Tag Results for 'dessert'

Strictly Cookies: Cookie Monsters, Inc.

For years, expats in Shanghai complained about the lack of quality desserts in the city. Perhaps they just meant familiar desserts, as locals were more than happy to point them to delicious egg tarts, mooncakes or Taiwanese iced treats. But alas, when it came to sweets, there seemed to be a Great Wall-sized divide between East and West. Continue »

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Con Sabor a Tixtla: From Guerrero, with Love

Mexican cooking is clever. With just a handful of ingredients, each region of the country has managed to create a unique cuisine that reflects local lifestyles and traditions. This fact is made abundantly and deliciously clear at Con Sabor a Tixtla, a small, family-owned restaurant in Mexico City’s hip, vibrant Roma neighborhood. Continue »

Yelo: Ice Dreams

Editor’s note: It’s Cool Treats Week at Culinary Backstreets, and today we head to Tokyo, where a shaved-ice shop keeps ’em lining up late into the night. Continue »

Baylan Pastanesi: A Slice of History

The roaring ’20s: Flappers in the Pera Palas Hotel were dancing the can-can, Art Deco was all the rage, the Turkish Republic was born. Hope, progress and newness double-stepped to the beat of Kemal Atatürk’s drum. Continue »

Aconchego Carioca: Pretension-Free Zone

The Praça da Bandeira, an area of Rio that until recent years was mostly known for prostitution and cheap inner-city housing, is rapidly changing. Continue »

In the House of Cod: Lent and Easter in Barcelona

In Spain, preserving the rituals of Lent – historically a period of 40 days of prayer, penance and pious abstinence from eating meat that leads up to Easter – was up until the second half of the 20th century mostly the responsibility of priests.  Continue »

Charmant: Old Reliable

We’ve mentioned Charmant before on Culinary Backstreets, giving it a nod for its night-owl dining opportunities (it closes at 2 a.m.). Continue »

Fatih Sarmacısı: A Jelly Roll with an Ottoman Soul

Settling into our first cross-country journey in Turkey many years ago, we were pleasantly surprised by the comforts of Turkish bus travel. Continue »

Yelo: Ice Dreams

Why eat kakigori in the middle of winter? At Yelo, the smash-hit shaved ice café in Roppongi, it’s merely because one can. Continue »

Mid-Autumn Mooncakes: The Stuff of Legend

Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节, zhōngqiūjié) lands on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, relatively near the autumnal equinox; in 2014, it falls on September 5. Also sometimes called Mooncake Festival, it is a public holiday in China and Taiwan on which families gather to give offerings to the full moon, float sky lanterns and eat mooncakes (月饼, yuèbing). Continue »

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