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I just came across this gem 11 “Mexican” Foods You Won’t Find in Mexico, which concludes: “Tex-Mex and Cal-Mex cuisines are actually more popular in the U.S. than authentic Mexican cuisine, and while these hybrids may have roots in Mexico, they’re truly American inventions.” I read that and squinted a little. Okay… so Americans invented the burrito because they put rice in it? But then you go on to read the rest of his article about what’s real and authentic about Mexican cuisine. Fine, great. Texas-style chili is definitely not Mexican, but who thought it was? But the post is called 11…

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When I started traveling, it was because I wanted to figure out some essential, core truth about the world. After all these years, I think I’ve found it. It’s simple: people are essentially the same everywhere, except all human beings are biased and that bias is called their culture. The first time you have a conversation about your home country with someone from another country who has never been to your country, you see it. In the beginning, you laugh. Your language teacher in Guatemala asks you if all Americans have swimming pools and chuckling, you say, “Oh god no……

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Forgive me for a second, I’m on a tear. If you follow the blog you’ll know that I bought a bunch of cookbooks in Thailand, lugged them across the city and to an airport, traveled to Japan, continued to lug them to not one but two different hotels, then flew to LAX, lugging and lugging all the way with a six-hour layover and nowhere to sit, all to get to Mexico City, lug a little more then fly home to Oaxaca. I live in Mexico. What I was doing buying Mexican cookbooks in Thailand is beyond me except it’s in…

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I love Thai food, so what does the best Thai food restaurant in the world taste like? Well, I was in Bangkok for 5 days, let’s find out. They offer a lunch set menu at $41 per person, making it by far one of the cheapest restaurants from the S. Pelligrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant list. The lunch set menu options are not super varied, so between me and my friend, we covered a good portion of the menu. But the food, the food right? Who cares about any of this… was it in fact the BEST Thai food I…

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I came up with the idea for a food and travel magazine, one that focused on the anthropology of food, while biking across France. You might think it was all the glorious food, but really it was the endorphins. Last year’s three-month bike trip was grueling but clarifying. I spent the better part of each day tender-bottomed and peddling away, left only to my thoughts and the unfolding landscape. What did I want to write about next? Food. It was half the reason we traveled anywhere anymore, whether it was the street food of Mexico or the luscious mezze spreads in Lebanon. Tradition. It…

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The Turkish breakfast is habit-forming. You pop into an adorable little café, pick up a menu and there it is. For $6 or maybe $8, you can order a spread of food to feed your entire family. Or at least my family, with the two little ones we have yet to eat it all. My companions have adjusted to their new surroundings quickly. Here Stella is reading an art magazine. (Photo taken just before I delicately removed said magazine before she ripped out pages, chewed on it or used it to swat her glass of juice off the table. I…

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Today I continue yesterday’s madness — and I don’t know if I pointed this out, but I’m including all the recipes so you can print them out. So instead of just giving someone a bag of dried chiles, you’re saying, “here cook something.” Which might be worse. Hopefully you know if your friend is into that. We spent the last two Christmas seasons in Mexico and while most places have a ton of Mexico ingredients (when I was in Houston, they had a larger selection of Mexican spices than my local Mexican grocer did) there are some staples I think…

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If I ever change careers, I will definitely go into the Kaffir Lime Leave business. I feel like everyone’s lives would be so much better if we just all had access to all Thai ingredients from fresh lemongrass to galangal (similar to ginger but different) to those amazing little leaves that grow on lime trees in Thailand. Can you tell I’m missing Thailand this year? It’s been too long. We spent Christmas there in 2010 and 2011 but haven’t been back since 2012. So I put together this gift list, which I realized after the fact, is completely insane, it’s…

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I made this bread while in Romania, doing absolutely everything wrong, and it still came out great. I used this recipe, which has great photos and instructions. My version is little more simple, and it demonstrates that you don’t really need fancy things like measuring cups or even all the ingredients to make a great cozonac. First, you make the nut filling. The instructions recommended making this the night before and putting it in the fridge, which I did, but then you have to take it out the next day or it’s too cold to spread. I didn’t do that.…