Introducing Meze – Sport Weight

Meze are small dishes, or appetizers, served in parts of the Middle East, the Balkans, Greece and North Africa.  Gathering around a table filled with  little dishes on a hot evening with friends is one of summer’s great pleasures – especially after a long day of work.  I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Turkey twice – once as a tourist, and the other time as … Continue reading Introducing Meze – Sport Weight

Introducing Zakuska – Bulky Weight

ZAKUSKA (plural zakuski) originates from Russia and many Slavic countries, where it can be served as an appetizer, but often a plate of zakuski can serve as a meal itself.  My experience with zakuski is from my travels in Bulgaria, where I indulged in many cheese-stuffed dishes that would fuel a day’s explorations.  Bulgaria is a country that is constantly changing and evolving – each … Continue reading Introducing Zakuska – Bulky Weight

Introducing Hassun – DK Weight

Dining in Japan is an experience, especially when one enjoys a kaiseki, or multi-course meal.  The hassun is traditionally the second course in this multi-course meal, which typically embraces the local, seasonal offerings.  I fell in love with Japan on my first trip there in 2014. I mean, I have always loved sushi, but the trip that we took opened my eyes to so much … Continue reading Introducing Hassun – DK Weight