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Portuguese repast

Coimbra, Portugal
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In Portugal, the western country in the continental Europe, each meal is a ceremony, a time for sharing and enjoying a pleasurable living. The meal begins with a bowl of soup. The soup is made of vegetables,... Read more

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Cinema to Savor: 6 Food Films We Love

September 16, 2014

Some required viewing for when you don’t want to cook, you don’t feel like

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    How to Eat Like a Local in New York City

Scott and I have called various parts of NYC home for 14-plus years now, which, besides dating us considerably, means we've eaten quite a lot in this fair town of ours. It was here, after all, where my own love for food, and for experiencing foods from far-flung cultures, blossomed to the point of obsession, and where we've moved whole neighborhoods, boroughs even, largely to surround ourselves with more interesting, authentic global eats. Within this article, I’ve detailed much of what I’d send to any friend/acquaintance/reader who writes me asking what and where to eat while in New York (of course, I always send along EYW’s NYC regional-food guide, too). Happy eating!

Smoked salmon on a bagel from Russ & Daughters, NYC
Smoked fish at Russ & Daughters

Back when Manhattan was still ridden with crime and undesirables, New York City was easier for tourists to manage. A Broadway show, a nice French or Italian meal, Central Park, the Met, maybe a Yankees game—there were things you did and places you just didn’t go. Nowadays, though, the safer, cleaner, friendlier New York covers a lot more ground: Destination restaurants (and parks and museums) are scattered throughout most of the five boroughs. Brooklyn is practically a requirement. Cool new places open daily in hot new neighborhoods, and there are bike shares to help you get between them. Delineations exist for what’s old-school and hipster and authentic and a rip-off, and how on earth is a visitor supposed to navigate the difference?

Fortunately, you don’t have to do it all. But there’s no excuse for poor or overpriced eating in New York City. To eat like a local, follow these guidelines.

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San Francisco
  • Local craft beer

    San Francisco may be in close proximity to wine country, but there’s no doubt it’s a beer-lover’s town. With countless craft breweries in the city, the Bay Area, and Northern California...

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Istanbul
  • Hünkar beğendi

    For this classic Ottoman dish, chunks of stewed lamb are served on a bed of smoky, roasted pureed eggplants, thickened with cheese and a little milk, and topped with a tomato-based sauce. The dish,...

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Coastal Yucatán
  • Salbute

    These colorful Yucatecan antojitos consist of deep-fried tortillas (like tostadas) topped with shredded chicken (or turkey), tomato, chopped cabbage, pickled red onions, and avocado. They’re quite...

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  • Portuguese repast

    Coimbra, Portugal

    ztovar

    In Portugal, the western country in the continental Europe, each meal is a ceremony, a time for sharing and enjoying a pleasurable living. The meal begins with a bowl of soup. The soup is made of…    Read more
  • Starapple

    Montego Bay, Jamaica, W.I.

    lyndalee

    Starapple is a large fruit tree, distinguished by its leaves of 2 colors – green above and bronze below, and its large round fruits like apples. The fruits are either purple or green-skinne…    Read more
  • Ackee & Saltfish

    Montego Bay, Jamaica

    lyndalee

    Jamaican cuisine could be called heavy, but better described as satisfying. Start with breakfast; the island favorites – ackee and codfish or liver or brown stewed chicken, are served with what i…    Read more
  • My First Real Taco

    Mexico City, Mexico

    annamcphee

    I spent my whole life eating tacos, not the real kind – the kind that comes nicely wrapped up in a bright yellow and red box, with a plastic bag to keep the crispy corn derivatives fresh an…    Read more

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