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Avignon is known the world over for its Popes Palace. But any curisous visitor will find out the city has way more to offer, especially on the food scene. As commented on a recent post, Fougasse is THE... Read more

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Where to Eat Middle Eastern Food in Detroit Laura Siciliano-Rosen April 14, 2014

Middle Eastern platter from Dearborn, Michigan

Dearborn, a city within the Detroit metropolitan area, has a long-established Arab-American population, accounting for some 40% of the total population—the largest proportion among U.S. cities of similar size. The first Arab immigrants, mostly Syrian/Lebanese Christians, migrated for auto-industry work around the turn of the 20th century (the Ford Motor Company is headquartered in Dearborn; Henry Ford once lived here); they were soon followed by Palestinians, Jordanians, Yemenis, and Chaldeans/Iraqis. Today Dearborn is not only home to North America’s largest mosque, but also countless Middle Eastern groceries, bakeries, and restaurants. Got business in Detroit? A Middle Eastern...

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East Coast Mexico’s Dutch Influence Laura Siciliano-Rosen April 9, 2014

Round of Edam cheese
Edam cheese. Photo: Yvwv

Yucatecan food—even that found along the so-called Riviera Maya, the coastal corridor between Cancún and Tulum—is markedly different from “Mexican food” as most of us know it, as we learned while traveling the region last week. One reason is, of course, the pronounced Mayan influence, but many more groups have left their mark on the cuisine here as well, from the British and Spanish to the Lebanese and even the Dutch. The latter’s influence can be witnessed in one enduring main ingredient—Edam cheese, called queso de bola here—and is particularly unexpected for someone who’s traveled across much of Mexico before. No one knows for sure how the cheese got...

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Wake Up & Smell the Tacos: 3 Reasons to Wake Up Early While Traveling Laura Siciliano-Rosen April 3, 2014

Trio of tacos from Tulum, Mexico
Tacos for breakfast in Tulum, clockwise from top: cochinita pibil, lechon, relleno negro de pavo

Traditionally, Scott and I are stay-up-late, wake-up-late kind of people. This all changed a year ago, of course, when our son was born and the definition of “waking up late” became 8am. Most days we’re in bed by 11pm and up by 7am, though baby boy has pushed the 6am envelope more times than I would prefer. On Mexico’s Yucatán coast last week, however, where the time difference was a small but still meaningful-in-a-baby’s-world two hours, all bets were off.

We’d heard the horrors of time-change travel with babies, one reason why we rather timidly selected east-coast Mexico for this...

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Recipes From Afar: Singaporean Fried Rice Juliana Loh March 27, 2014

Singaporean fried rice recipe
Photos by Juliana Loh

Contrary to what you might gather from your neighborhood Chinese eatery, there isn’t really a fixed recipe for fried rice. It evolved from throwing leftovers in the wok to stir-fry—one of the sustainable ways the older generation ensured every scrape of food was eaten, not wasted—and voilà, you get a really tasty variety of dishes.

Fried rice tastes best, therefore, with leftover, day-old rice: The grains lose moisture overnight, giving them a harder, crunchier texture—perfect for this dish—and they’re less likely to clump when you stir-fry them with everything else. Cook the rice the night (or at least several hours) before, leave it out to cool for an hour...

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Crawfish Boil How-To Laura Siciliano-Rosen March 25, 2014

Backyard crawfish boil in Louisiana
Photo courtesy of Chris Davis

Crawfish boils are a springtime rite of passage in southern Louisiana, whether you’re in a bar, at a festival, or in a friend’s backyard. I’ll never forget the boil we went to, at New Orleans’ Maple Leaf Bar, where a small door fee covered both music and food (the Uptown bar holds crawfish boils on Sunday nights during the season). In an alley outside the bar, we glimpsed the giant pot of critters, and all the delicious stuff going in along with them—mushrooms, corn, potatoes, quail, andouille and boudin sausages—and knew we were in for a treat.

Backyard boils are, of course, more the local way, the equivalent of having friends over for beers and a...

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7 Favorite Tacos in Mexico Laura Siciliano-Rosen March 20, 2014

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more perfect snack food than the taco. It's cheap, it's portable, it's can comprise a wide range of ingredients—meats, veggies, cheese, salsas—and textures (if you've never had crunchy chicharrón atop your taco, drop everything and go find some). We love tacos all across the U.S.—carne asado in L.A., egg-potato-bean in Austin, our favorite lengua tacos in Queens—but nothing beats the motherland. As we gear up for some travel through the Yucatán Peninsula, where cochinita pibil tacos for breakfast await, here's a look at a few favorite tacos we've met in Mexico.


Taco al pastor from Mexico City, Mexico

Taco al pastor
The mighty taco al pastor, local to Mexico City and Puebla: Thin...

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Quintessential Cebu: What to Eat Mona Polo March 13, 2014

This destination spotlight crosses the globe to Cebu, in the central Philippines, an appealing destination for business travelers, beachgoers—and people who like to eat. Our writer, a Cebu resident, demonstrates why in our 20-dish-strong Cebu guide. Here’s a taste.

Flags on a beach in Cebu, the Philippines
Camotes Islands, Cebu, two hours by boat off the mainland. Photos by Mona Polo

Located in the center of the 7,107 islands that make up the Philippines, Cebu (“se-boo”) is a tropical playground disguised as a business hub…or is it the other way around? Cebu the island—the province and cosmopolitan capital city share the same name as well—is 156 miles and just 28.8 miles at its widest, so travelers for pleasure or...

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Eat Your World Has a New Mobile Site Laura Siciliano-Rosen March 5, 2014

If you get our newsletter, you know this already. But the rest of you are in the dark, and that’s not cool (also: sign up for the site and newsletter here).

Quick: Grab your smartphone. Click over to eatyourworld.com.* It’s our new mobile-optimized site!

Screenshots of Eat Your World's new mobile site


Sure, there’s a sweet smartphone-ready design, but our goal was to make life a little better for you, dear on-the-go reader. To that end, our mobile site has these new features:

It’s GPS-enabled! Now you can select “Find Local Foods Near Me” and pull up a Google map pointing you to Eat Your World-approved local eats & drinks nearby.

• Users can now log in and upload food photos to EYW directly from their mobile...

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Links We Like: February Edition Ginelle Gross February 28, 2014

In our new monthly installment, we’re sharing some favorite links we’ve come across this month in the worlds of food, travel, and beyond.

Ceebu jen in Dakar, Senegal
Ceebu jën in Dakar, Senegal


How We Ate in 1964, When the Beatles Were on Ed Sullivan, Vs. Now

Over on BonAppetit.com, the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show was celebrated with some fascinating food history. This slide show takes a look at what Americans were eating in 1964—as the Fab Four played to a record-breaking 111.5 million viewers—and how the food scene has changed today. Swanson TV dinners, anyone?
 

Around the World in 80 Dishes
This piece from our friends at Backpack Me is way more than...

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Dish Spotlight: Boza in Istanbul, Turkey Laura Siciliano-Rosen February 26, 2014

Boza with chickpeas in Istanbul

I’m a sucker for wintery drinks. Not just of the hot chocolate variety—that’s a given—but also thick, filling, savory drinks, like eggnog, Mexican atole, and this stuff, boza, in Turkey. A traditional fermented drink made from wheat, millet, or bulgur—and onetime favorite beverage of Ottoman sultans—boza is kind of an odd duck: It’s served chilled, it’s thick as pudding, and it’s at turns sour and sweet. It’s typically served topped with cinnamon and crunchy roasted chickpeas, which only makes me love it more.

In Istanbul, we wandered the streets a while before we found Vefa Bozacici, an old-school boza dispenser in the otherwise modernized district of Vefa. There was just one...

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Oaxaca Food & Travel Guide: Now on Kindle! Laura Siciliano-Rosen February 20, 2014

Lucky number 7! We’re pleased to announce our seventh destination guide on Kindle: the Oaxaca Food & Travel Guide, now available on Amazon.com. Oaxaca is celebrated for its cuisine, but knowing what to look for—and where to find it, particularly when it comes to navigating the labyrinthine markets and choosing street vendors—is essential. Enter our latest guide, which directs you to 40 delicious dishes and drinks in Oaxaca, from the best tamales and empanadas to the harder-to-find, veggie-fresh sopa de guias. And mole, of course! Aside from our usual How to Burn It Off and Where to Stay info, this guide also includes some bonus recipes from renowned Oaxacan chef, Pilar Cabrera.

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Little Car, Big Dreams: A Road Trip Through Australia Laura Siciliano-Rosen February 13, 2014

A brief interlude to pay homage to a beloved car and that most freeing of pursuits: the road trip.

Female and a car, on a road trip

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.” –Douglas Adams


Last week Scott and I received word from Sydney that our beloved Betsy—a 1984 Ford Laser we bought in Melbourne in 2003—was headed for the scrap yard. In an instant, a flood of memories, some of the best of our shared life, rushed forth—a testament to the role this car, and the epic road trip we embarked upon in it, played in our collective traveling past.

It was April 2003. We’d already quit our New York advertising jobs, put all our stuff in storage, spent a month...

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Five Tenets of Healthy Travel—For Food Lovers Laura Siciliano-Rosen February 3, 2014

In preparation for this week’s #healthytravel Twitter chat, which we are cohosting with Yahoo! Travel, US. News Travel, and a few others, we got to thinking about how we travel healthy while stuffing ourselves silly—er, we mean, indulging in local delicacies in moderation. And here’s what we came up with.

Vegetable plate from a restaurant in Austin

Are you the type of person who travels in the moment, suspending all diet/exercise goals to eat and drink everything you can get your hands on?

Is your desire to taste the cuisine of a new city greater than your desire to have a salad every day?

Does “healthy travel” sound unexciting or, I don’t know, too healthy for you?

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Dish Spotlight: Placinta, The Republic of Moldova Leah Kieff January 29, 2014

Homemade placinta from Moldova
Homemade placintas from the south of Moldova, in Comrat. Photo by Leah Kieff

Placinta. The first time I tasted this traditional fried bread, still warm from the pan, I knew I would love living in Moldova. My first bite was of a Romanian-style placinta—homemade, deep-fried, filled with brinza (homemade cheese, like a drier, saltier feta) and dill—hinting at the dish’s origins in Romania, back when that country was part of the Roman Empire. Nowadays it’s everywhere in neighboring Moldova as well, in just about every alimentara (corner market/convenience store) around the country, the equivalent of a cheap, convenience-store hot dog—though when homemade, it’s also a staple at large...

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Let World Nomads Send You to Italy Laura Siciliano-Rosen January 23, 2014

Maccheroni al pettine from Mirandola, Italy
Maccheroni al pettine

Imagine being sent to Italy, all expenses paid, for the sole purpose of exploring its culinary traditions, eating its foods, and meeting its food producers. Eat Your World recently learned that this exact opportunity is being offered by Australian-based travel gurus World Nomads, in partnership with Can’t Forget Italy, to three lucky applicants: an epicurean “pilgrim,” an aspiring chef/culinarian, and a cultural anthropologist-type. Are you one of them? We talked to World Nomads’ program marketing manager, Alicia Smith, for more details.   
 

World Nomads’ “Passport & Plate: Italy 2014” program sounds incredible. How was the idea born?
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A Vegetarian’s Guide to Cambodia Glynn Pogue January 21, 2014

Banana vendor in Cambodia
Banana vendor in Kampong Chhnang province, Cambodia. Photos by Glynn Pogue

As I slurped up the last bit of spicy broth from my lunch of ramen noodle and bok choy, I felt full and satisfied. That is, until I took a final look at my bowl: Hiding at the bottom, alongside a few stray bean sprouts, was an indiscernible hunk of fatty flesh on bone. Chicken? Beef? Pork? My contentment quickly dissipated. What on Earth did I just eat?

I've been a vegetarian for 13 years, a pretty significant part of my life. I'm now in Cambodia in the Peace Corps, and when I first applied, I was warned that one of the unwavering rules is to be open to whatever challenges and new experiences come your...

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Q&A: Patrick Murtaugh, Craft Beer Brewer, Richmond, VA Laura Siciliano-Rosen January 14, 2014

The founders and craft beer brewers of Hardywood Park brewery, Richmond, VA
             Eric McKay (left) and Patrick Murtaugh of Hardywood Park

“Richmond has a beer scene similar to what you saw 10 years ago in the Pacific Northwest. The market is not yet saturated and there’s still an enthusiasm for craft beer that borders on fanatical.” —Patrick Murtaugh, cofounder and master brewer, Hardywood Park brewery

Tell us about what you do.
In short, we make beer. We lean toward beers that are stylistically underrepresented in the market. Our Reserve Series is dedicated to using at least one local ingredient in each beer: local wildflower honey, baby ginger, blackberries, raspberries, locally roasted coffee. We also put a lot of effort into trying to engage...

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The Melting-Pot Cuisine of Réunion: What to Eat Jessie Beck January 6, 2014

Piment, peppers from Reunion
Piment, in Réunion. Photo by Jessie Beck

Mention Réunion to most Anglophone travelers, and they’ll shake their heads: “Where?” Do the same at a dinner table full of travel-savvy French and you’re more likely to evoke a chorus of oohs before the conversation turns to tropical weather, volcanoes, and—most important—la cuisine creole.

Île de la Réunion, a little island outpost of France, sits in a lonely spot in the Indian Ocean, far from any mainland but comfortably nestled between Madagascar and Mauritius. Though technically considered an African island, visitors would be hard-pressed to identify the island’s personality, culture, and cuisine as purely African. Instead, its unique...

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Now on Kindle: New Orleans Food & Travel Guide! Laura Siciliano-Rosen January 3, 2014

New Orleans Food and Travel Guide on KindleIt’s no secret that we love New Orleans—the food, the cocktails, the music, the attitude. So it’s with great pleasure that we release NOLA as our sixth destination guide on Kindle, with newly updated content thanks to a recent revisit. In it, we direct readers to 40 quintessentially New Orleans dishes and drinks, from our favorite BBQ shrimp to the best handmade daiquiris and everything in between. We also provide suggestions for How to Burn It Off (good luck!) and Where to Stay, and—as a bonus—we’re giving you a detailed three-day itinerary, i.e., A Perfect Weekend in New Orleans.

Check it out on Amazon now!

Like our existing guides, it’s conveniently downloadable to your Kindle,...

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Road Trip: Portuguese Food in Fall River, Massachusetts Laura Siciliano-Rosen December 19, 2013

Interior of Billy's Cafe in Fall River, MA
Inside the now-defunct Billy's Cafe, Fall River. Photos by Scott Rosen.

Fall River, Massachusetts, is the kind of town most people drive through to get someplace else. Once a center of textile manufacturing, it’s long since fallen on rough economic times, and is now rather gray and desolate in stretches, even despite the picturesque Braga Bridge and “Gates of the City,” the latter a gift from its sister city in the Azores. For us, it’s usually a pit stop en route to Cape Cod. Fortunately, there’s always been something in Fall River that makes pulling off the highway worth our while: killer Portuguese food.

Portuguese egg tarts from Barcelos Bakery in Fall River, MA
Queijadas, or egg custard tarts, from a Fall River bakery

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The Street Foods of Antsirabe, Madagascar Jessie Beck December 10, 2013

Nem, a spring roll street food in Madagascar
Nem, a spring roll-like street food in Madagascar. All photos by Jessie Beck.

Near the daily market of Antsirabe, the pleasant hillside town of Madagascar’s highlands (and third-largest city in the country), women with enormous bowls of batter sit next to sizzling pots of oil over low charcoal stoves. While crouching or sitting on wooden stools, they fan their flames and plop their freshly fried goods into mountainous piles of steaming fresh snacks. Also lining the streets are small display boxes filled with bowls of breads, noodles, salads, even spaghetti. Other vendors mingle with the crowd, hawking their wares to shoppers while balancing plastic containers atop their heads....

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Montreal Food & Travel Guide: Now on Kindle! Laura Siciliano-Rosen December 7, 2013

Montreal Food and Travel Guide on KindleWe are happy to announce the release of our fifth destination guide on Kindle: the Montréal Food & Travel Guide. Canada’s second-largest city is best known for poutine and smoked meat, but this guide goes far beyond that to point readers to the most regional of Québécois foods, the French-bistro classics, the local microbrews, even the trendy cuisine de terroir restaurants. And we tell you how to eat and drink all of it in five days (bonus itinerary!), plus give recommendations for burning it off and where to stay.

Check it out on Amazon now!

Like our Amsterdam, London, Delhi, and New York guides, it’s conveniently downloadable to your Kindle, smartphone, or tablet for just...Read More

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Taiwan Contest Winners Announced! Laura Siciliano-Rosen December 2, 2013

Thank you to all who participated in our recent Taiwan contest! We had asked for Facebook likes on users' photo uploads—it was a close race, but we’re ready to announce our winners.

The grand prize winner, who will receive a free night in Taipei at Bigfoot Hostel plus NTD 1,000/US$35, is user evyyang, with 121 Facebook likes on her upload of a frosty Taiwanese dessert. May we suggest you spend your winnings on more of these sweets, Evy?

Frozen ice with fresh fruit in Taiwan
Frozen ice with fresh local fruits

But that's not all! Our second- and third-place winners will also receive a free night at Bigfoot in Taipei for their popular uploads:


Grilled king oysters from Taiwan

Grilled king oyster mushrooms, by user mintmaple

 

Pounded tea in Taiwan
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Recipes From Afar: Khmer Bor Bor Porridge, Cambodia Glynn Pogue November 20, 2013

Vendor serving bor bor rice porridge in Cambodia
Photos by Glynn Pogue

I woke up to a loud pitter-patter on my tin roof—another cold, gray morning in central Cambodia. The rainy season had stretched on for weeks and left me with a perpetual sniffle and a cough I couldn’t shake. I needed to eat something to warm my belly.

I ventured into my village’s winding market for breakfast, the dirt ground muddy and wet. Older ladies and schoolchildren grabbing a meal before class hunched below the market’s makeshift sheet-metal rooftops, slurping up porridge from mismatched sets of porcelain bowls. I settled in at my favorite vendor’s stall, a little stand with nothing more than a rice cooker, a portable burner, a sagging wooden bench,...

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Virginia Is for...Foodies? Richmond Chefs Come to N.Y.C. Laura Siciliano-Rosen November 16, 2013

Charcuterie, Heritage, Richmond, Virginia
Housemade charcuterie from Chef Joe Sparatta/Heritage

Nothing beats eating the local foods of a region while you’re on the ground in that region—tracking down the traditional dishes, tasting the modern updates, drinking the local beer, perusing the markets, trying what you cannot try “back home.” That is, after all, the founding principle of this website. But we’re grateful that here in New York City, sometimes the local foods of far-flung places—and the chefs who work magic with them—come to us. Lately we've been on a kick with the regional foods of small(ish)-town America, which actually makes it all the more interesting—cities we’d never before considered in a culinary sense are...

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Dish Spotlight: Kitfo in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Jessie Beck November 13, 2013

Contributor Jessie Beck hunts down Ethiopia’s favorite raw-beef dish.

Kitfo from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Photo by Jessie Beck

Before I landed in Ethiopia, my knowledge of Ethiopian food went no further than a few dinners on 14th Street in Washington D.C., where a large diaspora of Ethiopians and Eritreans have set up shop and, accordingly, some great Ethiopian restaurants. I only vaguely knew the ingredients of what I was eating. I became familiar with injera, the spongy fermented bread used to soak up and grasp other foods, but what were those little piles sharing the platter with it? Lentils? Beans? Cabbage? Even in my ignorance, I still loved trekking out to those places to get my hands messy dipping injera...

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A Taste of the Ozarks in N.Y.C. Laura Siciliano-Rosen November 9, 2013

Chefs working at the James Beard House, NYC
The “Best of Bentonville” chefs at work in the James Beard House kitchen

We’ll be honest: Ozarks cuisine was never really at the top of our want list. When we thought of that rural region, which extends across southern Missouri into northwestern Arkansas and parts of Oklahoma and Kansas, we mostly thought of Walmart (it has its corporate headquarters in the area) and that depressing Winter’s Bone movie. Maybe they hunt squirrel there?

But then we were invited, on behalf of Bentonville, Arkansas’s esteemed Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, to the James Beard House, in the West Village, for a showcase of regional food from the area, featuring chefs from four downtown...

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Dish Spotlight: Burčák in Moravia, Czech Republic Christopher Burdick October 31, 2013

For this dish spotlight, we turn to Moravia and its uber-seasonal burčák wine, which contributor Christopher Burdick recently had the pleasure of tracking down for us.


photo by Mararie

It tastes like delicious, carbonated, innocent grape juice. But it’s far from innocent. Start drinking early and the next thing you know it’s 1am, you’ve had two liters, and suddenly it’s not so easy to stand up.”


I’ll admit it: I’m a sucker for booze that’s specific to a region. If someone tells me I can’t get it anywhere else, it’s down my throat faster than they can say “Prost!” Usually this sort of thing involves shots of strong liquor, like Serbian rakija or the infamous “green fairy”...

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Quintessential, Quirky Rhode Island: What to Eat Laura Siciliano-Rosen October 24, 2013

In teeny Rhode Island, our usual city spotlight becomes a state spotlight—and what a state for local food it is. Hot wiener with coffee milk, anyone?  

Raw local oysters and clams in Rhode Island
Local seafood in Providence

We’d heard of the hot dog with the funny name—the New York system—likely from a TV show over the years. But that was pretty much the extent of our knowledge, pre-research, of typical Rhode Island eats. Then we heard from Dayna, a family friend and Cranston local whom we’d emailed for initial ideas. She replied with a laundry list of “oddies,” as she called them, and nearly introduced us to a whole new vocabulary in the process: gaggahs with the works, awful awful, doughboys, stuffies. Is Rhode Island...

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Attention Taiwan Travelers: Win a Free Hostel Stay + Cash! Laura Siciliano-Rosen October 17, 2013

Tsua bing shaved ice, from Taiwan
Tsua bing, or shaved ice, in Taiwan. Photo by user hungryel

One look at the images in our Taiwan section, and it’s no surprise the island is such a beloved food destination. The Eat Your World team dreams of one day feasting in the streets and night markets of Taipei, but before we get there, we’re going to help some travelers with their own visit: We’re giving away a free night at a popular downtown hostel to a few lucky travelers—and a cash prize to one (may we suggest spending it on food?). To enter, all you have to do is upload a photo or story about local food to EYW…and then tell all your friends: The three users whose entries receive the most Facebook LIKES win!

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New Q&As with Eat Your World: Webflakes, University of Wisconsin Laura Siciliano-Rosen October 16, 2013

We like a good Q&A, and we enjoy being on either side of one—asking the questions or providing the answers. This month, between some regional travel, lots of Rhode Island writing, weighing in on smart travel for Budget Travel, and—oh, yeah!—being the new parents of an adventurous six-month-old, we were fortunate to participate individually in two new ones.
 

Screenshot of Webflakes Q&A

Our friends at Webflakes.com interviewed me, and I was happy to oblige—and happy to learn about their new site, which aggregates lifestyle content from bloggers around the world and translates it into English via a community of volunteers. Content discovery plus translation means you can learn about, say, why Japanese jeans...

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Catalan Sweets: Five Not to Miss Katie Whittle October 9, 2013

A view from Montserrat, Spain
Montserrat in Catalonia, Spain (photo: Laura Siciliano-Rosen)

It’s no secret that Spain is home to a rich culinary landscape. From sprawling vineyards to thriving fisheries and lush mountains teeming with life, the diversity of natural resources here is staggering. Perhaps nowhere is the richness of Spanish gastronomy better exemplified than in Catalonia, in northeast Spain. This region’s unique fusion of flavors takes full advantage of the local mar i muntanya (sea and mountain) while also incorporating culinary influences from nearby France, Italy, Greece, Portugal, and Africa. And although tomato, olives, aubergine, and bolets (mushrooms) may be the first foods to come to mind...

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Morelia, Mexico: What to Eat Naomi Bishop October 2, 2013

A spread of local food in Morelia, Mexico
A spread of traditional dishes from Zirita, a culinary workshop, in Morelia

Morelia, capital of the state of Michoacán, Mexico, is quietly beautiful, the kind of pretty where the dowdy female lead takes off her glasses, shakes out her ponytail, and wows the guy at the end of a rom-com. The food, though, is exactly the opposite: It’s the mean girl with the tiny waist who knows how to wield a fierce high heel—or, in Morelia’s case, a fierce tamale. A recent eating whirlwind through the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site sprinkled with pale pink stones, revealed a ferocious food culture: hot with chile negro, strong with the bold flavors of local fruits and vegetables, and...

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NYC Food & Travel Guide: Now on Kindle! Laura Siciliano-Rosen September 18, 2013

Our fourth destination guide on Kindle isn’t just any old guide: It’s personal. New York City is our home, for well over a decade now. NYC Food and Travel Guide on Kindle, now available on AmazonAnd as you might imagine, we are often asked where one should eat in New York. It’s a loaded question, really. There are so many options, and so many great suggestions based on what one’s looking for. For the New York City Food & Travel Guide, as on our website, we focus on the traditional, the old-school, the quintessentially New York. If you’re looking for a guide to the city’s hottest restaurants, this ain’t it.

But for a visitor to New York—heck, even for those locals who get caught up in trends—these are all the dishes, and the places selling...

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New Orleans: Too Many Cocktails, Too Little Time Laura Siciliano-Rosen September 10, 2013

Girls drinking French 75s in New Orleans

A recent jaunt through NOLA had one of our friends pronounce, at the end of a long night, "I think I've drunk every drink this town has to offer." Did she, though? (She was still standing, so it's highly unlikely!)

It's a task easier said than done, that's for sure. No less than five classic cocktails trace their origins back to the old-line Creole restaurants and divey drinking dens of New Orleans, and a slew of others have somehow migrated down to the bayous, gradually adopting the Big Easy as their home. Then there's the regional craft beers, the quirky lunchtime 25-cent martinis, and the more modern mixology-driven drinks on the scene today. Too much to handle in one sitting?...

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Recipes From Afar: Polbo á Feira, Galicia, Spain Cinta Farnós Brull September 4, 2013

A plate of polbo á feira from Galicia, Spain
All photos by Cinta Farnós Brull

It was a rainy morning, as usual, in Galicia. At the weekly mercado de abastos, bustling with shoppers from nearby villages, a huge tent with communal wood tables and an enormous pile of wooden plates waited for customers to arrive, myself included. Outside, in the entrance, a line of cauldrons bubbled while the pulpeiras dipped pieces of octopus in and out—one, two, three times—before releasing them to the boiling depths. Nearby, a woman sliced up the cooked tentacles, laying them upon the wooden plates; a man next to her finished the dish—called polbo á feira—with a sprinkle of salt and Spanish hot paprika, and a generous drizzle of olive oil. It...

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Beyond the Niҫoise Salad: 5 Local Eats in Nice, France Keely Lise Barrett August 15, 2013

Aerial view of the coast in Nice, France
Photos by Keely Lise Barrett

The French Riviera is known for its beaches, yachts, and famous film festival, but its largest town, Nice, is also a dream destination for foodies. An abundance of produce thrives in the mild Mediterranean climate; picturesque farmers markets and reputed local restaurants offer a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. While the salade Niçoise is Nice’s most-traveled dish, the jewel in the Côte d’Azur’s glittering crown has an abundance of lesser-known local specialties just waiting to be discovered by hungry visitors.

La socca, a pancake traditional to Nice, France

La Socca
The definitive Niçois snack, la socca is best served as an aperitif with a chilled glass of Côtes de Provence rosé....

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Dish Spotlight: Saltwater Taffy, Jersey Shore Laura Siciliano-Rosen August 1, 2013

A box of saltwater taffy from the Jersey Shore

What is it about this soft, chewy candy that’s so transporting? Maybe it’s the packaging: bright, happy colors; wax paper wrappers; pastel boxes depicting beach panoramas. Maybe it’s the sweet creamy taste, or the sticky texture that makes you feel like a kid again. But likely it’s the fact that it’s so steeped in Jersey Shore history to be entwined with the area forever. As the legend goes, an Atlantic City boardwalk peddler’s candy store was flooded by ocean water one day in the late 1880s, and when a child came in asking for taffy, the peddler joked that what he had was “saltwater taffy.”

Like taffy to teeth, the name stuck.

Saltwater taffy, so ubiquitous at the Shore as to...

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Video: The Making of Manti, in Sinop, Turkey Laura Siciliano-Rosen July 24, 2013

Mantı. We tried the beloved Turkish ravioli, filled with ground lamb or beef, three different ways in our travels around the country. In Kayseri, in Central Anatolia, whose version of the dish is most famous, the boiled dumplings are tiny and set afloat in a soupy tomato sauce, dolloped with garlicky yogurt and finished with a sprinkle of oregano, pul biber (red pepper), and chili oil.

Kayseri mantisi from Kasik-La restaurant, Kayseri, Turkey
Kayseri mantısı

At a roadside cafe in Istanbul we tasted a more standardized mantı, all yogurt, chili oil, and biber, the dumplings folded much larger.

Manti from Istanbul, Turkey
Mantı in Istanbul

And in Sinop, along Turkey’s Black Sea coast, the ravioli are likewise bigger, with soft, delicate skins, and they’re...

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Delhi Food & Travel Guide: Now on Kindle! Laura Siciliano-Rosen July 18, 2013

Delhi food and travel guide on KindleTraveling to Delhi? The local food scene can be pretty overwhelming there: What’s safe to eat? Where should I go? Why am I lost (again) in the congested backstreets of Old Delhi?? We’ve been there, done that, and put together this, our third destination guide on Kindle, just for you.

The Delhi Food & Travel Guide includes 43 quintessential dishes and drinks from the Indian capital, and tells you exactly where to find them. It also includes a bonus restaurant guide and Agra food guide, for Taj Mahal visitors. Like our existing Amsterdam and London guides, it’s conveniently downloadable to your Kindle, smartphone, or tablet for just $2.99.

Check it out on Amazon!

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What (and Where) to Eat in Avignon, France Naomi Bishop July 10, 2013

View of Avignon's bridge and Villeneuve-les-Avignon, in France
View of Avignon's famous broken bridge and Villeneuve-lès-Avignon beyond.
All photos by Naomi Bishop


Avignon is the sweetheart town of the Provence region of France, its historic buildings and papal mansions held fast within the 14th-century ramparts. Local cuisine is, like elsewhere in France, a product of the terroir: Beyond the old city walls, the region’s Mediterranean climate lends warmth, sunshine, and just a little rain—idyllic conditions for vegetable growing—while the proximity of the Med to the south offers dream-worthy seafood spreads. Cultural influences from Spain to the west and the rest of France to the north mean that the superior ingredients are put to creative...

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The Case for American Food Laura Siciliano-Rosen July 4, 2013

What is American cuisine—and is it as bad as foreign menus would have us believe?

Shake Shack burger in New York City

You’re at your family BBQ for the 4th of July. What’s on the menu? Why, hot dogs and hamburgers, of course! Classic Americana summer fare, complemented perhaps by some chicken wings, mayo-based salads, and corn on the cob. Some of the very same stuff that has come to represent, in many ways, “American food,” at least as distilled down on menus around the world, from Colombia to India. And while I would chow down on those burgers and dawgs with the best of them at said BBQ, this makes me, as an American, kind of sad.

America, we can do better than that!

Actually, America does do better than that,...

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In Mexico, on a Quest for Tortas Felisa Rogers June 26, 2013

Felisa Rogers drove from Oregon to Oaxaca (and back) this winter in search of the perfect down-and-dirty, no-nonsense torta. Here are a few of her favorites.

Torta from Mexico City street cart
A torta in Mexico City

The delights of driving the length of Mexico are manifold, but in my world, the taco and the torta reign supreme. On a recent 6,500-mile odyssey to Mexico and back, an unspoken mission developed: I’d find the best tortas, from the best hole-in-the-wall torterias.

Many classy restaurants in Mexico serve tortas, or sandwiches, but I see no reason to order a torta at a nice restaurant. The primary point is the price—typically, any establishment in Mexico that calls itself a restaurant is going to...

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What to Eat in Sinop, Turkey’s Black Sea Coast Laura Siciliano-Rosen June 13, 2013

View of Sinop harbor, Turkey
The perfect hotel view, in Sinop

Jutting out into the Black Sea on Turkey’s north coast, pretty Sinop is a water-lover’s retreat with its expansive sea views and picturesque harbor, bobbing with boats. It’s a gem along this stretch of coast, its idyllic setting boasting a small-town yet cosmopolitan atmosphere and, beyond that, a whole lot of living history: Walk the crumbling city walls, dating to around 72 BC, for some of the best views in town; poke around the active harbor for a taste of what the city’s trading-port past might’ve been like, millennia ago. But there’s another reason to make the trip up here: the food. Fishmongers abound, and their freshly caught wares spill out...

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Q&A: Nathan Kaiser, Craft Distiller, Seattle Naomi Bishop June 10, 2013

Nathan Kaiser of 2Bar Spirits, in Seattle
Nathan, pictured in 2bar Spirits’ tasting room next to a photo of his grandfather holding his father at 2Bar ranch. Photo by Naomi Bishop

“We are exceptionally fortunate to be located in Seattle—this city celebrates diversity and locally sourced products.”—Nathan Kaiser, owner-operator of 2bar Spirits

Tell us about what you do.
I am the owner-operator of Seattle’s 2bar Spirits, a craft distillery that’s entirely handmade from 100% locally grown grain. 2bar embodies “from grain to glass.” Whole grains arrive from local farmers, and we take those grains and make spirits entirely on site at our SODO location. We make 2bar Vodka, which is a wheat-based vodka, and 2bar Moonshine, a...

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12 Hours in Macau: What to Eat Juliana Loh June 4, 2013

Congee and crab dish from Seng Cheong, Macau
The spread at Seng Cheong [All photos by Juliana Loh]

In this guest post, Juliana Loh relays her itinerary for taking “heavyweight food friends from Hong Kong” out to eat in Macau for exactly 12 hours. Because it was during the Chinese New Year holidays, some of her favorite spots were closed, but she came up with great alternatives as needed—all listed here, should you ever have a 12-hour layover in Macau.

Pork chop buns at Tai Lei Loi Kei (called “Da Li Lai” in Mandarin)
In Taipa—the smaller of Macau’s two islands—this place is an institution. It used to have an outdoor eating area where people sit to eat pork chop buns, slurp noodles, and nibble on their curry fishball...

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Snapshots from Antigua Laura Siciliano-Rosen May 28, 2013

Fort James beach view on Antigua

When we visited Antigua this winter, it was with the intention of relaxing on the beach, not driving all over the island hunting for local food. Well, relax on the beach we did, but with a rental car and an unwillingness to eat overpriced Italian food every night, we couldn’t help but give a local-food search our best shot. We had only a handful of days on the island—and quickly learned we had to dig a little to find the local stuff—but it was plenty of time to produce a good EYW snapshot of eight genuinely delicious Antiguan dishes and drinks. Check it out here.

As for the island itself—it’s too pretty not to share a few beauty shots, from harbor overlooks and roadside fruit...

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Quintessential Dakar: What to Eat Laura Siciliano-Rosen May 14, 2013

A city spotlight on Dakar, Senegal’s sultry capital city, where French, Wolof, and North African influence meets local ingredients in the kitchen—and on the street.

Pirogue boats on the beach in Ngor, Dakar, Senegal
Hand-carved pirogues on the beach in Ngor, in Dakar

Perched on the edge of West Africa, Senegal has long gone quietly about its business while its neighbors get into all sorts of trouble. Quietly, of course, is a misleading word in the context of Dakar, the sultry capital city and dust-ridden domain of all-night music clubs, infamous traffic, relentless hustlers, and nonstop construction, where the dead silence of night is regularly punctured by soaring muezzin calls to mosque.

And then there’s the food. Among other...

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Dish Spotlight: Goat Water, on Antigua Laura Siciliano-Rosen May 6, 2013

A plate of goat water from a cafe on Antigua

On the Caribbean island of Antigua, you hear the word “water” used to describe many a local dish—conch water, cockle (clam) water, goat water. But fear not: Watery broths these are not. Preparations vary, but chances are you’ll receive a very flavorful soup or even stew highlighting the featured ingredient. Goat water, a rich, hearty stew with notes of clove and cinnamon, was one of our favorites, especially this one, found in an unexpected place: a beach bar crawling with souvenir hawkers and day-tripping cruise shippers up from St. John’s, the Antiguan capital.

It was the type of place we might usually shun, but instead we went there twice—first at the behest of the Jamaican...

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From Shore to Table: Digging, Cleaning & Cooking Razor Clams in Washington Naomi Bishop April 29, 2013

Digging for razor clams off the Washington coastline
Photo by Naomi Bishop

While most American families got up early on Easter morning to hunt about their lawns for eggs, my friend (and partner-in-foraging) Leslie, trusty canine companion Roger, and I were combing Grayland beach, on the southwest Washington coast, for razor clams (OK, Roger mostly just ran in circles). There were no bunnies or pastel plastic eggs to be found on this shoreline, just a rainbow of gray, with little definition between the muted-steel sky and the faint slate of the ocean. My eyes were trained on the muddy taupe of the sand most of the day, scanning for “tells,” the tiny, dime-size indents that indicate a clam lurking just below the surface.

It was late...

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Recipes From Afar: Sacivi, (Republic of) Georgia Laura Siciliano-Rosen April 16, 2013

We’re a little obsessed with Georgian food lately. In Brooklyn, we nearly split our pants eating the simple, rich cuisine, in meals bookmarked by addictive soupy meat dumplings (khinkali) and buttery cheese-stuffed bread (khachapuri). While cruising Turkey’s Black Sea coastline last fall for hazelnuts and pide, we were tempted to just keep on driving to Tbilisi, to conduct our own taste tests of the two countries’ various dolmas (stuffed  vegetables), one of several dishes reflecting the countries’ shared Ottoman heritage. So when Anna, a Georgian friend in New Jersey, offered to cook us a homemade Georgian feast last month, we naturally accepted without hesitation.

A table spread with homecooked Georgian food

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Q&A: Emmanuel Maniadakis, Organic Wine Maker, Québec Laura Siciliano-Rosen April 6, 2013

Emmanuel Maniadakis, organic wine maker, in his apple orchard in Quebec

“You don’t get a true representation of terroir by buying fruit from Ontario and adding a French yeast. A great wine is grown, not made in the winery—that’s the only way to get a true taste of the landscape.” –Emmanuel Maniadakis, owner of Verger Biologique Maniadakis

Tell us about what you do.
I grow certified-organic, biodynamic  apples and pears; I make a certified-organic, biodynamic apple ice wine, a pear ice wine, and a still cider (apple wine) with no manipulation, using natural indigenous yeasts and natural filtration, no sulfates added. It’s the only natural wine in all of North America recognized by Nicolas Joly and his group of natural wine makers in France (le...

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New! Amsterdam Food & Travel Guide Now on Kindle Laura Siciliano-Rosen April 2, 2013

Amsterdam food and travel guide on Kindle, by Eat Your World


We’re happy to announce we’ve just released our second destination guide on Kindle! The Amsterdam Food & Travel Guide includes all 24 of the local foods and drinks we scouted out in the Dutch capital, plus a bonus five-day EYW itinerary and restaurant guide. Like our existing London guide, it’s conveniently downloadable to your Kindle, smartphone, or tablet for just $2.99.

Check it out on Amazon!

About the Amsterdam Food & Travel Guide: “Dutch food hasn’t exactly inspired the poetic waxings of many—and in well-touristed Amsterdam, it’s especially easy to wander into the wrong place and miss out on the city’s unique culinary offerings. For this guide, Eat Your World identifies...

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Video: One Minute in...Amsterdam! Laura Siciliano-Rosen March 28, 2013

The canals, the coffee shops, the appeltaarts—Amsterdam is one heck of a city to visit, and when Scott and I were there in the fall of 2011, we thought, The more the merrier. We rented an apartment with five good friends, we gave them a taste of our crazy Eat Your World scavenger-hunt lifestyle (“jenever tasting followed by kroketten, everyone”); we museum-hopped, noshed at markets, biked past windmills, and drank a whole lot of good local beer. And they got us to go clubbing. Everyone won!

Our brief Amsterdam-highlights reel hardly conveys the magic of wandering into just the right neighborhood deli on a crowded weekend morning, or lingering over an incredible season-driven meal...

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Tiwai Island, Sierra Leone: 11 Primate Species, Five Tents, One Cook Laura Siciliano-Rosen March 25, 2013

Moa River from Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary, Sierra Leone

Our immediate impressions of Tiwai Island, a wildlife sanctuary/research facility and community-led conservation initiative in Sierra Leone’s southeast, weren’t the best: Here we found ourselves on a hot, buggy tropical island in the isolated Moa River, with two very quiet nights ahead. The common area for guests, a large domed, open-sided solar-powered hut in the middle of a forest clearing, offered little distraction other than an information board and a few wooden tables. Same for the simple wood-roofed platforms, each holding one or two tents, dotting the clearing’s perimeter. Scott and I had been relatively unplugged since arriving in Sierra Leone a week and a half earlier, but...

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Six Historic Parisian Brasseries (That Aren't Tourist Traps) Doni Belau March 20, 2013

When in Paris as a visitor, the history and atmosphere of a restaurant—just how Parisian it is—matters a lot. It informs our dining experience, it satisfies our expectations, it reminds us that we’re in Paris! In this guest post, Doni Belau of Girls’ Guide to Paris suggests six brasseries that bring the goods in an authentic way.

Aux Lyonnaise, a restaurant in Paris, France
             Aux Lyonnais. Photo: Pierre Monetta

There’s nothing quite like your first night in Paris. Ideally it’s spent at one of the city’s historic bistros or brasseries, the kind that make you feel you’ve really arrived in the French capital. But nowadays, so many restaurants are owned by large restaurant groups or are so chock-full of tourists...

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Saffron Road Giveaway: Free Crunchy Chickpeas! Laura Siciliano-Rosen March 13, 2013

*Update: This giveaway has closed. Congrats to our winner, Sam!

For this new giveaway, one randomly selected reader will receive a shipment of Saffron Road’s delicious Crunchy Chickpeas (one each of the three flavors), plus coupons for the prepared-food brand’s other all-natural, halal, gluten-free world-cuisine snacks. Simply tell us your favorite Indian dish in the comments section to be in the running!

Saffron Road's Bombay Spice Crunchy Chickpeas

Saffron Road recently approached us about doing a giveaway on EYW, and we said, sure—so long as we like the product we’re giving away. We already knew we liked the prepared-food brand’s philosophy: Foods are all-natural and halal-certified; several are gluten-free; small,...

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Dish Spotlight: Central Texas BBQ Laura Siciliano-Rosen March 7, 2013

Central Texas BBQ on butcher paper: sausage, ribs, brisket, pickles.
The typical spread, at City Market in Luling, Texas

A meat-eater does not visit Central Texas—eclectic state capital Austin included—without making BBQ a priority. But what is BBQ, that most regional and fiercely beloved of American dishes, here? It’s a holy trinity of smoked brisket, pork ribs, and sausage, slow-cooked over big oak-fed pits in the manner introduced to the area—primarily to the towns of Lockhart, Luling, and Taylor, each within about an hour’s drive from Austin—in the mid-19th century by German and Czech settlers, who’d often smoke leftover cuts of meat from their butcher shops. The Texans loved it, took to calling it BBQ, and adopted the style as their...

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Recipes From Afar: Caillette (Ardèche, France) Tim and Nat Harris February 27, 2013

For this guest post, Tim and Nat Harris of food and travel blog A Cook Not Mad share with us the recipe for caillette (“ky-YET”), a pork-and-greens meatball dish from south-central France that dates to the 16th century.

Caillette, a meatball dish from the Ardeche region of France

The first time we visited Les Vans, a small town in the Ardèche department of France, we fell in love with it. It was quaint, and because it was 15 years ago and during the off-season, we shared the village with only its 2,660 inhabitants. We had rented an apartment from a family friend for a month and spent our time exploring the nearby mountains and villages extensively, foraging for wild mushrooms and chestnuts, making soups and confiture. 

South-central France, near Les Vans in the Ardeche department

The couple who...

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Best Poke in Hawaii: Five Spots to Try Naomi Bishop February 20, 2013

Ahi limu poke from Tamashiro Market in Honolulu
Ahi limu poke from Tamashiro Market, Honolulu. All photos by Naomi Bishop.

Its time zone might be a few hours behind, but Hawaii is way ahead of the rest of the country when it comes to raw fish. While it took most of America well into the 1990s to be swept into the sushi craze, Hawaii has long loved the simple seafood salad called poke. It’s a fixture of every Hawaiian restaurant menu, takeout deli, and grocery store; even the local Costco keeps a well-stocked high-quality selection.

The word itself means “to cut,” and cut it has been: In all the multitude of poke variations, the components are chopped into bite-size pieces. Freshly caught local fish and seafood like tako...

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Quintessential Montréal: What to Eat Laura Siciliano-Rosen February 14, 2013

Our latest city spotlight turns north to Montréal, where French-Québécois comfort food meets cosmopolitan nose-to-tail dining, innovative microbreweries, and old-school Jewish classics.

A female biker outside the flower market at Marche Atwater, in Montreal
The flower market outside Marché Atwater

Montréal, just 330 miles north of New York City, is an increasingly exciting place to be, whether it’s live music, cultural festivals, contemporary art, boutique shopping, or food and drink you’re after. We are predisposed to favor the latter, naturally, and Canada’s second-largest city, with its ethnic diversity and rich (if tumultuous) Franco- and Anglophone history, does not disappoint. Start by exploring the most regional of Québécois foods—the meat...

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Dish Spotlight: Egg Creams in New York City Laura Siciliano-Rosen February 5, 2013

Chocolate egg cream at a lunch counter in New York City

Egg creams are perhaps my favorite thing to insist that visitors to New York try, because no one ever knows what the hell they are—in fact, I know far too many residents here who aren’t familiar with them! The first point to clarify is that there are no eggs in an egg cream, nor is there cream. That’s an important distinction, as many people are immediately turned off by the drink’s name. (Which doesn’t make sense in a country that loves Cadbury creme eggs, but I suppose it is a fear of consuming raw eggs.)

It’s not clear why they are called egg creams or who exactly invented them, though it was most likely a Jew, probably in Brooklyn. A few years ago, The New York Times outlined...

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Hunting for Antiguan Food Laura Siciliano-Rosen January 28, 2013

On Antigua, knowledge is power when seeking island cuisine, as the tourism industry and an apparent weekends-only policy conspire to keep some local dishes just out of reach.

Two beach chairs, sand, and the turquoise Caribbean on the beach in Antigua

On the Caribbean island of Antigua last weekend, our local-food queries were most frequently greeted with:

“Local food? Saturday only.”

 “You have to go to someone’s home. Or to the little spots in St. John’s.”

“Hmmm….” [cue squinty  thinking face]

It’s true we hadn’t done our own usual research. This trip, a long weekend ensconced in a quiet beachfront apartment on Antigua’s northwest shore, was a “babymoon” of sorts—that final relaxing trip before the new addition arrives, in just over two months...

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Book Giveaway! “Smart Chefs Stay Slim,” by Allison Adato Laura Siciliano-Rosen January 18, 2013

There’s a reason why our Destination sections include detailed info about both What to Eat and How to Burn It Off: For all the fried chicken and rich curries and regional hot dogs we feature on these pages as EYW founders, Scott and I are generally healthy eaters and regular exercisers who’ve learned to indulge in moderation. Turns out we might have taken a cue from a renowned chef or two, as nobody knows the good food–good health balancing act quite as intimately as one who cooks and eats and tastes for a living—and still manages to keep fit. Such is the topic of a new book by journalist Allison Adato, Smart Chefs Stay Slim.

Allison interviewed more than three dozen top chefs for...

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Amazon Giveaway Winners Announced! Laura Siciliano-Rosen January 17, 2013

Taquitos from Southern California
Taquitos from San Juan Capistrano, CA

In response to our recent newsletter-announced giveaway, we have had lots of great user uploads lately—spanning regional foods from New Zealand and San Francisco, The Gambia and Cambodia (fried spiders, anyone?)—but could choose only two to be our winners. Our methods were decidedly unscientific and old-school: written on paper, thrown into a hat, and chosen at random.

Congratulations to users Jessie and Liaht, whose uploads from SoCal (Jessie’s, at top) and Paris (Liaht’s, below) were the two lucky submissions drawn! They’ll each win a $25 gift card to Amazon.com, which we’ll email over later today.

Be the first to hear about similar...

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The Miracle of Maguey Naomi Bishop January 10, 2013

It can get you drunk three different ways and it’s not your college boyfriend — moreover, the maguey (or agave) plant is used to actually treat syphilis, not cause it. A look at the humble maguey’s role in Aztec and Mexican life, past and present.

The spikey American agave plant
Photo: Naamsvermelding vereist/Wikipedia

The maguey cactus, native to Mexico, is best known for its place in alcohol, specifically tequila, but it’s also eaten in a variety of ways, used to make fabric and clothes, and taken for medicinal purposes. Not a looker, this giant, spike-covered plant somehow made its way from desert cactus to unexpected star of ancient Aztec (and later Mexican) civilization, permeating food, drink, clothing,...

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Dish Spotlight: Churros y Chocolate in Mexico City Laura Siciliano-Rosen January 8, 2013

Churros dipped in hot chocolate.

I have a weak spot for hot chocolate in the winter—and now that my selection of quaffable vices is limited by pregnancy, man, do I have a weak spot for hot chocolate. Many afternoons I’ll go out hunting for one around 3pm, or I’ll make some at home. If I’m feeling naughty, I’ll accept a dollop of whipped cream or throw some marshmallows into my steaming, milky cup.

But how could I have forgotten about churros?

In the Spanish world, churros—those thin, fluted, deep-fried pastries—and hot chocolate go together like milk and cookies in the United States. Opinion is divided over who, exactly, invented churros (Spanish shepherds? Portuguese sailors via the Chinese?), but it’s safe to...

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Recipes From Afar: Portuguese Kale Soup, Cape Cod Laura Siciliano-Rosen January 2, 2013

Caldo Verde Portuguese Soup

Every summer, Cape Cod is among our favorite go-to escapes, a long weekend with local friends for which we’re always in for lots of boating, clamming, lobstering, swimming, and, of course, eating. (As we’ve previously admitted, however, we are pretty bad about working when we’re in this area.) New Year’s weekend marked our first winter trip to the Cape, and it proved a long-overdue visit with its snowy conservation lands and starkly beautiful shores, transformed by snowdrifts and the absence of tourists. Of course, we spent a lot of time indoors, and when we weren’t in front of the fireplace, we were in the kitchen.

Wellfleet, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, during winter
Wintry Wellfleet, Cape Cod

Snowy wooded landscape in Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Hiking the woods in East...

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Get to Know the Couple Behind EYW Laura Siciliano-Rosen December 21, 2012

In the year since Scott and I launched Eat Your World, we’ve pointedly made this site about the food and the travel, and not about us—a stance that will continue in the new year, especially as we bring in more contributors for our destination and blog coverage. However, lots of other sites have expressed interest in knowing the two of us better, and we’ve obliged in a series of interviews here and there, all of which we post on our Press page.

But in case you missed them and have wondered how the idea for EYW came about or where our favorite destinations are, firstly, sorry for never telling you here (!), and secondly, please check out the two most recent Q&As we’ve done, with Party...

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Happy Birthday to Eat Your World! Laura Siciliano-Rosen December 18, 2012

This week, Eat Your World turns one year old. And while we’d like to say that we cut our teeth sometime between our write-up in the New York Times last January, publishing what’s likely the first-ever guide to Sierra Leonean food and travel this summer, and releasing our first eBook on Amazon.com last week, there is so very much more we’d like to do and accomplish in the coming year—beyond continuing our mission to document and celebrate the world’s regional foods, destination by destination (we’re up to 125+ cities total now, 36 of which are covered in depth by EYW staff). Like what, you ask?

--Launch a new “filter by restaurant” function (coming in January!)

--Build a mobile...

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Dish Spotlight: Poutine in Montreal Laura Siciliano-Rosen December 14, 2012

Every so often, a dish or drink is so beloved, so synonymous with a place that we just have to pay it a little extra mind.

Poutine from La Banquise in Montreal, Quebec

Poutine. The mere thought of it gives you a guilty thrill, doesn’t it? The idea of going to a city where it’s perfectly acceptable—indeed, expected—to plop yourself down at 2am and brazenly order a giant plate of French fries smothered in cheese curds and brown gravy speaks loudly to our inner gluttons. It says, Go to Montreal. Now.

In New Jersey, where I grew up, it’s also a common thing to go to a late-night diner and gorge on such alcohol-soaker foods. Greasy eggs were always a favorite order, as were “disco fries,” or cheese fries with gravy. What I...

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Quintessential New Haven: What to Eat Laura Siciliano-Rosen December 10, 2012

In a new series of city spotlights, we’ll sum up in quick bloggy format the essential dishes of destinations we cover in full elsewhere. Think of them as teasers, or perhaps appetizers for more! First up is one of our more recently covered cities, New Haven, Connecticut, an iconic pizza town with some hidden gems to boot.

Downtown green in New Haven, Connecticut
The New Haven Green

New Haven has an affinity for the old. This is, after all, a nearly 375-year-old New England city, with all the usual hallmarks: an Ivy League university (Yale); ­a spacious Puritan-constructed downtown “green,” or grassy town square; graceful if peeling Victorian architecture; even a nickname after trees (Elm City). Fortunately, that respect...

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Recipes From Afar: How to Cook Rice and Make Sushi, Japan Laura Siciliano-Rosen December 3, 2012

It’s so simple, yet so easy to screw up: Making rice is at the heart of Japanese cuisine, and our friend Megumi recently shared with us exactly how it should be done, as well as instructions for making vinegared sushi rice and temaki, or hand-rolled sushi. All photos by Trix Rosen, copyright 2012.

Temai or homemade rolled sushi with recipe
A basic salmon temaki

The Japanese are rice eaters. Traditionally we eat cooked, short-grain rice almost every day.  So we are very fussy about rice: its freshness, texture, firmness, softness, flavor, moisture, size, and shininess. Good rice is grown in the areas where the water is fresh and clean. Of course, the fresher, the better! The new crop that arrives in the market every fall...

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Post-Sandy, Coastal New York City (Still) Needs Help Laura Siciliano-Rosen November 27, 2012

In honor of what’s being called Giving Tuesday, here’s the second of our two Hurricane Sandy posts (see our Jersey Shore post here), in which we provide resources for relief concerning the damaged coastal communities of NYC.

View of the NYC skyline through a fence, from Williamsburg, Brooklyn

It’s easy to forget sometimes that Manhattan is an island, embraced by three rivers and a bay, and the outer boroughs of New York City extend into the Atlantic, with beaches and boardwalks just like the rest of the Northeast shoreline. Following Hurricane Sandy’s destructive path through the area, however, everyone was reminded of this with a vengeance, via heartbreaking reports of whole neighborhoods destroyed—flooded, washed out to sea, even burned to the...

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Food & Nostalgia, or Why We Care About Twinkies (We No Longer Eat) Laura Siciliano-Rosen November 21, 2012

Like music, food is amazingly transportive. One lick of a lemon ice takes me right back to my front yard in summer, standing barefoot and breathless after chasing down the ice-cream truck; one bite of a pork roll and cheese sandwich and I’m back in my school cafeteria on Tuesdays, a.k.a. Taylor ham day. Humans are sentimental beings, and the power of memory is strong—and decidedly rosy in color, which explains why I can easily overlook pork roll’s insane saltiness on the rare occasions I eat it now.

Twinkies, a Hostess product
Photo by Larry D. Moore, used under a Creative Commons ShareAlike License

For this same reason, countless Americans are now mourning a snack food they haven’t eaten, or even thought...

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Links We Like: 11-16 Edition Laura Siciliano-Rosen November 16, 2012

What we’re reading this week in the worlds of food, travel, and beyond.

Beef on weck, a sandwich typical of Buffalo, New York
Beef on weck from Buffalo, New York

Death of a Twinkie: What’s a Trash Foodie to Do Without Hostess?
Hostess declared bankruptcy today, and the Web’s since been aflutter with various bemoanings of loss and happy farewells to the bakery’s famously processed guilty (childhood) pleasures. Smithsonian.com wonders whether this is an excuse for “overblown nostalgia,” a sad day for iconic American snack foods, or a victory for the nation’s general health.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner: Have we always eaten them?
From BBC News Magazine, a brief but fascinating history of the three-meals-a-day we’ve come to accept...

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Thoughts of the Jersey Shore, Post-Sandy Laura Siciliano-Rosen November 14, 2012

Point Pleasant Boardwalk
Point Pleasant boardwalk in winter, circa 1998

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, I find my sympathies torn between two places I hold near and dear: New York City—particularly those devastated areas of Brooklyn, near where we used to live, and Queens, where we live now—and the Jersey Shore, where I grew up in the town of Brick. While we’ve been able to physically volunteer only in Queens thus far, and have donated funds to these areas (and certain individuals) specifically, mostly I’ve just helplessly watched the awful TV and web footage, listened sympathetically to the stories of friends and family members more directly affected, and wondered what else I—among the lucky ones who...

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Best Meat Pies in Auckland: Five to Try Noella Schink November 8, 2012

In New Zealand, meat pies are an iconic snack, certainly a must-eat for visitors and, it seems, an important part of any college student’s diet. Guest writer Noella Schink, who did her own research while studying abroad, shares her five favorite pie shops in Auckland. 

Meat pies in New Zealand
Photo: Wesley Fryer/Flickr


During college, I took a semester abroad in Auckland, New Zealand. Now, there were many memorable aspects of those six months, but what stayed with me the most were the meat pies. I mean, they literally stayed with me. Around my waistline. I couldn’t help it; they were so delicious. Some days I’d have two! Here is a rundown of the best spots to taste these devilish pastries when you...

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Pizza contest winners! Laura Siciliano-Rosen November 3, 2012

We asked for regional-pizza photos, and we got them, from Italy and Connecticut to Turkey and Vietnam. But we can choose only three winners, so it’s with great pleasure that we announce the following:

Pizza rossa

Pizza rosso, a tomato pie, from Rome, Italy

How good does this look? It’s fresh pizza rossa from Rome, and it sounds as good as it looks, thanks to pizzaquixote’s apt description.


Vietnamese pizza

Vietnamese pizza from Ho Chi Minh City

Now this you don’t see every day. But pizza it is, and we’re grateful to ja3ja3 for alerting us to this sweet, spicy, and tangy creation in Ho Chi Minh City. We want some!
 

Pizza margherita, Roman style

Roman-style margherita pizza, from Rome, Italy

Our third winning entry comes from Rome too, just one of three great, descriptive pizza entries...

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A Walk Through Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar Laura Siciliano-Rosen November 1, 2012

Spice bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey
Diving into the crowded Spice Bazaar in Istanbul (with some gratuitous product placement, natch)

It’s true we’re biased toward food markets, but the Grand Bazaar—with its expensive gold jewelry, leather jackets, and endless rows of mass-produced evil-eye tchotchkes—just wasn’t our thing. Much more fun and interactive was the Misir Çarsisi, or Spice Bazaar, a.k.a. the Egyptian market, established in Eminönü in 1664 (it once specialized in goods brought from Egypt). It’s the market you walk smack into if you approach the Old City from the Galata Bridge, as we did most days from our home base in Karaköy.

Over the years, the spice market has become plenty tourist-friendly; in fact...

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Links We Like: 10-26 Edition Laura Siciliano-Rosen October 26, 2012

What we’re reading this week in the worlds of food, travel, and beyond.

Green chile burger from the Cherry Cricket in Denver, Colorado
One of our top burgers in the U.S.: the Cherry Cricket’s green-chile burger, in Denver

The Island Where People Forget to Die
Read this article, from the The New York Times Magazine, and you’ll be packing to move to Ikaria, a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea where diet and lifestyle—waking naturally, working in the garden, lunching late, napping, visiting with neighbors at sunset for gossip and wine—conspire to keep many of its residents living healthfully well into their 90s and beyond. 

The Wicked Coast
In The Atlantic, Paul Theroux makes a case for getting to know coastal Maine in winter, when the...

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Five Peruvian Dishes Not to Miss Willa Ahlschwede October 24, 2012

Until Eat Your World can travel to Peru to really delve into the country’s incredible cuisine, we’ve relied on the excellent uploads of our users and now, this guest post from Willa Ahlschwede, spotlighting five favorite frequently encountered dishes.

Peruvian ceviche in Lima
Ceviche mixto. Photo: EYW user Jessie

Peruvians love to talk about their favorite foods, reminiscing about a home-cooked birthday feast or a strange dish enjoyed on a school trip years ago. The country encompasses a surprising variety of climates, from the Amazon jungle to the Andes mountains, and any resident will rattle off with gusto the typical dishes from his or her region. Though today many platos tipicos can be enjoyed all...

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Recipes from Afar: Cataplana, Portugal Alexandra Jackson October 18, 2012

My introduction to Portuguese cataplana stew couldn’t have been in a more traditional and idyllic setting. Facing the coast on the Algarve, in southern Portugal, in great company and the light of a beautiful sunset, I sat awaiting a dish I’d seen on almost every blackboard menu during my time in this region. Having been assured of the freshest, tastiest ingredients by the enthusiastic waiters, my expectations were high for this local dish. My group of four opted to share two large cataplanas so we could try both the meat and seafood variations.

The Algarve in Portugal
The Algarve, where cataplana is most popular. Photo: Alexandra Jackson

While we sipped red wine and picked at a basket of bread and warm...

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In Search of Hazelnuts on the Black Sea Laura Siciliano-Rosen October 7, 2012

A pile of findik, or hazelnuts from Turkey

Merhaba. Findik?” I made the motion of eating something. After one week of travel in Turkey, my Turkish had not improved a whole lot.

Three of the men at the roadside table looked blankly at me, but one caught my drift. He said something rapidly in Turkish and pointed vaguely down the dusty, barren road. I was doubtful but pretended I understood, thanked him profusely, and directed Scott, behind the wheel in our rental car, down the street.

There was only one storefront among the garages that it could possibly be. I repeated my terrible Turkish to the man standing in front of it. He nodded, turned away, and returned to the doorway with cupped hands. They were filled with...

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In Istanbul: A Brief Tribute to the Iskender Kebab Laura Siciliano-Rosen October 3, 2012

Iskander Kebab from Istanbul

Thin-sliced beef. Tomato sauce. Melted butter. Such is the holy trinity of the Iskender kebab, a.k.a. the döner kebab on crack—and one of the best things we’ve eaten thus far in Istanbul.

Of course I’m exaggerating (not about the crack part, because this is an easily addictive dish). There are two other key components to this kebab: Under the meat is a bed of cut-up flatbread, ensuring none of the sauce goes unsoaked, and off to the side is a pile of thick yogurt, imparting the perfect creamy, cooling balance to every bite. A few tomatoes and blackened green peppers add color to the plate, as well as winking vegetal presence. It’s not all meat and fat!

This kebab has its origins...

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Links We Like: 9-28 Edition Laura Siciliano-Rosen September 28, 2012

Some favorite links this week in the worlds of food, travel, and beyond.
Note: This will be our last installment for a few weeks, while we travel
around Turkey.

Moon cakes for China's Mid-Autumn Festival
Wikipedia/Moon_Cakes

In Focus: Oktoberfest 2012
Via The Atlantic, 34 photos of good times and hefty beers at Munich’s 179th Oktoberfest, happening now through October 7. Gotta love the passed-out revelers “resting” in the park.

5 Best Mooncakes for 2012 – The Good, the Pretty and the Weird
In anticipation of this weekend’s Mid-Autumn Festival, we admit to being a little moon cake-crazy right now (have you heard about our moon cake contest?). But we’re new to moon cakes and still learning of their many regional (and...

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Pizza Around the World Laura Siciliano-Rosen September 26, 2012

While we cannot say we’ve never had a bad slice, pizza is one of the world’s great satisfactions. It’s that very rare dish for which this can be said: Even when mediocre, it’s still kinda good. It still manages to placate, still comforts that part of your soul that will always long for hot melty cheese and tomato sauce intermingled on oven-baked bread.   

We each grew up in New Jersey, where good thin-crust pizza abounds. The mom-and-pop pizzerias our respective families frequented were reliably delicious, and greasy $2 boardwalk slices never failed to hit the spot, even when it wasn’t 2 a.m.  Now we’re spoiled in New York City, where even the closest neighborhood joint will turn out...

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October User & Food Memory of the Month Laura Siciliano-Rosen September 21, 2012

Schumli pflumli, a traditional plum schnapps and coffee drink in the Swiss Alps pictured before a snowy mountain

It’s been a while, admittedly, since we chose a new User of the Month. We blame the summer and its many distractions! Now that the air has cooled, it’s time to get back to business. Our latest User of the Month—for October, awarded a bit early—is andresa! He’s based in Switzerland but gets around quite a bit, as evidenced by his contributions from Germany, Iceland, Iran, the Pacific Northwest, and more. Good beer is clearly a passion of his, comprising more than half of his shots, as is photography—his photos are downright stunning. (Check out some of his beer pics, like this one, and the Swiss Schümli Pflümli pictured above.)

The Food Memory we’ve chosen to highlight this month...

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Recipes From Afar: Mango Sandesh, Calcutta Sukanya Ghosh September 19, 2012

In this guest post, Sukanya of the food and travel blog Saffronstreaks shares with us the recipe for a favorite Bengali milk-based sweet from Kolkata (Calcutta): aam sandesh, or Indian fudge infused with mango. Of course, this “fudge” is not made with chocolate but with cottage-cheese-like chhana (also spelled chenna); the translation stems more from the dish’s texture. For more on milk-based treats from India, check out our Delhi sweets section.

Recipe for aam sandesh, or mango fudge, a Bengali sweet from Calcutta

Bengalis’ love for sweets is a well-known affair, and sandesh (“fudge”) is one they particularly adore. The great Bengali luncheon always ends on a sweet note,
and it doesn’t stop there; it continues with late-afternoon tea and dinner as...

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Photos: Art in Dakar Scott Rosen September 17, 2012

Everywhere I turned in Dakar, there was something colorful (albeit often covered in dust) to admire: Art, like crunchy baguettes and good music, seems to be everywhere in Senegal's capital city. Some of it we purchased and brought home with us, but most of it we had to be content with photographing. Here are a few shots of Dakarois art.

Graffiti in Dakar, Senegal.

A quick sketch maybe, but this wall was part of Village des Artes, a peaceful yet abundant artist community that is a must-visit.

 

Religious art in Dakar, Senegal.

I saw this image often, but here on this turquoise wall in the Ouakam neighborhood, it was most vibrant and beautiful.

 

Painting in Dakar, Senegal.

Another beautiful painting from the Village des Artes. This African woman's profile...

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Links We Like: 9/10 Edition Laura Siciliano-Rosen September 10, 2012

Better late than never? Our favorite links last week from the worlds of travel and food.

The iconic steak at Delmonico's in New York City

History: Power Lunches
We love this overview in The Paris Review (by Jamie Feldmar) of so-called power lunches’ role in New York City history, from the business/finance variety at classic Delmonico’s to the Algonquin Hotel’s famed literary Round Table (the buttery, iconic Delmonico steak is pictured above).

The Evolution of World Travel—and the World Itself—Over the Past 25 Years
From Conde Nast Traveler, celebrating its 25th anniversary, here are some fun facts about travel in the past two and half decades via an impressive interactive infographic.

Catching the Gist
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Crazy for Clam Chowder in Cape Cod Laura Siciliano-Rosen September 5, 2012

Bucket of clams, or quahogs, on Cape Cod

The buildup starts on the long drive north. There’s traffic getting out of the city, traffic in Connecticut—where we might stop for pizza in New Haven—and traffic navigating around Providence, Rhode Island. But we’re giddy with anticipation for what’s always our favorite weekend of the summer, when we visit dear friends on Cape Cod.

For the past 10 years, we have been fortunate to have insider access to the Cape and its endless nooks and crannies. Our friends there share our love for adventure, but even better, they have the skills and means of making our wildest summer dreams come true. Over the years these have included: spontaneous flights to Nantucket, catching and grilling...

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Recipes From Afar: Sea Bass in Salt Crust, Fava Beans à la Croque en Sel, France Cristina Sciarra August 30, 2012

A few months ago, we published a Q&A with a saunier, or sea salt harvester, from Île de Ré, a small island off the west coast of France. In it, our subject mentions two can’t-miss dishes from the island, both of which make good use of its famous salt: sea bass baked in a salt crust and fava beans à la croque en sel. EYW contributor Cristina Sciarra, who’s just returned from the area—see our new Charente-Maritime food section—notes that these dishes are not as commonly offered in restaurants as prepared at home. Here she tells us how to make them. 

Sea bass baked in a salt crust, shown during preparation

Sea bass baked in a salt crust

Buying (and cooking) whole fish is not only more economical than buying filets, but it’s also a lot...

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Q&A: Inspiring Travellers, Travel Bloggers Laura Siciliano-Rosen August 27, 2012

In our ongoing series of travel/food-blogger Q&As, we meet Andrea Spirov of Inspiring Travellers, which she runs with her partner, John, out of Norway (for now). Their blog aims to inspire others to get up and see the world, and of course seeing is also eating—there’s plenty of food coverage on their site as well. Check out their EYW profile for some of their favorite regional dishes, from Jordan to Australia.

John and Andrea Spirov of InspiringTravellers.com
Andrea and John in Cartagena

Tell us a little about your site, and what inspired you to start it.
The goal of our site is to inspire people to travel. We were travelers long before we started the blog, but when we decided to take a yearlong sabbatical we thought it might...

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Links We Like: 8/24 Edition Laura Siciliano-Rosen August 24, 2012

Some favorite links this week in the worlds of food, travel, and cooking.

Chopped beef sandwich in Austin, Texas

Serious Eats: Everything Sandwiches
We are loving the National Sandwich Month coverage over on Serious Eats—it’s inspiring us not only to go out and try new sammies but also to experiment more at home (avocado and sardine sandwich, anyone?). Pictured above is one of our own all-time favorites, Austin’s chopped beef sandwich.

IstanbulFood’s Picks
In research mode for our upcoming trip to Turkey, we’re spending lots of time perusing our favorite blogs from the area, including IstanbulFood. We’re already dreaming of this breakfast on the Bosphorus

The New Yorker: Learning How to Eat
Musings on teaching...

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Recipes From Afar: Cold Tofu and Noodles, Japan Laura Siciliano-Rosen August 23, 2012

We recently had the pleasure of cooking one evening with our friend Megumi, who shared with us these favorite warm-weather recipes from Japan. Both are very simple and fresh-tasting, perfect for the dog days of summer. Below she describes each in her own words.

Cold tofu, or hiyayakko, from Japan

Hiyayakko (Cold Tofu)

Tofu was one of the foods we ate almost every day when I was a child. Back then it was not mass-produced, and there were many local tofu makers. My mother bought fresh tofu every morning from a neighborhood grocery store, often using it for miso soup. But on a hot summer day, we had hiyayakko as a side dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This remains one of the most popular tofu side dishes enjoyed...

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Freetown Through a Car Window Laura Siciliano-Rosen August 20, 2012

We first arrived to Freetown via water taxi from the airport, a bumpy adventure in the pitch-black night. Our brief drive through the western part of town revealed a city in full Friday-night revelry: unruly streets, overflowing clubs, and candlelit food vendors, their flickering orange flames extending down the road before us. After 10 days of travel, we returned to the capital via car in the middle of the day and witnessed another, equally chaotic Freetown. On Kissy Road and Sani Abacha Street, the cars compete for space with a smattering of motorbikes and loads of merchandise, but mostly just an inordinate amount of people, going about their daily business. We captured some of it...

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Links We Like: 8/17 Edition Laura Siciliano-Rosen August 17, 2012

What we’re reading, cooking, and watching this week in the worlds of food, travel, and beyond.

Polenta and summer squash with feta cheese
Summer squash, polenta, feta cheese

Tour of Flushing with Jason Wang of Xi'an Famous Foods and Biang!
We are biased, of course, because we live in Queens, but articles about eating out in Flushing, our borough’s chaotic Chinatown, never, ever get old. There are just too many gems in the neighborhood! On our next visit, we’ll seek out some of these, from Serious Eats New York. NYC tourists: You should too!

Taco Bell’s Sophisticated Side
File this one under “positive baby steps in the fast-food industry”: With its Cantina Bell line, Taco Bell, with a nod to Chipotle, is trying for...

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Best Hotel-Room Exercises Laura Siciliano-Rosen August 14, 2012

Woman bikes near Monte Alban, Oaxaca, Mexico
Biking in Oaxaca

Eat Your World never tells you What to Eat without also telling you How to Burn It Off. But sometimes hiking and biking just doesn’t cut it, and we need more strength-building exercises in the mix. Of course, we rarely have access to a hotel gym and are often pressed for time when we travel. So we usually find ourselves doing push-ups and squats in our room—and there are hardly two more effective moves out there.

Now, we’re not official experts (more on this below), but we’ve spent a combined five decades in gyms—we both started pretty young!—and I, for one, have spent a few years perfecting the art of working out at home when I’m too lazy to ride the subway to...

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Links We Like: 8/10 Edition Laura Siciliano-Rosen August 10, 2012

Some favorite links this week in the worlds of food, travel, cooking, and beyond.  

Meatball parm sandwich from Parm, New York City

Red Sauce Diaries: When More is More”: We’re enjoying Roads & Kingdoms’ red-sauce reports from Sicily. In the latest post, Matt Goulding discovers surprising overlap in Sicilian and Italian-American cuisine when it comes to “more is more.” (Pictured above: The best chicken parm we’ve had in recent memory, from New York City’s Parm.)

Edible Fermentables: Wine, Beer, Cheese, Meat”: We’ve encountered our share of fermented foods in our travels, most recently in West Africa (see foofoo), but of course fermentation plays an essential role in all the wine and beer we imbibe rather, uh, frequently....

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African cooking: What's with the Maggi cubes? Laura Siciliano-Rosen August 8, 2012

Maggi stock cubes—rich with sodium, MSG, and hydrogenated fats—are ubiquitous in West African cooking. Meet the nutritious traditional seasonings they’re replacing.

Groundnut soup in Sierra Leone
Groundnut soup, Sierra Leone

At a beautiful eco-resort on Sierra Leone’s Freetown Peninsula this spring, Scott and I were invited to tag along for the weekly run to the local market. On the shopping list was everything from groundnuts (peanuts) and pineapple to bread and eggs, and Maggi. I didn’t think anything of the flavoring agent, figuring the stock cubes were thrown into a few of the local stews as a base. But a large pack was purchased for the week, and at the market, it was clearly a popular item. We soon...

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South America Contest Winner Laura Siciliano-Rosen August 6, 2012

We asked for some inspiration from South America, and, with entries from Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Chile, and Brazil, we definitely got it.

Mondongo, a traditional tripe soup from Colombia

But we had to choose one winner, and kept going back to a beautiful bowl of soup. Our winning entry comes from pauletteh86, who uploaded this gorgeous photo of mondongo, a traditional Colombian soup that includes pork, chorizo, tripe, potatoes, cilantro, avocado, and cumin. She also uploaded a Food Memory that elaborated on this dish—not a requirement of the contest, but we loved reading about her own personal relationship (or “affair,” as she calls it) with mondongo.

Felicidades, Paulette! She wins a copy of Lonely Planet’s inspirational...

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Top 10 British Foods in London Laura Siciliano-Rosen August 1, 2012

Bacon butty sandwich from London

We’re avoiding the news during the day and spending an inordinate amount of time on the couch most nights, which can mean only one thing: We’re in the thick of Olympics fever! Does the TV coverage make you want to take up swimming immediately? Are you admiring the athletic builds while rethinking those three pizza slices you called dinner? Do those stunning pans over the Thames make you want to go to London, stat?

We can help you with that last one, at least, by further tempting you (via food, of course) with our latest contribution to Serious Eats, “London: 10 Must-Eat British Foods During the Olympics.” Whether you visit during the Games or after, these 10 favorites, culled from...

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Q&A: Still Served Warm, Foodie Travel Bloggers Laura Siciliano-Rosen July 31, 2012

In our ongoing series of travel/food-blogger Q&As, we meet the traveling duo behind Still Served Warm, Ambra and Alec. She’s Italian; he’s Californian; they’re both obsessed with gelato. Their shared passions for travel and food have taken them around the world. See their EYW profile here.

Alec and Ambra of Still Served Warm, in Paris

Tell us a little about your site, and what inspired you to start it.
We were on a road trip through Tuscany and fell in love with gelato. We wanted to learn more about the creative process and the artistry, so we spent hours talking with the owners. When we were finished, we wanted a way to pay them back for their time and generosity as well as reward their excellence. On top of that, we both...

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Letting Go in Senegal Laura Siciliano-Rosen July 27, 2012

A donkey walks a roof in Popenguine, Senegal
View from the road in Popenguine

When Scott and I travel for Eat Your World, it’s hardly relaxing. Before even getting to a destination, our minds are already swimming with loads of pre-trip research, we know what foods we’re tracking down and where, and we have a game plan—a soft itinerary of sorts, which always changes upon arrival—of how we might go about squeezing it all into our limited travel time. Once in town, we run around eating and drinking and writing and hiking as much as humanly possible. Sure, it’s the best kind of stuff to busy yourself with—and, in truth, we’d be doing it on a smaller scale even without the website—but it’s also pretty exhausting.

Which is why...

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Where to Eat Near Olympic Venues in London Laura Siciliano-Rosen July 23, 2012

Sticky toffee pudding in London
Find a good sticky toffee pudding between Olympic events!

Maybe you are among the lucky few (OK, millions) who have scored tickets to the 2012 Summer Olympics, or maybe you’re just heading to London to spectate and soak up the infectious camaraderie that will flood the city by the July 27 starting date. In either case, you won’t want to travel too far from the main venues and viewing areas—and you’ll have to eat. Why not celebrate the host city this year by eating good, authentic British food at EYW-approved restaurants, cafes, and markets near the Games’ hot spots?

As a special London 2012 offer, we’re slashing the price of our new London City Guide—30 pages of quintessential...

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July User & Food Memory of the Month Laura Siciliano-Rosen July 16, 2012

Lobster roll sans bread from Amagansett-Montauk, New York

Our newest User of the Month is [drum roll, please]…noonie! She’s based in Brooklyn but has been getting around quite a bit, uploading food pics spanning Montreal and Greece, Paris and Tulum, Mexico. She shows a talent for finding lighter takes of regional classics, like the bread-less lobster “roll” pictured above, from Amagansett-Montauk, NY. (Guess there’s not much lightening up to be done about Cincinnati chili though, huh?)

The Food Memory of the Month we’ve selected—“Losing It,” by rsg10—details the personal experience of losing, and then regaining a year later, the senses of smell and taste. We can only imagine what that first meal post-surgery must feel like, with all...

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Q&A: Jenn Garcia-Alonso, Co-Founder of The Purple Passport Laura Siciliano-Rosen July 10, 2012

The latest in our series of travel/food-blogger Q&As takes us to Abu Dhabi,
home base for Jenn Garcia-Alonso, co-founder of The Purple Passport (ThePurplePassport.com). Jenn travels far and wide to create “best of the best” urban travel guides for various cities around the globe, which always, of course, involves a healthy dose of local food. See her EYW profile here.

Jenn Garcia-Alonso of the Purple PassportTell us a little about your site, and what inspired you to start it.
The Purple Passport (www.thepurplepassport.com) is a web-based collection of chic, one-stop-shop guides to experiencing the world’s cities in style. The inspiration for the site came from my own travels with my best friend, Emily C. Brands; we have...

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Taste-Bud Doppelgangers From Around the World Meg Rulli July 5, 2012

What to do if you’re traveling long-term and cannot stop thinking about your favorite comfort foods from home? You find local substitutes to quell the craving, as LandingStanding’s Meg Rulli explains in this guest post. 

Dulce de leche in Argentina
Dulce de leche ice cream in Argentina

My husband, Tony, and I completely adore food. We are more inclined to spend 30 euros on an exquisite local meal than in a random boring museum. For us, learning about the culinary traditions of a place is one of the best activities you can do to learn about the culture of a country.

As much as we love eating our way around the world, though, we still miss certain comfort foods and staples from home (Florida, in our...

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Montreal Bagels: A New Yorker's Take Laura Siciliano-Rosen July 3, 2012

St. Viateur bagels out of the oven in Montreal.

It isn’t every day you’re treated to a historic culinary spectacle while waiting for breakfast—and yet that’s what you get every time you walk into Montreal’s St.-Viateur Bagel. There’s the aproned employee rolling out the dough, effortlessly forming each piece into its telltale skinny shape. There’s another one briefly boiling the soft rings in honeyed water. When he’s done he puts them on a long, narrow wooden slab with a handle, which acts as a giant spatula to deposit and later retrieve the bagels from the antique wood-fired oven. From there they’re deposited on a chute, where they await, hot and fresh, for the next customer. And so on, again and again. Twenty-four hours a day,...

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Top 10 Old Delhi Foods Laura Siciliano-Rosen June 28, 2012

Paratha from Old Delhi street stall, India

Last spring, North India provided one of our most memorable eating experiences, especially within the walled confines of Old Delhi, where, among the dilapidated surrounds and overall crush of humanity, each delicious bite felt like a small victory. When BootsnAll Travel recently approached us about doing a blog-post exchange, it was the first destination that sprung to mind, as we fear it is all too easy for a visitor to be overwhelmed enough by Old Delhi’s madness to miss out on eating really, really well there.

And so our top-10-foods list was born, in this post that went live on BootsnAll today. Hopefully our mouth-watering photos (like the paratha pictured above) and...

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Video: One Minute in…Asheville! Laura Siciliano-Rosen June 26, 2012

You’ve likely heard about Asheville, North Carolina by now—how it’s chock-full of eclectic, farm-to-table restaurants; how it was just voted Beer City U.S.A. for the fourth year running; or perhaps how its spectacular surroundings recently provided the on-location setting for The Hunger Games. In fact, a few days in this small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains is hardly enough to satisfy all the hiking, eating, drinking, and even zip-lining you’ll want to do here. But, hey, we had to at least try. Here’s our one minute of living the good life in Asheville.



Find out more about what to eat, how to burn it off, and where to stay in Asheville. 

 

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Home Food Italy: Home-Cooked Regional Food for Travelers Jessica Spiegel June 20, 2012

The best way to discover the secrets of regional cuisine is in a local’s home, where it’s not always accessible to the average traveler. In Italy, however, there’s a shortcut to the dinner table, as freelance writer Jessica Spiegel explains in this guest post.

Duomo di Milano at sunset.
Central Milan

Back-tracking yet again through the narrow, dark streets behind one of central Milan’s many churches, scanning names on doorbells, we were glad we had arrived with time to spare before our appointment. We were both a bit nervous, not knowing what to expect or who else would be there when we finally found the right building, but no matter what else happened we were about to ring a stranger’s doorbell and...

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New Contest! Inspire Us From South America. Laura Siciliano-Rosen June 18, 2012

Canalazo from Bogota, Colombia

Our friends at Lonely Planet are always working to inspire travelers, and they’re usually quite successful. And so it is with LP’s beautiful 1,000 Ultimate Experiences book, a hefty 700 pages of 1,000 globe-spanning travel ideas, activities, and images that will have you adding to—and revising, and adding to again—your lifetime travel bucket list.

At Eat Your World we likewise aim to inspire—specifically via drool-worthy photos of foods from around the world—and we look to our users to inspire us. Thus our newest contest is born: Upload a photo or story of local food/drink from South America, and you could win a copy of LP’s 1,000 Ultimate Experiences book, courtesy of Lonely...

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Q&A: Backpack ME, Travel Bloggers Laura Siciliano-Rosen June 13, 2012

In the spirit of building an online community of global travelers and local eaters, we’re happy to announce a new series of Q&As with travel and food bloggers we’ve come to know through their contributions to Eat Your World. Our first subject is the duo behind Backpack ME (bkpk.me), Ashray Baruah and Zara Quiroga, whose (respective) Indian and Portuguese backgrounds yield distinct perspectives not often encountered in the travel blogosphere. One thing they share in common? A love of local cuisine. (Check out their EYW profile for proof!)

Ashray Baruah and Zara Quiroga of Backpack ME

Tell us a little about your site, and what inspired you to start it.
We used to live in Dubai, and after a few years there we got really tired...

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Local Oysters, Sierra Leone Style Scott Rosen June 5, 2012

Bureh Beach palm trees at sunset, Sierra Leone

After a full day village-hopping along the Freetown Peninsula’s beautiful coastline, we hit our last stop, Bureh beach. We didn’t plan on saving the best for last; it just happened. On this idyllic stretch of palm tree-studded sand—with a river flowing directly through it, emptying into the sea—not another soul was in sight. Laura, Mark, and I jumped into the warm waves and washed off the dirt and sweat from the day’s journey. It was just us three; our guide for the day, Daniel; and a Bureh local named Tom, who found us within seconds of our arrival.  

Tom, clearly the town proprietor of goods of all kind, shot off a verbal menu of local fish, oysters, art, and illegal substances...

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June User & Food Memory of the Month Laura Siciliano-Rosen May 31, 2012

Currywurst in Berlin, local food

To celebrate the onset of June tomorrow, we have a new user of the month, ladies and gents, and his (user) name is ssoloman! Check him out: From Australia to Berlin, where he’s based, he has been pretty active lately on the food-pic front, and always writes great descriptions to boot. Pictured above is his currywurst upload (is it just me or does it resemble a crustacean?), but our favorite from him just might be this one of sekuwa, or “local chicken,” from Nepal. 

The Food Memory we’ve chosen to highlight this month, submitted by bobmali70 (who might also win an award for best user name), reminds us that often it’s the unpleasant meals that prove the most memorable. In “

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Food & Family in New Haven, Connecticut Laura Siciliano-Rosen May 29, 2012

White clam pizza from Frank Pepe Pizzeria in New Haven, Connecticut
White clam pie from Frank Pepes

Last week in New Haven, Connecticut, we met the great-grandson of the man credited with inventing “hamburger sandwiches” in the U.S., the grandson of the creator of New Haven-style pizza, and the daughter of the couple responsible for introducing calzones to Americans. These people weren’t hard to find—in fact, they’re still making burgers, pizza, and calzones in their respective restaurants, just as their ancestors did before them.

You might not know if you don’t ask around, especially if you came here only for the pizza. New Haven is rightly celebrated for having great pizza. And though we’ll loudly sing its praises soon enough on this...

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Q&A: Hervé Rocheteau, Saunier (salt maker), Île de Ré, France Cristina Sciarra May 21, 2012

Ile de Re, west coast of France

“French people believe very strongly in the idea of terroir: We believe in locally made products, especially those that have a strong sense of identity and heritage. If I do my part and make my salt with as much respect as possible, then I’ve done my job.” —Hervé Rocheteau, Île de Ré, a small island off the western coast of France (pictured)

Tell us about your job.
I am a salt maker: My job is to manage a series of salt evaporation ponds, also known as salterns or salt pans. I feed saltwater from the ocean into different ponds very slowly; then the sun and the wind evaporate the water. Finally, the salt concentration becomes so high that it crystallizes, and results in sea salt....

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Miami Eats in Marlins Park Laura Siciliano-Rosen May 17, 2012

Plantain chips with mojo garlic sauce from Latin American Grill in Marlins Park, Miami

It’s not uncommon these days to see a city’s best local foods represented in its sports stadiums: Tony Luke’s iconic cheesesteak in Philly’s Citizens Bank Park, Shake Shack burgers in New York’s Citifield, peach cobbler in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome. But we were still pleasantly surprised with the offerings we saw this weekend at Marlins Park, the brand-new high-tech home of the Miami (née Florida) Marlins. Despite resembling a futuristic alien spacecraft, with its gleaming-white exterior and cool retractable roof, the stadium goes the extra mile to spotlight cuisine reflective of the multi-culti coastal city’s roots—and even those of the visiting team.

Along the perimeter of the...

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Africa contest winner! Laura Siciliano-Rosen May 16, 2012

We just announced our new contest winner and want to give the Food Memory we selected some airtime on the EYW Blog, too.

User alexfhalpern wrote the winning entry, entitled “We Came to Eat Fish.” Why do we love this story? As we noted on the Contests page, it’s a well-written tale of a basic grilled fish dish enjoyed on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya, but like elsewhere in Africa, it’s not just about the food: It’s about the energy of the setting, the sheer “life force” of the lake, humming with those who depend on it for survival and play. It’s about the pride of the Kenyans who brought the author there, four hours out of the way, to feast on fish. It’s about food’s...

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Recipes From Afar: Sardine Butter, West Coast of France Cristina Sciarra May 8, 2012

Sardine butter recipe, from the west coast of France

Before I met my French boyfriend and his family, my culinary repertoire was sadly devoid of small sea creatures. Sure, I might occasionally have ordered mussels when out to dinner, but let’s face it—those mussels tasted only of what they were sauced with. I had never tried a clam or oyster, nor did I particularly care to. Scallops made me cringe. I was also fairly certain that sardines and anchovies were probably the
same thing.

But my shellfish ignorance was not to last. When I moved to Paris three years ago, my boyfriend and I started making regular excursions to his familial home in Angoulins sur Mer, a fishing village nestled into the western coast of France, famous for its...

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Hometown Foods Month Laura Siciliano-Rosen May 1, 2012

If you had to choose one quintessential dish to represent your hometown, what would it be?

This is a question we at Eat Your World ask ourselves, and everyone we meet, all the time—though we ultimately step it up from one dish to, say, 40. (We never said we were completely sane.) It’s a question we relish asking again and again for every new place we visit, each answer a unique culinary discovery we couldn’t have made anywhere else.

Funnel cake, a typical boardwalk dish, at the Jersey Shore

We started, of course, with our own hometowns, both original and adopted: the Jersey Shore and New York City, respectively. In New Jersey I loved revisiting the pork roll and cheese sandwich—at one point my favorite school-cafeteria lunch, I must...

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Sierra Leone: A Traveler’s Perspective Laura Siciliano-Rosen April 26, 2012

Somewhere between waking up to peaceful lagoon views; swimming in a warm, empty sea before breakfast; and feasting on spicy pumpkin stew at lunch, I started to wonder: Why isn’t this place swarmed with tourists?

Lagoon on John Obey beach, Freetown Peninsula, Sierra Leone
View of lagoon from bungalow, Tribewanted, John Obey beach

I could guess the answer—this was Sierra Leone, the tiny corner of West Africa best known for an ugly slavery history, a decade-long civil war (1991-2002), and the violent thriller Blood Diamond—but it still didn’t make sense. As I surveyed pristine John Obey beach, where Scott and I stayed our first few nights at eco-tourism venture Tribewanted, the word “paradise” easily sprung to mind.

John Obey beach, Freetown Peninsula, Sierra Leone
John Obey beach,...

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Video: One Minute in…Prague Laura Siciliano-Rosen April 23, 2012

A few days in Prague are hardly enough to soak up the medieval romance, abundant history, and vast amounts of beer for which the city is known. But try we did last October, when we hit the ground to round up all the tasty underappreciated Czech food we could. Some important things learned: 1. Autumnal, leaf-blanketed Prague is a beautiful time to be there. 2. Old Town is remarkably peaceful in the rain. 3. There will always be Dixieland on the Charles Bridge (Karluv most).


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Hunting for Dibi, Senegal Laura Siciliano-Rosen April 20, 2012

 Dibiterie Haoussa in Dakar, Senegal

One of many temples to dibi, or grilled meat, in Dakar, this dibiterie boasts a cult-like status in the capital: It’s said to be musician Youssou N’Dour’s favorite, dispensing inexpensive, expertly prepared food at all hours in suitably questionable hygienic conditions. After hearing the place reverentially spoken about by more than one trusted expat, we knew we had to find it.

Problem is, nobody had any clue where it was. Armed with limited directions— “somewhere near the Sandaga bus station”—and even more limited French, we wandered the dusky streets around the area marché, or market, where hours earlier we’d elbowed our way through crowds of sellers. Now it was quiet, empty but...

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New User & Food Memory of the Month Laura Siciliano-Rosen April 16, 2012

Queso humacha, a traditional soup from La Paz, Bolivia

It’s April 16, which means: It’s National Eggs Benedict Day!* But also: We have a new User and Food Memory of the Month!

This time around we’ve selected Jessie as our User of the Month, and one glance at her profile illustrates why: The girl gets around! To date she’s contributed 21 food pics, from Guatemala to Sweden to Syria, always with detailed descriptions. Most recently she put Bolivia on the map for us, adding foods traditional to La Paz and Santa Cruz, including the colorful queso humacha shown above.

Our new Food Memory of the Month is “The Kindness of Strangers in the Seychelles,” by spiceboxtravels (who blogs about food and travel at Spiceboxtravels.com). It’s a story...

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Georgie & the Boom, Senegal Scott Rosen April 12, 2012

What happens when Team EYW shows up to a fancy eco-lodge with the best restaurant in Senegal? They wind up eating at the bar man’s house.

Every friend of ours who has been to Senegal recommended we go to a hotel and restaurant in the Sine Saloum region called Lodge des Collines de Niassam. Besides having beautiful eco-friendly bungalows built into baobab trees and overlooking a bird-filled lagoon, the property is notorious for having the best French-inspired fare in the country. It was a big splurge for us, especially after three weeks of pricier-than-anticipated travel around West Africa, but we decided to go nonetheless, calling it an early seven-year wedding anniversary...

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Q&A: Andrea Stanley, Maltster, Western Massachusetts Laura Siciliano-Rosen April 9, 2012

Andrea Stanley, maltster for Valley Malt in Western Massachusetts“Beer and spirits were an essential part of everyday life for the first European settlers of our country. Malting barley was brought over on the first ships with other essentials, like wool and wheat. Records show it was first planted on Martha’s Vineyard in 1604. I would like to eventually grow and malt the original variety of barley that was grown in New England.”—Andrea Stanley, Valley Malt

Tell us about your job.
I am a maltster: I malt grains for brewing and distilling. The process
of malting starts with soaking grain, sprouting it, and drying it. It takes one full week to malt a batch of grain, and we malt in 2,000-pound (one-ton) batches. We started in 2010 with one malting...

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New Contest! We Want More African Food. Laura Siciliano-Rosen April 4, 2012

Binch or beans and yams in Sierra Leone, Africa

Yesterday we arrived home in New York City after three extraordinary weeks traveling around West Africa. (We apologize for the spotty on-the-road updates here: Wifi was not easy to come by for most of the trip.) We have loads of written and visual content to organize and post on EYW, including two full local-food sections for Senegal and Sierra Leone (pictured above is delicious binch (black-eyed beans) and yams from a streetside vendor in Bo, Sierra Leone). But our very first order of business is launching a new contest courtesy of AFAR, our favorite travel magazine (now available on both iPhone and Android) for its focus on real-deal experiential travel.

While we explored the...

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An EYW Interview, and Airport Delay Laura Siciliano-Rosen March 16, 2012

We're stuck in Dakar's airport, waiting for our delayed flight to Freetown, and thought we'd use the opportunity to share the Q&A we recently did for journalist Cyrus Farivar's blog. The task proved harder than we'd thought: After a wasted $4 and half-hour of struggle with the French keyboards in the main lounge downstairs, we realized that our business-class seats--the last two seats available on this flight when we purchased them last week--entitled us to the "Prestige" lounge upstairs, where free wireless internet, food, and drinks await. Prestigious indeed!

So here we are in the lap of luxury, with A/C, cushy chairs, our iPad hooked up, and all the apples and peanuts, local...

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Scenes From Dakar's Soumbedioune Fish Market, Senegal Laura Siciliano-Rosen March 14, 2012

After just three days, dusty Dakar has drawn us in with its street-corner baguettes, mellow fishing villages, surf-friendly beaches, and mad markets. A highlight among our explorations thus far has been the fish market at Soumbedioune, a cove on which the men's brightly painted pirogues, or canoes, are pulled from the water each evening, and the day's haul of seafood put out to sale. One side of the market is crowded by grill stations, manned by women cooking fresh fish over hot coals.

Between about 4pm and 6pm, the boats are lugged in, requiring a team of heaving men and two logs (or big empty metal canisters) to facilitate movement. The shore is crowded with onlookers,...

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Why West Africa? Laura Siciliano-Rosen March 9, 2012

Tomorrow we leave for three weeks in Senegal and Sierra Leone.

The vaccines have been given, the bags (almost) packed, the subletter for our New York apartment is in place. We should already be there—we pushed back our trip partly to avoid Senegal’s protest-riddled presidential election on February 26, only to have it go into a runoff election happening smack-dab in the middle of our visit there (March 25). Hopefully we’ll be in the area during a positive historic moment, when peace and democracy win the day. According to friends in the area, that is what should happen.

In recent weeks we’ve been asked “why there?” a few times, either in the context of “how do you choose where you...

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Q&A: Pilar Cabrera, Chef & Cooking Instructor, Oaxaca, Mexico Laura Siciliano-Rosen March 2, 2012

Chef Pilar Cabrera, of La Olla Restaurant in Oaxaca, Mexico“I try to portray the colors of the Oaxacan landscape in the food I prepare: color, color, color! Oaxaca is such a vibrant place, and having this reflected in the food you eat here makes Oaxacan cuisine even more enjoyable.”—Chef Pilar Cabrera,
La Olla 

Tell us about your job.
Currently I manage the kitchen of my restaurant La Olla, in Oaxaca, Mexico, and I am also the cooking instructor at Casa de los Sabores Cooking School.

What led you to become a chef?
I started cooking at an early age. My love for the smell, taste, color, and texture of food motivated me to go to university and get a degree in Food Engineering and Nutrition. After graduating I worked for Herdez-McCormick in...

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EYW’s Top Street Foods (So Far) Laura Siciliano-Rosen February 24, 2012

Street food: In the advent of the recent food-truck revolution, it’s been given a romantic connotation. But street food to us has always meant those dirt-cheap, true-blue local joints that you find while wandering a new city, the kind of places that make you immediately envious of the patrons and skeptical of the grub—a healthy suspicion that your gut instinct will either embrace or ignore. It might be termed the five stages of street food:

  1. “Look at all the people chowing down on this corner! They are clearly enjoying that food.”
  2. “Damn, does it smell good right here!”
  3. “I wonder if this will make me sick.”
  4. “Eh, it’ll be fine: big crowd, no flies, everything’s freshly...
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Recipes From Afar: Piña Colada, Dominican Republic Jessie Clyde February 21, 2012

Pina colada, with pineapple wedgeA few summers ago, I conducted my graduate-school research at a health clinic in a batey, or rural community, about an hour north of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Punta Cana’s high-end resorts and all-you-can-eat buffets are a stark contrast to the impoverished former sugarcane plantations that make up the bateys in the island’s interior. Electricity is rare and subject to apagaones (blackouts) that can last an entire day, which has serious consequences for rural health clinics trying to operate blood labs and store vaccines—and severely limits the menu dished up for clinic staff.

During my 10-week stay, I slept on the floor of an empty clinic room with a handful of...

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Announcing our New User, Food Memory of the Month Laura Siciliano-Rosen February 16, 2012

Around the 15th of each month, we’ll select a new User and Food Memory of the Month. For the former, we’ll look for a user who contributes in both quantity and quality—that is, someone who’s uploaded at least eight regional food/drink photos with intelligent, entertaining descriptions…often the kind that make us want to get on a plane and go find that dish right now. For our Food Memory of the Month, we similarly will choose a story that we particularly loved, whether for being especially vivid, thoughtful, or funny.

Polygamy Porter craft beer from Utah

Our newest User of the Month is Raluca, who has contributed 14 great photos and descriptions thus far, spanning the globe from her hometown of NYC to Sri Lanka (we...

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Video: One Minute in…India Laura Siciliano-Rosen February 14, 2012

We’d like to introduce a new recurring feature in Eat Your World: trip-recap videos! Every time we travel somewhere for EYW, we’ll create a one-minute video—compiled of photos and video footage we shoot on the road, edit, and set to music—to act as visual sum-up. And, no, it won’t be entirely about food: This is our opportunity to show you other sides of a destination, as well as a little bit of us.

Our first video is from North India, where we spent a few weeks last spring. It was challenging to stick to a minute for this one, to edit the hundreds of photos we took between the two of us in Delhi, Agra, and Udaipur. Ultimately we wanted to capture just a little of the frenetic pace,...

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Q&A: Patrick Martin, BBQ Pit Master, Nolensville, TN Laura Siciliano-Rosen February 9, 2012

Patrick Martin of Martin's BBQ Joint in Nolensville, TN.

“I do what I love to do. I love to cook, I love to make folks happy with my food, I love to deepen my knowledge of cooking, I love going in to work. I love working the line.”
–Pat Martin, owner and pit master, Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint

Tell us about your job.
I’m a pit master. I’m at Martin’s almost every day. We’re open seven days a week. We have no freezers, we have no microwaves. We make everything on our menu from scratch every single day! We cook whole hog, brisket, shoulders, chicken, turkey, wings—we do it all.

What led you to your current position?
I grew up in a family of amazing Southern cooks—men and women! When I got to college at a tiny school named...

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Photos: iPhone Camera in Amsterdam Scott Rosen January 28, 2012

Man on bike through window in Amsterdam

I remember the days of always having one camera, two lenses, and a flash with me on my travels. That’s all changed with the iPhone. Last October I (finally) bought one, and happily tossed my old Samsung that could hardly connect to the internet into my ATC (antiquated technology drawer). I quickly fell in love with the portability and playfulness of my new phone’s 8-megapixel camera and actually became stressed about traveling with it. Would I still use my Canon 5D? Would I learn to rotate? Would I have to take pictures of everything with two cameras?

My first trip dealing with this dilemma came a month later, when Eat Your World headed to Amsterdam with some friends. My immediate...

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In the News: EYW in the New York Times Laura Siciliano-Rosen January 26, 2012

 

We are pleased to announce that Eat Your World was featured today in The New York TimesDiner’s Journal blog.

What a great way to kick off 2012! The response has already been overwhelmingly enthusiastic, and we’re thrilled our “ambitious,” “world-roaming” “work in progress” website about “regional foods that visitors shouldn’t miss” is getting such recognition just a few weeks out of the beta-mode gate. (Apologies to Zagat!)

Also glad we managed to post this smoked fish entry before too many New Yorkers came looking for it.

A few hours after the NYT piece, Lifehacker wrote about us, which really pushed our traffic through the roof—and then crashed us for about 20 minutes....

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Recipes From Afar: Chole Bhature, Delhi Laura Siciliano-Rosen January 20, 2012

Chole Bhature from Delhi, India

If you’re still hungry for North Indian food after our post on papri chaat and butter paneer masala, check out this post on Foodists.ca, in which we expound on our discovery of, and love for, chole bhature (curried chickpeas with fried bread). Recipe included, of course.

Related: Recipes From Afar: Papri Chaat & Butter Paneer Masala, North India

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Q&A: Skip Bennett, oysterman/oyster bar co-owner, Duxbury and Boston, MA Laura Siciliano-Rosen January 3, 2012

Skip Bennett, oysterman in Boston“Everyone we hire at ICOB spends time working on the farm so they can truly understand and speak to our culture.
They have a real connection to not only
the farm, but also to all of the people who work so hard growing and harvesting
the oysters.”
–Skip Bennett, founder, Island Creek Oysters; co-owner, Island Creek Oyster Bar

What is your role at Island Creek Oyster Bar?
My role is largely one as a link to the farms, the farmers, and many of the seafood products.

What led you to your current job? 
Years ago, I heard about the Hog Island Oyster Bar out in San Francisco. After a trip there, I came back looking for a way to do something here in Boston. It seemed logical for the...

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Recipes from Afar: Papri Chaat & Butter Paneer Masala, North India Laura Siciliano-Rosen December 22, 2011

A half-year after returning home from a few weeks in North India, I thought it would be a good idea to cook some Indian dishes for friends. Twelve friends, to be exact.

It wasn’t long after I emailed said friends that I began questioning the wisdom of this decision.

Indian food is notoriously difficult for a non-Indian to pull off. Sure, having access to the right spices is half the battle, but in past experiments with an Indian cookbook, I’ve found that the spice ratio often seems off. For all the toasting and grinding of seeds called for, there’s never anywhere near the amount of flavor one expects, certainly nothing like the richness radiating from most Indian-restaurant dishes....

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What's New Laura Siciliano-Rosen December 12, 2011

Have you met Eat Your World? Allow us to introduce ourselves in this one-minute video—and then scroll down the home page to see our newest content.

 

 

If you clicked through from the home page, see the column at left for the latest EYW Blog posts.

For those of you who came to know us during our beta phase, here’s the new stuff we launched in mid-December! Please let us know your feedback, including any bugs or issues you encounter, in the comment fields below.

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR

A Single Destinations Map: We’ve integrated the main EYW content map with the user maps, so we now have just one Destinations map. Not only is a single map more user-friendly than multiple...

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Photos: The Banjo Man, Prague Scott Rosen November 22, 2011

Charles Bridge jazz band in Prague

It was 1997 the last time I was on the Charles Bridge in Prague. I was a college student backpacking through Europe, and this moment of Dixieland jazz in the heart of Europe, pictured above, hit me strongly. I wasn't much of a photographer back then, but this is one of the few photos during that trip that actually told a good story and made me proud. When I started shooting professionally, I took the photo out, scanned it, and had the smudged, fingerprinted, black-and-white 4x6 sitting on my desk for years. When we started a Prague section on this site, I knew I wanted it to be a header.

Jazz band on the Charles Bridge in Prague


Fast forward to October of this year: I'm back on the Charles Bridge. The same Dixieland...

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Q&A: Shane Milberger, chile grower and processor, Pueblo, CO Yasmin Ghahremani November 16, 2011

Shane Milberger on his chile farm in Pueblo, Colorado

“I like to irrigate and cultivate. I like to farm. It’s like painting a picture: With a swipe of a brush you change the whole picture.” –Shane Milberger, owner of Milberger Farms, a chile pepper and vegetable farm with a roadside deli and produce stand

Tell us about your job.
I have 300 acres; of that, 40 acres are chile. We grow mild Anaheim, hot Anaheim, extra hot, Fresno, and the Mira Sol, also known as the Pueblo chile pepper.

This time of year [September] we’re packing chile, we’re harvesting. So I start the mornings off by going out to the shed and making sure everything’s ready to go, the guys are ready to pack, we go over what we’re packing and check what supplies they...

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Origins: Pueblo chile Yasmin Ghahremani November 1, 2011

Pueblo chiles in New Mexico

It’s hard to find a restaurant in Pueblo, Colorado, that doesn’t serve green chiles. This is prime pepper country, a smaller—and, some would argue, tastier—alternative to Hatch, New Mexico.

In autumn, at harvest time, the scent of roasting chiles wafts from roadside stands, supermarkets, and the annual Loaf ’N Jug Chile and Frijole Festival, which I was lucky enough to catch this September. (Among pepper enthusiasts, the preferred spelling of the capsicum fruit is chile. The dish containing meat, chile, and vegetables, like the one we tried in Denver, is chili.)

The chiles are roasted over an open flame in rotating black-wire drums, and then hosed down in a cloud of steam. It’s...

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Recipes From Afar: Crawfish Étouffée (New Orleans) Laura Siciliano-Rosen October 20, 2011

A pot of Crawfish Étouffée

In this new EYW Blog series, our writers will feature recipes of dishes they’ve encountered while away and re-created at home

A few gluttonous days in New Orleans are hard to beat, but while you can’t bring home the city’s soulful live music or lighthearted survivor spirit, you can at least attempt to make some of its classic foods in the daiquiri-free confines of your own kitchen. After my last trip to NOLA, I spent a week back in New York dreaming about beignets and BBQ shrimp before my husband and I got our acts together, invited some friends over, and set up a Sazerac bar. We were having a NOLA dinner party, damn it!

My mind wandered to what’s quick and delicious, and...

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Q&A: Sy Ginsberg, corned beef king of Detroit Laura Siciliano-Rosen October 5, 2011

Corned beef sandwich from Russell Street in Detroit.

“Detroit, being the great melting pot that it is, will continue to shine in its diverse food offerings.” –Sy Ginsberg, co-owner, United Meat & Deli
 

Tell us about your job.
I oversee the processing of our products at United Meat & Deli; I handle the development of new products; I’m in charge of procuring raw materials and ingredients; and I handle much of our national sales.

Another one of my jobs is “deli consultant.” This is my favorite: Since I’ve been involved in the Jewish-style deli business for more than 50 years, I offer assistance to future [deli owners], helping them set up their deli, plan the menu, train, and generally get it off the ground. I do not charge for...

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20 Hours in Agra Laura Siciliano-Rosen June 24, 2011

Taj Mahal in Agra, India

We often feel like we’re on a scavenger hunt when we travel for EYW. Sometimes we have just three days in a city to find all the foods we’ve researched, come up with good alternatives, entertain new ideas suggested by locals we meet, identify suitable “burn it off” locations. Despite the inevitable last-day dash around said city to tie up loose ends, we’ve become super efficient at these tasks. But doing it in, say, Boston and doing it in Agra, a garbage-strewn Indian city congested with all manner of human and animal traffic, are two very different things.

Last weekend, we arrived in Agra around 4:45pm after the 4.5-hour ride from Delhi, tired but hungry and eager to get started...

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A London Lunch, at Dinner Laura Siciliano-Rosen June 5, 2011

Meat fruit from Dinner by Heston

Our London EYW section—some 40-plus traditional foods and drinks in England’s fabulous capital—is under construction while we travel to India, but you can read about our absolute favorite Brit dining experience, at the new, historic-food-focused Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, over at Foodists.ca. (Pictured is the clever meat fruit, a dreamy, mousse-like chicken-liver parfait dipped in mandarin gelatin, inspired by the cheeky medieval English tradition of serving “illusion fruit” at dinner parties.) Stay tuned this summer for both London and New Delhi coverage!

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Detroit: Keep Motoring Scott Rosen April 16, 2011

Mural at Eastern Market in Detroit

When I was asked to meet up with some clients in Detroit, I had a feeling a weekend of EYW coverage would lead to some very good things. It was just a few years ago that I had quickly visited Greektown and experienced the famous "flaming cheese." I knew there had to be much more than that, and was determined to convince Laura to make it a serious destination for us. With some trepidation, she began to research Detroit's foods, and slowly a list of musts became apparent that sold us both to the idea.

Michigan Central Station in Detroit

When you mention Detroit to anyone, you get a "why would you want to go there?" look immediately. The city has clearly lost its luster over the last god-knows-how-many years, and...

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Bittersweet Yakitori Laura Siciliano-Rosen March 22, 2011

Serving Yakitori at Tori Shin in New York.

Last weekend I finally attended one of Jeff Orlick’s (a.k.a. Jeffrey Tastes’s) Ambassador Program events, in which one person acts as expert of a cuisine (and, often, culture) and leads a meal for a small group in a NYC restaurant of their choice. Held at Tori Shin uptown and led by Japanese native Yasushi Sasaki, this event revolved around yakitori, or grilled chicken skewers—a more upscale take on the popular street snack than what I’d previously been exposed to along St. Marks Place, this time involving organic birds from Pennsylvania—and I hastened to participate, as Scott and I were feverishly researching our own trip to Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto next month. This was one day...

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Who Wants to Be the Next NYC Brewery? Laura Siciliano-Rosen February 27, 2011

The New York City craft beer scene has exploded in recent years, but with a grand total of five breweries/brewpubs within city limits, we’re still a bit behind on the production front when compared to other U.S. cities like Philadelphia, Portland, Denver, and Austin, where it seems a new brewery opens every other week. (Fortunately, NYC fares better with craft beer bars.) But I have new hope for the future of New York beers after attending Brooklyn Wort, a biannual home-brew competition that packed 30 local brewers into the Gowanus Studio Space yesterday.

Scott and I were there primarily to support friends and event sponsors Valley Malt, a small Massachusetts-based start-up changing...

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Austin with Friends Scott Rosen January 14, 2011
Dancing at Broken Spoke in Austin, Texas
 
The feeling of landing in an unknown city is magical. It is even better when you have friends waiting to pick you up at the airport. On a recent EYW research trip to Austin, we had the pleasure of spending time with old friends with who had recently moved from the mountains of Washington to the vibrant capital of Texas. Seeing Jen and Kenton inside the terminal waiting for ussomething my parents don't even do when we visit them in Floridamade us feel at home instantly. The drive to their house gave us the necessary "catch up" of our lives apart, but pulling our suitcase into their cozy little home felt like crossing the threshold into an actual new adventure for the four of...
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2010: It's a Wrap Laura Siciliano-Rosen December 24, 2010

It’s hard to believe it’s been more than a year since Scott and I first hatched the Eat Your World idea, while traveling around Colombia. Since then there’s been a lot of blood, sweat, and tears—and unexpected delays—but we’re proud to be where we are now. This week we soft-launched to a large group of friends and family, our public soft launch is just around the corner, and, with editorial food-and-drink coverage for 19 cities from 13 different states/provinces/countries, the site is really coming along. Slow and steady wins the race, right?

Of course, there’s much more on the way: We’ve done a lot of domestic traveling this year, and I’m still playing catch-up on the writing front....

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Origins: Cranberries Laura Siciliano-Rosen November 21, 2010

 Cranberry bog in Cape Cod.

Cranberries. I don’t think of them too often, unless I’m throwing a handful of dried ones into my salad. Or, you know, it’s this time of year, when cranberry sauce makes its annual appearance in the Thanksgiving spread. But cranberries are an important fruit to the U.S., not only because of their more recently publicized “superfruit” antioxidant qualities, but because they’re one of the few fruits that originated on North American soil. They were a staple in the diets of Native Americans, who passed along the wild fruit’s benefits to the Pilgrims when they arrived in the early 1600s. Cultivation of the berries began on Cape Cod in 1816; commercial harvesting followed in 1847. Today,...

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Farmers market, extended Scott Rosen November 20, 2010

 Hot green and red peppers from the farmers market.

It was such a relief last week to find out the local Queens farmers market has been changed to year round. With only a week left to Thanksgiving, we usually are stocking up on the turkey meat and sausage that we will freeze and use throughout the winter. We have previously made good use of that system, but not getting seasonal vegetables has been the hard part. “Do we really have to go to Trade Fair [our overcrowded supermarket] for produce?” This is a common question we repeat throughout the cold months. “I miss the farmers market,” with a sad face, is another generic overused statement during the dark days of January and February.

We have become so accustomed to our Sunday walk...

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Craving the Impossible Laura Siciliano-Rosen October 22, 2010

It’s dangerous to write about food on an empty stomach.

This past week, as we scramble to get more content up on the site in anticipation of a soft launch, I find myself craving foods I ate last weekend or even several months ago: a fried whole Caribbean fish, a particular hot dog, a pasta dish. How can I not when rereading notes and calling to mind said hot dog’s crisp snap and tangy onion sauce? How can I possibly research the history of local NYC breweries and not want a cold beer? At 3pm, no less.

Today was the most torturous, though, as I revisited the buttery, cheesy, meaty egg pastas of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna, the northern region considered by many to be Italy’s culinary...

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