Mediterranean

Virgil on December 14, 2013

I came across some interesting research recently that demonstrates that eating two or more servings of oily fish a week is positively correlated with reduced chances of having a stroke and cardiovascular disease, while just eating fish oil supplements does not. To me, this is just common sense, but it is nice to have scientific […]

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Virgil on December 21, 2012

I love yogurt, plain yogurt, not the sickly sweet kinds with fruit or flavored. I love a little tang and the purity of freshly made yogurt and the Greek yogurt in the grocery store can be very nice tasting, although you have to be careful to avoid milk from cows that have been given growth […]

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Virgil on September 6, 2012

When I was a kid, I remember eating red pistachios. They tasted great, but you got red stains all over your hands and mouth, including a red tongue. I never thought twice about it. When I went to Turkey the first time in the late 1970s, there were these great tasting nuts that looked a […]

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Virgil on September 5, 2012

Halikarnas Restaurant, Egirdir, Turkey Five Maudies – Highly Recommended First off, breakfasts in Turkey are unbelievably good. Better than American and English breakfasts and I love bacon, sausages, grits, and eggs. But, what we had in Turkey was simply devine and far more healthy. The best breakfasts we had were at the Urkmez Hotel in […]

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Virgil on August 26, 2012

Turkey, as compared to Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Iraq, uses a lot more “loaf” bread. In the aforementioned countries one sees mainly leavened flat bread (nan) made in a circular oven (see Afghan Flat Bread – Nan-e Afghani Made Traditionally for one type of oven in use by the Afghan National Police at a very remote […]

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Virgil on August 23, 2012

One would expect to find Turkey relatively devoid of alcohol, it being an Islamic country. But it is not. Lots of people drink here. I knew Islamic fundamentalists 30 years ago in Turkey and they all drank. I am not sure how they justify it as it is against Islam, but many certainly do. They […]

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Virgil on August 15, 2012

Lynn and I recently spent a couple of weeks in Turkey. I had spent some nine months there in the late 70s-early 80s. Turkey has some of the best food in the world and there will be a number of posts about the trip. Let’s start with Turkish pides, what I call their pizzas. You […]

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Virgil on August 14, 2012

At Tanor Al Deera Five Maudies – highly recommended One of the traditional foods found in the Kuwait souks, in addition to the ever present schwarma, is manakish, or what I call Kuwaiti style pizza. It seems that many places in the Arab and Mediterranean world have something that resembles what Americans would call pizza. Turkey has […]

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Virgil on August 11, 2012

Three Maudies – good I wrote a previous article about how many fast food places there are in Kuwait City, Fast Food Hell.  And, indeed, there are. It seems that the main street food one sees in Kuwait is schwarma, minced meat kebabs, and manakish (like a pizza). Right now, I will discuss a Kuwaiti […]

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Virgil on June 23, 2012

Yep, salad dressings with fat are better than the no-fat versions touted as so essential for good health. Once again, I am vindicated for my choices in what I eat. A recent study published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, a peer reviewed journal, found that no-fat and low-fat dressings are not able to extract […]

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