Stepping aside from our usual stories today, I wanted to let our readers know about an incredibly interesting website. Sure, we find lots of fun foodie hobby blogs on our travels, and link to them within our stories when it’s appropriate, but Eat the Globe is a little outside our normal jaunts and haunts and so we might not otherwise have a chance to point it out to you good people.
Based in Australia, Eat the Globe is “a world-wide website that seeks to link users with a common interest in food.” To this end, users can easily spend hours reading stories about restaurants or meals in places like New Zealand, Sri Lanka, or China. It seems a little unlikely that we’ll find ourselves in Zamboanga City in the Philippines anytime soon, and so we probably wouldn’t run across a popular local treat like the Knickerbocker Glory, which is a glass filled with Jello, watermelon, bananas, and mangoes topped with vanilla and strawberry ice cream, unless we were to read about it at this post contributed by a writer who goes by the handle “I Eat Because I Wanna.”
What better way to celebrate regional specialties than learning more about the specialties in regions that it’s unlikely that we’ll visit in the near future?
Over the last month, I’ve gone down the rabbit hole into stories on Eat the Globe like I haven’t done since the Internet had all of forty-six pages on it and you could read them all at lunch. Whether you’re looking for recipes – check out this one for Banana Raspberry Coconut Bread – or photo-packed tales from farmer’s markets around the world, or short chapters about restaurants started by Greek immigrants in Tarpon Springs FL, there’s something on Eat the Globe for everybody who loves food.
I got to ask Eat the Globe’s founder, Tu Dinh Tran, a few questions about her fantastic site.
Could you tell me a little about what inspired you to create Eat the Globe?
“I’ve always loved food and travelling. I wanted to start documenting my favourite places so I could easily look them up as needed, and also because friends would often ask me what I recommended to do/eat in a particular country I’d visited…but I couldn’t find a platform where the information was database driven so things would be easy to find…all I could find was traditional blog platforms that were only organised mainly by date…so the idea “Eat the Globe” was born. I didn’t want it to be just a platform for me to document all my favourite places and recipes, I wanted it to be a place where any other food lover could use the platform/tools too.”
I get the impression that you must do a lot of traveling yourself. What are some foods and recipes that you’ve found on your travels that excited you the most, since you couldn’t get anything quite like them back home?
“I’m always keen to try the local cuisine when I visit a new place…and Italy and France are probably my favourite countries, as the people there are so passionate about food that the passion just oozes out of them, some memorable experiences I had were:
– Learning to make pasta from scratch using nothing more than a rolling pin in Florence – I loved the rustic way the Italians cook (full story here: http://www.eattheglobe.com/story/florence-cooking-experience-making-pasta-from-scratch-90)
– Foie Gras “cake” in Lyon (France) – it looked like a cake but it was actually Foie Gras! (full story here: http://www.eattheglobe.com/story/les-halles-de-lyon-foodie-s-paradise-111) ”
As writers and bloggers have submitted stories, what are some of your favorite tales from cities you’ve not yet visited? Have any of them left you ready to hop on the next plane to sample a restaurant for yourself?
“I am always amazed by how diverse the foods are from one place to the next, and I love reading all the cultural stories that are behind some of the most delectable foods around the world. I recently enjoyed this story about a random coffee shop in Jordan: http://www.eattheglobe.com/story/bedouin-hospitality-at-a-cafe-with-a-view-215 ”
I see that writers often send recipes from their home turf, and some of them sound really interesting. What is one of your favorites that a reader has submitted?
“I really like this story about a classic Guatamelan dessert: http://www.eattheglobe.com/story/garifuna-flavor-172 ”
As writers have shared stories from their home countries, do you find that any preconceived notions you’ve had about the cuisine of that culture gets shattered? What are some things that you personally have learned about foods from other countries since starting Eat the Globe?
“I really enjoyed learning about the cultural significance of the “Tangia” in Moroccan culture in this story: http://www.eattheglobe.com/story/food-for-a-man-the-moroccan-tangia-196 ”
Where does Eat the Globe go and grow from here? What regions do you hope to find greater representation on the site?
“We’re constantly focussing on building the community and content, as Eat the Globe is all about inspiring people to discover the wonders of food, whether it be locally or across the other side of the world. Our goal is for there to be a diverse range of content from all corners of the globe.”
Finally, tell us a little about your partnership with Oxfam, and what our readers can do to build Eat the Globe’s body of knowledge. Are you looking for regional recipes and stories that anybody can contribute?
“When I started Eat the Globe, I wanted it to be more than your typical food/travel site, I wanted to create a destination and community of people who could use their passion for food for the greater good too….so the idea of $1 per food story came about…I was looking for a global charity, especially one that had food/agricultural campaigns, and Oxfam naturally popped into my head, as I have actually personally been a supporter of Oxfam for over 13 years now and I really believe in the great work they are doing around the globe.
“Eat the Globe is an online community that is open to anyone who would like to join – yes, we’d love for any food lovers to share their food stories and recipes on Eat the Globe!”
And she’s not just looking for bloggers! Anybody can contribute to Eat the Globe, share some knowledge, and help out Oxfam’s mission. I know that most of you out there have some neat recipes for something local or regional that ETG’s readers in Italy or Indonesia have never heard of before. Why not write something up for them? We’ve got a thing or two in mind that we might like to share with them in the next few weeks. We’ll be sure to let y’all know when we do.
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