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A Taste of NC State

I attended a Taste of NC State on April 5, 2013 where different foods from around the world were shared.  This event, held on Harris field out front of the Witherspoon student center on NC State’s central campus, helped students explore some diverse, worldly cuisine.  There was also music playing of various cultures as well as dancers on stage in this welcoming environment.  After scanning your card in you could visit each of the six tables that hosted different types of foods from various restaurants of different places in the world: Saint Jacques French cuisine (French), Thai Villa (Thai), Waraji Japanese (Japanese), Jasmin Mediterranean Bistro (Greek), Virgil’s Jamaica (Jamaican), and The Pit (Southern American).

The French food included tartines provencale which are basically small slices of bread with tomatoes, tapenade, ricotta, basil leaves, pepper, salt, olive oil and onions spread over it.

They also had mini croque monsieurs which are pretty much small ham and cheese sandwiches.

The Thai Villa cuisine consisted of pad prik sod which can be chicken, beef, or pork stir fried with fresh chilli, garlic and seasonal vegetables.  This was served with Thai iced tea.

The select Japanese food were vegetarian California rolls and gyudon.  A California roll is a kind of sushi roll, usually made inside-out, containing cucumber, crab meat or and avocado.  Gyudon, literally meaning beef bowl, consists of a bowl of rice topped with beef and onion simmered in a mildly

sweet sauce flavored with dashi (fish and seaweed stock), soy sauce and mirin (sweet rice wine).  It also often includes shirataki noodles, and is sometimes topped with a raw egg.

IMG_0265Found at the Greek cuisine table was beef schwarma, a pita bread wrap of meet and vegetables, served with falafel, a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both.

Jamaican food that was served of course included jerk chicken.  Fried plantains, similar to bananas, was also served along with Caribbean shrimp.  You would also be greeted by a guy with a strong Jamaican accent that I thought was funny but cool.  “Ya won’ it spicy?” he asked before soaking the chicken in type of pepper hot sauce.

IMG_0264The final table was traditional southern American from the restaurant in downtown Raleigh, NC called The Pit.  They served chopped BBQ, coleslaw and slider rolls.

IMG_0266There was actually an extra table at the event not listed that served some type of South American desserts like this cake shown.  Great way to end this diverse meal!

Overall this was a great event that filled up my stomach.  It opened my eyes to the many different cuisine around the world and how people can survive off of such different foods but some can also be very similar.  My friends and I enjoyed ourselves and were happy to visit and I think everyone else that was there would say the same.  Attendees were also aloud to get a free t-shirt and button to show and remember their experience.  I encourage everyone to try and attend it in the future.

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