With all the news coming out of the Middle East region, it is nice to see a story that is positive and encouraging about one of our destinations. Last night, Anthony Bourdain’s show on CNN – Parts Unknown – was in Oman. If this doesn’t make you want to go, then I don’t know what will!

Oman defies expectations; it shouldn’t, according to the cruel logic of the world, exist. But it does, and it’s incredible.” ~ Anthony Bourdain

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Georgia Sakartvelo: The Birthplace of Wine

Wine writer and traveler, Terry Sullivan, traveled to Georgia and appear to have been totally captivated by this tiny Caucasus country. He has released a new book about Georgia and wine history there. You can read more about the book, and order it if you want at his website:

If you would like to experience wine in Georgia for yourself, we have a few different options for you! We will have a tour to Azerbaijan and Georgia this fall, ...

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Day 5 of the 12 Days of Caravan-Serai Cooking

Ari’ w Adas (Squash & Lentil Stew)

This is a favorite from The Gaza Kitchen: a Palestinian Culinary Journey, by Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt. If you pick up this cookbook, you will find it on page 64.


6-7 Cups chopped pumpkin or butternut squash
1 Cup red lentils, rinsed
1 onion, chopped
6 Cups water or broth
5 Cloves of garlic
1 Tsp salt
1/2 Tsp dried red pepper flakes
3/4 Tsp ...
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Day 4 of the 12 Days of Caravan-Serai Cooking

Lamb Stew

Common to many countries of the Middle East, this lamb stew is made up of cube cut pieces of lamb that are stewed with tomatoes. A garlic and rosemary marinade really compliments the flavor of the lamb.


3 1/2 lbs lamb shoulder, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieceslamb-stew2

2 cups chicken stock

1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes

3 onions, chopped

2 cloves garlic, ...

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12 Days of Caravan-Serai Cooking – Day 3

Baked quinces are a great fall dessert. Quinces are like a combination between an apple and a pear, with a little bit more tartness. They are not that popular in the US, but are used a lot in the Middle East and Europe.


12 Days of Caravan-Serai Cooking – Day 2

Stuffed Dates

The people of the Middle East are known for stuffing anything that we can – from peppers to eggplant, to grape leaves, to dates. This is a recipe for the holidays using the big juicy dates that come in about now and you can find them at the grocery store or local market.

These are perfect for serving with coffee and tea when people drop in for the holidays or just keeping them around for a nice dessert or an ...

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12 Days of Caravan-Serai Cooking 2013

It’s that time of year again! Welcome to the 2013 12 Days of Caravan-Serai Cooking. We hope you will enjoy this year’s set of recipes, and share with friends and family throughout this holiday season and on into the new year.


Day 1: Rice Pudding with Pistachios

pic8nnalpMost cultures have some form of rice pudding. What makes this particular dish different is the addition of pistachios and ...

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Ramadan and Iftar – what it means for the food traveller

datesThe world’s about to be turned upside-down. Breakfast will become dinner, night will become day, and fasting turns to feasting.

For non-Muslims tourists, Ramadan seems to be something to avoid like bad weather. In Muslim countries, everyone fasts, at least in public. Malls are wastelands, there’s nothing at all to do during the day in this unbearable heat. Everyone is hungry and grumpy. Working hours ...

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Summer Cooking ~ Middle East Style!

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One thing about living in the Middle East was always eating healthy without even realizing it. We have fast foods there, but they are different than here. There are fresh juice stands everywhere, and they are inexpensive and quick – just stop and order yourself an orange, apple and banana cocktail and in one minute you have it.  The same thing goes for sandwiches – they are usually thin pita ...

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Day 12: Eech – Armenian Side Dish

Eech – Armenian Side Dish

1 onion chopped
1/2 cup olive oil
1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
1 can water
2-3 lemons squeezed and seeds removed
a pinch of salt, pepper and paprika
1 red pepper chopped
1 green pepper chopped
parsley and scallions
1 cup bulghur (medium)  – cracked wheat

Sauté the onions and the peppers until the onions become lite yellow add the sauce and water with the lemons, bring to a boil add the spices and then ...

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