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Barcelona
Sense Pressa: Stress-Free Dining

In 2005, José Luís Díaz was thinking about retiring after working for many years in great local restaurants. He wanted to leave behind the stress of big kitchens, but still to cook the recipes that he loved with a different rhythm and with more time and care. Continue »

Istanbul
CB on the Road: Deniz Börek Salonu in Edirne

Edirne has more meat to offer beyond the glistening liver that bears its name. Deniz Börek Salonu has crowned the top of Saraçlar Caddesi since 1986. Every morning, lines of salivating citizens hurry to work with crunchy poğaças or sit down to enjoy steaming heaps of stuffed pastry. Continue »

Mexico City
Best Buzz: Mexico City's Top 5 Coffee Shops

Like other cities around the world, Mexico City has been flooded with big-name chain coffee shops that charge exorbitant prices for a cup of bad coffee. Fortunately, DF is a city of contrasts where good taste in coffee still exists. Continue »

Shanghai
Fu Chun Xiao Long: Shanghai Snack Attack

We’ve raved about the Shanghai-style soup dumplings at Fu Chun for years now, but let us let you in on a secret: there’s more to this tiny hole-in-the-wall than its xiaolongbao. Continue »

Tbilisi
Le Café du Monde: Tbilisi's Coffee Guru

With cafes popping up all over the country, from the arty boutique coffee houses of Tbilisi, to the Lavazza kiosks in villages like Zestafoni, it is easy to forget the humbler days of Georgia’s coffee culture, when an “Americano” was a chemically enhanced instant coffee powder in a stars-and-stripes-emblazoned packet added to a cup of hot water. Continue »

Lisbon
Sardines for Santo António: Lisbon's Big Little Fish Fest

The smell and the smoke attract us like a magnet. We can’t see them, but there are sardines being grilled over charcoal somewhere nearby. Continue »

Barcelona
CB on the Road: Lleida’s Gathering of the Snails

Each year at the end of May, more than 12,000 penyistes and 200,000 hungry visitors devour 12 tons of snails in one mere weekend in the city of Lleida, the capital of Catalonia’s interior. Continue »

Istanbul
CB on the Road: Kokoreç at the Edirne Pazar

For the past 24 years, Cemil Tuncay has wheeled his small metal cart to the biweekly produce pazar in Edirne. He sets up shop around noon, lighting coals under what can be described as massive, torpedo-shaped sausages. Continue »

Athens
Bakalogatos: Grocery Cat

Whether you’re a native Athenian or just visiting, Kypseli is not likely to be on your list of favorite haunts unless you happen to have roots there. Continue »

Istanbul
Akdeniz Hatay Sofrası: The Syrian Connection

The only positive thing about the torturous annual visit we used to make to Istanbul’s main police station in order to renew our residence permit was the chance to drive through the low-rent Aksaray neighborhood. Continue »

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