Safe, familiar and delicious ingredients are the backbone of the Mediterranean diet

August 5, 2015

Why has Mediterranean food become so popular in Las Vegas? Perhaps it is the chicken shawarma when it’s served 100% percent authentic, or the rich, creamy hummus which is a bona fide representation of the homeland, or maybe it is the cross cultural mix of Spanish-Moroccan tapas that extends the Mediterranean cuisine and offers an innovative twist to attract food lovers who may not be familiar with the Mediterranean palate.

Jerusalem Grill honors tradition with staples from the homeland such as shawarma, falafel balls, freshly made hummus and an array of fine meat entrees. Skew Shawarma – complete with a giant cone of meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie, offers a savory shawarma along with hummus, tahini, pickled cabbage and fresh accompaniments. To evoke traditional Spanish-Moroccan tradition with rich herbs & spices and the most beloved staple dishes of Mediterranean cuisine, Anise Tapas & Grill maintains the same concept enjoyed by many – a selection of varied plates to share between friends accompanied with a good wine.

Unlike other international staple dishes, where everyone knows exactly what to expect from a taco, burrito, or even a traditional burger – Mediterranean flavors are designed to please every palette. A combination of heaps of fruits and vegetables, fresh fish, lean meats, olive oil and grains produces a diet rich in antioxidants and unsaturated fats. People living in Greece, Italy, Spain, Lebanon and other countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea continue to embrace the “farm to table” approach to cooking, focus on living well and enjoy meals as a way to bond with family and friends.

Mediterranean dishes celebrate the rich, earthy, and wholesome flavors of oregano, rosemary, lemon, garlic and mint. Whole grain and freshly baked breads are served unapologetically and without guilt. Meat is generally served less frequently, rich with flavor, and simply prepared. The Mediterranean diet is nutritious, integrated in local cultures, environmentally sustainable and it supports local economies, so continue to indulge your senses, as you promote and support it.

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