Category Archives: Main Course

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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I Left My Heart in Kansas City. I’m Talking About Eating Barbecue.

Let’s play a game. Heart healthy.  Which of the following do you not associate with that phrase?: (Oh, it’s my turn already?)  Salmon, exercise, the United States, barbecue, Wankel rotary engine. – Looks like the words written in bold are … Continue reading

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پولۇ Polo (Xinjiang)

From the portion size, you can tell they knew I was coming.  From the reused cooking oil, you can tell I knew what I was getting into. I consumed this tasty polo, better known to much of the world as … Continue reading

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If I Had My Way, I’d Stay at the Buffet

Nearly every Saturday during my sophomore year of college, my roommate and I would subject ourselves to a take-no-prisoners Indian buffet.  Was it good?  It had its moments, not the least of which was the grueling walk back to the … Continue reading

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Language Problems, Volume 2: Once Offal, Twice Awful

If you’re wondering where Language Problems, Volume 1 can be found, here’s a bit of assistance.  But that entry wasn’t titled as such, because upon ordering what I thought was a foccacia sandwich, I saw exactly what was going to deceive … Continue reading

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Coffee Ramen (Japan)

Ten ingredients you wouldn’t like to see in the same bowl of ramen: Coffee beans Coffee noodles Eggs (and their yolks) Vanilla ice cream Bananas Gouda (inexorably processed, that is) Kamaboko (processed fish cake with mind-numbing preservatives) Kiwi Salami Ham … Continue reading

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Nothing is Better Than Something: In-Flight Meals in the US and China

Is anything enjoyable about flying?  There are weather delays, carnivorous aircraft, 你知道我是谁?’s (the Chinese version of Do You Know Who I Am?), the TSA, and svelte seats for morally obese passengers. That’s all fine and good if you’re self-loathing, but … Continue reading

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Tavë Dhèu (Albania)

Given Name: Tavë Dhèu Alias: Calf’s Liver and Sour Ricotta Stew Place(s) of Origin: Albania Place Consumed: Shkodër, Albania Common Features: Calf’s liver (and/or veal), gjize*, onions, tomato paste, pepper Background: I asked one of the employee’s at my Tirana … Continue reading

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The Lobster Zone

I used to visit a video game arcade in Manhattan’s Chinatown, hoping to confirm murmurings of the presence of a lobster claw machine.  Small chance that the rumored game was a fecund chicken instead of said shellfish, but it was … Continue reading

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