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Starting for the next few weeks will be a new version of the Friday Match. It’s still a comparison between two of Cincinnati’s Sister Cities, but with a theme! I thought a lot about what would make a great first theme, and the best idea was something that is essential to living: food.

The cuisine of a place is an important part of its’ culture. Now and days, in all large cities, it is pretty easy to find food or restaurants from other places (ie. McDonalds in India or Zimbabwe), but instead of talking about the restaurant scene, this post is going to look at the more traditional of eating in Mysore and Harare. Ready? Let’s go!

Mysore, India

Mysore is in the southern half of India, which is well known for its’ rice-based dishes. Other staples of this region’s diet include dosa (a fermented crepe or pancake made from rice batter and black lentils) and idli (a steamed cake made of rice and fermented black lentils). It’s common to find both of these dishes on offer for breakfast in Mysore. Also available for breakfast is uppittu, which is roasted semolina laced with chilies, coriander leaves, mustard, and cumin seeds.

A plate of Dosa with Chutney and Sambhar

Sounds really different from the standard Continental Breakfast right??

Anyway, Mysore is probably best known for the dish Bisi Bele Bath. The name means Hot Lentil Rice in the Kannada Language, but the recipe is a bit more complicated than this name implies. Traditionally, spicy masala, toor dal and vegetables are all used to create this dish. On top of these ingredients, the spice mixture can vary (depending on the flavor profile you want) but you can choose to make your own or buy a premade version.

Still curious about Mysore cuisine? This website has even more details about it than what I covered here.

Harare, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe October 2009

Zimbabwe October 2009 (Photo credit: bbcworldservice)

The national dish of Zimbabwe is called sadza. Sadza is primarily made out of cornmeal, although corn is an imported crop that wasn’t available until the late 1800s. Prior to that time period, sadza was commonly made using millet flour. It is typically served in a communal bowl or separate plates, and it has the appearance of really thick porridge. However you don’t eat it like porridge; instead, you roll it into a ball and dip it into whatever else you are eating.

Traditional ingredients in Zimbabwean cuisine include peanuts, beans, butternut squash, cucumbers, and bowara (pumpkin leaves). Game is also very important, with both springbok (African gazelle) and kudu (large antelope) included in the menu.

Even more information, as well as actual recipes, are available at this website.

So next time you get in a rut with your cooking routine, why not try some traditional Zimbabwean or Indian food?

Thanks for reading!

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Zimbabwe Gardenmen — Neat huh?

Source: Gary Bembridge’s Flickr

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Searching Google with the terms “Valentine’s Day in Zimbabwe” brings up many surprising results not completely related to the lover’s holiday here in the West. So, instead of focusing on any unique ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day the Zimbabwe way, this post is going to look at the popularity of using February 14th as a day to highlight other concerns.

 

In 2006, the co-leader of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), Jenni Williams was arrested for marching down the street with a banner proclaiming, “The power of love can conquer the love of power.” The protest is aimed at improving human rights in the country. Amnesty International wrote an article about this protest in which they suggest sending homemade Valentine’s Day cards with messages promoting human rights to President Mugabe.

 

Another common event is a blood drive by the national blood bank. The “give love, give blood” campaign was run in 2011 and lasted for two weeks, as documented by the Seattle Times.

 

Alongside these events, regular Valentine’s Day activities also occur.

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Hi everyone!

I decided that this week’s Friday Match will look at all of the soccer (or football) teams in Cincinnati’s Sister Cities. While American football is over for the year, football still has about half the season to go!

So, for all those sports fans, meet the teams:

AS Nancy-Lorraine (Nancy, France) – This team was founded in 1967 and currently plays in Ligue 1 (the top level) in France. Although they have never won the title in Ligue 1, they have won the Coupe de la Ligue on two different occasions (1978 and recently in 2006). Their records so far this season is 5 wins, 8 draws, and 9 losses with a goal difference of -7.

Would you like to see AS Nancy in action? Their home games are held at the Stade Marcel Picot, which actually isn’t in the city but rather is in Tomblaine.

 TSV 1860 München (Munich, Germany) – The full name of this team is Turn-und Sportverein München von 1860. This long name matches well with the long history of the team. Started in a pub in 1848, the team was banished due to the 1848 revolutions. So why the date 1860? That was the year TSV 1860 München was restarted. Since then, the team played in all the successive leagues up until the creation of the Bundesliga in 1963. They won the battle for a spot in the first ever Bundesliga season, but if you want to see a game today, you’ll have to settle for a match in the Second Bundesliga (the second tier). TSV 1860 München were relegated there in the 2003-04 season.

In the leagues they have won 10 champion titles, 2 German Cup wins, and 15 youth team championships. This season they have 11 wins, 2 draws, and 7 losses with a +14 goal difference.

The Allianz Arena is a football stadium in the...

FC Bayern Munich (Munich, Germany) – One of the most recognizable football teams to be on this list, Bayern Munich has 22 national titles and 15 cup wins under its belt. I’m almost at a loss what to write as the description, but I’ll take a note out of ESPN’s website’s book and state that FC Bayern Munich is generally considered the biggest and most successful club in Germany. Unlike TSV 1860, Bayern Munich was not involved in the founding of the Bundesliga, and their success truly began in the 1970s.

This team recently switched from playing in Olympic Stadium over to Allianz Arena (pictured above and which they share with TSV 1860). This season, they are tied for second in the Bundesliga with their current record being 13 wins, 2 draws, and 5 losses with a +33 point differential.

SpVgg Unterhaching (Munich, Germany) – Technically, this sports club is on the outskirts of Munich, in Unterhaching, but they deserve a mention. Between 1999 and 2001, SpVgg Unterhaching was a member of the Bundesliga (making three teams from Munich in the same league!), but currently the team is in the 3rd tier of German football. This sports club is better known for its bobsled team.

FC Metalist Kharkiv (Kharkiv, Ukraine) – Starting out in the Soviet Football League, FC Metalist Kharkiv gained entry to the highest level in 1960, but joined the Ukrainian Premier League after the dissolution of the Soviet League. Since the 2006-07 season, this team has won a bronze metal every year for a streak of 5 seasons. They have also done well in the UEFA Europa League where they have reached the play-off stage.

Their current scores? 14 wins, 5 draws and 1 loss.

 

A flaming soccer ball.

FC Gelios (Kharkiv, Ukraine) –  A squeaky, new football club founded in 2002, FC Helios  has rapidly gone through two of the lower level leagues and now plays in the Persha Liha (the league immediately below the Ukrainian Premier League).

Dynamos FC (Harare, Zimbabwe) – Alongside playing in the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League, the Dynamos have won multiple Cups of Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Independence Trophy (5 times), the Mbada Diamonds Cup, and have competed in the CAF Champions League. They have 17 wins, 7 draws, and 6 losses this season.

*Note on soccer in Zimbabwe – Since Harare is the capital of the country, it also has the largest number of soccer teams. It would take LOTS of space to list them all here, so I will leave that up to anyone who is interested.

FC Gifu (Gifu, Japan) – A relatively new team (the previous version disappeared in 1997) that was started in 2001, this club was promoted into the Japan League Division 2 after winning a relegation match against Honda Lock S.C. On their webpage, you can catch updates from FC Gifu’s training camp!

I couldn’t find any information about a professional soccer team in Liuzhou, China or in Mysore, India.

Taiwan lacks a professional soccer league. 

Sources: Alexandre Prévot’s Flickr (Stade Marcel Picot Image), AS Nancy-Lorraine WebpageAS Nancy-Lorraine ESPN page, TSV 1860 München ESPN page, Abseits Guide to German Soccer, Bayern Munich ESPN page, Official FC Bayern Munich Webpage, SpVgg Unterhaching Webpage, FC Metalist Kharkiv’s Webpage, FC Gelios’ Facebook Page, Zimbabwe Premier League Stats, FC Gifu Webpage,

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Fountain in Harare, Zimbabwe

Source: Damien_Farrell’s Flickr

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Source: Bayhaus’ Flickr

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Take time to smell the roses, in Harare, Zimbabwe!

Source: Ctsnow Flickr

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