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Tokyo may be a megacity of more than 20 million people, but there are neighborhoods where the rhythm of daily life is more accessible, especially when it comes to eating. From old specialty shops to modern department store food courts, in these places the traditions and the communities they nurture are still identifiable. That’s especially the case in Kichijoji, the quintessential Tokyo neighborhood that’s the setting for our food walk and whose everyday food-focused rituals are the inspiration for this Backstreet Box.
As the stage for our epic culinary tours of Barcelona we’ve spent years getting to know the vendors and tracking down the very best bites of the neighborhoods we visit. With this Barrio Box – and the accompanying video virtual “tour” – savor some of these iconic establishments in your own home and support and celebrate their return to business.
The historic Plaka district might be one of Athens’ most popular tourist destinations, but there’s another part of the area that visitors rarely see, one where the city’s ancient heart beats a little louder – particularly through the neighborhood’s food. It’s that culinary aspect of the district which we explore with our food tour in the area – and that you can bring to your own home and kitchen through our “Backstreet Plaka” box and an included virtual video tour.
Mexico City’s size can be daunting, but it also happens to be one of its charms. Rather than simply endless sprawl, the city is made up of what feels like many smaller cities and villages joined together to create an incredibly diverse metropolis. How, then, to put all that size and diversity into one box? The answer is simple: fill it with products from the people who are part of our Mexico City tours and trips and whose work tells the story of their hometown’s many layers. Included is a virtual video “tour” that takes you even deeper into the shops and markets represented in the box.
The area that encompasses the Queens neighborhoods of Corona, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights – which happens to be the location of our “United Kitchens” food tour – is one of the most diverse places on the face of the planet, home to a multitude of immigrant communities. That diversity is, naturally, best expressed through these neighborhoods’ vibrant food scenes. With our “United Kitchens of Queens” box, that culinary mix can now become part of your own kitchen.
Since we believe that experiences are the best kind of present, our walks and other activities can be purchased as a gift certificate. These are a perfect gift for those in your life who love to roam the backstreets and explore cities through their food. These gift certificates can be put towards any CB activity, anywhere, without any restrictions.
Now in its ninth edition, “Istanbul Eats®: Exploring the Culinary Backstreets®” is the definitive guide to eating locally and authentically in Istanbul, written by the co-founders of Istanbul Eats® and Culinary Backstreets®.
This pack of cards is part of Culinary Backstreets’ efforts to provide roving food vendors with greater recognition and keep them where they belong – on the street. Each card profiles a classic Istanbul street vendor, giving a taste of their life story and their vital “stats.”
“I ❤ Ayran” t-shirt. A declaration of truth? A sly political dig? Depending on your mood, location and time of day, this shirt can be both!
Part of our “An Eater’s Guide to the City” series, this newly updated and expanded book was created with those who travel to eat in mind.
Comprehensive yet still pocketable, think of this little book as your trusted and knowledgeable local companion in Barcelona.
Comprehensive yet still pocketable, think of this little book as your trusted and knowledgeable local companion in Lisbon.
Just outside the gates of the US Open tennis tournament in Queens lies a world of incredible eating. This free guide helps Open visitors navigate their way to some of the best local dining options to be found just beyond the courts.
The definitive guide to eating locally and authentically in several of the world’s greatest food cities, including Istanbul, Athens and Barcelona – with more to come!