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COLUMBIA ASSOCIATION’S International Exchange & Multicultural Programs foster international understanding and celebrate the diverse cultures of Columbia. The International Exchange program organizes exchanges for teens and adults with Columbia’s three Sister Cities: Cergy-Pontoise, France; Tres Cantos, Spain; and Tema, Ghana. CA also offers a variety of free multicultural programs including the monthly World Languages Cafe´ (4th Weds. at Wegmans) the International Book Club (2nd Weds. at CA Headquarters), as well as Culture Fests that focus on different areas of the world. For more information on these programs, call 410-715-3162 or email International@ColumbiaAssociation.org. Scan this code with your smartphone QR Scanner App or go to ColumbiaAssociation.org/FoodPassport to see the list of participating restaurants. For more information, please email International@ColumbiaAssociation.org or call 410-715-3162. Raffle winners can pick up their prize(s) at CA Headquarters. Passports are available at CA Headquarters, Columbia Village Community Associations, Howard County Tourism and Howard County Library System. Limit one passport per family.

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DEAR DINER

ociation’s Columbia Ass hange Exc International Program Multicultural

Welcome to Columbia

After you dine at a participating restaurant, ask your

Association’s World Food

server or the manager to stamp your passport and fill

Passport program, which is

in the name of the restaurant and date of service. When

designed to help you explore

passport

HOW IT WORKS

world cuisine and cultures as you dine at local restaurants.

Individuals and families can use

you have one stamp in each of the six categories, you can enter the quarterly restaurant gift certificate raffle at ColumbiaAssociation.org/FoodPassport. The raffle drawings will be held June 30, September 30, and

this passport to record their world culinary adventures

December 31 of 2015; and March 31, 2016. Winners will

right here in our neighborhoods.

be notified and can pick up their restaurant gift certificate prizes at Columbia Association Headquarters.

Participating Columbia/Howard County restaurants have been put into the following six categories: Asia: Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Asian Fusion South Asia & Afghanistan: Indian, Nepalese, Afghan Europe: British, French, Italian, Irish, Spanish Mediterranean & Africa: Greek, Turkish, Ethiopian, West African, Mediterranean Fusion Latin America & Caribbean: Cuban, Dominican, Jamaican, Mexican, Peruvian North America: American, including grill, barbecue, Cajun

Prize Levels: Each level qualifies the diner to be entered from to one to four times in CA’s quarterly drawings for $25 dining gift certificates. Explorer: one stamp in each of the six categories World Traveler: two different stamps in each category World-Class Foodie: three different stamps in each category Global Gourmet: four different stamps in each category/passport full


ASIA China, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Asian Fusion Asian food was first introduced to the United States in the mid-1800s, when Chinese immigrants began settling on the west coast. Rice, noodles and chopsticks are the common denominators in the diverse regional cuisines of East and Southeast Asia. Chinese food ranges from mild

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soups and dishes such as fried rice, sweet and sour pork and egg-drop soup, to fiery-hot stir-fries of chicken, beef and seafood with vegetables. Japanese food ranges from fish-based sushi and sashimi to soups made with Udon noodles. Seafood, chicken and vegetables can be grilled, deep fried or cooked in teriyaki sauce. Bibimbap, a bowl of rice topped with a mixture of vegetables and meat, is a common food in Korea, as are spicy soups like yukgaejang with finely shredded beef and scallions. Southeast Asian food includes red, green and yellow curries from Thailand, which are simmered in coconut milk, stir-fried noodle dishes like pad thai, and chicken and beef satays with peanut sauce. Pho, a mildly-seasoned soup made with rice noodles and meat, is popular in Vietnam.


SOUTH ASIA &AFGHANISTAN India, Nepal, Afghanistan Indian and Nepalese cuisine is known for its spices and flavorings including cumin, cardamom, coriander, ginger, chili peppers, cinnamon, saffron, turmeric, nutmeg and garlic. Many Indians are vegetarian, but most restaurants here offer both vegetarian options and meat dishes made

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from chicken, lamb and goat meat. Beef is not generally served, as cows are sacred in India. Dal, a dish made from lentils or beans, is a staple of most Indian and Nepalese meals. Most meals include a variety of baked or fried breads or pastries such as naan, paratha and samosas. Nepal is famous for its momos, dumplings made with meat, usually sheep or goat. Afghanistan, situated northwest of the Indian subcontinent, is probably best known for its kebabs — pieces of meat, fish or vegetables grilled or roasted on a skewer. Afghan cuisine also includes a variety of curries and sauces.


MEDITERRANEAN &AFRICA Greece, Turkey, Ethiopia, West Africa, Mediterranean Fusion The Mediterranean Sea connects the lands and cultures of Southern Europe, Anatolia, the Middle East, and North Africa. Mediterranean cuisine revolves around olives, feta and other cheeses, yogurt, garlic, chickpeas, grape leaves, lamb and goat meat, seafood and fish. Popular dishes include hummus, commonly made from chickpeas and dolma, grape or cabbage leaves wrapped around a rice and meat filling. Greek dishes include gyros, lamb meat, tzatziki sauce, and tomatoes wrapped in pita bread and spanakopita, a pastry made of phyllo dough, spinach, dill, green onions, feta cheese, eggs and olive oil. Turkish cuisine includes specialties like izgara köfte, grilled meatballs, usually lamb or mutton, served with yogurt and fresh Turkish sourdough bread. Ethiopian injera, a spongy, sourdough flatbread made from the grain of the teff grass, native to the Horn of Africa, forms the platter where stewed chicken and meats, lentils, and other delicacies are served for all to enjoy. Across the continent in West Africa — a region made up of 16 countries — yams, cassava, plantains and specialty rice, such as joloff, are served with chicken, goat, or pork flavored with hot peppers.

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LATIN AMERICA &CARIBBEAN Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Peru Local cooking traditions in the Americas combined with those from Spain, Portugal, Africa and Europe to create the textures, flavors, and aromas extending south from the

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Rio Grande and the Caribbean islands to the mountains of southern Chile. Mexican and Central American cuisine includes tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, tortilla soup, and Salvadorean pupusas, flatbread stuffed with chicken or beef. The Spanish-speaking Caribbean Islands offer specialties like Cuban ropa vieja, tender and savory shredded flank steak and Puerto Rican arroz con gandules, rice, ham, and green pigeon peas. The British Caribbean offers Jamaican patties, a turnover-like pastry and jerk chicken or beef. South American cuisine tends to be far less spicy-hot than that of Mexico and varies greatly from country to country, with specialities such as empanadas, fried or baked pastries filled with ground meats; ceviche, a raw, marinated fish dish; and bistec a lo pobre, grilled sirloin served with plantains and rice.


NORTH AMERICA American, grill cuisine, barbecue, Cajun American cuisine incorporates foods, spices and culinary techniques from around the globe. It is constantly changing and reinventing itself, bringing new flavors and textures to our American tables. Regional American cuisine still rules

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the roost, however, and what people eat is often determined by where they live. New England lends its name to a creamy, mild clam chowder, while Louisiana celebrates dishes with a kick such as jambalaya, a rice dish accented with shrimp, chicken and Andouille sausage. Marylanders take pride in their blue crabs and oysters while California is the leader in the farm-to-table movement, incorporating fresh produce and locally-grown herbs. Cobb Salad, chopped salad greens topped with bacon, hardboiled egg, avocados, tomatoes and blue cheese was first served in a Hollywood restaurant. Burgers and hot dogs still rule as the quintessential American food, but buffalo wings, deep-fried chicken wings covered in a spicy sauce and served with blue cheese dip are a staple at many gatherings.


COLUMBIA ASSOCIATION’S International Exchange & Multicultural Programs foster international understanding and celebrate the diverse cultures of Columbia. The International Exchange program organizes exchanges for teens and adults with Columbia’s three Sister Cities: Cergy-Pontoise, France; Tres Cantos, Spain; and Tema, Ghana. CA also offers a variety of free multicultural programs including the monthly World Languages Cafe´ (4th Weds. at Wegmans) the International Book Club (2nd Weds. at CA Headquarters), as well as Culture Fests that focus on different areas of the world. For more information on these programs, call 410-715-3162 or email International@ColumbiaAssociation.org. Scan this code with your smartphone QR Scanner App or go to ColumbiaAssociation.org/FoodPassport to see the list of participating restaurants. For more information, please email International@ColumbiaAssociation.org or call 410-715-3162. Raffle winners can pick up their prize(s) at CA Headquarters. Passports are available at CA Headquarters, Columbia Village Community Associations, Howard County Tourism and Howard County Library System. Limit one passport per family.

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Columbia Association World Food Passport Program  

Beginning on March 1, 2015, the World Food Passport program will celebrate the diversity of international/ethnic foods and cultures that we...

Columbia Association World Food Passport Program  

Beginning on March 1, 2015, the World Food Passport program will celebrate the diversity of international/ethnic foods and cultures that we...

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