Archive for the ‘Africa’ Category

#125-128 The 2012 African Motherlode: Guinea-Bissau, Niger, Gabon, and Burkina Faso

Share   Just over a year ago, I looked at a map of Africa and thought: I’m screwed. At the time, I’d already visited—or at least eyeballed—nearly every African restaurant in NYC. But there are roughly 50 countries in Africa, and I had only been able to find food from about a dozen of them […]

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#113 Algeria: briks and boureks at Harissa Cafe

Share   Here’s why I love New York:  I was walking down a street in Astoria, feeling potbellied after visiting a Chilean bakery and a Jordanian bakery, when I noticed a cute little place called Harissa Café.  I took a peek at the menu, thinking I’d found a Moroccan restaurant, and noticed that several of […]

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#91-99 The African Motherlode: Angola, Benin, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Somalia, Sudan, and Tanzania

Share   I’ve always worried that my food quest would fall flat on its (pudgy) face because of Africa. I love good African food, but the continent is home to a crapload of individual countries—54 or so, depending on whose list you’re looking at—and there’s a relative shortage of African restaurants in NYC. Until now, […]

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#81 Sierra Leone: how to make a mousetrap from junk mail

Share It’s pretty much impossible to live in New York City without occasionally doing battle with mice. If you’re fortunate enough to live in a well-maintained building, “doing battle” means calling the building staff, and getting them poison the living hell out of the mice. Easy. But if you happen to be engaged to an […]

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#80 Ghana: halfway finished!

Share I’m proud to announce that I’m now halfway through my quest to eat food from 160 nations without leaving NYC. (Burp.) A few quick reflections on my journey so far: I’ve eaten herring four times, livestock hooves three times, pig tails once (boing!), and kangaroo once. I got drunk and pretended to be a […]

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