Day 37: Oaxaca

Known as the land of the seven moles ("mo-lay"), Oaxaca with its more than 4,000 archeological sites and a history that begins with Zapotec and Mixtec natives and later intertwined with Aztecs and Spanish colonists, is a top food and culture destination in Mexico.

Day 37: Oaxaca

Day 35: The French Connection

As food travels to the States the local contours are often flattened.  Try Bistro Le Cep which specializes in traditional French country cooking for some unique and delicious surprises. 

Day 35: The French Connection

Day 33: The Land of the Rising Sun

In Japan simple everyday events become works of art and perfection: making and pouring tea, woodworking, gardening, and, of course, food.  Today we look at the art of Ramen.  

Day 33: The Land of the Rising Sun

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 32: Ελλάς (Hellas)

Day 31: Little Venice

Arepas, a famous Venezuelan street food, is an experience you won't want to miss.  Venezuelans are among the world's happiest people and their food is meant to be enjoyed with friends: happy people make happy food!  

Day 31: Little Venice

Day 30: Cuba

The largest and most populated Island in the Caribbean is itself comprised of 4000 Islands.  Learn about what makes a Fricassee and Fricassee and why Cuban Fricassee is something that you need to try.

Day 30: Cuba

Day 29: Dongbei

It is impossible to overstate the influence of Chinese food on global cuisine particularly in a world where one in five people are Chinese.  There are five major cuisine geographies in China.  This week we are in the Northeast: Dongbei.

Day 29: Dongbei

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. 

Day 28: The Cape of Africa

Day 27: Where the land ends

Chile is home to the worlds driest desert and the southernmost inhabited point on earth outside of Antartica.  These aren't the only surprises; their use of salmon with leave you begging for more.

Day 27: Where the land ends

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.

Revisiting Jordan: 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.

Day 26: The Island (archipelago) of Enchantment

Day 25: The Blue Mountains

What do Christopher Columbus, Usain Bolt, and James bond all have in common?  Jamaica!  Check out this week's post featuring this Caribbean Islands afro-eurasian inspire food.

Day 25: The Blue Mountains

Travelers' Revenge

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.  

Travelers' Revenge

Day 24: Anatolia

"Americans may have the watch, but we have the time" my Turkish friend tells me.  Take some time today and learn about Turkey's influence on the world.

 

Day 24: Anatolia

Day 23: The Pearl of the Orient

The second largest archipelago in the world is home to pan-asian/Spanish fusion food that will surprise you.  Learn how a fusion of world cultures produced this unique food.

Day 23: The Pearl of the Orient

Day 22: The Gift of the Nile

Egypt is so much more than home to 3,000 pyramids.  Egypt is one of the ancient world's major crossroads.  In modern time Cairo has global influence as the largest city in Africa, the Middle East and the 15th largest in the world.  Come learn how to eat like an Egyptian with us.

Day 22: The Gift of the Nile

Day 21: Land of the Fields

Home to 17 Nobel prize winners, the scientist who said the earth was not the center of the universe, and more strongest man winners than any other country, check out why Polish cuisine should be the next food you try.

Day 21: Land of the Fields

Day 20: The River of Silver

Argentina, home to cataclysmic changes and larger than life personalities such as Eva Péron, Messi, Che Guevara, Maradona, Pope Francis, and the Tango.  Check out why Argentina is the king of the empanada world!

Day 20: The River of Silver

Day 18: The Pearl of the Antilles

Haiti is called the "Pearl of the Antilles."  This name is due to its natural beauty and its ability to grow many valuable crops (Coffee, Cocoa, Sugar, Tobacco, Cotton, etc).  It was the second country in the Americas, after the USA, to throw of colonial rule.  Check out this Afro-Caribbean culinary treasure.

Day 18: The Pearl of the Antilles

Day 17: The Middle of the World "Mitad del Mundo"

The Andes mountains are home to many countries.  We enjoy some regional food from Ecuador.  We are lucky to be one of the two places in the USA where you can get traditional Cuy (Guinea Pig)

Day 17: The Middle of the World "Mitad del Mundo"