Friday, September 30, 2011

Who Knew?

That a wedge of Brie eaten with Sea Salt and Black Pepper waffle chips was this good? A discovery I made this morning after the gym when I just wanted a bite of something.

That Kewpie-brand mayonnaise is wildly popular in Japan? It's made from cider vinegar instead of distilled vinegar. Chefs add other seasonings, notably for spicy rolls, but they also use it as a dipping sauce for sushi, baked mussels (I assumed incorrectly that they were eaten raw) or in creamy salad dressings.

That in Korean restaurants, cold dishes will be on your right, hot dishes to your left and the kimchi lurks in the back ground?

That in a Korean restaurant it's proper etiquette to cover your mouth or turn your head away from older people when drinking alcohol?

That pico de gallo is sometimes called "Mexican salsa" because it's the red, white and green of the Mexican flag?

That the letters that spell out "tip" once stood for To Insure Promptness, a reference to being served in a timely manner. I'm guessing "bribe" never really caught on...

The Turkish proverb "He who has no bread has no authority"?

That McDonald's across Egypt also serve a "McFalafel"? Same as a falafel here, the difference being that it's served on a hamburger bun, not pita bread.

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