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Ichiran's ramen, photo by Lindsay Anderson
August 25, 2016

Ichiran: Slurp in Private

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Tokyo -- There are times when food is just so profoundly, soul-satisfyingly good that we find it difficult to divert our attention enough to do the socializing often required when eating out with company. The folks who devised Ichiran Ramen must have taken that into account when they set up shop. Read more
Tokyo -- There are times when food is just so profoundly, soul-satisfyingly good that we find it difficult to divert our attention enough to do the socializing often required when eating out with company. The folks who devised Ichiran Ramen must have taken that into account when they set up shop. Their concept is to offer complete personal space so that customers can give their undivided attention to the Hakata-style ramen served there.

Imagine being encouraged to loudly suck up your ramen in the privacy of your own personal counter “booth.” Nobody really knows or cares who’s there, and whatever slurping happens there stays there.Read more
The conchanata, a specialty of the eponymous ice cream shop, photo by Rodrigo Cabrita
August 24, 2016

Scoop by Scoop: Lisbon's Best Ice Cream

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Lisbon -- In summer, there are just a couple of things that lisboetas will queue for: the beach and ice cream. The city is blessed with good places for both, but between the two, we prefer the latter, which in Lisbon tends to be Italian-style gelato, as served in the most long-lived and successful shops in town. Read more
Arnulfo Hernández of Tacos de Canasta La Abuela, photo by PJ Rountree
August 23, 2016

Tacos de Canasta La Abuela: Basket Case

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Mexico City -- 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. Read more