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Re: Food Room

PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2022 10:37 pm
Author: Anthea

Duhok food festival

The Duhok food festival began on May 12 and attracted thousands of people over the next three days

It was held inside Tahseen Taha Park in Duhok city. Traditional Kurdish cuisines adorned the many tables at the event.

Over 30 restaurants and companies participated, according to the director-general of Duhok tourism Khairi Ali Auso. Some even came from Erbil.

The festival lasted three consecutive days. It was organized by the AVI institute and Duhok tourism directorate.

Besides food, attendees enjoyed several games and live music concerts, making it a unique experience for the people of Duhok.

One hundred varieties of food were on offer. Some were offered for free, while others were offered with a 50 percent discount.

Duhok Governor Ali Tatar took a tour inside the festival and told the media that more is needed to introduce Kurdish cuisine to the world and commercialize it will not remain only homemade.

“We can use Kurdish food to attract more tourists and create more job opportunities,” he said.

    Chef Reber is a well-known chef in Duhok. He recently won first place for cooking beef in a food competition in Lebanon, where chefs from 54 countries participated
He explained that Kurds are talented in preparing great food and that it is well worth introducing traditional Kurdish cuisine to the rest of the world. Food festivals will need to be held every month to achieve this.

Kurdistan 24 met several chefs from a traditional Kurdish food restaurant in Duhok. Their spots at the festival were crowded, with many people asking to buy the various food they had on offer.

Rondik Jabbar, one of the chefs, explained that they have Kurdish foods such as Givishk, Kutl Daw, Av Shrink, on offer and some foods with herbs that grow in the region’s mountains.

She added that they are 20 female chefs, all making traditional foods on-demand at their restaurants, including popular deserts like Kada.

Hezha Saeed, a food enthusiast, participated in one of the food-eating competitions. He expressed his joy over all the food there and described Duhok restaurants as very generous.

“I’ve been to many restaurants in different cities and neighboring countries,” he said. “In Duhok restaurants, you sometimes almost eat yourself full during the starter before the main course even arrives. That’s especially true at traditional restaurants.”

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Re: Food Room

PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2022 12:06 am
Author: Anthea
Big sandwiches having
    big moment in London
During the winter lockdown of 2021, I cycled to a non-descript address in south east London to buy a sandwich out of someone’s kitchen. I’d seen the sandwich – stuffed full with onion bhaji, brinjal pickle, curry coconut yoghurt, cucumber, and spinach – on an Instagram account called Mondo Sando, which had a couple of hundred followers. After DMing my order, I went to collect it from the chef himself, on his very own doorstep, and it was as delicious – and enormous – as I had hoped

A year on, and Mondo now has over 7,000 followers, its own merch, and pop-ups in two south east London pubs. The sandwiches, meanwhile, have gotten even bigger and even more adventurous – something that’s happening across the capital (and beyond) more broadly.

There’s east London’s Dom’s Subs, which also launched during lockdown, and whose sandwiches are bursting with cold cuts or chicken parm. In Crouch End, you’ve got big dog Max’s Sandwich Shop – famous for its stacked ham, egg, and chips sandwich, which has even been immortalised in a Comme Des Garçons collection.

Foodie fave 40 Maltby Street offers new chock-full sandwiches each week, boasting lavish ingredients like confit duck, pork belly, and salt cod croquettes. Then there’s Dusty Knuckle, Sons + Daughters, Botega Rita’s, Secret Sandwich Shop – the list goes on.

Sandwiches are not breaking food news – they exist in many different forms across a variety of cultures, and have since their supposed invention in 1762. But, as to why big sandwiches are having a big moment in London right now, there are a few theories.

Greg Boyce, the co-founder of Dom’s Subs, puts it down to the pandemic. “I reckon people were sitting in their houses ‘working from home’ and dreaming of being able to go out and eat again,” he suggests. “Then, when they did get out, [they were willing to treat themselves more regularly], and sandwiches, being a lunch food, can be had on the regs without too much cause for occasion.”

What’s more, when lockdown shut down restaurants but takeaways remained, sandwiches enabled businesses that would have otherwise had to close its doors to keep going. “A sandwich is the easiest food to take away and eat,” says Joe, a sandwich superfan. “Once it’s wrapped in paper or foil, it stays warm for a while, and when made with a submarine roll, it’s got good structural integrity.”

There’s comfort in the humble sandwich, too – something we all needed post-lockdown – but with added excitement via its endlessly customisable filling combinations and ever-increasing size. This contrasts with the surely soon-to-be-passé small plates, which continue to get smaller and more expensive. “The bang for buck ratio is good on [big sandwiches], which is nice,” continues Boyce. “A reaction to overly-refined tweezer boy stuff, but just as tasty.”

It helps that these enormous subs don’t just taste good, but also look really, really good. Both Boyce and Joe cite the “photogenic” nature of sandwiches as a key part of their appeal – peeking inside at, as Joe calls them, the “carefully stacked layers” gives the sandwich the impression of offering “a decadent feast”.

And, to be fair, these colossal sandwiches do offer a decadent feast – and usually for less than a tenner. What’s not to love? To help you start your sandwich journey, here’s a little list of the best places to get big subs in London.

Mondo Sando, Camberwell and Peckham

A rising star in the big sandwich biz, with inventive combos, including, but not limited to, a deep-fried lasagne sandwich. Get yours at the Grove House Tavern on Camberwell Grove or The White Horse on Peckham Rye.

Dom’s Subs, Hackney and The City

Another place so popular it’s had to expand to a second location – now serving deep-filled sandwiches at its Dom’s Subs home on 262 Hackney Road and in its bigger store at 22 Bevis Marks.

Max’s Sandwich Shop, Crouch End

There are only four sandwiches on the menu at Max’s, but they’re all meals in themselves. If you don’t mind getting messy – and you will – then you can find these fashion famous sandwiches at 19 Crouch Hill.

40 Maltby Street, Bermondsey

For a more opulent experience, 40 Maltby Street is the place to go. Sandwiched in focaccia, the rich and delicious combinations are always inventive and a flavour game-changer. Head to – you guessed it – Maltby Street to get your hands on one.

The Dusty Knuckle, Dalston and Harringay

Focaccia also dominates at The Dusty Knuckle, acting as a wrap-around blanket for the squishy, saucy, spicy goodness inside. Definitely to be eaten with two hands. The HQ is at Abbot Street car park in Dalston, while the second spot is in Harringay, at 429 Green Lanes to be exact.

Sons + Daughters, Kings Cross

The sandwiches at Sons + Daughters have the look of your packed lunch from school – but, no offence mum, are infinitely more delicious. Think: white sliced bread with a crisp filling, only this time with a more gourmet mix of ingredients. Head to Coal Drops Yard for a rose-tinted trip down memory lane. ... obal-en-GB

Re: Food Room

PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2022 2:52 am
Author: Anthea

Halabja pomegranate festival

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Kurdistan 24 (ERBIL) – The total income from Halabja’s 8th Pomegranate and Fall Festival has reached over 900 million IQD within three days, according to organizers

Two-hundred fifty thousand tourists across the Kurdistan Region have visited the city to participate in the annual festival recently, Arsalan Abid, the head of Halabja Network of Organizations, an organizer of the event, said in a press conference on Saturday.

Participated by 500 farmers, the agricultural event ended on Saturday.

Abid also indicated that this year’s total income from Halabja’s pomegranate and autumn festival reached up to 950 million Iraqi dinars (over $650,000).

Pomegranate production witnessed a decline this year, however, the fruit's quality has remained high, several farmers have said recently, blaming extreme winter and summer conditions.

Halabja’s pomegranates have been exported to a number of European countries and the UK.

As part of its efforts to provide markets for local Kurdish produce, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is planning to export the fruit to other countries in a near future, officials have announced recently. ... e-festival