Houston International Food

Day 52: In the Sahel

Rarely do we find warning of spicy food to carry much weight. Check out today’s story where our usual response of “how would you eat this in your home?” to the question “how hot would you like it?” backfired on us.

Day 52: In the Sahel

Day 49: The Strait of Gibraltar

The intrepid explorers sailed around the world and brought back exotic new foods from the Americas while leaving their stamp on the world as far as the Philippines.  With plenty of tapas to choose from and some of the only Moroccan food it the city, you need to add Andalusia to your list.

Day 49: The Strait of Gibraltar

Day 48: At the Top of the World

Nepal is where the East meets the West, and the North meets the South.  It is also where the Sky meets the land.  With the world's highest peak, Nepalis have their own time zone and have an independent spirit that has never been conquered.

Day 48: At the Top of the World

Day 46: The Land of Morning Calm

Whatever you think you know about Asian flavor profiles, forget it.  Korean food has its own unique blend.  Although it is often reduced to kimchi and Korean BBQ, or not the fried chicken craze (both notable food categories in their own right), today, we go to Go Hyang, which means something to the equivalent of "My Home Cooking"  

Day 46: The Land of Morning Calm

Day 41: River of Painted Birds

In a country where cows outnumber people, four to one, you would expect them to know a thing or two about cooking beef.  It was the best steak we have had at a restaurant, by far.

Day 41: River of Painted Birds

Day 40: Polynesia

This Hawaiian fusion dish is taking the city by storm.  Its more than "sushi in a bowl."  Learn how Polynesians get their children to finish their dinner in this week's featured restaurant.

Day 40: Polynesia

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 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 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 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