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Rio
Mercado São José das Artes: Market Blues

Brazil is relatively young – it declared independence from Portugal in 1822, and the first republic was established in 1889 – but in comparison Rio de Janeiro is an old city; in 2015, it will celebrate its 450th birthday. Continue »

Athens
Athiri: Rare Elements

On a busy thoroughfare in Kerameikos near the bustling neighborhood of Gazi, it’s easy to miss Athiri – but we urge you to keep an eye out for this culinary gem. Continue »

Shanghai
Liu Family Harbin Dumplings: Pot-to-Plate Dining

Walk along just about any street in Shanghai these days, and you’ll see an ever-encroaching range of Western brands, standardized brand signage and food franchises. As in other rapidly developing countries, the battle for consumer dollars and brand loyalty has meant more chains and mass-produced food. Continue »

Mexico City
Conde Sandwich: The Royal Treatment

The torta – Mexico’s answer to the sandwich – if not precisely a work of art, is a touchstone of craftsmanship. In a toasted roll, in addition to meat and cheese, the torta is painstakingly adorned with refried beans, avocado, chili peppers, onions and tomatoes. It’s one of Mexico City’s street food staples, with literally thousands of dedicated stalls spread out over various neighborhoods. Continue »

Istanbul
Mantık Mantı: Diaspora Dumplings, Part 2

Editor’s note: We’ve written previously about the strong connection between exiles and their dumplings; in this review, guest contributor Idil Mese writes of her own family’s ties to this comfort food. Continue »

Barcelona
Butifarring: Tubular Gastronomy

Gourmet fast food has swept through Spain at full speed. It comes in multiregional styles and with strong creative inspiration behind it – and, most importantly, the food itself can be exceptional. Continue »

Rio
Feira de São Cristóvão: Northeast Beats (and Eats)

Let’s say you have only two or three days in Rio. You want to experience a little real Brazilian culture and don’t want to restrict yourself to the obvious tourist stops, overhyped bars and restaurants or usual “gringo” nightlife spots. Our recommendation? Spend a night or day – or both even – at Feira de São Cristóvão. Continue »

Mexico City
CB on the Road: The Magical Mining Towns of Hidalgo

A few weeks ago we wanted to get out of bustling Mexico City, but we only had one day free, so we decided to look for a place where we could see some sights, eat, enjoy ourselves and still be back before the day was over. We found not just one, but two gorgeous towns that fit the bill in the state of Hidalgo, just over an hour north of Mexico City. Continue »

Istanbul
Farewell, Pando: Istanbul Loses a Legend, and Part of Its Soul

Last week we had our last meal at the iconic Beşiktaş kaymak shop Pando. The framed news clippings were all boxed up, the marble-topped tables that lined the blue and white walls of the tiny place were in the storage space of a friend somewhere in the neighborhood. All that was left was a space heater, soon to be taken away. Continue »

Shanghai
Liquid Refreshment: Shanghai's Top 5 (Late) Summer Drinks

Shanghai is famous for its swampy summer weather, and although this August has been the coolest in 14 years, it’s still hot and humid out there as we head into Indian summer. Staying hydrated against the rising mercury is crucial if you’re out hunting a meal of street food, so here are the best sips to keep your yin and yang balanced this season. Continue »

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