Street Eats, Ottawa, Canada: Beaver Tail or Poutine?

Street Eats, Ottawa, Canada: Beaver Tail or Poutine?

Welcome back to “Street Eats” where we discover some of the best, and worst, street foods from around the world. Today, we’re taking a trip to Canada’s capital city. Ottawa, a city whose name is actually derived from the  Algonquin word adawe, meaning “to trade”  takes a lot of flack when compared to the bigger, more “exciting” neighbouring cities of Toronto and Montreal. In truth however, Ottawa is a wonderful place to enjoy a weekend getaway or summer escape when visitors can enjoy one of the many  festivals taking place throughout the year, a great selection of museums and historical monuments, a stroll through Byward Market, or a visit to Gatineau; just a hop, skip and a jump across the St.Lawrence River.

An international hub and home to many diplomats and parliamentarians, the city boasts exquisite cuisine, from fine dining to some of my favourite Canadian street foods. From the specialty cheese shops and fruit stands that clutter the market on the weekends, to restaurants like The Black Tomato or afternoon tea at the historic Fairmont Chateau Laurier, there really is something for  every visitor to enjoy. That being said, when it comes to tasting typically Canadian cuisine, my vote goes to…

#1 Street Snack in Ottawa: Beaver Tails

I wanted to say poutine, I really did. But the fact is, it was up against a beaver tail for goodness sake. Seriously, does it get more Canadian than that?

Beaver TailsWhat is it?

A Beaver Tail is not really a beaver’s tail – we’re not that barbaric (most of us). It is however, a delicious pastry somewhere in between a crepe and Hungarian Lángos. It’s fried and not at all healthy, but topped with your choice of sweet or savoury (cinnamon and sugar is by far the most popular) it’s the perfect way to end a skate on a winter’s day, or provide you with that extra boost of energy during summer months. Continue reading “Street Eats, Ottawa, Canada: Beaver Tail or Poutine?”

Street Eats, Tanzania: Chipsi Mayai

Street Eats, Tanzania: Chipsi Mayai

Karibu sana! Welcome back to our “Street Eats” series! Join us as we explore some of our favourite street foods from around the world! This week, we’re taking on Tanzania, a country that is not only known for being home to beautiful landscape (including Mt.Kilimanjaro) and exciting wildlife, but for traditional foods like chapati (a sort of oily, but yummy, pancake eaten for breakfast) and ugali, a dish of maize meal made with water that has the consistency of oatmeal and can be eaten with meat or vegetables, or on its own.

In 2005, when I spent 8 weeks of my summer volunteering in a village approximately 8 hours west of Dar es Salam, our staple meals included chicken, beef, rice and vegetables. When we ventured out of the house, we would order rice and beans, a filling (and affordable) meal. That was until, we stumbled across one of the most delicious street foods I have ever had – ever. Because of it’s superb simplicity yet irresistible appeal, my vote goes to…

#1 Street Food in Tanzania: Chipsi Mayai

Chipsi Mayai
image credit: Sunny Limebird

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Moroccan soup: Quick and easy to make, enjoy a bowl of B’Sarra any time of day

Moroccan soup: Quick and easy to make, enjoy a bowl of B’Sarra any time of day

B’Sarra: Moroccan breakfast soup

B'sarraTruth be told, I’m not the best cook – it’s not that I can’t cook, but I don’t have a ton of time and when I do, my counter space doesn’t really allow for a vast display of ingredients and offers nothing in terms of mixing space, meaning I get frustrated easily and revert to something that is either simple to make or prep for an entire afternoon of prepping, slicing, dicing, cutting and – most annoyingly – cleaning.

Thus, when I was recently flipping through The World’s Best Street Food by Lonely Planet, a birthday gift from a very dear friend of mine, I was delighted to come across this recipe for B’Sarra, a simple, yet mouth-watering Moroccan breakfast soup. How I missed this while actually touring around Morocco escapes me – it’s quite possible that I literally (or il-literally) couldn’t read the signs. Now that I’ve found it though, it’s become my go-to back up for a last minute meal. My husband loves it and  it only requires a handful of ingredients. Here’s how to prepare B’Sarra, enjoyed for breakfast by Moroccans but satisfying enough to fill your soup bowl any time of day…

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