Amidst Piles of Freshness: Antigua Central Market, Guatemala [360-Degree Panorama]

Antigua Market

As we take off for Central America (this time to Costa Rica), we think back to our first visit to the region a couple of years ago: Antigua, Guatemala.Although Antigua has a reputation for being touristy, we found that it wasn't too difficult to get lost and find a slice of authentic Guatemalan life. One of our favorite places to do this: Antigua's central … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Where Sushi Gets its Start

tokyo fish market

A visit to Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market is a rite of passage for sushi enthusiasts. For those of us who bow at the altar of raw fish, it's truly a must-see.After you've visited Tsukiji, you may never look at that piece of tako (octopus) or toro (tuna) in quite the same way ever again. Outside of the seas themselves, it doesn't get any fresher than this. … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Guizhou, China — Weekly Indigenous Market

guizhou market

While Guizhou Province may not feature the same dramatic bits of nature you'd find in Yunnan or Sichuan Provinces, it does have its share of indigenous markets. And that's why, when we visited China, we based ourselves in the the provincial capital of Kaili for a week.In the weekly market in Chong'an, an area inhabited by ethnic Miao and Gejia, a high school girl … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Weekly Market in La Esperanza, Honduras

la esperanza market

When travelers think "Honduras" they probably don't think "big, weekly indigenous markets." So when we were in Honduras and caught wind of a weekly market in a little town called La Esperanza in country's western hills along a path of historically indigenous villages called the Ruta Lenca, we hopped a series of chicken buses in the wee hours of the morning to see what … [Read more...]

Xishuangbanna: China’s Deep South

Two days of roller-coaster travel on unpaved roads and in old buses cramped with members of the Chinese Olympic Spitting Team. It was a long road to Xishuangbanna.Tucked in the deep south of China's Yunnan Province, the Xishuangbanna region conjured images of thatched huts, tropical jungle, and a rainbow of ethnic minorities. But when we arrived in Jinghong, the … [Read more...]

Golden Camel Awards, Part 1: Food and Markets

Camel Crossing

Welcome to the first and only Golden Camel Awards, a camel’s eye view of the best and worst that Central Asia and the Caucasus have to offer!While most people don’t travel to the Caucasus and Central Asia solely to explore the cuisine, we had our share of pleasant eating experiences there. We also occasionally felt the wrath of a post-Soviet culinary hangover. … [Read more...]

Video of the Central Asian Market Scene

Shall We Dance?

When we arrive in a new location, we usually seek out the local market. This is how we orient ourselves. Markets provide an easy way to meet real people in a friendly context. They also offer an insight into local food and culture. Central Asian markets proved no different. We found ourselves frequently sampling local fruits (OK, having fruit heaped upon us by the … [Read more...]