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Istanbul
Şiraz: From Iran, with Love

Even we sometimes find that our palates have grown weary of rakı and eggplant salad. Lately, when that happens, we’ve been heading over to the Asian side of Istanbul for unique Iranian-Turkish mezes and hearty carafes of Aegean red wine at Şiraz, a tiny meyhane in the Moda neighborhood of Kadıköy. Continue »

Rio
Mussalem: Lebanese Roots

The second-richest man in the world. A five-foot-two, billboard-topping, belly-dancing bilingual pop singer. A right-wing São Paulo governor, mayor and congressman wanted in the U.S. on charges of money laundering of the multimillion-dollar order. Three presidents of Ecuador and one of Colombia. Continue »

Barcelona
Mercat de Mercats: Barcelona's Market Festival

La Boquería is undoubtedly one of the most famous markets in the world, but there are 43 markets spread across Barcelona, each with its own unique charms. Once a year, they can be experienced all at the same time, in the same place. Continue »

Istanbul
Emin Usta: Fish Sandwich Superhero

The first time we approached the stand of the legendary fish sandwich man, we were pleasantly surprised by what we saw: a dark, portly man with a glorious mustache (hence Mario, our nickname for him) turning fish on a portable grill cart next to the Karaköy waterfront. Continue »

Mexico City
Tacos El Patán: Love at First Bite

The ecosystem that is downtown Mexico City never fails to amaze us. A few years ago, this part of the city was considered dangerous. But after some revitalization efforts from the government and a few private construction companies, much of the area is now safe for tourists and locals alike. Continue »

Athens
CB on the Road: Krokos Kozanis, the Spice of Myth

Let us begin with a little Greek mythology. Hermes – son of Zeus, god of thieves and commerce and messenger of Olympus – and Krokos, a mortal youth, were best friends. Continue »

Mexico City
Día de los Muertos: Grateful for the Dead

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), or at least some variation of it, has been an annual celebration in Mexico for over 3,000 years. During the Aztec period, it took the form of a festival in August dedicated to Mictecacihuatl, otherwise known as the Lady of the Dead, who was the ruler of the underworld and the afterlife with her husband, Mictlantecuhtli. Today it is one of Mexico’s most colorful holidays, encompassing popular traditions both old and new. Continue »

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 and paper – and sometimes not taken down at all, but mentally noted. But even in these fuss-free eateries, times they are a-changin’. Continue »

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