I have always been captivated by travel diaries. Lewis and Clark charted the Columbia river from St. Lewis to the West coast at a time when little was known about the great beyond. Mark Twain, left the world a gift of his undoubtedly embellished tellings of traveling the western states and the world. Marco Polo traveled 15,000 miles across the silk road. This journey pales in comparison to Ibn' Battuta's 75,000 mile trek through 40 countries. The world today is a different place than the world these travelers knew. Globalization has removed the geographical barriers to the world's people, ideas, religions, and cultures. There are few places in the world where this "flattening" effect is more obvious than in Houston. Through the course of this website we hope to draw out the full meaning of that statement as we draw you deeper into the world of Houston. What follows is our travelogue. If we may adapt the title from the fictional tour that Jules Verne's intrepid Phileaus Fogg made around the world in 80 days, we write about for you now: Around the World in 80 Days in Houston.
This blog represents a collaboration that has been about two years in the making between Stephen and myself. If you follow the site (or any of the social media stream) and are into it more for the pictures or more for cultural interest, we ask that you remember our partnership. For the sake of readability we will often speak in first person, and in certain contexts it will be clear that the statement might apply to only one of us. Nevertheless, when first person is used, this is to be understood as being spoken from both of us.
In addition, we have collected a small group of fellow city explorers who faithfully foray into Houston's vast international scene with us. Although they are not writers or photographers on the blog, they are immensely helpful in our creative process.
We hope you will join us on this journey and perhaps we will meet you out in town some time.
Our interview with Houston’s most interesting restaurateur has been more than a year in the making. We have this much awaited conversation on site at her new restaurant, Horn of Africa.
Grab a shawarma at Alsafa, the first halal meat market in Katy.
Phoenicia: a Houston food institution and a “museum of food” that every Houstonian should explore.
Explore the first and oldest Japanese market in Houston, and grab a cream puff while you’re there.
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.
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.
Explore a Japanese market new to West Houston, and grab some ingredients to make something tasty and traditional (like Miso Soup)!
Cafe Brussels is not only the final outpost for Belgian food, but is also a cultural hub for Belgians and several other networks of Europeans who live here in Houston.
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"
Learn why "fish and rice make a Bengali" as we try food from the world's largest river delta.