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Pang Mei, photo by UnTour Shanghai
August 31, 2016

Pang Mei Mian Zhuang: Sinuses Beware

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Beijing -- “Can you eat spice?” the waitress asked after taking our order. Her hand hovered hesitantly over the cash register.Read more
Beijing -- “Can you eat spice?” the waitress asked after taking our order. Her hand hovered hesitantly over the cash register.

“Yes,” we replied.

“But... Can you?” she asked again, looking to the other waitresses for help.

“Yes!” we responded emphatically, trying to vocally convey our love of the tongue-tingling, lip-burning action we had come for.

“Umm... These are Chongqing noodles. They are really spicy,” she said with her hand still in a no-man’s-land somewhere between our money and the cash register, unsure whether our foreign palate had what it took to slurp down a bowl of noodles from China’s spiciest city. Read more
Art Café 144 Steps, photo by Justyna Mielnikiewicz
August 30, 2016

Art Café 144 Steps: Stairway to Gebzhalia

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Tbilisi -- The 2010 makeover of Tbilisi’s old town broke the hearts of many locals and preservationists, who lamented the destruction of the neighborhood’s original 19th-century buildings and the fabrication of their cinder block replicas. Read more
Granja Elena, photo by Paula Mourenza
August 29, 2016

Granja Elena: From Farm to "Farm"

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Barcelona -- Despite the 1970s-era sign outside that says Granja (farm) and the red letters spelling “Bar” inside, you can’t really tell what this place is until you open the menu: a temple of “neighborhood haute-cuisine.” The food at Granja Elena sounds simple but tastes rich and complex. Read more