

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Egypt’s Frightening Food Poverty On The Rise

According to a recent report, 81% of Egyptians don’t have enough to cover their monthly food bill A recent government survey has revealed an increasing number of Egyptians are struggling to clothe and feed themselves whilst keeping a roof over their heads. The report by the Egyptian Food Observatory found that of the 1680 households […]

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Zööba: Egyptian Street Food Goes Inside

Ordering a foul or falafel sandwich at any fast food chain or street vendor in Cairo puts consumers one step closer to triple bypass surgery. This has less to do with the food itself than it does with how it is prepared, since Egyptian cuisine, a fluid, nebulous thing fraught with the influence of so many […]

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Pink Slime Beef Bankruptcy First Step to Improved Global Diet

Major pink slime company files for bankruptcy protection in the US. Dubbed ‘Pink Slime’ by activists and ‘finely textured beef’ by the manufacturers, beef filler made by ammonium has turned out to be a smoking gun in the food industry, demonstrating just how powerful activist intervention is in changing paradigms. One of the biggest ground […]

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Jerusalem Artichoke Soup, Weekly Vegewarian Recipe

Cold weather is still calling for soup. Try this light, vegan one based on Jerusalem artichokes. Vegeware or do you identify as a climatarian? This might mean you might not be committed to vegetarianism, but are committed to doing your part by being vege “aware”. Here’s a great vegetarian recipe with in season Jerusalem artichoke […]

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What’s in season February

 Late winter in the Middle East brings lower prices in the shuk. It’s strawberry time again in the Middle East. The sweet red berry’s price has come down to the point where even a careful shopper can allow herself a little indulgence. But let’s wait another 4-6 weeks for prices to fall even more; then […]

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Saffron Spice Fights Liver Cancer

Researchers in Al Ain find that saffron can protect your liver from cancer. Great news just in time for Christmas: Arab scientists from the United Arab Emirates have located anti-cancer compounds in the much loved and expensive spice saffron. Known for centuries as a home remedy, the research project led by Professor Amr Amin from […]

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Locavore, Shmocavore – Just Call Me an Ecotarian

Is the eco-friendly food movement getting even more complicated, or are ecotarians simplifying matters? The green movement is riddled with a lot of food ideologies.  When it comes to food, there are a lot of environmental issues to consider: locavores protest the pollution stemming from the transport of food from far away, vegetarians (and vegawarians) […]

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Eden Vardy Plants a Sustainable T.R.E.E. in Aspen

A sustainable T.R.E.E. grows in Aspen, where children learn about real food. As a child, Israeli-born Eden Vardy wanted to know where his food came from.  And since he grew up in Aspen, Colorado, his food generally came from a supermarket and was probably transported from far away.  As he grew older and learned more […]

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Tel Aviv’s Social Economic Academy Teaches Food Politics

With so many food options and food movements out there, what do you choose? Food is a major factor in human health, and in environmental health as well.  There are an abundance of eco-friendly food movements out there, including vegans, vegetarians, vegawarians, locavores, and those who eat strictly organic food.  By the way, those who […]

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3 Easy Ways to Cook Asparagus

Asparagus season is short, so rush out to the market and get your asparagus while you can. Then cook it in one of these delicious ways. It always gives me a lift when I’m trawling the shuk for local vegetables and see bundles of  delicate green and purple asparagus  spears. I love it for its […]

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3 Wild Edibles And How to Eat Them

Miriam suggests ways to cook free wind-sown vegetables. At this time of year, you may find free vegetables growing in your own backyard (like Karin did), or in your windowbox. Springing up from wind-sown seeds and roots that slept underground through last summer, the newly green landscape is actually full of green vegetables. The first […]

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RECIPE: Grilled Arak Oranges

Piquant with booze and naturally sweet, these grilled oranges are a quick, sophisticated dessert for a winter dinner. It’s still officially winter in the Middle East, although spring is making a premature appearance with warm, windy days and scanty rain.  Orange trees shed their heady fragrance over sidewalks and gardens, while open-air markets display piles […]

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How to Become a Middle Eastern Invasivore

Protect the environment by eating the (animal or plant) species trying to invade it.  What does a Middle Eastern invasivore look like? Environmentalists have a lot of crazy eating habits.  You’ve got the hardcore vegans who avoid all meat and animal byproducts, the vegetarians who will not eat meat (but eat dairy and eggs), the […]

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RECIPE: Saudi Arabian Spiced Eggs

Spice up your breakfast egg with this easy recipe from Saudi Arabia. Eggs are back to being the heroes of the breakfast table. Today’s wisdom decrees that one large egg daily gives you healthy amounts of  protein, vitamins and minerals – all for about 72 calories. The cholesterol in the yolk, it’s said, doesn’t raise […]