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Gurza – A perfect Azeri California Creation

Azerbaijani cuisine is very rich in homemade dishes with dough, and minced meat and Gurza holds an extraordinary place as a traditional Azerbaijani dish. With the addition of the Californian citrus kumquat reduction, this dish has transformed to something more, a pure fusion of two worlds, Azerbaijan and the golden state of California. Chef Leyla’s […]

The Evolution of Thanksgiving

Have you ever wondered how Thanksgiving came to be? You’ve probably heard it was a meal shared with Native Americans. While this is true, there is more to the story. Thanksgiving really started out informally. The first Thanksgiving was a traditional harvest festival in 1621 at Plymouth, Massachusetts. Initially meant to be a one-time event, […]

Forró – Music and Dance from Brazil

Forró, pronounced fo-ho, is known today as a type of Brazilian music and partner dance. There are several theories on the origin of the word forró. One viewpoint, held by Brazilian folklorist Luís da Câmara Cascudo, states that word forró is a derivative of the word ‘forrobodó’, meaning great party or commotion. Another theory on the word […]

Milonga – a Celebration of Argentine Tango

A Tango Dance Party Milonga is two things: a music style that originated in the Rio de la Plata region of Argentina and Uruguay in the 1870’s, and the name of an event that is dedicated to the Argentine Tango. The word Milonga is of African origin meaning “many words”. The term originated when African […]

Microgreens – the New Way to Add Your Vegetables

It’s in the Sprouts If you’re a foodie, or simply like good, healthy food, the microgreens trend is for you. Simply put, microgreens are young seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs harvested less than 14 days after germination. The microgreens are about 1 – 3 inches long, depending on the vegetable or herb, and come […]

Delicious Borek

Borek is a very popular dish and with good reason. It has withstood the test of time. Originating during the Middle Ages, Borek is still something that you can find on the streets of Azerbaijan, as well as countries in Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East. This dish has many variations. At its […]