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Quick Snack: Eating in Egypt on the Go

On the road, the days are long, the traffic is bad, and we don’t necessarily have time for a meal.  I’ll scarf down a falafel or kebab wrap when possible, but in the Egyptian heat, sometimes a cold drink is all you have the time (and the appetite) for! Quite possibly the perfect calorie bomb […]

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Modern Meatballs and Delicious Dumplings in Istanbul

You can eat very, very well in Istanbul. Even with zero language skills, the point-and-nod method can get you amazing kebabs, shwarma, roast chestnuts, the donut-shaped pastry known as simit, and enough baklava to put you in a honey coma. And the street food scene has excellent company with a handful of modern restaurants serving […]

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Snacks along the Railroad Tracks in Hungary

We all take comfort in food, and in the sharing of food. Perk up a sad day; Celebrate a happy one. Share a meal to show you care; Hand out some sweets to put a smile on someone’s face. It’s the Italian grandmother way of doing things: food equals love. It’s the easiest, basest way […]

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Food Under Financial Fire: Eatin’ in Athens

It’s a rare day when I find myself on the road for work with neither headscarf nor flak jacket — but reporting on the Greek financial crisis was an excellent change of pace. Light clothes, sandals, tap water I could drink, street food I could eat… all without fear of dysentery or gunshots. I had […]

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An Iftar in Iran to Write Home About

  There are only a small handful of advantages to coming to Iran during Ramadan, but there are 2 that really make it worthwhile:  First, the notoriously insane 17-21 hour Tehran rush-hour dissipates into thin air and daylight becomes a blessedly calm time to navigate the city, as most people work half-days and are too […]

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