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Tacos de Canasta La Abuela

Just a block away from Mexico City’s financial district, one unlikely food star sets up shop every morning. From Monday to Saturday, at La Abuela, 72-year-old Arnulfo Serafin Hernandéz feeds hungry office workers, commuters, neighbors, school kids, government officials and tourists from all over the world with one of the simplest Mexican dishes: tacos de canasta.

Pamuk Usta’s Nohut Dürüm

In previous posts, we’ve reported on the unusual eating habits in Turkey’s hot and dusty Southeast. In Gaziantep, we noted the “wake and flake” baklava breakfast.

Delhi Winter Foods

Old Delhi overflows with recent – and not so recent – migrants who have left a rural farming life. Over 55 percent of India’s workforce, in fact, is engaged in some aspect of agriculture.

A Visit to Istanbul’s “Little Syria”

Over the last few years, as a growing number of Syrians fleeing the violence in their homeland have made their way to Istanbul, the Aksaray district has swiftly turned into the city’s “Little Syria,” filled with shops and restaurants catering to this new Syrian diaspora. CB photographer Ipek Baltutan recently spent a day walking around the area, capturing some of the flavor of this newly formed enclave.

Delhi Summer

Unseasonably cooler weather and rains plagued most of North India these past weeks, damaging crops and further exacerbating an untenable situation for farmers.

While writing about where to find a good, honest lunch is a worthy endeavor in itself, CB is also committed to covering stories and subjects that deserve a deeper and longer look. Done in partnership with talented independent reporters, researchers and artists, our Special Projects use food and culinary culture as a lens through which to explore and explain critical issues and to document endangered traditions.

January 30, 2017

Street Carts of Desire: The Tamale Ladies of Roosevelt Avenue

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Queens Migrant Kitchens -- (Editor's Note: In honor of the immigrants and refugees who have made their new home a better place for us all, this week we are running some of our favorite archived stories about those who have left a culinary mark on their adopted land.) If you walk the length of Roosevelt Avenue from 69th Street to 111th Street in the early morning, you may encounter up to two dozen tamale ladies, usually at the major intersections that correspond to the 7 train’s stops.
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