The grub from Ipanema: A guide to snacking on Rio’s beaches

The grub from Ipanema: A guide to snacking on Rio’s beaches

“Açaí, açaí! Queeeeeijooooo!” Strolling along the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, food vendors advertise their delicacies with melodious shouts that cut through the noise of thousands of beach-goers. Local Cariocas (residents of Rio de Janeiro) typically leave their own snacks at home and treat themselves to the diverse array of...

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How to eat all the things in one night in Taipei

How to eat all the things in one night in Taipei

I’ve been on quite a few food tours across several different cities over the years, and one thing I’ve learned is that every tour lives and dies by the guide. Sure, eating amazing food can salvage some of the tour, but if your guide is lacklustre, well then that’s just...

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Where to find the best pizza in Lucca

Where to find the best pizza in Lucca

Strolling around the historical town centre of Lucca, you can find traditional bakeries and deli shops, all guaranteed to rouse curiosity in even the most seasoned traveller. One of the most interesting of these is Pizzeria da Felice, the oldest pizzeria in Lucca (and home to the best pizza in Lucca)....

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How to make Uzbek plov

How to make Uzbek plov

Plov is the most classic dish of Uzbekistan, consisting of rice, onion, carrots and meat, all cooked slowly in layers in a traditional cast-iron kazan (essentially, a cauldron). If you don’t have a kazan lying around, you can sub it for a cast-iron casserole dish. For Uzbeks, plov represents hospitality...

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How to make Venetian-style sardines

How to make Venetian-style sardines

Reasonably priced and plentiful at the local fish market, sardines are a staple ingredient in Italian cuisine. A popular way to serve sardines is Neapolitan style, with fresh tomato and basil, or sarde in soar (sweet and sour sardines). In this dish, wine marries with the sweet taste of white onions, and...

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There’s more to Porto street food than piri-piri

There’s more to Porto street food than piri-piri

There is more to Portuguese cuisine than the world-famous exported condiment of piri-piri. Easy contenders to win out over the much-loved chicken glaze (thanks to a certain colourful fast food rooster chain) can be found straight from the kitchens of Porto. So if your travels land you in northern Portugal, be...

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A guide to Shanghai street food

A guide to Shanghai street food

With one of the most diverse cuisines in the world, Shanghai is home to a range of lip-smacking adventures! (Including some tasty bites on our Streets of Shanghai walking tour!) But you don’t need to go to a fancy restaurant for quality grub — the city’s street food is guaranteed...

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Why locals line up for 4am pig blood soup at this Chiang Mai street stall

Why locals line up for 4am pig blood soup at this Chiang Mai street stall

At 4am, Nek opens the doors to his family-run breakfast shop, Joke Suan Dok Gate. By 6am, the place is packed with locals, who are all ordering up one of three dishes: joke (Thai-style congee), khao tom moo (rice and pork soup), or the most popular dish, tom luad moo,...

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Bangkok’s best Muslim-Thai food is just steps away from Khao San Road

Bangkok’s best Muslim-Thai food is just steps away from Khao San Road

The matriarch and namesake of Aisyah Rod Dee passed away in late 2016, after running her Muslim-Thai restaurant on Thanon Tani in Bang Lamphu for more than 50 years. It was a sad loss for locals in Thailand, who have long loved the dishes she and her three generations of...

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The best places to eat and drink in Florence

The best places to eat and drink in Florence

When it comes to food and drink, Italy’s incredible richness means you’re spoiled for choice. After all these years of living in Florence, I am still amazed by what this small, quaint city has too offer. One major reason for Italy’s abundance is its perfect terrain and temperature, which allows...

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