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Dish Spotlight: Burčák in Moravia, Czech Republic

October 31, 2013

Dish Spotlight: Burcak in Moravia, Czech Republic

For this dish spotlight, we turn to Moravia and its uber-seasonal burcak 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…

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Recipes From Afar: Polbo á Feira, Galicia, Spain

September 4, 2013
A plate of fresh polbo a feira in Galicia, Spain

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.…

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Recipes From Afar: Sacivi, (Republic of) Georgia

April 16, 2013

Recipes From Afar: Sacivi, (Republic of) Georgia

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…

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A Walk Through Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar

November 1, 2012

A Walk Through Istanbul's Spice Bazaar

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…

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Recipes from Afar: Cataplana, Portugal

October 18, 2012

Recipes from Afar: Cataplana, Portugal

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…