Archive for the ‘Europe’ Category

#129 Moldova: obey food website

Share   Please allow me to indulge in a ridiculous, fattening fantasy for a moment. In my alternate-universe version of New York City, all ethnic restaurants would proudly serve their national dishes.  Nobody would hide in the international food closet.  There wouldn’t be any more Bengalis masquerading as “Indian” chefs, Senegalese restaurateurs claiming that they’re […]

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#119 Bulgaria: hey look, there might be a recipe here!

Share   You might have noticed that I really like food.  You might also have noticed that I very rarely eat home-cooked meals. For those of you who don’t live in Manhattan, here’s some exciting news:  this island is effing expensive.  So we rented a slightly flawed apartment to save money:  there’s no direct sunlight […]

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#118 Italy: mysteries of the giant pecorino

Share   Urbanspoon lists 1836 Italian restaurants in NYC.  If you search for NYC Italian restaurants on yelp, you’ll find 2659 options.  And if you google the term “NYC Italian restaurants”, you’ll get 50,200,000 results. So yeah, there are somewhere between 1836  and 50,200,000 Italian restaurants in NYC.  And I passed up all of them […]

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#114 Switzerland: (checks eyebrows carefully)

Share   Supposedly, Swiss fondue is one of the world’s sexiest foods.  In fact, fondue is so sexy that I could only find one friend who was willing to eat fondue with me… and he actually sort of hates cheese.  I even invited one of NYC’s most accomplished food bloggers, and he responded by saying […]

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#111 Portugal: flaming sausage and moonshine at O Lavrador

Share   Generally speaking, restaurant servers are completely full of s#!t. I worked as a waiter for nearly a decade, and was specifically trained to lie through my teeth. A typical waiter-customer interaction goes something like this: Waiter:  “Today’s special is the chef’s magnificent dark gravy stew.” Customer:  “Oh. What’s in it? Is it good?” […]

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