Food

Shangri-La tea at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore.

Hotel Oddity #48. Shangri-la tea

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This intriguing basket was waiting in our room when we checked into the Shangri-La hotel in Singapore. It had been a long journey for…

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At the Four Seasons Sultanahmet, a beautiful presentation of raki, the local anise liquor, to which water is added.

Four Seasons Hotel Perfection—Hotel Oddity #47

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What has the Four Seasons Sultanahmet in Istanbul not thought of? I’ve already written about its coffee delivered with wake-up call, a practice worthy…

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Fresh Swedish potatoes

Fresh Swedish potatoes

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In Stockholm, it’s that time of year. Fresh, delicious, Swedish potatoes. Get them in the neighborhood grocery stores, dirt and all. I’ve never seen…

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Banana liqueur in Turkish Air lounge, Ismir airport

Banana liqueur

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You find the strangest things in airport lounges. Fancy banana liqueur? This was in the Turkish Air lounge in Izmir. Let me tell you:…

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Vodka and caviar in Russia: Three caviar varieties, three kinds of vodka

Vodka and caviar in Russia

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Vodka and caviar in Russia Russian oligarchs suck billions of dollars from the national economy but leave lavish scraps to tease big bucks from…

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Turkish counterfeits: Turkish mezze plate.

Turkish counterfeits

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How one thing leads to another… Bob and I were enjoying a delicious dinner in a small Turkish resort town. It was a balmy,…

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Tokyo Narita Airport comfort

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The weather was terrible when we visited Japan last month. There was a whole inch of snow on the ground, and slushy puddles to…

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Kajsas fish soup

Kajsas fish soup, Stockholm

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Kajsas fish soup I dream of Kajsas’ fish soup! Since I started visiting Kajsas Fiskbistron (fish bistro) in the 90s, I always order only…

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The durian-man must wear an armor-like glove in order to handle the spiky fruit.

Durian, the fragrant/foul fruit

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Durian. You love it. You hate it. Or you’ve never had it. This powerfully-fragrant fruit from Southeast Asia is considered so foul-smelling by some…

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View from the table: Fumy motorbikes buzz by the lone pizza table in the street.

Pizza fumé

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Sounds good, but it’s not what you think if you’re imagining a fragrant, wood-smoked Margherita pie. Back in Naples, lunching at the tiniest pizza…

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Sfogliatelle inside

Sfogliatelle!

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If this doesn’t make you drool, well, try the lower photo. Sfogliatelli must be the most exquisite pastry ever invented. Found only in Naples,…

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Pig organ restaurant in Singapore

Pig organ soup

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Here’s a restaurant in Singapore I didn’t try. In addition to its famous pig organ soup, the specialty restaurant pushes portions of pig livers,…

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Mamak Malaysian restaurant, Sydney

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Mamak is worth standing in line for. Bob and I waited 50 minutes for what is actually rather ordinary Malaysian food. But you can’t…

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A platform for pickpockets

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Denouement. None of us wanted to leave the park. After the demos, the dinner, and the as-yet-untold experience on the buses, after the conversation,…

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A seafood orgy with thieves

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Dinner with thieves, continued. Carafes of white wine land on the table. I join Andy and Lou and have beer. Among much laughter, the…

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At a thief’s home

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The shouting at dinner surprised me. It was like the stereotypical Italian dinner: loud and full of gesturing, standing up and leaning forward, voices…

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Kaiseki: Steamed icefish on raw sea urchin

Japanese kaiseki dinner

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You are lucky indeed if you ever get the opportunity to experience a kaiseki meal, especially one in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn….

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A Stockholm garden

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Every frequent traveler has a personal list of what he misses about home. The list varies depending on the type and length of travel….

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Coffee on the road

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Go ahead—laugh. I did. Is there a more phallic kitchen tool on the planet? Or one more ridiculous? You should see the thing in…

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Delicious do-it-yourself panipuri at the upscale restaurant Soam, in Mumbai.

Eating in Mumbai

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Eating Mumbai Bhel puri just might be my favorite Indian food. A snack commonly prepared and served on the street, you can find it…

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A pudding

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After twenty years of baking this decadent dessert, which I’ve called by a name I’m quite fond of, I must finally, if fleetingly, commit…

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At the Microsoft conference in Slovenia

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The Slovene driver sped along the autostrade, disco crackling on the radio, fast-chomping gum, taking and making phone calls as if he runs another…

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Observations of Japan

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Just back from Japan with a few shallow thoughts: I like the Japanese philosophies of beauty and simplicity, love the food, but can’t get…

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Necessity is the mother of…

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Coogee Beach, Australia—From our hotel, we walk around the corner to The Globe for “brekkie” every morning. We’re regulars on the stools at the…

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Suckers, high and dry

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I can’t remember ever having eaten dried octopus, but I’m not saying I wouldn’t. There they were, looking festive, a row of fresh ones…

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Michael Pollan’s sun-food agenda

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Last month in the New York Times, Michael Pollan wrote an open letter to the president-elect about the importance of revising our entire food…

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A giant version of the paper dosa, with its three little bowls of accompaniments.

Paper masala dosa

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Why did we order two? Paper masala dosa is one of my favorite meals. I order them at every opportunity when I’m in India,…

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duck in a can

Duck in a can

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Montreal—Read anything about this city’s vibrant dining scene and you’ll be pointed to Au Pied de Cochon. You’ll also be warned: dining here entails…

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Midnight sun in Stockholm

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A family visit to Stockholm turned into a media circus. How did they know we were in town? First was an interview for an…

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