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Building Blocks

Every time we travel outside of Oaxaca, we get something we call “the tortilla blues.” Even if we move around inside of Mexico, particularly in […]

Salchicha Ejuteca

The history of Oaxacan food is deeply linked to the concept of adaptation. Our culinary identity has many chapters: the Mesoamerican native period, the colonial […]

Levadura de Olla

Standing behind the smoke veil rising from the hot clay griddle, Thalía Barrios Garcia roasts dozens of tomatoes of all shades of red with the […]

Oscuro Brebaje

As difficult as the last two years have been for food businesses, it has offered many establishments an opportunity to rethink how they do things […]

El Pochote

El Pochote (named after a thorny, flowering tree native to Central America) is an organization of local organic producers in Oaxaca that was founded in […]

November 15, 2018

Spring Trees: Sichuan for Everyone

Beijing |
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Beijing -- In Beijing, it’s not uncommon for a waiter to ask “有忌口吗?” before you start ordering. It translates as “Anything you don’t eat?” With a large Hui Muslim minority population, Beijing is more accustomed to diners with dietary restrictions than southern cities like Shanghai.
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February 1, 2017

Toros: Tantuni (the Kreuzberg Remix)

Berlin |
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Berlin -- (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.) In Berlin, there is no shortage of meatless options, and vegetarians can even rejoice in a seitan-based döner kebab that is given the proper spit roast. What did surprise us is that the ubiquity of vegetarian diets in the city has greatly impacted one version of a meat-centric Turkish street food classic.
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April 27, 2015

Biyou’Z: African Roots

São Paulo |
By Brooke Swartz
São Paulo -- Melanito Biyouha's restaurant in São Paulo’s gritty Centro is a social sort of place. The salmon-pink dining room opens to the street, inviting passers-by to stop, bate-papo, talk football and grab a cold drink from the fridge.
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