Day 32: Ελλάς (Hellas)
The love affair with the Greek world runs deep for many westerners. Bertrand Russell in his History of Philosophy remarks that people often approach the ancient Greek philosophers, architects, and mathematicians with a kind of reverent mysticism. This is easy to understand when you realize that the Greek mathematician measured the height of the Great Pyramid at Giza based on his own shadow. An easy trick to replicate in today's world, but 2500+ years ago is a different subject. Greek influence remains strong on today's world through language, education, music, art, and food
Day 28: The Cape of Africa
The food from South Africa, like the food from many countries on trade routes, tells the history of the country through the flavors. With eleven official languages, three capital cities, a mega-diverse ecological environment, and cross-cultural interactions with more than a dozen nations from without and within, South African food presents a unique culinary experience.
Revisiting Jordan: the best shawarma in Houston
When I ate the Shawarma at Abu Omar's, I was immediately transported to my time in Jordan. I could see the hills of Amman as clearly in my mind as if I was standing outside my favorite Shawarma stand there. Save yourself the money, and check out the best Shawarma in Houston.
Day 26: The Island (archipelago) of Enchantment
Puerto Rico is a land of fusion. It is an American territory (where you don't need your passport) that uses the dollar as its currency, but the road signs are in Spanish and the measurements are metric (while globally relevant, the metric system is shunned in America). It is a beautiful country with food to match.
When people talk about travel--or more locally, trying ethnic food--the subject using the bathroom always is close at hand. Such discussions are full of fear, worry, wild speculation, and at times, vows to hold it till you get back. Part of the fear of ethnic food is that such indulgences will lead one, sooner than later, into an uncomfortable bathroom situation.