From the Middle East: Feasting on Shawarma


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Shawarmas are now as easy to get as hotdogs. But you have to admit that there is a different kind of fascination in watching that huge mass of meat slowly turning on a rotating spit with a grill behind it, as your server shaves off fine slices of meat for you.

Shawarmas are just as filling as hamburgers, and they have the added advantage of variety. You can have shawarmas made of chicken, lamb, beef, or veal; and each one tastes as good as the other. What’s more, instead of the ubiquitous bun, you get your meat in a warm pita.

Origins of the Shawarma

In Gulf News’  Shawarma: Arabic Fast Food, Mohammed N. Al Khan quotes Chef Ahmad Salaibi, Head Chef of the Automatic Restaurant at the Beach Centre in Jumeirah. Salaibi says, “Shawarma is the Arabic fast food. The original shawarma recipe is Turkish and known as the Iskandar shawarma,” says Salaibi…”                                          [Read more…]

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Turkish Dishes: What to Try When in Turkey

Turkish Dishes

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The Turkish people claim that there are only three cuisines that exist on the planet – Chinese, French and Turkish. To the rest of the world, the meaning is not lost; it simply means that the Turkish cuisine is one of the best in the world. For tourists who are visiting Turkey for the first time, there is always that unexpected, pleasant surprise for them as they discover the many wonderful flavors of Turkey.

The cuisine is a fusion of Middle Eastern, Central Asian and Balkan cuisines. It is largely the heritage of Ottoman cuisine that has been refined by epochs of experience. Today, it is celebrated for its pure quality and simplicity. All these influences contribute to a great variety of delectable Turkish dishes. Erlend Geerts of Witt Hotels writes in the post Our Top Turkish Dishes, the Best of the Turkish Cuisine: [Read more…]

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