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Shanghai
Zifantuan: Belle of the Rice Ball

One of the seven necessities of Chinese daily life, rice is eaten in many forms throughout the day, including – and especially – at breakfast. Congee is undoubtedly China’s best-known breakfast food, but less famous globally, and wildly popular locally, is the unassuming rice ball (饭团, fàn tuán).

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Istanbul
Van Kahvaltı Evi: The Kurdish Breakfast Club

In Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish eastern provinces, breakfast is not just for breakfast anymore. Continue »

Barcelona
Envalira: Feel-Good Food

Some restaurants are enjoyable because they continually offer surprising, innovative creations, while others we like for the opposite reason: because they are reliable in their simplicity and homey traditional preparations. Continue »

Mexico City
La Joya: Hangover Helper

Mexican diners offer a place for many in the capital to go for simple eats, often for people struggling to make ends meet. The key is to look for a crowded lunch bar lined with clients downing food before they have to head back for work. Continue »

Shanghai
Shanghai’s Top 5 Street Foods

Shanghai is a street food lovers’ paradise, with carts slinging dumplings, pancakes, noodles, buns and grilled meats on sidewalks across the city, morning, noon and night. These are a few of our favorites. Continue »

Rio
Capitania dos Copos: Shrimp Ahoy

Ilha do Governador (“Governor’s Island”), the biggest island in Guanabara Bay, was a popular weekend destination for many Rio inhabitants decades ago. Continue »

Mexico City
Tacos Lolita: Head Case

As with so many of the world’s great cuisines, Mexican cooking makes the most of every part of the animal, and for many of us culinary adventurers, beef cabeza, or head, is the source of some of the tastiest meat you can find in a tortilla. Continue »

Barcelona
Coca de Recapte: Flat Food

Coca is a word used in Catalonia and neighboring regions for many kinds of baked doughs and pastries, both sweet and savory. Continue »

Istanbul
Kenan Usta Ocakbaşı: Skewers at an Exhibition

If Istanbul had a city museum, in the 20th-century exhibition we’d expect to walk into a life-sized recreation of Kenan Usta Ocakbaşı, a seminal grill joint in the Beyoğlu district. Continue »

Athens
CB on the Road: Eating in Rafina

You don’t need the excuse of a ferry departure to head for the port of Rafina, on Attica’s east coast. Its long, open beach is a favorite among windsurfers, its fish stalls carry the catch from most of the central Aegean and, most important, it offers a handful of excellent eateries. Continue »

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