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Shanghai
Chicken Leg and Cow’s Liver: Mushrooms in China

Editor’s note: Our last installment for Mushroom Week comes from Shanghai, where correspondent Lillian Chou delves deep into China’s extraordinary mushroom bounty. Continue »

Barcelona
Casa Lucio: Fungus Feast

Editor’s note: It’s Mushroom Week at Culinary Backstreets, and today’s dispatch takes us to a tiny restaurant in Barcelona with a huge appetite for mushrooms. Continue »

Istanbul
Hail Caesar’s: Mushroom Hunting in Istanbul's Forests

Editor’s note: We’re celebrating Mushroom Week at Culinary Backstreets, and today’s installment takes us to Istanbul’s Belgrade Forest, where Turkey’s leading wild mushroom expert has found some remarkable fungus specimens. Continue »

Athens
The Fungus Among Us: Athens' Mushroom Boom

Editor’s note: For our second installment for Mushroom Week, we go to Athens, where locals, who have never been the biggest fans of fungus, are starting to come around to the pleasures of cooking and eating mushrooms. Continue »

Mexico City
Funky Fungi: Wild Mushroom Season in Mexico

Editor’s note: We’re celebrating Mushroom Week here at Culinary Backstreets, and guest contributor Nicholas Gilman kicks things off with a report on seasonal fungi in Mexico. Continue »

Rio
Vegana Chácara: Macrobiotic Man

Being a vegan would be a lonely business in Brazil if it weren’t for one handy catch – even the beefiest, chicken-heart-gobbling, butter-on-white-bread carioca likes giving his digestive track a day off on occasion. Continue »

Athens
Nice ‘n’ Easy: Expat Favorites, Part 1

Kifisia, as we’ve mentioned before, used to be a holiday destination for wealthy Athenians, and its suburban charms remain intact. Green spaces, high-end shops and close proximity to most of Athens’ international schools have seduced a number of expats into settling down here. Continue »

Istanbul
Meşhur Tarihi Kalkanoğlu Pilavcısı: Smell Business Owners

The brothers Altu and Erol Aslan, who operate the Yeni Melek corner store on Ayhan Işık Sokak in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu neighborhood, have a legitimate complaint against their next-door neighbor, Tarihi Kalkanoğlu Pilavcısı. Continue »

Mexico City
Cafetería El Cuadrilátero: Torta (and Wrestle) Mania

Mexico City’s Centro Histórico is never a dull place. Combined with the massive crowds and the constant roar of honking horns, passing buses and shouting vendors, the sheer visual stimulus is enough to make one weak in the knees after an hour or so. Continue »

Rio
Codorna do Feio: Rare Bird

Feio, which means “ugly” in Portuguese, is also the fortunate nickname of the owner of one of the most unique bars in Rio. Mr. Feio (his real name is Sebastião) is a former baker who decided 20 years ago to open a botequim, the typical carioca bar. Continue »

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