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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

Mamak Malaysian restaurant, Sydney

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…

A platform for pickpockets

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,…

A seafood orgy with thieves

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…

At a thief’s home

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…

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….

A Stockholm garden

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….

At the Microsoft conference in Slovenia

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…

Observations of Japan

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…

Necessity is the mother of…

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…

Suckers, high and dry

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…

Michael Pollan’s sun-food agenda

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…

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…