About the Author

Globetrotting Editor and Contributor - For over 25 years, Tara has travelled to various places around the globe, including numerous countries in Europe and Asia. Some of the most memorable and favourite trips have been to Egypt, Italy, Thailand, Vietnam, and China. Istanbul, Turkey still sits at the very top of Tara’s bucket list, and her heartstrings always tug for anything along the Mediterranean – where she has a special love for Italy’s Amalfi Coast.

Hamantaschen or Hamantashen Cookies for Jewish Festival of Purim

RECIPE: Hamantashen

Hamantashen are triangular-shaped cookies usually eaten during Purim, the most festive Jewish celebration of the year. Highly celebrated in Israel, Purim commemorates the saving of the Jews during the Persian Empire. Haman, counselor to Persian King Ahasuerus (Xerxes I), ordered the killing of all Jews, but Esther, wife of the king and a Jewish woman […]

Russian Borscht in White Bowl with Dill and Bread Slices

RECIPE: Russian Borscht

Borscht is one of those dishes that has many variations. Originating in the Ukraine, this sour soup is also served in neighbouring Eastern European countries like Russia, Lithuania, Romania, Poland, and Latvia, to name a few. The most common variation includes beetroot as its main ingredient. Borsch can be served hot or cold, thin or […]

Watermelon Tongan 'Otai

DRINK RECIPE: Tongan ‘Otai

Originating in Western Polynesia, ‘otai is a tropical fruit drink, with coconut as its base. There are variations to this drink, depending on which island in the South Pacific it’s being served – whether it be Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, or even Hawaii. Mostly associated with Tongan cuisine, the recipe below is for a Tongan ‘otai, […]

Olive Bread (Cakes Aux Olives)

Olive Bread (Cakes Aux Olives)

Olive Bread, known as Cakes Aux Olives in French, is an appetizer served all around France. This savoury quick bread is one of many different options offered that include vegetables and/or meat in a traditional “cakes” recipe. Get creative with different taste combinations! While some of the ingredients in the Cakes Aux Olives can be […]