The celebration of Sultan Novruz in Tirana, Albania

Last year I went to discover the celebration of Sultan Novruz at the Bektashi center in Tirana. This celebration was entered as an official holiday in the Albanian calendar in 1996, and it is related to the Muslim Bektashi community. In Albania people of different religions attend it. The roots of it go back to…

A culinary trip to the Balkan, discover the Trahana

Forget your sushi, your tacos and your burgers. It’s only a matter of time before the Balkan food becomes the new trend. From New York to London, many chefs, including Jamie Oliver, have started to be more and more interested in the Balkans gastronomy. Where does this success come from? The cuisine of the Balkan…

First Albanian Bektashi Tekke in the U.S

No need to remind you of my interest and fascination with Bektashism and Bektashi heritage. Most of you already know that I have tried to visit every Tekke or Turba that I found on my way when I was living in Albania. So when I heard about the first (and the only) Albanian Bektashi center…

Christmas in Albania

Did you know?  For almost 25 years, Christmas was totally banned and removed from the calendar in Albania. To understand why let’s have a look on a tradition linked with the history of the country of eagles. Unlike many countries, in Albania it is especially New Year that is celebrated with family and not Christmas. Normal,…

Door County Wisconsin, le road trip parfait pour profiter de l’automne

On dit souvent qu’il n’y rien de comparable à l’automne au Canada, et bien laissez-moi vous dire que l’automne dans le Midwest des Etats-Unis est une expérience assez similaire, qui vous laisse un souvenir impérissable. Cela fait plusieurs automnes que je passe autour des Grands Lacs, mais Door County m’a littéralement laissé sans voix face…

Cuisine Albanaise : Recette du Fergesë

Comme promis dans mon article précédent sur la recette du Gjizë, voici une autre recette albanaise, celle du fergesë. Pour les non-initiés, je comprends que le fergesë est peu ragoutant a première vue et pourtant une fois que vous y aurez goûté, vous ne pourrez plus vous en passez. Ce plat typique de Tirana est non…

Cuisine Albanaise : la recette du Gjizë

Vous aimez la cuisine albanaise? Si vous avez visité l’Albanie il y a de grandes chances que vous soyez séduits par la cuisine albanaise. Je sais qu’un grand nombre d’entre vous après avoir visiter le pays désirent refaire à la maison plusieurs plats goûtés au pays des aigles. Cependant, il existe assez peu de recettes…

3 getaways to enjoy the Autumn vibes in Midwestern United States

The German Village in Columbus Ohio To be more than honest not only the German Village needs to be visited but the whole city of Columbus is such a nice place full of history and with great spots for foodies and architecture lovers. The German Village located south of downtown is a charming historic neighborhood….

Ajvar, an autumn tradition of the Balkan

The beginning of autumn, especially the month of September, means in most Balkan countries the harvest of red peppers and with it, the season of the making of ajvar (one of the reasons why autumn is my favorite season). Presentation of this relish that capsized the hearts of many foodies including the British Chef Jamie…

Kensington Market, cosmopolitan Toronto

Recently I went for a road trip in Canada. Montreal really blew my mind with this amazing mix of European and American vibes, its cute neighbourhoods, nightlife, and its high level Street Art scene. Then, I went to Toronto. To be honest it took me awhile to like Toronto. After Montreal, the city seems too big…