Fevzi Ozdemeir holds onto Elif Market for the good memories

On initial appearance, Elif Market International Delicatessen appears like any other small business that sells cigarettes and chewing gums. But walking further into the narrow shop, on one side, behind the glass displays are a selection of cheese and cold meats ready to be sliced and sold by the kilo. On the other side, shelves are neatly stacked, mainly with imported food products from Turkey, … Continue reading Fevzi Ozdemeir holds onto Elif Market for the good memories

At the table with: Lola Berry

Nutrition queen and food blogger Lola Berry is never keeping still. If she’s not doing yoga or out and about for a walk, she’s often making TV and radio appearances talking about how people can be healthy and creative in the way they cook. She’s also the author of a handful of cookbooks that focus on health and wellness recipes. These include The Happy Cookbook, … Continue reading At the table with: Lola Berry

How Fouad Kassab rose from humble beginnings

“Our food is about built-in inherit equality,” said Fouad Kassab as he tries to describe what makes Lebanese food unique. He went on to say that unlike “newly formed cuisines” such as the way Americans and Australians eat “where there’s a massive amount of abundance, but not too high of a quality”, Lebanese food is about “maximisation, equality, and extracting the most amount of flavour … Continue reading How Fouad Kassab rose from humble beginnings

Reaching out: How Sahar Elsemary tells stories with food

Before she proceeded walking, Sahar Elsemary paused in front of the halal butcher, gathering everyone together to explain what it means to be Muslim. As a Taste Cultural Food Tours guide, Elsemary said she hopes to be able to educate people about the Middle Eastern culture, from food through to religion. Elsemary’s desire to teach stems back to when she still lived in Egypt and … Continue reading Reaching out: How Sahar Elsemary tells stories with food

Moving forward: Benay Aykin prevails old traditions

Born and bred as a Turkish-Australian who grew up in Auburn, Benay Aykin’s one mission in her job as a Flavours of Auburn cultural walking food tour guide is to help diffuse any negative impressions Sydneysiders have about the city’s very own little Turkish community. “I want to help bring people closer together, by letting others know that they shouldn’t be too scared to step … Continue reading Moving forward: Benay Aykin prevails old traditions