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Dish Spotlight: Gallo Pinto in Costa Rica

August 4, 2015

   Dish Spotlight: Gallo Pinto in Costa Rica

It doesn’t get much more tipico than this deceptively basic rice-and-beans breakfast, reports contributor (and Costa Rica resident) Chelsey Perron.

Typical breakfast with gallo pinto, from a soda in Costa Rica
A typical breakfast plate with gallo pinto, from a roadside soda.

Costa Ricans—Ticos, as they’re called here—wake up to a different…

Food Travel

Dish Spotlight: Boza in Istanbul, Turkey

February 26, 2014

    Dish Spotlight: Boza in Istanbul, Turkey

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…

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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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Video: The Making of Manti, in Sinop, Turkey

July 24, 2013

     Video: The Making of Manti, in Turkey

Manti. 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…