From Kitfo to Kik Wat: Eating Your Way Through Ethiopia

Ethiopian food

When we headed to Ethiopia recently, I went packing with high expectations of the food. Years ago, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Ethiopian food fresh out of university. In Washington, D.C., just new to world cuisine, I clearly recall my first pull of a round stretchy pancake-like injera bread, beautifully colored mounds of what looked to me like … [Read more...]

From Kebabs to Khoresht: Eating Your Way Through Iran

iran food

"Eat an onion from each new place you visit to adjust your body to the local cuisine." -- Words of wisdom from one of our guides on the subtle appreciation of eating one’s way through Iran.Traditional Iranian cuisine combines the savory of fresh herbs and spices like saffron, merges it with the sweet of pomegranate, barberry and cinnamon and tops it all off with a … [Read more...]

From Tlayudas to Tamales (Eating Our Way Around Oaxaca)

If Mexican cuisine ranks as one of the world’s great cuisines (it was the first cuisine to receive UNESCO culinary heritage status), it’s certainly aided in part by what goes on in the kitchens of Oaxaca. Oaxacan food: roasted, subtle, rich, layered. Moles, chocolate, tiny avocados that taste faintly like licorice, giant balls of quesillo cheese ribbons, … [Read more...]

Bunny Chow Serendipity

Ultimate Bunny Chow in Durban

This is a story about an afternoon in Durban, South Africa where everything seemed to go wrong, but somehow ended up right. It’s also everything you ever wanted to know about bunny chow but were afraid to ask. … [Read more...]

An Ode to Haggis

Haggis, Neeps and Tatties - Edinburgh, Scotland

This is a story about making peace with a squishy edible ball of sheep innards, and a song I rewrote to help me through the process.I have a confession to make. I was afraid of haggis, almost deathly so. You could say I harbored an irrational fear of the stuff. Yes, haggis. … [Read more...]

Japanese Food: From Tempura to Takoyaki

Traditional Japanese Breakfast

Japanese food, where clean eating meets culinary artistry. Where raw fish and pickled vegetables sit astride seaweed strands and tempura sculptures. Japan, the place where you can eat blowfish sashimi, octopus balls and cow rectum one evening, then follow it all up the next day with a 15-course meal that might qualify as one of the truly greatest eating experiences … [Read more...]

Hooray World Cuisine: 10 Fabulous Feasts from Around the World for Under $2.00

Street food in Burma

Two bones. Two bucks. Gimme two dollars and I can eat like a king. I can eat like a queen. It’s just a matter of knowing where to look.For all the great food that we eat and food porn we post across Facebook, Twitter, and our website, the prevailing wisdom might be that we’re rolling in the big bucks. Alas, no. But if there’s one thing we’ve learned while … [Read more...]

Berlin Food: Favorite Neighborhood Meals Under €10

Spaezle

In time for the ITB Berlin travel conference this week, we share some of our favorite Berlin restaurants and dishes that fall into the category of high value. The goal isn’t just to eat well and inexpensively, but to use Berlin food exploration as a compass to get out and enjoy the city's fabulous neighborhoods along the way. … [Read more...]

Crete Food: An Overview

Cretan Olives, Artichokes and Olive Oil - Agreco Farm, Crete

You smell the stink, but you hear the scent! -- Viki, one of our guides on the Greek island of Crete, captures the philosophical essence of Cretan cuisine.While I appreciate that the traditional Cretan diet is known as being one of the healthiest in the world, every time I look at our food photos from Crete I think back to our experience: “Damn. That was just … [Read more...]

Great Meals and the Lessons They Taught Us

Dan and Grandma Kaliope - Apostili, Crete

We can learn from our food.Really.As I assembled photos and descriptions for our recent 2011 travel round-up post, I kept getting distracted. Perhaps unsurprisingly for those who know me, food was the culprit. I was continually drawn back to memories of unforgettable meals from each country -- memories not only of the taste, but to the time, the place, the … [Read more...]