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Karē wa Nomimono, photo by Davey Young
December 5, 2016

Best Bites 2016: Tokyo

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Tokyo -- This was a year of culinary highs for sure, ranging from the ridiculous to the seriously sublime.Read more
Tokyo -- This was a year of culinary highs for sure, ranging from the ridiculous to the seriously sublime.

McDonald’s Choco-Pumpkin fries

Yes, you’ve read correctly. While out researching some serious Halloween treats I stumbled on a Mickey D’s seasonal specialty for Japan – Choco-Pumpkin fries. Not only did a picture of it on the menu look pretty awful, the thought of neither salt nor ketchup on my spuds seemed so wrong. And yet it turned out to be a truly impressive surprise. The standard fries at McDonald’s – or, as it’s known in Japan, makudonarudo – came with a packet of chocolate syrup and a packet of pumpkin syrup that you swirl over them yourself. Read more
Gelida, photo by Paula Mourenza
December 2, 2016

Gelida: Old Faithful

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Barcelona -- At the beginning, Gelida was just a bodega where Joan Llopart Pujó, who came from the village of Gelida in Penedés, offered Catalan wine, cold cuts and a few traditional Catalan dishes cooked by his grandmother, like butifarra amb mongetas (boiled sausage with beans). Read more