Eating out

Restaurants, cafes and bars, and places for enjoying street food

Dinner in Vietnam with the ‘Mayor of Chinatown’

  I love Vietnamese food. Especially in the southern part of Vietnam, the ingredients scream 'fresh!' in voices of many colors. Considered by many to...
Lunchtime feast in a Kyrgyz yurt

Artful dining in Kyrgyzstan

Traveling to Kyrgyzstan after several weeks in Uzbekistan, I was struck by how dining in Kyrgyzstan was varied and had homespun charm of Kyrgyz...
Rooftop dining in Khiva

Sit down to dinner, Uzbek style

Uzbekistan does not top most foodies’ bucket list of places to go, but Uzbek cuisine satisfies in unexpected ways:  lots of fresh ingredients; more...

Naryn, Uzbekistan’s surprisingly good kazy salad

They eat horses in Central Asia, don’t they? Well, I had not considered that. I knew the people of the region are famed horse...
One Flew South

One Flew South’s pork belly sliders

When I visit family in Mississippi, I look forward to the return layover in Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport for a single, compelling reason. America’s busiest...
Kerala houseboat

Kerala dreaming at Delhi’s Zambar

When I visited Kerala, I was enchanted by the atmospheric Backwaters and laid-back lifestyle. I also fell in love with the food, which was...
Manhattan skyline from Weehawken, New Jersey

Desayuno Cubano

The view of New York City from the bus top on JFK Boulevard in Weehawken, New Jersey is one of the best going, as...
Fresh French bread

Saturday morning ritual in Saint-Louis (FR)

The market in Saint-Louis is just across the French border, and going there has become something of a Saturday morning ritual. When I visit...
Detail, wedding finery, Kampong Cham, Cambodia

Cambodian food in Minnesota?

A Cambodian wedding is spiced with unexpected touches of color, and gilded with tradition.A big part of that tradition is a ceremonial meal that...
The Sweet Shoppe, Ridgefield, Connecticut

All-American Saturday

One of Chez Lénard’s trio of gourmet hot dog carts operates in Ridgefield, Connecticut. The cleverly named dogs are popular hereabouts, and endorsed by...
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