Food Travel North America

In Mexico, on a Quest for Tortas

June 26, 2013

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…

Food Travel

12 Hours in Macau: What to Eat

June 4, 2013

          12 Hours in Macau: What to Eat

Congee and crab dish from Seng Cheong, Macau
The spread at Seng Cheong

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…

Food Travel

Six Historic Parisian Brasseries (That Aren’t Tourist Traps)

March 20, 2013

Six Historic Parisian Brasseries (That Aren't Tourist Traps)

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…

Caribbean Food Travel

Hunting for Antiguan Food

January 28, 2013

                  Hunting for Antiguan Food

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…

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…

Food Travel South America

5 Peruvian Dishes Not to Miss

October 24, 2012

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 over Peru,…