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Paletas and Raspados

Mexico City is blessed with great weather all year round. Summer is not very hot because it’s the rainy season, and at 2,200 meters above […]

Yelo

Yelo, Roppongi’s kakigori (shaved ice) mecca, summoned the faithful with free samples on April 1 like some kind of cool April Fool’s joke for the […]

CB on the Road

As the car crested a craggy hill, the first rays of golden sun peaked over the horizon, painting distant clouds the color of red wine. […]

CB on the Road

Every time we venture down to Turkey’s Çukurova region, particularly its largest cities of Mersin and Adana, we leave more intrigued than we were on […]

Leche Merengada

For some inexplicable reason, leche merengada, or meringue milk, a traditional Spanish summer drink, has fallen out of favor over the past few decades – […]

August 14, 2018

Yelo: Ice Dreams

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The Sweet Life -- Yelo, Roppongi’s kakigori (shaved ice) mecca, summoned the faithful with free samples on April 1 like some kind of cool April Fool’s joke for the not-quite-warm weather. The line stretching to the Hard Rock Café a block away was a reminder of things to come. Now the weather has turned much warmer, and the wait is daunting.
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August 10, 2018

CB Book Club: Elizabeth Minchilli’s “Eating My Way Through Italy”

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CB Book Club -- We recently spoke to author Elizabeth Minchilli about her new book, Eating My Way Through Italy (St. Martin’s Griffin; May 2018). After a lifetime of living and eating in Rome, Minchilli is an expert on the city’s cuisine, as evidenced by her popular blog, her Eat Italy app and her book Eating Rome: Living the Good Life in the Eternal City (2015).
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July 30, 2018

CB on the Road: In Search of the Middle Eastern Cordon Bleu

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CB on the Road -- Every time we venture down to Turkey’s Çukurova region, particularly its largest cities of Mersin and Adana, we leave more intrigued than we were on the previous visit. In much closer proximity to Cyprus and Beirut than Izmir and Istanbul, these are truly southern Mediterranean cities, with blooming flowers, incredible citrus fruits, towering palm trees and scorching summers.
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July 26, 2018

Leche Merengada: Milky Magic

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The Sweet Life -- For some inexplicable reason, leche merengada, or meringue milk, a traditional Spanish summer drink, has fallen out of favor over the past few decades – industrial ice creams and sodas, with their multicolored flavors, bubbles and fantasy frozen shapes, have seduced local palates, making this monochrome drink pale in comparison.
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July 23, 2018

CB Book Club: Priscilla Mary Işın’s “Bountiful Empire”

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CB Book Club -- We recently spoke to food historian and researcher Priscilla Mary Işın about her new book, Bountiful Empire: A History of Ottoman Cuisine (Reaktion Books; May 2018). She has previously published edited transcriptions of texts relating to Ottoman food culture and Sherbet and Spice: The Complete Story of Turkish Sweets and Desserts (2008), a social history of Ottoman sweets and puddings.
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July 16, 2018

Naniwa Café: Fortune Fish

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The Sweet Life -- It’s always tempting to try and take on all three major museums in Tokyo’s Art Triangle in one day. It would be easy to be overwhelmed by the delicious treasures of the National Art Center Tokyo, the Suntory Museum of Art and the Mori Art Museum, so we usually opt for just one and head to Naniwa Café afterwards for a pot of tea and their delicious taiyaki, a popular form of Japanese sweets (wagashi).
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