Category Archives: Food

Kindly skip the cutlery, and eat that meat pie with your hands

By Maán Jalal

Food is more than just nourishment. Food is more than just about taste. Food is also culture. How you eat something is often, or not, connected to the culture you’re from or live in. People who eat with their hands are a world away from people who have a specific set of cutlery for each part of a meal, or people who eat in wooden utensils. Continue reading Kindly skip the cutlery, and eat that meat pie with your hands

It’s not boring to be a vegetarian in France

By Purva Grover

My French friends often apologise for not being very kind to vegetarians, “We’re kinder to dairy, bread, and meat lovers,” they joke as they sum up their cuisine. So, each time I head out for a meal in their land, I’m careful to skim through the menu before I walk in. Mostly, I end up having pea soup with a caramelised onion tart.

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I love borscht so much that I ate it for two weeks straight

By Keith Pereña

Can you take a photo of me holding a bowl of borscht at Jumeirah Beach while the sun sets?” My Ukrainian friend, Lina, laughs at the idea as I profess my love for borscht as we chat online. The photos will have to wait however as Lina recently left Dubai. But I haven’t exaggerated — I really love borscht. As I write this, I take a moment to breathe, and it’s as if I can smell the scent of beetroot and tomatoes. It has been a while since I first encountered Ukraine’s national dish but that meeting of food and senses was nothing short of serendipitous.

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