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Antik Cafe, photo by Paul Benjamin Osterlund
August 26, 2016

Behind Bars: Drinking in the Bosom of Abraham at Urfa’s Antik Cafe

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Istanbul -- Urfa's old city is an invigorating array of tones and sounds. Dominated by an intriguing maze of narrow streets, the buildings all share the same sun-baked sandy hue, suggesting that they rose up from the earth on their own centuries ago. Read more
Istanbul -- Urfa's old city is an invigorating array of tones and sounds. Dominated by an intriguing maze of narrow streets, the buildings all share the same sun-baked sandy hue, suggesting that they rose up from the earth on their own centuries ago. Landscape and cityscape blend into one here, and cars are outnumbered by ornately painted motorbikes equipped with sidecars, vehicles perfectly equipped to navigate roads too narrow for vans and sedans. Older men don poşu scarves of varying color combinations, and Arabic is spoken more frequently than Turkish.

Believed by locals to be the birthplace of Abraham, Urfa is known as the “City of Prophets.” The municipality proudly advertises this fact.Read more
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
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August 24, 2016

Hotpots and Hutongs: Backstreets Dinner in Old Beijing

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Beijing --

Hotpots and Hutongs: Backstreets Dinner in Old Beijing

$60 US/person
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  • Fee includes everything consumed on the walk
  • Group Size: Max 8
  • Start/End: 7:00pm ~10:00pm
  • Duration: about 3.0 hours
The big, bold flavors of Northeast China combined with the historic imperial cuisine and humble fare of the capital’s many migrants are what makes Beijing’s dining scene unique. Steer clear of the crowded tourist markets featuring bugs and mystery meat – it’s best to get off the busy thoroughfares and into the hutong (alleyways) to explore the best food in town. Read more