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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Iran: Street Food Bite and Booze of the World Cup

I hope you've all been enjoying the street food guide to the FIFA World Cup 2014 as much as I have! For this segment of the street food guide, we're headed to Iran for some classic street food. A lot of these blue collar worker, pedestrian commuter type countries are big on street food. It's a convenient way to grab a bite on the road without waiting in a long line or breaking the bank. For Iran, we're taking a look at shish kebabs and the Persian Rose.

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Shish kebabs, or kebabs as they may be more commonly known in America are pretty simple. Shish kebabs are typically composed of your marinated meat of choice (lamb in this case), tomatoes, onions, and any other veggies you want to add. Marinating the meat in olive oil, garlic, spices, and citrus tenderizes the meat and adds a lot to the natural flavor of the lamb. You don't have to follow any sort of recipe...It's a great activity for a get together with friends or the family!

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The Persian Rose cocktail is a sweet, but tasty drink. The natural juniper flavor of gin pairs well with the floral rose water. While the agave nectar isn't overly sweet, it toes a line with the cherry liqueur. The concoction may have been too sweet if it weren't for the balance brought in by the citrus, but overall it's a cool drink. Try it out and let me know what you think!  

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