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Barcelona
Can Pineda: A Workers' Canteen Grows Up

The rustic family favorite Can Pineda has been holding down this corner of Barcelona’s El Clot neighborhood since 1904. It was not a restaurant originally, but a typical wine shop and canteen, where plenty of life could be found amongst the wooden barrels that now slumber peacefully on their perch up above the dining room. 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 »

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
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 »

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 »

Shanghai
Autumnal Eating in Shanghai: A Little TLC from TCM

When the seasons change from summer to winter, your body requires different foods to stay healthy – as anyone who has come down with a fall cold can attest. Continue »

Shanghai
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 »

Barcelona
Ratafía: A Midsummer's Night Drink

In Catalonia around the summer solstice, we make one of our most traditional liqueurs, ratafía, for which the herbs, fruit and flowers that are macerated in alcohol must be collected on Saint John’s Eve, or June 23. Continue »

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