Recipe search by ingredient. Works exactly the way it should: you tell it what you have, then is starts asking "do you have this? do you have this?" (look over to the left.) Recipes sourced from all over the place.
I just don't believe that salsa (what kind, anyway?) is better than me for beets, and the reason I don't is sodium. But that's apparently not factored in.
Different ways of preparing food will impact the nutritional value.
Also, and I'm basing this off a couple hours of fascinating discussion with Dylan when we'd already had a few, different people have different gut flora which affect their ability to digest different kinds of food.
In 2008, after five months of solo travel through Asia, I met up with Ozge on her home turf. (If you can travel with someone who is host, guide and friend together, I urge you to do so.) There followed a near month of highlights, as we ate and drank our way across Turkey, starting in Istanbul. It should always be nighttime, and we should always, all of us, be at rooftop restaurants near Istiklal, having meze with raki.
A couple handfuls of small, fresh, spicy chili peppers (usually called bird's eye chilis)
Three or four cloves of garlic
Quarter cup of white vinegar
Tablespoon of sugar
Teaspoon of salt
4-6 bell peppers
One or two sugarcube-sized pieces of fresh ginger
Stem the chili peppers, coarse chop the garlic. Add everything except the bell peppers to the blender. Puree superfine. Slice a few bell peppers, add and blend. Keep adding bell peppers to taste; you'll probably want to add a bit more sugar too.
I'm a huge Sriracha fan but I actually like this better. It's the fresh peppers. Eat it on everything.
Where credit is due: I originally started with this recipe. Now that I think about it, even adding ginger was Teena's idea, not mine.
Recipe above is approximate only. Your garlic cloves may be larger than what I get here in Kenya. Your chili peppers may not be as spicy.
Don't go too nuts with the garlic, and especially not with the bell peppers. This is all about the flavor of the fresh chili peppers, and the spice.
A Better Brew which contains the line: "I asked the brewmaster, Jean-Marie Rock, which American beer he likes best. He thought for a moment, squinting down his bladelike nose, and narrowed his lips to a point. Then he raised a finger in the air. 'Budweiser!' he said. 'Tell them that the brewer at Orval likes Budweiser!' He smiled. 'I know they detest it, but it is quite good.'"
Somebody asked me for travel stories today and I had to throw up my hands. The most adventurous thing I've done so far is the Thai barbeque place I just visited. The buffet of raw meat and vegetables (some meant to be grilled, some not) were like a bunch of "NO!" illustrations for a travel health brochure. But it smelled so good ... the routine would have been familiar to any LA resident who's visited Koreatown. The main difference was that instead of the marinade, it was all about the delicious, chili-rich dipping sauces. Ok, a few random points:
Why it's better here
Find any popular food stall where you can watch your meal get cooked in front of you, and you get:
from fresh ingredients
from a stall that does just one thing, and well enough to have a following
in a country that cares about food.
It's the new hamburger: tasty, addictive comfort food. Egg noodles, meat, etc, in a curry soup, topped with crunchy noodles. There must be somewhere in LA that has it. This is a perfect letter to Jonathan Gold at the LA Weekly actually: "ah yes, that delicious northern Thai specialty. There are several places in Los Angeles that claim to offer the real thing, but only one ..." etc etc
Fried rice doesn't suck.
I had the best fried chicken of my life here.
Met someone from Taiwan who claims chicken satay is a Malaysian dish.
I just had the spiciest meal I've ever had in this city, after five years of chasing Thai and Vietnamese delicacies. It was a pizza, at Mr. Pizza on Fairfax. They also have a silly good beer selection, with like six Samuel Smith varieties.
This is an enthusiasts' site for ____ (1). It's a little messy, but if you dig around a bit you're sure to find some gems. Mostly though, it's an interesting window into another subculture. Also, I would never have thought to try _____ (2) otherwise.
(2) the Cuban sandwich at Chez Henri