For the love of food #yegheritagefest

Friday, July 31, 2020

This year has looked different for many reasons, from quarantine, social distancing and all kind of events getting canceled. While I missed a few I haven't really noticed, untitled now, that an event wont happen. Heritage days are my favorite.  Its three days of culture, food, entertainment and shopping from around the world.  I think is about people, about experiencing culture though food and their passion of what they put forward. So I went on a search of my favorite foods that you can get at pavilions... by no means is this a complete list representing every pavilion and every menu items (there is 508 of them) and for some countries there is a lot to choose from. I choose places I have been to over the years.

Arabic - Sunbake Pita Bakery and La Shish Shawarma

Bosnia and Herzegovina/Croatia/Serbia - Kafana and  European Sweetness 

France - Normand's and Cafe Bicyclette offer some of the best in French cuisine.

Japan - Izakaya Tomo

TurkeySofra Authentic Turkish Cuisine

JamicaA Yah Mi Deh Jamaican Restaurant and Safron's Caribbean Delight

Menu items that are a hit that you can make at home:
Churros are a huge hit and this recipe worked well for me. 

Croatian pavilion is best known for their elephant ear - and this is the best recipe (and the closest) I got to those. 

This empanadas are perfect little pockets of cheesy beef. The dough bakes into a golden flaky crust that shatters beautifully.

These delicious pupusasA pupusa is a thick griddle cake or flatbread from El Salvador and Honduras, made with cornmeal or rice flour.

Perfectly delicious, easy and customize crapes. 

I have waited an hour  at Guatemala pavilion for a  Mango Loco aka mango on a stick. This recipe is perfect and no line.

Rwandan mandazi are little African donuts that are truly addicting. Basically fried dough, one of my favorite things.

Fried Plantains – sweet ripe plantains, sliced and fried to perfection. 

One of the best soups I tried was a Chicken Pepper Soup at the Nigerian pavilion. This recipe is so good.

Egypt always has the best Falafel Wraps and this recipe is close to what they make (theirs might be better TBH).

Can you really go wrong with a yummy deep-fried potato on a stick? These are always a hit at the Korean pavilion.

I spent months last years in a search for a e authentic recipe for Ukrainian Borshch and finally stumbled upon this one. Its absolutely delicious.