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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Feast in the Iraqi Plains

“Sit, sit, eat.  No more photos!” When men with in uniforms tell you things, it’s generally wise to do them.  Being ordered to lay down my heavy television camera for lunch was an order I was more than happy to comply with. Along potted, rutted and congested roads, we traveled 2 hours northwest of Erbil, […]

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Reindeer and Lingonberries, but not a Meatball in Sight

Gothenburg, Sweden, is one of these Scandi towns on the cutting edge of New Nordic cuisine. Tasting menus abound, and Michelin stars are scattered about this coastal city like snowflakes. But for those of us without the time or the budget (and when working on deadline, who does have those things?) for a seven-course extravaganza […]

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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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