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Everyone loves food and can talk about food! Food connects the world over shared cultural traditions. Food is also an expression of one’s cultural identity.
Italian cuisine is celebrated worldwide for its rich flavors, fresh ingredients, and diverse regional specialties. It is a culinary tradition that has deeply influenced global gastronomy and is cherished for its simplicity and authenticity. Italian cuisine is renowned for its emphasis on high-quality ingredients. From the succulent tomatoes of Naples to the aromatic basil of Genoa, every region boasts its own unique produce and flavors. Olive oil, garlic, herbs, and cheeses like Parmigiano-Reggiano and mozzarella are commonly used, enhancing the taste of dishes. Pasta is a staple of Italian cuisine and comes in various shapes and sizes. From spaghetti to penne, lasagna to ravioli, pasta dishes are prepared with a variety of sauces and accompaniments. Whether it's the classic Bolognese sauce, the creamy Alfredo, or the simple yet flavorful aglio e olio (garlic and oil), pasta dishes showcase the versatility of Italian cooking. Pizza, originating from Naples, is another iconic Italian dish that has become beloved worldwide. Traditionally made with a thin crust, San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, and a variety of toppings, pizza exemplifies the Italian approach of letting quality ingredients shine. Italian cuisine also features a wide array of regional specialties. In the north, you'll find risotto, polenta, and rich, creamy sauces. Central Italy is known for dishes like Florentine steak, Tuscan bean soup (ribollita), and handmade pasta. In the south, seafood dishes, such as spaghetti alle vongole (clams) and caponata (Sicilian eggplant stew), are popular. Desserts hold a special place in Italian cuisine, with favorites like tiramisu, cannoli, panna cotta, and gelato. These sweet treats reflect the Italian love for indulgence and the use of simple, high-quality ingredients to create delightful flavors. Italian cuisine is not just about the food itself but also the way it is enjoyed. Meals are often a social and leisurely affair, with family and friends.
Jun 1, 2023 9:11 PM
A pastel is a typical fast-food dish in Brazil, which consists of a crispy fried pie with savoury or sweet fillings. It belongs to the “salgados” (savoury snacks) category of Brazilian cuisine and its most common fillings are, starting by the salty until the sweeter ones: ground meat, shredded chicken, catupiry, mozzarella, mozzarella with ham, shrimp, Chocolate brigadeiro (a Brazilian typical chocolate truffle that can be melted inside a pastel) and Brigadeiro de Leite ninho (Powdered milk brigadeiro) with strawberry, cooked plantain (this one is known as “banana real”), chocolate ganache and many others. In addition to it, a salt pastel main feature is a melted cheese frequently added to the costumers chosen filling, whereas a sweeter ones principal characteristic is the granulated sugar sprinkles and the optional gathering of it to powdered cinnamon, as well as sweet fruit inside it, like strawberry, banana, kiwi, and others. Customers also put ketchup, mustard and gourmet or traditional mayonnaise on top the salty ones. It’s sold mostly at street markets or special restaurants called “Pastelarias”. The price varies around 7,00 and 20,00 reais (1,42 and 4,05 dollars), depending on the location and kind of pastel. It’s really delicious, indeed.
May 5, 2023 10:18 PM
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