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Experience Food adventure: a tour around the world kitchens December 06, 2018

If you like adventure, don’t miss a type of adventure that you will never regret, food adventure is an adventure through the worlds’ kitchen, as you will have the chance to discover hundreds of tastes, each of them different and unique. Food is one of the best ways to know the culture of any country as each country offers a special dish that resembles its character, leaving a special taste among its tourists. This food adventure will take us on a tour through the world's kitchens and famous dishes, to taste together a journey of pleasure and art of the famous dishes. Italy As a start of our adventure, let us stop in Italy. Italy is famous for its pastas, with many different sauces, spices and different ingredients, the most famous of them is “the Angel Haster pasta” with amatrishana sauce. This dish consists of meat, zucchini, and beans. Also there is another dish which is “pizzeria paffalina”, the dough of the pizza is thin and toasted from the sides, covered with Peppers, figs, lemons, mushrooms, leafy vegetables and mozzarella buffalo cheese, it served with San Marzano tomato sauce. England "Fish and Chips", is one of the most famous English meals served in Britain, where fish is fried until it gets golden color and reddish peas or mashed peas are usually added to the dish, and sometimes you will find a dish of fried onion rings as a side dish but you should ask for it yourself. Spain Spain is characterized by the Spanish omelet Tortilla Espanola, this dish is one of the most famous and loved dishes in Spain, and the main components are: (eggs, potatoes, onions cooked in olive oil), and this dish has many forms where it is thick and Slave. Although it is said that this dish is easy to prepare, it is one of the dishes that require special technique to be cooked. The Spanish cuisine does not end with its delicious recipes. There is the black rice dish Arroz Negro In fact, one of the most famous dishes in Spain are rice dishes of various kinds, including: green rice with oysters, rice with beans and turnips. As for today's dish, the black rice, it is a dish made of: white rice, squid, seafood broth, olive oil, sweet pepper, onion, and squid ink "the element that turns the color of rice into black". France France is usually characterized by pastries and the famous croissants, but today's dish is French onion soup. This traditional soup is made of onions and meatballs and is usually served with toast and melted cheese on top. The origin of this soup is attributed to the Romans, it was considered as a dish for poor people. The delicious taste comes from the spicy and creamed onions, which are slowly cooked, and then meat broth or water  is usually added. Also milk, eggs or flour are sometimes added to make the soup thicker. Germany As an important station in our food adventure is Germany. German has a unique way in food, as it is rich, creamy and delicious, and each area has its own dishes and traditional dishes, and the list of German foods can easily change from one city to another. We therefore chose several dishes from German cuisine; Spätzle is a German-style pasta-like noodle dish. This dish is famous in southern Germany and is a special dish for Schwabia and Baden-Wurttemberg. No one knows exactly the origin of this dish, and there are a number of different versions of this dish in neighboring countries. This kind of noodle is made from wheat flour and eggs, often served with a quantity of cheese and sometimes the grilled onions are added. In some cases, hot steaks are served directly from the pan, and according to the tradition of Schwabia, an extra egg is used in the dough for the guests. In some areas the dough is mixed with a number of other ingredients such as cherry, apple, liver or saukraut which is fermented cabbage. Potatoes are a favorite German food, so the Germans have thought that Kartoffelpuffer is one of the main ingredients in many side dishes. It is a small fried pancake made from sliced potatoes mixed with flour, eggs, onions and spices. Sometimes served as a side dish for a main meal with meat or fish, and sometimes served as a dessert with apple sauce, blue berries, sugar and cinnamon. Wurst or sausage is one of Germany's most popular cuisine. There are more than 1,500 different types of sausages made in Germany, and there are plenty of street stalls selling it. One of the most popular types is Fried Bratwurst Sausage, made from minced meat and spices, Viennese sausages that are smoked and boiled, and there are some local species such as the Currywurst sausage in Berlin which is served with ketchup, Weisswurst sausage in Bavaria, a white sausage that is crusted before eating with sweet, Also sausage Rostbratwurst in Nurnberg which is served with cabbage fermented section. Greece Greece is a great addition to our food adventure in European kitchens, as the Greek cuisine is one of the most beautiful kitchens that share many of the characteristics associated with the kitchens of other countries such as the Middle East and Italy, but it is characterized by special touches that make the food distinctive and have special flavors made it the most famous foods in the world. It depends a lot on its dishes on fresh vegetables and olive oil. One of the most famous dishes is the Dolmas dish, one of the most delicious Greek dishes. It is a grape leaves stuffed with spices, and rice and boiled with lamb-stuffed flour. Korea Kimchi is a traditional and basic Korean food that is almost devoid of a poor or rich table. It is a food that is similar to that of the Arabs. It is made of cabbage, garlic, and hot red peppers, so it is a traditional pickled food that is kept in a warm place, and it can be served as a side dish or a secondary dish. Korea Brazilian cuisine is famous for its Acarajé dish, a popular Snack dish resembling some Brazilian falafel. This dish is one of the best dishes, and one of the most delicious dishes that can be eaten. It is made from the beans that are fried in palm oil and are stuffed with hot shrimp paste, cashew paste and palm oil. Turkey Of course, when passing Turkish cuisine, we will not find what is more famous than the Turkish shawarma or the donar, as it is called in Turkey. It is a popular Turkish food that dates back to the Ottoman Empire. It consists of red meat or chicken pieces that are placed on a skewer. Served in meals or sandwiches, as they are available in most Turkish restaurants. USA American cuisine is known for being full of fast food, which is popular with children and adults, including hotdogs and burgers. In addition to the distinctive donuts, American cuisine is distinguished by its different tastes. For example, there are European dishes served in American cuisine, which makes it the largest cuisine in its variety of foods and dishes. Arab countries If we do this food adventure among the kitchens of the whole world, we cannot forget our special Arab cuisine, which is characterized by a unique taste. Each Arab country has its own way of expressing its culture and traditions. But we chose you the Kabsa dish, as one of the most famous Arab dishes at all, it is a distinct dish of Saudi origin, but it has become a food in all Arab countries and the main dishes and offers in occasions and Ramadan. The dish is made of meat, rice, boiled chickpeas, spices and cinnamon, and is decorated with raisins and almonds.

Destinations Tourism in the Kingdom: Top things to do in Saudi Arabia November 27, 2018

The Kingdom has started to emerge as a tourist destination lately; it is expected to be one of the top destinations in the Middle East in a few years. Places to visit and things to do in Saudi Arabia are constantly increasing. From ancient ruins to natural reserves to contemporary attractions, The Kingdom has got it all and is building more. If you are heading to the largest country in the GCC soon and wondering what to do there then this list is for you. These are the top things to do in Saudi Arabia. Scuba dive in Yanbu One of the most enjoyable things to do in Saudi Arabia is scuba diving in the Red Sea, and Yanbu is one of the best places to do so in the Kingdom. Yanbu comprises several premier scuba-diving locations; it also comprises several excellent hotels and resorts with private beaches. The area features gorgeous beaches with pristine white sandy shores, and best of all, it features rich marine life and magnificent colorful corals. Moreover, the warm weather year round makes diving a possibility even during winter. And the town offers a beachfront laid-back atmosphere rarely found in the big cities. Ride the cable cars in Taif Situated on top of Al Sarawat Mountains, Taif is famous as the city of colors. It is a fruitful area and very significant in the Kingdom’s agriculture. It is also one of the top tourist destinations in Saudi Arabia. The beautiful mountain weather coupled with the lush greenery make the small city one of the most beautiful areas in the GCC. One of the top things to do in Taif is riding the cable cars. They are the longest in the Middle East and they give you a chance to admire the amazing beauty of the area. You can ride the cars to reach Al Kar tourist village where you can spend your day swimming and enjoying the lovely weather and then take the cable cat back. Visit Hejaz Railway Station Once a very important stop for the Hejaz train that connected Syria and Saudi Arabia, Hejaz Railway Station in Tabuk has been recently renovated. The station now comprises 13 Hejazi-inspired buildings including a handcrafts center and a modern museum dedicated to the cultural history of the area as well as the history of the ancient railway. The station and the connected buildings spread over an area of 80,000 square meters. Take a day tour to the railway station or make a trip of it and stay in Tabuk for a couple of days, the city has got more to offer like the ancient Tabuk Castle and the beautiful pristine beaches. Visit Fakieh Aquarium This aquarium in Jeddah features numerous endemic Red Sea species in addition to other marine lives brought from various seas and oceans around the world, all in huge colorful displays. The shark tank is especially popular. There is also an ice-skating rink and an arcade for the children in the complex, as well as one of the best restaurants in Jeddah with a wonderful view of the Red Sea. The aquarium is renowned for the daily Dolphin and Seal Lion show. And they promise to include the option of swimming with the Dolphins soon. Take a Walk in the sky at Kingdom Center On top of the Kingdom Center, specifically in the 100th floor lies the Sky Bridge, one of the top things to do in Saudi Arabia. From this steel and glass bridge you get an outstanding view of the capital Riyadh. The best time to go would be night or sunrise as they provide the most spectacular views. There is a lively mall at the first three floors comprising a multitude of shopping and dining options, so you can have a hearty meal after your walk in the sky.  Or if that’s not your thing, splurge for the fine dining restaurant near the top. Attend Al Janadriyah Festival Immerse yourself in the Saudi culture by attending this annual festival where you can see daily camel shows and many other Arab wonders. Started in 1985, this two-week festival features a variety of activities, sports, dancing, arts, living history, falconry as well as traditional arts and crafts. It is the best chance to experience the authentic Saudi culture. The festival site is right outside of Riyadh. Each province of the kingdom is represented with a pavilion that represents local architecture and features its local culture and handcrafts. And one of the most amazing aspects about the festival is food. You can find a variety of cuisines, not only from Saudi Arabia but from other countries as well.

Eating & Dining Unusual Food: Weirdest restaurants in the world February 24, 2019

Weird has always been a selling point; Weird means strange and unusual, something out of the ordinary. Some people would go out of their way to try unusual food, and travel to other destinations just to try weird restaurants. Take a look with us and check the weirdest restaurants around the world, the ones weird in décor and the ones serving unusual food. Maybe in your next trip you will find yourself in one of these cities trying unusual food in a unique ambiance. Ninja Restaurant, New York A dining experience like no other, this restaurant serves the most unique Japanese fusions amidst a ninja theme. The design of the restaurant resembles a ninja house in Japan; Dark narrow hallways lead to private rooms authentically decorated. The food menu, which is written on rolled mats, is very extensive. If you are interested in trying unusual food go with the ninja fusions, they are said to be taken of an old ninja secret book. To provide more of a fun experience for patrons, the staff is all dressed like ninja, they perform ninja tricks to diners, and there is a magician that performs old ninja tricks. Labassin Waterfall Restaurant, Philippines Located right in the middle of a small river and waterfall, this restaurant lies in the luxurious Villa Escudero resort plantation. The bamboo tables are set literally in the shallow river just a few feet away from the rush of a small waterfall. Guests can actually lean under the rushing waters to relax or get some relief from the heat during hot months. The restaurant serves local dishes such as rice and fish. It provides a simple yet magical experience that tourists will never forget. Moreover, traditional dance and music shows are often performed in the restaurant. Bird’s Nest Restaurant, Thailand Situated in Soneva Kiri Eco Resort in Thailand, Bird’s Nest Restaurant is one of the major tourist attractions in the area. The nests are positioned high up in the trees, 16 feet above the ground to be exact. The unique position provides an outstanding view that you can enjoy while dining. To give the waiters some fun of their own, they use a zip line to deliver food and drinks! Tour packages to Thailand Chillout Ice Lounge, Dubai Where else would you find and ice lounge in the middle of the desert except in vibrant Dubai! Originally opened in 2007, Chillout is the first ice lounge in the Middle East. And due to its impressive success, it went through a major revamp in 2014. Everything in the lounge is made entirely out of ice from the ice sculptures to the ice seating and tables to the illuminated interior. This is why the lounge is kept at a subzero temperature year round. To battle the very cold atmosphere, the place serves hot drinks and soup among a variety of other items. What makes this place unbelievably unique is that it is located in the heart of the Middle East, where it never ever snows even in winter. Tour packages to Dubai The Black Ant restaurant, New York If you are looking for unusual food this is the right place, gourmet food mixed and decorated with insects in a fine dining restaurant. This restaurant serves upscale Mexican food, including grasshopper-crusted shrimp and black ant guacamole. They also serve regular Mexican food if you do not feel very adventurous. The black ants can also be seen in the décor as engravings on the black tiles that make up the walls of the restaurant. The Fat Duck restaurant, England   This restaurant provides a whimsical dining experience starting with its weird menu to the location inside an ancient building to the unusual food combinations. Even though the food is anything but ordinary (the menu includes items like egg and bacon ice cream), the restaurant has gained and maintained three Michelin stars; Which makes it one of 5 restaurants in the UK with that ranking. Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal who runs the restaurant has added an associated laboratory to the restaurant to develop new dish concepts with his team, they go far and beyond to create the most bizarre food combinations. De Kas restaurant, Amsterdam Imagine eating super fresh produce, prepared by a gourmet chef, surrounded by a stunning atmosphere in an old green house. Restaurants can’t get much better! The setting of the restaurant is simply gorgeous; the tables are set in the middle of the green house basked in natural sunlight by day and sparkling start by night. The menu changes every day, subject to the available seasonal produce. Whatever is freshly picked that day is exquisitely cooked. Moreover, from May till October guests are invited to take a walk through the greenhouse and the adjacent crop fields. To learn more about food around the world see also: Where to eat in Morocco: a journey through Moroccan food Food adventure: a tour around the world kitchens Bahrain food: A Journey to taste the best Bahraini dishes

Traditions Different cultures: Strange traditions around the world March 25, 2019

They say that it’s a small world, but is it really? How much do we really know about the different cultures with all their strange traditions? People are so different in their way of life that what feels like a customary tradition to some seems like a bizarre notion to others. And remember that if you look for the deep meaning behind these strange traditions, you will probably find that they make weird sense, regardless of their eccentricity. So let’s take a look at some of the strange traditions around the world, and keep in mind that what may seem so weird to you feels totally normal to other cultures. And vice versa! Carrying the wife over burning coals, China   Some tribes in China follow a strange tradition where the husband carries his wife and walks over burning coals. These tribes believe that this practice would help the wife have painless labor. And some believe that walking over burning coals prevents natural disasters. Some choose to do this as the husband and wife take their first step into their new home and some choose to do it when they know that the wife is pregnant. The husband usually does this barefoot with his wife on his back. Ouch, this tradition seems pretty painful! The baby jumping festival, Spain In a yearly festival locally called El Colacho in the Spanish village of Castrillo de Murcia, men dressed as yellow devils run and jump over babies. During this festival babies born in the previous year are placed in arranged rows of pillows spaced out down a public street. Then men dressed in bright yellow costumes, and weird masks begin to run down the street jumping over the rows of children like Olympic hurdlers. This tradition started in the early 1600s; the villagers believe that it keeps the devil away from these children. The babies are sprinkled with rose petals after the run. Breaking porcelain for good luck, Germany The German custom is called Polterabend. It is an informal party where the family and friends of soon to be wed couples gather to break porcelain items such as dinner wares and flower vases. The couples should then clear up the broken things. This tradition is believed to bring good luck to the new marriage. Or at least to show the couple the significance of hard work and unity, which are an integral part of any marriage. Cinnamon birthday party, Denmark If you are single in Denmark, it is customary for your friends and family to throw you a birthday celebration by covering you in cinnamon when you reach 25. Many believe that the tradition dates back to when spice salesmen would travel around and remain bachelors. These salesmen never settled in one place long enough to meet a suitable spouse. However, the Danish people probably kept the tradition because it provides them with a fun way to celebrate a significant birthday. Well, it’s all fun and games until you reach 30, then they exchange cinnamon with peppers. That doesn’t sound like fun! Travel packages to Scandinavia Bullet ant initiation, Brazil According to the Satere-Mawe Tribe from the Amazon rain forest, Brazil, a boy does not become a man unless he can withstand being stung by a swarm of Bullet Ants. This ant has the most painful sting among all insects; some even say the sting is just as excruciating as being shot by a bullet. The initiation ritual includes the boys sticking their hands in a glove full of bullet ants while they dance. Moreover, this tradition is not a one-time thing; the boy must go through this routine as many times as it takes for him not to cry during the process. The day he can endure this torture without shedding a single tear, is the day he becomes a real man. Saluting a magpie, England In England, seeing a solo magpie is thought to bring bad luck, however, the English people have come up with the perfect antidote for this prevailing bad luck: Salute the magpie! So if you come across someone walking alone and saying: “Good morning Mr. Magpie. How is your lady wife today?” don’t worry, they are not crazy or anything, just warding off sorrow and bad luck . Spreading a feast for monkeys, Thailand In honor and celebration of the huge numbers of macaques living in Lopburi, Thailand, a luxurious banquet is held every year. This annual buffet is to thank the monkeys for all the good luck they bring the area and the people living there. The Monkey Buffet Festival is enjoyed by many people, in fact, tourists flock to the town around the last Sunday of November to witness this spectacular event. The annual festival starts with an opening ceremony including elaborate performances by dancers wearing monkey costumes. When the guests of honor, aka the monkeys, arrive, the sheets covering the banquet tables are removed to reveal decorative spreads of fruits and vegetables. Watching the macaques jump across the tables and climb the huge pyramids of vegetables and fruits, around two tons of offerings every year, is certainly fun. Nonetheless, spreading a feast for monkeys is definitely one of the top strange traditions around the world.   Tour packages in Thailand For more about interesting cultures and strange traditions see also: Tribal lifestyle: the life of the Tuareg Peculiar cultures: Weird tribes around the world Extreme tourist destinations: The Edge of The World