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...]

Hot Sauce Tasting: Hurts So Good

Hot Sauce Tasting Mosaic, Berlin

A quick visit to a hot sauce store in Berlin turns into an unplanned three-hour hot sauce sampling that made us feel like we just dropped acid.Have you ever planned a hot sauce tasting? Ever even imagined one? Well, maybe you should. … [Read more...]

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...]