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Istanbul
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 »

Shanghai
Tangyuan: Light Up First Night

Lantern Festival (元宵, yuánxiāo, or “first night”) is the 15th day of the Chinese New Year, and marks the last day of Spring Festival.  Continue »

Mexico City
Birria El Güero: Landmark Soup

Colonia Santa María La Ribera, one of our favorite dining neighborhoods in Mexico City, is home to the historic kiosko morisco. Continue »

Istanbul
CB on the Road: Join Us in Gaziantep!

We are very happy to announce that in May we’ll be offering a springtime edition of “Culinary Secrets of Gaziantep,” our three-day eating and hands-on cooking adventure in Turkey’s gastronomic mecca. Continue »

Elsewhere
Yelo: Ice Dreams

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

Barcelona
La Panxa del Bisbe: Mountain Man

Here we are in the Bishop’s Belly, La Panxa del Bisbe, which is not the midsection of a Catalan priest, but both a restaurant and a mountain. Continue »

Delhi
Delhi Winter Foods: Street Sweets

Old Delhi overflows with recent – and not so recent – migrants who have left a rural farming life. Over 55 percent of India’s workforce, in fact, is engaged in some aspect of agriculture. Continue »

Mexico City
El Buho: The Night Owl

Set up along Bucareli, just south of Reforma – two of the city center’s core arteries – only after dark, there is a steady huddle that gathers under a yellow tarp around steam and light bulbs. Continue »

Athens
Farmers Republic: A Revolutionary Marketplace

There’s a lot of talk about revolution in Greece these days. We have a new left-wing government that promises to shake up the establishment both here and abroad, cutting costs by drastically reducing ministerial perks like private guards and official automobiles, reinstating lost jobs and shorn pensions, upping the minimum wage … and seeking alternative ways of handling Greek debt. Continue »

Shanghai
Guang Ming Cun: Shanghai Soul Food

On one of Shanghai’s busiest shopping streets, amidst the glittering Tiffany & Co, Piaget and Apple stores, Guang Ming Cun is housed in a nondescript four-story building. Continue »

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When it comes to exploring a city's authentic dining scene, while the stomach should ideally serve as the best compass, the truth is that it's hard to find your way without good local advice. That's where Culinary Backstreets' food walks come in.
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