• About CEE

A journey into the many ethnic cuisines my city and the world has to offer.

This delicious blog is dedicated to food lovers, restaurant goers and home cooks who would like to explore a more exotic palate in their plate.

Why Cheap Ethnic Eatz?

Most of us grew up in a household where the same repetitive 8 recipes were served all year, as the selection of ingredients was limited. With the internet the world has opened up and our curious taste buds now yearn to try all the delectable dishes we see from various countries. By now just about everyone has ventured into the occasional sushi place or Chinese and Indian restaurants. But we have all turned down a dish at some point purely out of fear of the unknown, right?

The Cheap Ethnic Eatz blog is a wonderful way for you to discover the different cuisines, ingredients and flavors found in dishes from around the world. Here you will find exotic recipes, descriptions of unknown ingredients, dinner stories, restaurant reviews and so much more. Soon you will be trying new cuisines at your local ethnic restaurants and even give it a go in your own kitchen.

Did I mention how that non descript ethnic restaurant probably serves up amazing fare at a very reasonable price? Trying these restaurants can turn out to be quite cheap compared to your go-to restaurants.

From curiosity a passion is born

A bit about me: my name is Evelyne Budkewitsch and I am the author of Cheap Ethnic Eatz which I started on June 14th, 2007. I live in the wonderful French city of Montreal, Quebec, in Canada. I speak and write both French and English. My roots are part Quebecois, Canadian, Austrian and Russian. If I am not at home trying to keep the peace between my two cats or cooking a weird recipe in my kitchen, you will find me gallivanting about the city trying a new restaurant, food or drink with friends, family or my better half. Good thing Montreal is known worldwide for its food diversity!

Now I did not just wake up one day and start writing. There is a story as to how I ended up authoring this blog. A defining event in 2007 certainly planted the seed but the story goes back to1977. My parents have always made sure I was exposed to as many tastes and smell as possible. The “exotic taste curiosity” started at the age of 3 when my mom would order the classic appetizer Escargot à l’Ail (garlic snails) as my meal. Every time the waiter would make sure he heard that right and my mom would reassure him I would gobble them up. The “in-the-kitchen curiosity” started around the age of 8. To my mother’s surprise – and a bit of fear – I made muffins one Saturday morning while my parents were sleeping. By the age of 14 I was inviting friends over for 4 course meals. As I got more independent I went out with friends to many ethnic restaurants.

In February 2007 I came across Meetup, a web site allowing one to create a local group and organize activities based on a shared interest.  I started a dinner group called Cheap Ethnic Eatz with the purpose of organizing 2 dinner outings a month at ethnic and affordable restaurants. In June 2007 I started this blog to review the restaurants we explored. The group operated for three and a half years and 75 events were hosted. I closed it for personal reasons still in its height of popularity. The blog remained a passion and I hit the kitchen more frequently than restaurants. Since then I’ve posted well over 200 recipes. Also, I participate in many online friendly challenges and contests, host giveaways, write articles, include the occasional restaurant or gadget review and try my best to get my readers to explore cuisines from around the world.

If you would like more information on Cheap Ethnic Eatz please get in touch with me by email at cheapethniceatz at gmail dot com. And of course comments are always welcome on any of my posts. I love hearing from my readers.

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