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Nerds are typically obsessed with their hobbies and interests. In that sense I am one too. I am obsessed with food. But not just by eating it. I am obsessed with every aspect of it: history, physics, chemistry, science and engineering! And as an engineer and a scientist, I cannot help but bring my analytical strengths and sense of wonderment to the table. It’s in my innate nature to investigate food from a scientific standpoint: how various ingredients mix, why proper temperature is necessary, the reactions that create the flavor and the textures. All these questions drive my curiosity and intuition. Join me on my quest for food history, food science and food mechanics! Welcome to Nerd Meets Food!

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Food for Lovers

Food for Lovers

February 13th, 2015

First date. Always makes you both nervous and excited at the same time. And always the same questions comes up: Where to go,what to do, what to say, how long to stay… But eventually no matter how you see it, it seems that dinner, either as "just dinner" or as an event that follows or precedes something else (eg drinks or movie), is the most popular first date choice. And for a good reason too. It has several advantages: brings you close, you get to spend time doing something familiar to both and has a very specific duration 1-1.5 hrs. Deciding, however, on dinner as first date does not mean that you are done. Now actually comes the tough part. Where to go, what to eat, what to say. I am not a date coach or a dating expert. I am a foodie. Over the years I developed a set of rules that makes dining-out from a necessity to an experience.Read More...

A Tsikoudia Cocktail: Bloddy Mario (Mar-yò)

A Tsikoudia Cocktail: Bloddy Mario (Mar-yò)

March 18th, 2015

One of the most classic cocktails in the history of bar drinks is the Bloody Mary. It is a divine combination of ingredients not regularly found in cocktails and spirits that compliment the flavor and the textures. What are those ingredients? It is tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce with the clear and neat spirit of Vodka. It is one of the very rare savory cocktails that are combined to give a fulfilling taste. Vodka being clean taste companies with everything sweet, sour and salty.But it is not the only spirit that can be used. Tequila for example has many qualities that make it savory. We actually did the salsa shots a while back that identifies and compliments that particular quality of the Tequila. The substitution of Vodka with Tequila is actually called, brilliantly, Bloody Maria. Today we are combining another savory drink the Tsikoudia (raki) that is also savory and combines excellently with flavors like tomato and cucumber. The name of it? Bloody Mario, the Cretian nickname of Maria.Read More...

The Home Made Bar

The Home Made Bar

July 26th, 2014

A while ago I wrote about an alternative bar set where everyday household items substitute professional barware. However it did occur to me, that I had never had a post about the regular barware items you must have in a home bar. One of the very first post on the gadgets section of the blog was about that, but back then I was just starting. Since then I did optimize my bar set. I should mention also that I am not a professional bartender but I do enjoy the fine art of mixed drinks. It is a very inexpensive way to have fun, and at the same time with the popularity of the cocktails, it is a focal point at every party. You don't have to be a professional level bartender to make a great Martini or a good Moscow mule. All you need is a the right gear and some basic critical thinking for improvising or judging equipment. This post is meant to be more of a guide to help you start a home bar, which based on your needs you can adjust the tools and the spirits to fit your liking.Read More...

The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adria

The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adria

March 12th, 2015

If you follow the international food scene, probably you have come across the name Ferran Adrià. He is the chef of the restaurant "elBulli" that was the epicenter of the new gastronomic movement. elBulli (Catalan pronunciation: [əɫ ˈβuʎi]) was a Michelin 3-star restaurant near the town of Roses, Catalonia, Spain, run by chef Ferran Adrià. The small restaurant overlooked Cala Montjoi, a bay on Catalonia's Costa Brava, and was described as "the most imaginative generator of haute cuisine on the planet." The restaurant played one of the most important roles in the movement of molecular gastronomy. And yet the when you get his cookbook you are in for a surprise. The person who dazzled the world with the most elegant and sophisticated play of textures and flavors is presenting a very humble cookbook.Read More...

The Best Bagels in New York: Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company

The Best Bagels in New York: Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company

August 22nd, 2014

Bagels were brought to the United States by immigrant Polish-Jews, and became a thriving business in New York City. It started as an item exclusively oriented towards the Jewish population but soon enough it took over New York City. Why not? It is portable, fast to make, easy to eat with one hand and you can combine it with everything, from peanut butter and Nutella to smoked salmon and capers. Next to hot dogs and pizza, the bagels complete the trinity of the New York iconic foods. As it is expected similarly to the other two foods, there are hundreds of stores around the city that are competing in making the city's best bagel. The Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company (BB&CC) is probably the best. I am not saying that the rest are not good, I am just saying that this is the best! Hands down the best.Read More...

Site Upgrade

Site Upgrade

April 8th, 2014

The site for me is not just about the food. It represented another hobby of mine, the website development. I am hobbyist with small knowledge of programming, but the site gives me the opportunity to be up-to-date with all the new trends. I recently had some time to jump in the wagon of recipe-ing my blog. Making an easy to print, easy to read recipe condensed in a small recipe card. I am also very pleased to announce another great addition to my website: the integration of the amazing features of kitchen bug. What is kitchenbug? Watch the following video for the introduction.Read More...

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Nerds are typically obsessed with their hobbies and interests. In that sense I am one too. I am obsessed with food. But not just by eating it. I am obsessed with every aspect of it: history, physics, chemistry, science and engineering! And as an engineer and a scientist, I cannot help but bring my analytical strengths and sense of wonderment to the table. It's in my innate nature to investigate food from a scientific standpoint: how various ingredients mix, why proper temperature is necessary, the reactions that create the flavor and the textures. All these questions drive my curiosity and intuition. Join me on my quest for food history, food science and food mechanics! Welcome to Nerd Meets Food! Here we deal with way more than just the food.
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