Ask any Montrealer to name the city’s most iconic foods and without hesitation, they will answer smoked meat and bagels. But what most probably don’t know is how Jewish immigrants brought those foods here and how they managed to endure as favourites.
One Montrealer who knows that history and is keen to share it with locals and visitors alike is Kat Romanow, the Director of Food Programming at the Museum of Jewish Montreal.
“Jews have lived all over the world and wherever they’ve settled they’ve taken the cuisine of that region and adapted it to the Kosher food laws — so when we talk about Jewish food, we’re talking about a cuisine that is very diverse,” she explains.
Romanow’s enthusiasm for the community’s history is contagious and the perfect starting point to understand how the city’s 93,000 Jews and their cuisine fit into the story of Montreal.
You can read the rest of the story at the Jewish Chronicle.
EatWith is another example of the sharing economy that is targetting traditional businesses. In this case, it’s restaurants. Why eat at a fancy sit-down place when you are travelling when you can enjoy a home-cooked meal in someone’s house and learn about the city directly through them?
Apart from the people, the most amazing thing about Mexico is the food. It’s no wonder that traditional Mexican cuisine on UNESCO’s intangible heritage list.
In time for Cinco de Mayo is this video that will get your mouth salivating as you witness the many delicious-looking foods that can be had in the the streets of Mexico City. Your bonus link is this guide on how to properly hold a taco, and other Mexican foods.
Dabbawalla from The Perennial Plate on Vimeo.
The daily deliveries of the dabba wallas in India is nothing short of a miracle. They transport hot meals from people’s homes to their workplaces then return the tiffen containers before the day is done. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!