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Bread, olive oil Waking up in Nakagin Sure does sound like me

New Idea(s)

Don’t worry everyone, I still like food… But this idea has been stirring about for a while now: what’s in a restaurant name? I blame my fascination with language, Japan and China for this.  You see, there’s no shortage of places … Continue reading

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Cow Jam (Egypt)

In December 2013, I paid a second visit to the chaotic Khan el-Khalili market in Cairo, Egypt.  It’s a mess, but it’s a centuries-old mess, so…partial credit.  The first time I went was in January 2007, but a local friend … Continue reading

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It’s Food. You’re Supposed to Eat It.

Is it food?  You might ask that question at a buffet, or in-flight or just to tease your friend.  But can food be art?  I’m not sure, because I’m too busy eating it. How about that?  Is that art?  No, … Continue reading

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Kumis (China)

Given Name: Kumis Aliases: Koumiss, ayrag (Mongolia), 马奶酒 Place(s) of Origin: Central Asia Place Consumed: Ürümqi, China Common Features: Raw mare’s milk drink fermented by frequent stirring/churning Background: Traditionally, kumis was consumed from a horse-hide vessel.  The inventors) must’ve really … Continue reading

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Fugazza (Argentina)

Given Name: Fugazza Alias: Not pizza Place(s) of Origin: Buenos Aires, Argentina Place Consumed: Buenos Aires, Argentina Common Features: foccacia-style bread, mozzarella cheese, onions Background: My travel companion liked to frequently snack, in addition to sitting and having a meal.  … Continue reading

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Judging Books by Their Covers

Engrish can be amusing sometimes, particularly when it doesn’t make a lick of sense, but how about when the consumer also suffers from food allergies?  What do you have to say for yourself, random brick-and-mortar in Fukuoka, Japan? But there’s no … Continue reading

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Poke and Haupia (Hawaii, US)

I didn’t know much about Hawai’ian cuisine before my unexpected trip to Honolulu in 2008, except that I often noticed Mauna Loa macadamias on sale at airport duty-free shops.  There was something about burying food in the sand too, though … Continue reading

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