Berlin Food Rally: Beyond the Plate

Berlin Food Tour Mosaic

A view of Berlin -- its cycles of destruction and renewal and the evolution of its food scene -- through the lens of a one-night gastro tour.If you wish to learn about a place, eat your way to the answer. This maxim resonates no less so than in Berlin, a city whose history tells of a rise from the ashes and from oppression and whose present-day witnesses a … [Read more...]

Bangladeshi Food: An Overview

Sabzi - Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladeshi food in a home is the best – it’s cooked with the care and love of a woman’s hands. In restaurants, food is cooked by men for quantity. -- A Bangladeshi friend captures the crux of Bangladeshi food.Although you may not have realized it, it’s quite possible you’ve eaten Bangaldeshi food. … [Read more...]

What is American Food? A World View

Photographing American Food in Berlin

"We would like to eat American food. You know, you are American, so it would be great if we could try American food with you." -- A dinner request from our Iranian CouchSurfing guests a few weeks ago in Berlin.Dan and I looked at each other, deer in headlights. American food? What's that? … [Read more...]

Beer Me, Berlin!

2011 Berlin Beer Festival

You know it's been a long day at the beer festival when guys in lederhosen start doing the moonwalk. -- The essence of the moment, Saturday night at the Berlin beerfest.More than 2,000 beers from over 300 breweries hailing from 86 countries -- all spread out over two kilometers in the middle of the city. No, this is not Oktoberfest.So many beers yet so … [Read more...]

Bali Food: From Satay to Sambal

Nasi Campur (Mixed Rice) - Bali, Indonesia

Ah, Bali food. Our relationship with Balinese cuisine got off to a rocky start, but a Balinese cooking class in Ubud, night markets in Sanur and simple restaurants called warungs conspired to change our minds and inform our palates. The result: an overview of the components of Balinese cooking, common Balinese dishes and where to find them when you visit Bali. … [Read more...]

South Indian Food: A Few Favorites

Audrey Enjoys a Masala Dosa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

So you think Indian food is just chicken tikka masala and palak paneer?  Think again.Recently, I’ve settled into a familiar morning routine: a masala dosa and sweet milk coffee in a simple canteen just down the street.  Attendants make their rounds with metal pails full of sambar and colorful wet chutneys, ensuring that all customers have ample supply, more than … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Every Döner Tells a Story, Don’t It?

berlin döner

Istanbul is like Kreuzberg, but less Turkish. -- A Berlin cabbie puts the city's Turkish neighborhood in perspective.Take a walk down any street in Kreuzberg, Berlin and you'll find scads of döner shops offering shaved, spiced meat (usually lamb) served inside rolled flatbread or in a bread pocket. At a distance, all döner shops look similar - meat sears away … [Read more...]