Origin: Countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea
Key ingredients: Olive oil, hummus, goat's milk
Flavor: Savory, herbal

While "Mediterranean cuisine" is really just a variety of foods from many different peoples, the Mediterranean's climate often calls for similar ingredients and flavors across cultures. The breadth of healthy, delicious foods that come from the area is huge, allowing chefs to pick and choose their favorite recipes. Glasserie, for instance, a new restaurant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn has made its combination of styles into an art (the signature rabbit dish is amazing). While many Mediterranean dishes are already popular around the world, the region's versatile templates can be elevated and altered to meet any chef's wildest whims.