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Athens
Sweet Beirut: Lebanon in Athens

Unless you know it’s there, you might miss this tiny shop hidden behind a bus stop on the outskirts of the northern Athenian suburb of Chalandri. Many Athens kiosks are twice, three times the size. Continue »

Shanghai
For a Good Claws: Hairy Crab Season in Shanghai

Hairy crab season is once again sweeping Shanghai’s diners into a frenzy, with the bristly crustaceans popping up on street corners, in streetside wet markets like Tangjiawan Lu and, most importantly, on dinner plates. This year we’ve even seen reports of elaborate live crab vending machines hitting the streets in Nanjing and an attempt to start a black-market trade in German crabs. Continue »

Rio
Curry Club: Making Music and Tikka Masala

In the 1920s, Brazilian artists and writers published the Antropofagia Manifesto. They were unconvinced by the way the Brazilian elite – in a show of low national self-esteem – attempted to deferentially imitate European and U.S. culture. Continue »

Istanbul
Mutfak Dili: Tradesmen's Paradise

Culinary Backstreets lunch hunting tip #1:
Wander into one of Istanbul’s numerous districts of small commerce and find yourself on a small street with a shoe cobbler, a knife sharpener and hardware shops. Continue »

Istanbul
Pamuk Usta’s Nohut Dürüm: Gonzo Garbanzo

In previous posts, we’ve reported on the unusual eating habits in Turkey’s hot and dusty Southeast. In Gaziantep, we noted the “wake and flake” baklava breakfast. Continue »

Athens
Ask CB: Ouzo Does It?

Dear Culinary Backstreets,
I am very confused regarding drinking over in Athens. Do Greeks even drink ouzo anymore? If so, when do they drink it? Also, my friends have told me something called “tsipouro” is more popular these days – what’s that drink all about?
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Elsewhere
Rings around the World: The Simit Invades New York (and New Jersey)

Simit, as we’ve reported previously, has gained a foothold outside of Turkey. The enticing sesame-encrusted bread rings have an easy target in bread- and bagel-loving New York – so much so, in fact, that the simit craze has even crossed the Hudson River into New Jersey. We decided to check out the stateside version for ourselves. Continue »

Rio
Dom Cavalcanti: Chicken Soup for the Brazilian Soul

Here in Brazil, canja de galinha, or rice and chicken soup, is food for convalescents – typical hospital fare, in fact – and to that end, it’s usually made with no salt, no fat, no seasoning. A few bars and restaurants, however, have found a way to elevate this dish. And Dom Cavalcanti, a fixture of Lapa nightlife, makes the most delicious canja in all of Rio. Continue »

Istanbul
CB on the Road: A Revived Grape Harvest in Thrace

Zeynep Arca Şallıel had a successful career in advertising in Istanbul, but in 1995 she decided to take on a daunting new challenge: taking part in the revival of small-scale viniculture in the ancient winemaking region of Thrace. Continue »

Shanghai
Eating and Drinking in Tianzifang: Toilets & Noodles

Beyond the stunning juxtaposition of the Bund’s colonial architecture with some of the world’s highest skyscrapers, one of Shanghai’s most charming, local architectural experiences can be found on the southern edge of the former French Concession, in the neighborhood of Tianzifang. Continue »

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