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Barcelona
Panellets for All Saints’ Day: For Whom the Bell Sweetly Tolls

While Americans celebrate Halloween this week with M&Ms and Milk Duds, in Catalonia this time of the year is marked with a different, more sophisticated, kind of sweet. The small, round marzipan cookies called panellets are, along with roasted chestnuts and sweet wine, the traditional fare of All Saints’ Day, or Tots Sants in Catalan. Continue »

Shanghai
Shanghai’s Top 5 Lunch Sets: Midday Meal Deal

Shanghai offers a huge range of dining at every price point imaginable. Fortunately for us, cost is not necessarily commensurate with quality in this town; you don’t have to break the bank to eat well. In fact, some of our favorite eateries offer bargain set lunches. Continue »

Rio
Ziza Bar: The 21st-Century Botequim

Rio’s small traditional bars, known as botequins, are by definition simple establishments, where orders are usually taken down with pen on paper – and sometimes not taken down at all, but mentally noted. But even in these fuss-free eateries, times they are a-changin’. Continue »

Istanbul
Farooj al Zaeem: Slow Fast Food

Farooj al Zaeem is, pretty much, the best kind of restaurant made to resemble the worst kind of restaurant. If the neighborhood – one of Beyoğlu’s most unkempt snatches – doesn’t send you running, then the look of this place, like a knockoff polo shirt with misspellings, will signal that something here is not right. Continue »

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

Editor’s note: Our last installment in 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 in 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 »

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