2020 Tokyo Olympics International Cuisine Project

The first & only other time I have cooked international dishes for the Olympics was for the 2016 Olympics.

It was a huge hit when I did it in 2016, but it was a lot of work. I said I would not do it again but here I am…..

This time around, I did not do it everyday of the Olympics due to going out of the town for the ending part of it.

Recipes were altered to 1) have less sugar (monk fruit sweetener was utilized) and 2) be dairy-free.

Without further ado, read below & check out all the pictures of what was done! I am so thankful for my family for being a HUGE help in getting this done, in addition to their love for the Olympics.

2020 Tokyo Olympics International Cuisine Project

Day 1: Japan

For the 2020 Tokyo Olympics opening ceremonies, Japan was a no brainer!

APPETIZERS

MISO SOUP (From Cook Anime: Eat Like Your Favorite Character―From Bento to Yakisoba by Diana Ault)

SHRIMP SHUMAI 

PORK GYOZAS

DINNER

CUCUMBER SALAD

TUNA SUSHI ROLL

DRAGON ROLL

CHICKEN KATSUDON

DESSERT

MATCHA ICE CREAM (From Cook Anime: Eat Like Your Favorite Character―From Bento to Yakisoba by Diana Ault)

BEVERAGES

SAKE

SAPPORO

Day 2: USA

In honor of Team USA, we had to have a day dedicated to America! I think it was good luck because we got our first gold medal of the games on this day.

APPETIZERS

PIGS IN A BLANKET

DINNER

BRISKET

POTATO SALAD

SWEET POTATO PUDDING

CORN PUDDING

DESSERT

APPLE PIE

BEVERAGES

BEER

Day 3: Greece

I love greek food and it was a hit last time around, so I needed to dedicate a day for it!

APPETIZERS

FALAFEL

HUMMUS AND PITA

CALAMARI

GRAPE LEAVES

DINNER

GREEK SALAD

SPANAKORIZO

LAMB

MEDITERRANEAN GRILLED CHICKEN 

TZATZIKI SAUCE

DESSERT

ALMOND BAKLAVA

BEVERAGES

OUZO

Day 4: Australia

We really enjoyed our Aussie night last Summer Olympics, so why not do it again?!

APPETIZERS

SHRIMP ON THE BARBIE

DINNER

TOMATO & AVOCADO SALAD

MEAT PIE W/ MASHED POTATOES & PEAS

DESSERT

LAMINGTONS

BEVERAGES

[ YELLOW TAIL ] PINOT GRIGIO

Day 5: Italy

Made pizza from scratch the last time. This time, we tried something different and it was delicious!

APPETIZERS

MUSSELS IN GARLIC BUTTER

DINNER

CHICKEN FRANCESE

PENNE PASTA

DESSERT

TIRAMISU

NUTELLA CREPES

BEVERAGES

WINE

Day 6: Spain

Who doesn’t love tapas? I know I love them!

APPETIZERS

CROQUETAS DE BACALAO

PAN CON TOMATE

DINNER

CHORIZO AL VINO

RABO DE TORO

PATATAS BRAVAS

DESSERT

CHURROS w/ CHOCOLATE SAUCE

BEVERAGES

SANGRIA

Day 7: Russia

Made Russian food for the first time during the 2016 Olympics. It turned out to be one of our favorite Olympic meals, therefore we dedicated a night to Russia!

APPETIZERS

TOMATO SALAD

DINNER

CHICKEN KIEV

PAN-FRIED POTATOES

ZUCCHINI FRITTERS

DESSERT

APPLE SHARLOTKA

BEVERAGES

WHITE RUSSIANS

Day 8: France

Honestly, one of my favorite meals this time around! Everything was so delicious.

APPETIZERS

BRIE

FRENCH BREAD

DINNER

COQ AU VIN

HARICOTS VERTS AMANDINE

POTATOES AU GRATIN

DESSERT

CREPES

BEVERAGES

CHAMPAGNE

Day 9: Hungary, Austria, & Germany

These countries represent part of my heritage, so this was a big night for us! We even utilized a family recipe.

APPETIZERS

BRATWURST

KNACKWURST

BEER MUSTARD

DINNER

HUNGARIAN GOULASH (family recipe)

POTATO DUMPLINGS

DESSERT

AUSTRIAN CHOCOLATE BALLS

BEVERAGES

PEACH SCHNAPP MARTINI

Day 10: Mexico

Tacos always hit the spot!

APPETIZERS

QUESO FUNDIDO

DINNER

TACOS AL PASTOR

GUACAMOLE

TOMATOES / ONIONS / OTHER TOPPINGS

DESSERT

PASTEL DE ELOTE

BEVERAGES

MEXICAN COKE 

FROZEN MARGARITA 

MODELO

DOS EQUIS

CORONA

Day 11: Vietnam, Thailand, & Korea

This was a late addition that turned out pretty well! It was a great excuse to check out the asian market.

APPETIZERS

VIETNAMESE SPRING ROLL

PEANUT SAUCE

DINNER

KOREAN STYLE BBQ CHICKEN

SIGEUMCHI-NEMUL (BLANCHED SPINACH)

KOREAN CUCUMBER SALAD

RICE

DESSERT

THAI TEA CHIA SEED PUDDING

BEVERAGES

THAI STYLE BOURBON & GINGER COCKTAIL

Day 12: Argentina & Peru

Wrapped up our cooking project with what my Dad wanted for his birthday – empanadas!

APPETIZERS

PERUVIAN CEVICHE

DINNER

ARGENTINIAN EMPANADAS

DESSERT

BIRTHDAY CAKE ☺

BEVERAGES

PISCO & GINGER BEER


Took a break from all the cooking and went to Universal Studios! While there, I got to meet Olympians and watch the Universal Studios Orlando Superstar parade.

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