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Istanbul
Farming on the Edge: Istanbul's Threatened Urban Agriculture

“We grow everything here – kale, dill, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, arugula, eggplant, lettuce, cauliflower… everything,” the elderly woman says proudly, waving her hand in the direction of her small field as she digs her worn plastic sandals into the dirt. Continue »

Mexico City
Riviera del Sur: The Neo-Cantina

A few months ago, El Portal, one of our favorite cantinas in the Colonia Roma, shut its doors without any warning or fanfare. As we had been customers there for about 15 years, this was a great disappointment, and we were curious when we found out it had reopened. 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 »

Istanbul
Pot Dealer: Reviving a Turkish Coppersmithing Tradition

When we pick up a hefty, shiny copper pan in his workshop, Emir Ali Enç unhesitatingly claims, “You are now holding the best saucepan in the world.” Continue »

Barcelona
Catalan Ice Cream: The Real Scoop

As you might expect from a city whose weather forecast tends to be sunny, Barcelona has plenty of excellent ice cream options, even as summer fades into fall. Continue »

Athens
CB on the Road: The Mastic Trail in Chios

Gnarled evergreen mastiha (mastic) trees cling to terraced hillsides throughout the southern part of Chios, a Greek island in the Aegean. These humble trees (Pistacia lentiscus var. chia) have been fought over and cherished for thousands of years because they produce “tears” of delicious and healing sap. Continue »

Mexico City
Mariscos Frescos del Mar: Hoppin' Good

When it comes to finding new places to eat in Mexico City, we’ve learned not to be too quick to judge a place by its looks. A very good example of this is Mariscos Frescos del Mar, a hole in the wall we had passed without noticing many times before. Continue »

Rio
Mercado São José das Artes: Market Blues

Brazil is relatively young – it declared independence from Portugal in 1822, and the first republic was established in 1889 – but in comparison Rio de Janeiro is an old city; in 2015, it will celebrate its 450th birthday. Continue »

Athens
Athiri: Rare Elements

On a busy thoroughfare in Kerameikos near the bustling neighborhood of Gazi, it’s easy to miss Athiri – but we urge you to keep an eye out for this culinary gem. Continue »

Shanghai
Liu Family Harbin Dumplings: Pot-to-Plate Dining

Walk along just about any street in Shanghai these days, and you’ll see an ever-encroaching range of Western brands, standardized brand signage and food franchises. As in other rapidly developing countries, the battle for consumer dollars and brand loyalty has meant more chains and mass-produced food. Continue »

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