Mediterranean secret: eating healthy and great at the same time
A visual delight, exquisitely delicious, and good for you—it's no wonder that Mediterranean cuisine is so popular. In fact, the Mediterranean paradox inspired serious scientific research: the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea are as famous for their cuisine as they are for devoting to food endless hours. So how come all that yummy food in those quantities does not affect their waists? The secret is simple: the foundations of the Mediterranean diet are vegetables, fruits, fish and olive oil, and, best for some, wine. As Penelope Cruz, one of the strong supporters of the diet, explains, “Mediterranean cuisine is all about Naturalness. If you use fresh ingredients, you are sure to eat tasty and healthy!”
Most nutritionists, cardiologists and physicians agree that the Mediterranean diet helps to reach not just the desired weight but also better health. Even the World Health Organization recommends it for being in good shape and living longer.
As we're talking about vast territories – including Greece, Spain, Malta, Southern Italy and Turkey – Mediterranean cuisine is characterized by flexibility, a wide range of ingredients and regional variations. Thanks to the liberal use of rich, quality spices, virtually all Mediterranean dishes are distinctive and flavorful. Food is integral to the effusive hospitality which is imperative everywhere in the region and has been there since ancient days, from the Phoenicians to Alexander; the Romans to the Arabs; the Turks to the Venetians.
However different the countries surrounding the Mediterranean may seem, the sea is the deep, blue heart that gives life to all of them. Thus, seafood and fish remain at the core of the cooking heritage. All manner of shellfish erupt magnificently from soups, stews, and pastas. Mussels and clams are widely eaten, as are oysters, sea scallops, squid and octopus. The most popular fish served in the region include sea bass, red mullet, gilthead and cuttlefish, which are traditionally served grilled, boiled or baked, depending on the region.
It is for this reason that Porto Maltese, a truly Mediterranean restaurant born in Malta, puts such a focus on the quality and freshness of its sea food. An excellent choice of fish is specially brought to each restaurant by plane every two days and is accompanied with vegetables and premium class olive oil. If you are looking for a place to appreciate the flavors and aromas of Mediterranean cuisine, give a try to Porto Maltese, and you will return there again and again.