Umami

How many basic tastes do we have? Sweet, salty, sour and bitter, one will answer quickly. No so fast. There is one more, umami. There was quite a debate starting with year 1908 when the Japanese Kikunae Ikeda ┬áproposed it. The name umami comes from Japanese and means┬ápleasant savory taste. Only in 1985 the scientific…

The Eyes of Sibiu Are Upon Us

We are in Transylvania, in Romania and here eating is a serious job. Bean soup with smoked pork in a bread-bow….

The Numbers in My Food

I confess, I’m a Math fan. I “crunch” numbers, I’m always in search of models and indicators. I won’t trust any theory until I see some validated data and results. Show me the numbers. But when it comes to the food on my table and its relations to my body, I feel sometimes dizzy. There…