About us


196 flavors is a unique culinary blog created and designed by Vera and Mike. It is the only bilingual (French and English) world cuisine food blog, which allows a greater number of foodies as curious as the duo to discover unique, unusual and above all authentic recipes.

Vera_1_960x640Epicurious. The term was already coined by a very well known website but it sums up what united us (in addition to a certain fanaticism for spelling and grammar). Epicureans and cooking enthusiasts, the two of us are above all curious and take pleasure in discovering and sharing our culinary findings.

Although united by the same passion, each of us brings a personal touch to 196 flavors.

Vera is the “expert”. With over 30 years of experience in the kitchen (yes, she started very young), she has mastered the basics of cooking and often offers advice on various groups and culinary sites.



Mike_1_960x640 Mike is “the daredevil”. Nicknamed as such by his friends, he is constantly in search of unusual recipes and techniques with impossible to find ingredients. Some would say he lost his hair finding so many recipes with unpronounceable names, but he’s been bald for a while already. The devil is always pushing the envelope, whether it is with humor or culinary surprises.

Each month, we feature recipes based on a country, region or theme. For our first world tour which began in October 2012, we visited one continent per week: Europe, Asia, Africa, Americas, or Oceania.




Our articles do not only include the authentic and traditional recipe but also the stories about its origins, and the details about often unique and local ingredients. We completed our World Cuisine Tour in May 2014, and have therefore virtually traveled the 196 countries that cover our planet, with 196 recipes available in English and French. Yes, that is 392 publications for the mathematicians among us!

But this is only the beginning of the adventure. Since then, we have been pursuing our virtual journey to share more international, ethnic, authentic and traditional recipes.

All our recipes are categorized by type, i.e. appetizer, main course, dessert, vegetarian, gluten-free, by continent or by author. Even if  we do extensive research before publishing our recipes and articles, we also rely on our culinary experts to validate this research and bring the credibility, authenticity and quality that make 196 flavors a different kind of blog.

Our recipes are also accessible via our interactive and visual flavors map.

So, fasten your seatbelts! And ask for a size up just in case… #DietStartsTomorrow

23 Responses to About us

  1. Ostrowka says:


  2. Michael Juatco says:

    Hey Mike. This is the other Mike form the LA Underground Market. From the “Tata’s Asian Fusion” table. How are you? Hope you guys are doing well. I loved your Lotus root with rice curry dish that you served. You obviously have a lot of talent for what you’re doing because you are very passionate about food. Keep up the geat work and hopefully I can get together with you and learn about some of your interesting recipes.

  3. Gina says:

    Love this! I am obsessed with ethnic food & replicating restaurant dishes at home, too! Can’t wait to start trying out your recipes 🙂

    • Wow, thank you Gina!!! You’ve come to the right place! I love the fact that you like to try new things. I looked at your blog and I love the “New Ingredient” posts. I was actually thinking about starting one too 😉

  4. Sunshine says:

    Congratulations guys! This is the best blog I have come across in quite some time, and I mean that. Your knowledge of food is beyond that of most bloggers. It takes a lot to impress us. We are “geeks” when it comes to food and drink.

    • Wow, thank you so much for your kind words Sunshine. Looks like you guys like to drink 😉 Like you, we are thirsty to discover new recipes, new ingredients, new techniques. We don’t have enough authentic drink/cocktail recipes on our blog. Care to share one?

  5. Switley says:

    I am so impressed with this blog. I love variety of food recipes. One comment though, I don’t see different food recipes from one country. I can’t wait to try these recipes.Looking forward to see more of the recipes. Ciao

    • Thank you SO MUCH for your kind words Switley! You are absolutely right, there is only one recipe from each country at this point. This is actually by design. Vera, Joanne and I are committed to traveling the whole world once before we spend more time (virtually 😉 in some countries. At the moment, we are close to finishing our first world tour with more about 180 recipes/countries on the blog already. We are planning a few surprises for the end of the first world tour in the next few weeks, so stay tuned…

  6. Amanda says:

    So happy to visit other international food blogs! I love the idea behind 196 flavors and will be sure to use it as a reference 🙂 Cheers!

  7. Lana says:

    Hi Michael,

    It was great chatting with you at Camp Blogaway:) I am looking forward to exploring your blog and getting to know all three of you better:)

    Have a great Memorial Day weekend!


  8. Hello Vera, Joanne and Mike. I love the concept of your blog and I look forward to following your posts.

  9. Rauni says:

    Hello from France!

    Please tell me how to copy and print your recipes, my PC is on Word but only the headlines come through, not the ingrédients, nor the instructions. I would also like to keep trace of your learned comments … Thanks in advance,

    • Thanks for your comment Rauni. We unfortunately do not have a “Print Recipe” function for now as none of the plug-ins we have tried so far were fully compatible with a multilingual blog like ours. You could just use the browser Print function if you’d like.

  10. rhonda says:

    Question, have you or one of your team members actually cooked all of these recipes? Just wondering, some I’d like to try but seems I have questions every time I look at one.

  11. PATRICE says:

    I am so happy to have found you thru One Green Planet.
    I love everything I have seen and would love your newsletter.
    Patrice 🙂

  12. ekolka says:

    WOW… awesome blog !!!!!

  13. Denise says:

    So thrilled to find fellow cooks exploring the amazing cuisines around the world. I cook dinner every week for our International students at University. I try to make something from their home countries and keep it to $3-4 USD per serving, with 15-20 students usually each week. Can’t wait to try some great new recipes from y’all!

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