Tag Archives: Food

Genghis’ Camp.

This didn’t feel like Central Asia. The road was smooth, the ride quiet, the old Mercedes van that did the honours as our marshrutka, or collective taxi, wasn’t packed to the gunwales. Our driver, a faded Denver Broncos hat planted on … Continue reading

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To the last city.

No, that’s a misnomer. Tashkent was, if anything, Uzbekistan’s first city, at least in the modern sense of the term. First one to be occupied by the Russians, first one to be reached by a railroad, first to host all … Continue reading

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Hanoi: life on the streets.

I love writing longreads, but sometimes there are places, situations or moments where that only great writers can render through words, and I’m not of them. One such place is Hanoi’s Old Quarter. I could ramble about it for pages … Continue reading

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After (and away from) the tuna auction: Tsukiji fish market, Tokyo.

Clint Eastwood, in the The Good, the Bad and the Ugly once said that there are two kinds of people: those who dine at restaurants, and those who see nothing wrong in standing up for their meal in front of … Continue reading

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Naples: unearthing the treasure trove (Part I)

The cab was a Rénault estate, so old that – had it been a person –  it could’ve legally been allowed to drive. It had about 300,000 km on the odometer and, rather worryingly, wobbly seat belts that wouldn’t tighten … Continue reading

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Food for the road: rabbit legs and Vitelotte potatoes

A few days ago I left the Alpine Lys Valley, where I visited my friend Federico’s new business Paysage à Manger, with some kilos’ worth of potatoes of four different types, species that have been unavailable from our tables for … Continue reading

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Food for the road: Maluns, Graubünden style

A few days ago I left the Alpine Lys Valley, where I visited my friend Federico’s new business Paysage à Manger, with some kilos’ worth of potatoes of four different types, species that have been unavailable from our tables for quite … Continue reading

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Granville Island Market, Vancouver

Immediately south of downtown Vancouver lies Granville Island. The fact that this is actually a peninsula gives me room to think that locals have a thing for giving the wrong names to places, a suspicion that is confirmed by the … Continue reading

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A bowl of duck noodles and dumplings: how Hong Kong redeemed itself.

Hong Kong had, up that moment, disappointed us. True, the sci-fi looks we had expected were as shiny as we wanted them to be, but everything else was too sanitised, too franchised and too blatantly volgar for us to like … Continue reading

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Scotland, Part 2. Reasons why you should visit Edinburgh before anywhere else in Britain.

Later this year, Scotswomen and men will be queuing up at polling stations to have their say about what’s probably the most important decision they’ll collectively make in their life time. Given the historic importance of such an event I … Continue reading

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