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Pizza Hut delivery, straight to your hotel room in Saudi Arabia

American fast food restaurants are famous in Saudi Arabia. You can find Pizza Hut in Sultana Street and Al Hazim Road. You should try the Arabian version pizzas as they taste different and trust us, you would like the food offered in all these fast food restaurants. Just make a quick order and wait for you pizza to be delivered straight to your hotel room.

Sit tight, relax and perhaps have a Shisha 🙂

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Enjoy Homemade Snail Kebab!

A luxurious yet easy to make dish, Snail kebab is definitely a must try one!

This crunchy and mouth-watering dish will make you forget that you are actually eating snails for tea time! This light dish is consumed in many parts of Nigeria and although snails can be expensive, Snail Kebab should and must be in your eating list!

To prepare it, make sure you have all of these ingredients:

8 seasoned snails (you can also in on some spices too)

1/2 cup of vegetable oil for frying

5 Fresh Tomatoes, chopped

1 Green Pepper, squared

1 Paprika, squared

I Onion bulb, squared

3 Kebab Sticks

Method:

(i)                 Cut the snails equally (into half)

(ii)               Pour some oil in a small pot and fry the chopped tomatoes for about 2 minutes

(iii)             Put in the seasoned snails into the small pot and then stir for about 7 minutes

(iv)             Add in some salt and other seasonings

(v)               Drain out and leave to cool

Once it is ready, stick in the cooked ingredients in a kebab stick. Arrange them nicely (one after another, equally for each stick). Lastly, place the ready to serve Snail Kebab on a plate. You can serve it with soft drink or a hot cup of tea. Cheers!

How to make Hummus

Ingredients:

• 1 can of Garbanzo Beans

• 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

• 1 clove of Garlic

• Juice of 1 Lemon

• 2-3 tbsp Tahini Sauce

• Salt

Preparation:

Drain 1/3 the water from the can of garbanzo beans into a bowl and keep it aside first; it shall be used later on. Then, mix the Garbanzo beans with the other ingredients in a blender. Blend the ingredients for 1-2 minutes. If it looks smooth already, it’s good to go. In order to create more fluid consistency, you can add some water and blend it with the mixed ingredients. Once everything has been blended, Hummus is ready to serve.

Sea cucumber delicacy in Southeast Asia

About Sea Cucumber

Big and slimy, sea cucumbers are made into a popular delicacy in Southeast Asia and it is also considered good for health. They are high in protein and lower in fat; so, you don’t have to ask the waiter if it is fattening or not! Sea cucumbers can be cooked with vegetables such as mushrooms and cabbages.

How to prepare a Sea Cucumber

Once captured, it’s time to prepare it for serve. Before cooking it, the belly of a sea cucumber has to be cut first; its guts are then removed. Once you have done these, you have to boil the sea cucumber several times to ensure that it is clean. A clean sea cucumber is then ready for sale at the market and can normally be found in the cold food section. Sea cucumber can be boiled with other ingredients; it can either be served as soups or stir-fried. Bear in mind that Sea cucumber is flavourless; you can choose to cook it in any way and with whichever types of food you want.

Medicinal benefit

Sea cucumber is believed to have the capabilities in treating any kinds of illnesses! In fact, the Chinese have been using sea cucumber in traditional Chinese medicine.

Horse Semen Shot in New Zealand

Beer? Sounds good. Horse Semen? Euwww no thanks!

Did you know that a pub in Wellington, New Zealand known as “Green Man” has introduced an apple-infused horse semen shot which tastes like custard? The shot is very popular among the ladies and guess how much does it cost? Horse semen shot would cost you $300 for vials of semen; that’s pretty expensive. Although Lindsey Kerslake (founder) has never tried the shot, he is confident that his product tastes good, just like a milkshake. He believes that shot drinkers can have the feel of a stallion themselves when they drink this shot. If you wish to try horse semen shot, we advise you to drink it one shot rather than taking a sip because if you do so, you’ll probably vomit. Likewise, try your best not to feel disgusted and you’ll be fine: D

Bizarre food

Disgusted by some of the weirdest delicacies found all around the world? There are people out there who turn insects such as grasshoppers and cockroaches into delicious delicacies. Most of us will get disgusted with this eating habit but for some whom have already tried them, they never turn back; instead, they would request for more! Check out some of these exotic delicacies served all over the world:

(i)                 Cockroach Sushi

 

“Gross and disgusting” for many, but for some, this is a must try delicacy! The idea of having Cockroach Sushi simply turns you off if you have never tried it. Cockroaches are well-known as disease carriers; due to that, they are often regarded as household pests that must be terminated when being spotted. In Japan, Cockroach Sushi is served to customers who do not mind trying them.

(ii)               Korean ‘Penis Fish’

This is known as ‘Urechis unicinctus”, which is a phallic-shaped spoon worm that is served in Korea. It is also known as “Gaebul”. It can either be served raw with salt or sesame seed oil.

(iii)             Breast Milk Ice-cream

A London ice-cream parlour actually introduced “nutritious” flavour of the sweet stuff made from human breast milk! The famous one is called “Baby Gaga” and it costs 14.99 pounds a scoop! The milk actually comes from 15 donors who receive 15 pounds for every 10 ounces donated to the company.

(iv) Urine-soaked eggs

In Dongyang County in eastern China’s Zhejiang Province, eggs soaked in young boys’ urine are actually one of most popular being served. Urine of the local elementary school boys are actually collected and then soaked overnight before they are served. They are believed to be healthy and nutritious. The eggs are normally sold around $0.24, which are much more expensive than the normal eggs sold by the same vendor.

(v) Pig Brain Omelette

Popular in the Philippines, pig brains are actually used in preparing Pig Brain Omelettes. It is known as “tortang utak” and locals buy pig brains from the nearest market. The dish is normally stirred-fried with onions, carrots and eggs.

Why do Muslims eat dates during Ramadan?

 

Dates are a staple fruit of the Middle-East that have been consumed for thousands of years. It is widely known as a traditional food eaten by Muhammad when he broke his fast. Due to this, Muslims consume dates to break their fast during Ramadan. Muslims are required to fast for a month; due to this, their bodies will become weak, along with minor headaches, dehydration and low blood sugar by sunset. In order to avoid these problems, dates are consumed as they are believed to be rich with fibre, sugar, magnesium, potassium and carbohydrates. The carbohydrates found in dates can provide extra energy too. 

How to prepare an Australian Pavlova

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The Australian Pavlova was invented in 1935 by a chef from the Hotel Esplanade in Perth, Western Australia; his name was Herbert Sachse, and he created the Pavlova to celebrate the visit of the great Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova. The Pavlova is one of the country’s most popular dishes.

Cooking Time

75 minutes

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 1/3 cups caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 200ml pure cream
  • 250g frozen raspberries, slightly mashed

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200°C. Draw a 24cm (diameter) circle on a sheet of baking paper and then place, pencil-side down, on a baking tray. Dust lightly with 1 teaspoon of cornflour.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar in a large bowl until soft peaks form. Add sugar (1 tablespoon at a time) and beat constantly until thick and glossy. Add the remaining 3 teaspoons of cornflour with the last tablespoon of sugar. Fold through vanilla and vinegar.
  3. Spoon meringue onto baking paper. Shape into a circle, using the pencil mark as a guide, with a slightly higher edge and a low centre. Reduce oven to 100°C. Bake for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours or until dry and crisp. Turn off oven and open oven door. Cool completely in oven (Pavlova may sink during cooling).
  4. Slide the Pavlova onto a serving plate.
  5. Spread with cream and top with raspberries.
  6. Your Pavlova is ready to be served.

Travel tips when travelling overseas

Travel tips:

1. When travelling overseas, make sure you snap as many photos as possible! Store these pictures in your external hard disk to ensure that you have enough space to store new pictures.

2. Instead of making calls from your hotel room, why not use phone cards or better, a LocalSIMKad™ of your destination!

3. Make sure you have enough cash and do keep your cash and credit cards in a secured place.

4. Before leaving your hotel room, double check the things under your bed; you’ll never what is left behind.

5. If you wish to wash your undergarments, it’s better to wash them manually using your hands and the bathroom basin available as it is much cheaper than sending it to the hotel’s laundry service.

Australia’s Vegemite

Vegemite is very popular in Australia up to the extent that it is actually considered as a national food item today. It is sold across Australia and is exported to other countries as well. Vegemite is a brown coloured paste, which is used as a spread on sandwiches and crackers. Sometime, it is also used as a filling for pastries. Vegemite is rich with Vitamin B and it is basically made from yeast extract.

Its main ingredient is yeast extract that contains a high concetration of glutamic acid. Since Vegemite is a healthy product, it does not contain any fat or added sugar. Did you know that Vegemite actually contains 3.45% sodium, which equates to a salt content of approximately 8.6%? In 1990, Kraft released Vegemite Singles that combined both Kraft’s major products into one; it contains Vegemite that resulted to a Vegemite-flavoured cheese. Unfortunately, the product then had to leave the market.

On 16 February 2011, Kraft Foods Australia launched “My First Vegemite”, which is a special formulation of the original Vegemite for children aged older than one year. Kraft informed the public that the new formula has a “milder taste” and “additional health benefits that include iron, B6 and B12 vitamins as well as 50% less sodium. The reason behind this idea was due to the high demands for food with lower sugar and salt content. The responds to this idea was also positive.

In 2006, Vegemite was  reported to be banned in the United States and later in the year 2011, Vegemite and Marmite were banned and removed from shelves in Denmark that eventually aggravated several outraged fans, and their protests against this issue were posted on several Facebook groups. It is said that the product is a danger to health.

Whatever the reasons are, it won’t change the fact that Vegemite actually tastes good.

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