"I’m almost never game to wait in a long line to eat. But I joined a line stretching outside the door at Xoco in Chicago last Saturday because I couldn’t stand to hear another rave about the place without experiencing what all the fuss is about for myself. Xoco is a fast food Mexican place owned by former ‘Top Chef’ master chef Rick Bayless, whom my colleague Laurel Miller once memorably described as an ‘all-around culinary badass.’ - Dave Seminara in Falling In Love With The World’s Most Hyped Churros At Xoco In Chicago | Gadling.com)

"I’m almost never game to wait in a long line to eat. But I joined a line stretching outside the door at Xoco in Chicago last Saturday because I couldn’t stand to hear another rave about the place without experiencing what all the fuss is about for myself. Xoco is a fast food Mexican place owned by former ‘Top Chef’ master chef Rick Bayless, whom my colleague Laurel Miller once memorably described as an ‘all-around culinary badass.’ - Dave Seminara in Falling In Love With The World’s Most Hyped Churros At Xoco In Chicago | Gadling.com)

I didn’t take my first trip to Gotham City until I was 28 but up until that time one of my main images of the city – besides, ya know, people having harsh violence inflicted on them – was locals and tourists alike standing pleasantly in front of a hot dog cart while the hot dog vender garnished dogs with condiments (of course, a minute later they were probably pummeled and robbed by New York thugs). I’d seen the image of people buying frankfurters in New York on TV and in movies so many times that it just seemed like the thing to do when one visits or lives in the Big Apple.

Q: What kind of person were you in your twenties? What were your goals and do you think you would have ever imagined you’d be where you are now?

A: I was a complete asshole. Selfish, larcenous, druggy, loud, stupid, insensitive and someone you would not want to have known. I would have robbed your medicine cabinet had I been invited to your house.

Our favorite chef and cranky traveler, Anthony Bourdain

(via Anthony Bourdain Answers Questions About His Checkered Past | Gadling.com)

I needed no introduction to kitfo. I had read about it in my guidebook and hoped to try it while I was here. Kitfo is an Ethiopian specialty: raw hamburger meat. I know what some of you are thinking: eating uncooked meat in a developing east African country would be about as questionable a decision as Justin Bieber deciding to make a sudden, unexpected appearance wearing ass-less chaps at a NAMBLA convention. The guidebook and everything else aimed at non-Ethiopians strongly recommended to get the cooked version of kifto. But I wanted whatever Fekadu was having.
Culinary Cab Confessions: where to eat raw meat in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a new series in which David Farley gets dining tips from the world’s taxi drivers. Judging from this first installment, this is going to be fun! -MR
I needed no introduction to kitfo. I had read about it in my guidebook and hoped to try it while I was here. Kitfo is an Ethiopian specialty: raw hamburger meat. I know what some of you are thinking: eating uncooked meat in a developing east African country would be about as questionable a decision as Justin Bieber deciding to make a sudden, unexpected appearance wearing ass-less chaps at a NAMBLA convention. The guidebook and everything else aimed at non-Ethiopians strongly recommended to get the cooked version of kifto. But I wanted whatever Fekadu was having.

Culinary Cab Confessions: where to eat raw meat in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a new series in which David Farley gets dining tips from the world’s taxi drivers. Judging from this first installment, this is going to be fun! -MR

I’ve always wondered why some countries get famous for certain foods. Why is Belgian chocolate so great? Why do the Dutch make such fine cheese? Why aren’t the Dutch the chocolate experts and the Belgians famous for cheese?
While in Amsterdam I went to a Dutch cheese tasting at the Reypenaer Cheese Tasting Rooms, the shop and showroom of one of the nation’s leading cheese manufacturers. They hold hour-long cheese tasting classes most days, where you get to taste a variety of cheeses and learn about the process of making them. (via Tasting gourmet Dutch cheese in Amsterdam | Gadling.com)
Dutch cheese? Yes, please! -MR

I’ve always wondered why some countries get famous for certain foods. Why is Belgian chocolate so great? Why do the Dutch make such fine cheese? Why aren’t the Dutch the chocolate experts and the Belgians famous for cheese?

While in Amsterdam I went to a Dutch cheese tasting at the Reypenaer Cheese Tasting Rooms, the shop and showroom of one of the nation’s leading cheese manufacturers. They hold hour-long cheese tasting classes most days, where you get to taste a variety of cheeses and learn about the process of making them. (via Tasting gourmet Dutch cheese in Amsterdam | Gadling.com)

Dutch cheese? Yes, please! -MR

'm sitting at a bayside café in San Francisco, on a sun-spattered, blue-sky afternoon, reading my journal and traveling back to a similar day three years ago at a lakeside café in northern Italy, when I re-learned one of travel's great lessons: the importance of immersing yourself in the moment.

As the summer travel season unfolds, it’s a good reminder that travel’s gifts can stay with us long after the journey ends.

indiawanderlust
indiawanderlust:

The Best Countries for Food: #8 India
India’s protean gastronomy changes shape as you move between neighbourhoods, towns and states. The basis of all meals is rice in the south, and roti in the north. These are generally partnered with dhal, vegetables and chutney. Fish or meat may also be added. Whatever the ingredients: the dish usually contains a heady cast of exotic spices that make the taste buds stand up and take notice.
via Lonely Planet

indiawanderlust:

The Best Countries for Food: #8 India

India’s protean gastronomy changes shape as you move between neighbourhoods, towns and states. The basis of all meals is rice in the south, and roti in the north. These are generally partnered with dhal, vegetables and chutney. Fish or meat may also be added. Whatever the ingredients: the dish usually contains a heady cast of exotic spices that make the taste buds stand up and take notice.

via Lonely Planet