Photos: Hot cocoa

This deliciously thick soy milk hot cocoa was perfection. I enjoyed it during my recent trip to Dubai at the Boulevard Cafe located in Almanzil Hotel.

Picture taken by my achingly cool new digital Polaroid camera that has a food setting. Yes, perfect camera for all my travels because I almost exclusively take pictures of food only!

Video: EAT

I’m sorry for just posting films these days but there are so many beautifully made food-related mini films that I can’t not share them with you!

This film combines my two favorite activities: eating and traveling. Three guys travelled to 11 countries in 44 days and documented their trip through the food they had. Two other films were also produced: Move and Learn.

EAT from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

Discovering arepas

On the hipsters-filled Queen Street West of Toronto, we passed by this gem…

Arepa Cafe.

What is an arepa you may ask?

According to Wikipedia,

An arepa is a dish made of ground corn dough or cooked flour, popular in ColombiaVenezuela and other Spanish speaking countries. It is similar to the Mesoamericantortilla and even more to the SalvadoranpupusaArepas can also be found in Panama, Puerto Rico and the Canary Islands.

The possibilities for fillings are endless! On our first visit, our arepas were filled with black beans, pulled meat and fried plantains. It was perfection! Unfortunately, my phone got stolen recently so can’t show you the picture of the dish but trust me, it was the best ‘sandwich’ I’ve ever had!

It was so good, that we had to go the following day.

This time I tried avocados with chicken and fortunately I sent the picture of my arepa to someone, just for the sake of making them jealous.

When I returned home, I went on a mission to recreate these dishes.

And then I find out that I need to buy this to make arepas! I don’t think it’s available in Kuwait. However, if any of you lovely readers can let me know where I can find Harina P.A.N.  pre-cooked corn meal in Kuwait, I would be most grateful.

 

Experiment: Date four grains pancakes

As soon as I returned from my trip to the US and Canada, I wanted to use the typically Canadian souvenir that I lugged everywhere with me…

The maple syrup

I still have a lot of whole grains and alternative flours stored in my fridge so I wanted to use them before they go bad. The only thing I can think of that was quick and used both flour and maple syrup is to make pancakes!  Continue reading

Break

Lovely readers, I’m currently on vacation in the US and then off to Canada in 8 days!

I probably won’t be posting much but follow me on twitter for updates! @ovenexperiments