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Daily Dispatches from the Frontlines of Local Eating

Recipe: Spanakoryzo, Greek Spinach Rice

Athens |
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Considering that there are more than 40,000 cultivated varieties, it’s no surprise that rice has fed people so successfully for so long. Many believe the wonder crop was first cultivated in China as early as 2,500 BC before spreading to Tibet, India and beyond. Read more
Considering that there are more than 40,000 cultivated varieties, it’s no surprise that rice has fed people so successfully for so long. Many believe the wonder crop was first cultivated in China as early as 2,500 BC before spreading to Tibet, India and beyond.

It was in India that one of Alexander the Great’s military campaigns came across rice in the 4th century BC. In his work Geographica (“Geography”), Greek geographer Strabo (c. 62 BC–24 AD) quotes a source from the campaign: “The rice, according to Aristobolus, stands in water in an enclosure. It is sowed in beds. The plant is four cubits in height, with many ears, and yields a large produce.” Read more
May 20, 2020

Las Crónicas del Conde: An Instagram Live Series with Paco de Santiago

Mexico City |
By Culinary Backstreets
Mexico City Spanish speakers, join Francisco de Santiago (“Paco”), our lead guide in Mexico City who goes by Conde Pétatl on Instagram, for a new series called Las Crónicas del Conde (“The Chronicles of Conde”). From May 21 until June 16, he will chat with a different guest from around Mexico about the country’s cuisines, cultural traditions and history on Instagram Live each Thursday at 8 p.m. CDT (GMT-5). Read more
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