Most theme restaurants are based on tiki bars and guys dressed in gorilla suits, but some use religion as a source of inspiration. Here are eight theme restaurants from around the world that could kick your faith, and hunger, into high gear.
For more restaurants where food meets faith, watch Holy & Hungry every Sunday at 10pm ET.
It’s easy to go your whole life, munching away, and never realize that many of the foods you eat were actually originally inspired by religion and religious iconography. We decided to pull the veil off of these faith-based foods to give you an inside look at the secret history of some of your favorite chomps.
Symbolism and Origins of Religious Food Traditions
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Chef, cookbook author and Malaysia’s Food Ambassador to the U.S. Christina Arokiasamy wants you to bring the spices, food and flavors of Malaysia to your kitchen. On Malaysia Kitchen, she shows simple twists to traditional Malaysian recipes so you can taste the tropics at home. Missed the premiere this week? You can watch the full episode after the jump:
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The first step to a great morning for Tia Mowry is sunrise yoga in a park by the beach. Not everyone can live in sunny Los Angeles, though, so you may have to skip to step two: her savory quinoa breakfast bowl.
This filling bowl is packed with fiber, protein and iron, so it’ll help you get energized for a busy day. It starts with Tia’s favorite grain, quinoa, cooked until tender and fluffy. She tops that with crispy baked kale; earthy and meaty Shitake mushrooms and a perfect fried egg (the trick is to cook is low and slow).
The result is as pretty as it is healthy.
To get more of Tia’s tips for the best morning ever, watch Tia Mowry at Home on Wednesday at 9pm ET.
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On this week’s Extra Virgin (Wednesday at 9pm ET), Gabriele Corcos will restore the old chicken coop on his land and finally fulfill his dream of living on a farm. Debi’s more of a city girl at heart, but who can resist looking at these snuggly sweethearts? Plus, she gets to make a farm-inspired feast to celebrate. Scroll through the rest of the cuties after the jump and get more of your farm fix on a new Extra Virgin, Wednesday at 9pm ET.
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Game of Thrones’ fifth Season premieres April 12, and the latest Ommegang beer collaboration with the show comes out April 6 to help subdue your anticipatory nerves (without Jaime Lanister shoving you out a window). Here’s how the new Three-Eyed Raven-themed saison stacks up:
It’s thematically on the beak because it looks very dark and ominous — you’d expect it to taste thick and full, stout-like — but it turns out to be light with floral roots. That’s so three-eyed raven! The label art, an aspect of beer consumption that, for better or worse, never gets much recognition, uses concept art from the show and is worth checking out on its own. On the downside, everything we’ve heard speculates the three-eyed raven won’t play a part in any Season 5 storyline. But that’s not enough of a fault to keep this ale from taking flight.
If you’ve harbored a decades-long mission to knock hipsters down a pretentious notch (what, only us?), we’ve got just the thing to ground them — in the coffee arena, at least. (Retroactive pun-appreciation break.) As the logic we just made up goes, the opposite of hipster is cowboy. While hipsters wax superior with shatter-prone Chemex coffeemakers and an accompanying pile of filters harvested from Japanese mulberry trees, cowboys (and pioneer women) are out doing hard stuff with their hands, like herding wild cattle. And they’d sure as hell know how to get caffeinated if their roommate “accidentally” bumped their Chemex off the kitchen counter and smiled a little when it broke.
Take it from Laurie March, co-host of Cooking Channel’s original Web series Good to Know, who shows us how to make coffee like we’re roughing it, ranch-style, without even a plebeian drip machine in sight. ‘Cause living up to that flannel is probably the new ironic. Watch how she does it after the jump.
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Tonight at 9:30pm ET, Chef Aarón Sánchez — the badass Mexican dude you see on Chopped every time you turn on the TV — is heading out on a simple mission: to stuff himself with the best tacos in the country, every week, one city at a time, from the sophisticated to the mom-and-pops.
His Taco Trip begins in a place you might not associate with tacos, but is home to the country’s fifth largest Hispanic community. Tune in to meet the chefs, families and locals who have helped define Chicago’s culinary landscape. Or check back here tomorrow to watch the full episode for free online.
Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?
Suffering from a case of the meh-days? No surprise there; we’re all recovering from this holiday weekend’s massive amount of food and intense family time.
Don’t sweat seasonal overload — fight back against it with salad. Specifically, this kale and mango salad which is artfully studded with pepitas for crunch and protein. As you work the dressing into the greens (hence the salad’s name), the kale will begin to wilt and lose its bitterness (while remaining hearty enough to feel like a satisfying meal). You’ll likely want to repeat throughout the holidays (between the big roasts and the pies).
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