23rd stop: The Balkans

The regional definition of The Balkans is debated to be either cultural and historical or geographical; and comprise Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, and Moldova. Ethnic diversity is one of the region’s characteristic: The Bulgarians, Macedonians, and Slovenes speak their own Slavic languages, while the Slavs of Serbia,…

22nd stop: Russia

Although I am aware of its rich history of influential literature, philosophy, classical music, ballet, painting and architecture; when I think of Russia; I tend to go more negative than positive due to Russia‘s dark history of war and dodgy disasters. Besides what my grandmother told me about the beauty of Moscow, I grew up…

21st stop: Canada

The conflicts in Lebanon lead people to immigrate, particularly Canada which also became the new home of some of my relatives and best friends.  This got my interest diverted to Canada mostly when I was a teenager. I day-dreamed of Canada becoming my future home, I had the application ready with some missing supportive evidence…

19th stop: Brazil

Couple of weeks ago, I put up my first tent in Bondi beach. Just to add perfection, I went to get some food and came across a new Aussie crave: “Açaí na tigela”; a Brazilian delicacy made of frozen and mashed açaí palm fruit from the Amazonian region. Back to my tent with a bowl…

15th stop: Australia

When I came to Australia, I paid my first rent in a boarding house occupied by a typical Australian lady called Fay, who was a part time vegetarian and full time patriotic! Her heart was benefiting from the vitamins and minerals she was getting from the fruits and veggies she was consuming daily but would…

3rd Stop: Thailand

Back in the old days when I was still residing in Lebanon, Asian cuisine as a whole was defined as “Chinese” cuisine. People were lining up for the “Chinese” restaurant, where food tasted more Thai and Malaysian rather than Chinese. My first encounter with Thai food was during my first visit to Australia back in…

1st Stop: Israel

The best places to look for genuine street food are at food stalls in street markets. My first encounter was at North Sydney General Market last Saturday. I was advised that one of the new stalls is cooking Shakshouka for breakfast, and without hesitation I went to taste. I was greeted with a complimentary Falafel while…

Overview

According to the 2006 census, the Australian Bureau of Statistics states that approximately 200 nationalities live in Australia. Aboriginal and Torres Islanders, Owners of this land, mainly lived on wild berries and catch of the day from crocodiles to kangaroos, emus and fish, until the colonisation of the British in 1788. The WW1 and WW2…