Archive for the ‘Asia’ Category

#136 Bhutan: gross national happiness, but without the yak

Share   So you know how sometimes you’re in a hurry, and you slam on the brakes at a stoplight after just barely missing your chance to run through the yellow light? And then it seems to take forever for the light to turn green again. And then you’re cranky? Like, just a little bit? […]

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#131 Armenia: flaming kabob platter > supermodel

Share   Before I tell you about a perfectly spectacular Armenian meal, please allow me to whine a little bit about my own incompetence. Over the past several years, I’ve made four attempts to track down a legit Armenian meal. None of the first three worked worth a poop. Attempt #1: I dragged three friends—including […]

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#0 Kuala Lumpur night market: duck tongue, century eggs, and a random bottle of snakes and scorpions

Share   As a white boy who loves to travel, I absolutely live for the moment when a friendly foreign host gets that evil glint in their eye at a street stall.  It’s a mischievous glimmer that says, “heh heh heh, it’s going to be hilarious to watch the white American boy eat this.”  Previous […]

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#120 Tajikistan: hm, this food closet smells like pickled cabbage

Share   At a glance, one might assume that Salute Kosher Restaurant (sometimes listed online as “Salut 2000” or “Restaurant Salute”) is just another Uzbek-Bukharian place, much like Cherburechnaya or Tandoori or Aladdin. The word “Uzbek” appears twice on the menu, and the restaurant was featured in a 2006 New York Times article, which specifically […]

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#116 Mongolia: bring on the fermented mare’s milk!

Share   OK, fine.  I admit it:  sometimes, I totally stalk people.  But only if I think they might be able to feed me something interesting. Once upon a time, I was hungry, and tried really hard to stalk real Mongolians in New York City.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any.  (In case you’re wondering: corner-store […]

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