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 Amuse – Fingering Weight

AMUSE is short for Amuse-bouche, literally “mouth amuser” in French.  These are typically a pre-appetizer;  simply one or two bites at the start of a meal to tease the taste buds (and show off a chef’s skill).  It’s really one of those wonderful little surprises that are served at the beginning of a meal. Quite frankly, it is often one of the more memorable bites … Continue reading Introducing Amuse – Fingering Weight