With winter effectively in full swing, it's time to turn our attention to a warming bowl of soup, and what a diverse subject it is, with varied flavors and textures, sometimes in the same bowl. Some are seasonal specials, and some are better served cold. Here are ten of our favorite vegetarian soups from around the city.
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Eggplant is one of those culinary chameleons that can take on the flavors of just about any cuisine. Italian? Bring on the mozzarella. Japanese? Hello, miso. Indian? Israeli? Sichuan? Azerbaijani? All good. The humble eggplant has an awful lot of stamps in its passport. So let's look at our favorite eggplant dishes in the city.
If all you know about Azerbaijan is that it is a former Soviet republic, you may assume that its food falls into the Eastern European category. Looking at a map, however, you'll see that Azerbaijan is closer to Turkey and Iran than to Moscow, which explains the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influence in the food. For diners that means a wide variety of dishes; for vegetarian diners at Caucasus Garden in Sheepshead Bay, that means lots of options to choose from.