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Post Diwali Indulgences

New Delhi, India
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It’s that time of the year again! There is a slight nip in the air and the smells of autumn fill up mornings. Diwali has just gone by but that really hasn’t put a stop to all the festivities. The... Read more

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Tasting Ethiopia with AddisEats

April 13, 2015

Contributor Adam Corre gets stuffed on Addis Ababa’s only guided food tour, a three-restaurant spree that may challenge your perceptions of Ethiopia. Addis...

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             Tasting Ethiopia with AddisEats

Contributor Adam Corre gets stuffed on Addis Ababa’s only guided food tour, a three-restaurant spree that may challenge your perceptions of Ethiopia.

Addis Ababa downtown view
Addis Ababa photo by neiljs

It’s impossible to finish this meal. I feel as though I’ve eaten a lot, but a cursory glance at our large, still-full tray of injera, Ethiopia’s staple food, suggests otherwise. The food has barely diminished. To avoid causing offense, the hosts have been informed this is not an indication of customer dissatisfaction. My insightful guide today is Xavier Curtis, who grew up in Washington, D.C. and became actively involved in the Slow Food movement while studying at the University of Wisconsin. Curtis is the co-founder of two-year-old AddisEats, a walking food tour company. “The owner’s wife used to ask me, ‘What’s wrong with our food?’” he tells me. “Now they know tourists just can’t finish it.” It is a scenario that stands in contrast to many people’s thoughts when the words Ethiopia and food are uttered in the same sentence. Most will recall the famine of the 1980s, when widespread starvation shook the conscience of the world. While democracy remains a distant dream here and poverty is pervasive, food is no longer the scarce necessity it once was.

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Copenhagen
  • Tarteletter

    In its simplest form, tarteletter med hons i asparages (“tar-tey-letter”) is its translation: puff-pastry tart shells filled with chicken and (usually white) asparagus, typically with a...

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Washington, D.C.
  • Ethiopian food

    It’s said that Washington, D.C. is the second-largest Ethiopian city in the world, second only to Addis Ababa. An estimated 250,000 Ethiopians live here, many of them asylum-seekers from the 1990s,...

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Manila
  • Taho

    Taho (“tah-ho”) is your breakfast protein in a cup. Its base is a very bland, soft version of warm silky tofu that’s sweetened with arnibal (“ar-nee-bahl”),...

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  • Post Diwali Indulgences

    New Delhi, India

    meghaaluthra

    It’s that time of the year again! There is a slight nip in the air and the smells of autumn fill up mornings. Diwali has just gone by but that really hasn’t put a stop to all the festivities. …    Read more
  • Tasting Bali, a sensory adventure

    Bali

    annamcphee

    Bali is a land which borders on the culture of east and west, a popular holiday destination between Australia and Asia. The contrasts reflected in the two very different worlds, one of tourism, the…    Read more
  • Best tastes of Southern Tuscany

    manciano

    maremmatuscany

    The Maremma is known for its cultura contadina or peasant's culture. Every town has its own tastes and take on certain dishes. But no matter where you go, Maremman food is hearty, seasonal and plen…    Read more
  • Fish 'n Chips With My Baby

    Cervantes, Western Australia

    eblech

    For many Western Australians fish and chips on the beach is a well established ritual woven into many trips to the beach, particularly in the evening. This food that is common all over the world is…    Read more

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