Food Travel

Thoughts of the Jersey Shore, Post-Sandy

November 14, 2012

Thoughts of the Jersey Shore, Post-Sandy

Point Pleasant Boardwalk
Pt. Pleasant Boardwalk in winter, circa 1998

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, I find my sympathies torn between two places I hold very 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…

Europe Food Travel

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…

Africa Food Travel

Photos: Art in Dakar

September 17, 2012

                         Photos: Art in Dakar

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.

Food Travel

Taste-Bud Doppelgangers From Around the World

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.com’s Meg Rulli explains in this guest post.  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…

Africa Food Travel

Sierra Leone: A Traveler’s Perspective

April 26, 2012

Sierra Leone: A Traveler’s Perspective. 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?

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…

Africa Food Travel

Hunting for Dibi, Senegal

April 20, 2012

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…

Food Travel

EYW’s Top Street Foods (So Far)

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…