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Rio
Dom Cavalcanti: Chicken Soup for the Soul

Here in Brazil, canja de galinha, or rice and chicken soup, is food for convalescents – typical hospital fare, in fact – and to that end, it’s usually made with no salt, no fat, no seasoning. A few bars and restaurants, however, have found a way to elevate this dish. And Dom Cavalcanti, a fixture of Lapa nightlife, makes the most delicious canja in all of Rio. Continue »

Istanbul
CB on the Road: A Revived Grape Harvest in Thrace

Zeynep Arca Salliel had a successful career in advertising in Istanbul, but in 1995 she decided to take on a daunting new challenge: take part in the revival of small-scale viniculture in the ancient winemaking region of Thrace. Continue »

Shanghai
Eating and Drinking in Tianzifang: Toilets & Noodles

Beyond the stunning juxtaposition of the Bund’s colonial architecture with some of the world’s highest skyscrapers, one of Shanghai’s most charming, local architectural experiences can be found on the southern edge of the former French Concession, in the neighborhood of Tianzifang. Continue »

Barcelona
Barcelona’s Artisanal Candy: How Sweet It Is

Editor’s note: For the final installment in Sweets Week, we turn to Barcelona, a veritable wonderland of sugary treats, where old-fashioned hard candy is as popular as ever. Continue »

Istanbul
Altan Şekerleme: More Than Just Eye Candy

Just up the Golden Horn from the Egyptian Spice Bazaar is Küçük Pazarı, a rarely explored warren of market streets and Ottoman-era caravanserais that are home to scissors sharpeners, saddle shops, vendors selling axle grease (by the vat) and purveyors of axes. Continue »

Athens
Pasteli: Power Bar of the Ancients

Editor’s note: It’s Sweets Week here at Culinary Backstreets, and for our third installment, our Athens correspondent writes about a truly ancient treat that can still be found everywhere in Greece today. Continue »

Shanghai
White Rabbit: Shanghai's Iconic Sweet

Editor’s note: For our second installment in Sweets Week, we go to Shanghai, birthplace of one of China’s most beloved candies.
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Mexico City
La Dulcería de Celaya: Sweets Central

Editor’s note: It’s Sweets Week here at Culinary Backstreets, and to get things started, our Mexico City correspondent introduces us to one of the city’s legendary sweets shops, where every single candy and cookie is made in-house. Continue »

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