The world’s oldest sandwich

The popular Chinese street food rou jia mo means “meat inside mo.” Mo is a type of flatbread traditionally baked in a clay oven that resembles an English muffin somewhat in its flatness, chewiness, and dense crumb. The meat, which is braised for hours until it’s reached the disintegration and tenderness of the best American…

“Let food be thy medicine” – Athens eats

Greece is in an economic crisis. As a visitor, it was my duty to contribute to the economy – by buying a lot of food. Every place I ate at was located in the tourist area around the Acropolis and the Plaka neighborhood. My favorite meal was at Attalos. I ordered moussaka and fritters. Moussaka…

Edinburgh eats

I was in London right before visiting Edinburgh, and found the food to be uninteresting. Americans have a better handle on fish & chips and “cheeky Nando’s” is not cheeky. British conceptions of cake (one-dimensional taste, aesthetically bland, uncreative ingredients) pale in comparison to the baked goods of every other country I’ve been to, even…

La Boqueria

La Boqueria is a large public market in the heart of Barcelona. It reminded me of the Wangfujing market in Beijing, if it was crossed with Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market – touristy, crammed, noisy, and smelly, in the best ways. Everyone speaks English. A must for any visit to Barcelona. Skip lunch in favor…

chök the chocolate kitchen

chök the chocolate kitchen is a Barcelona chain that makes sweet things. chök stores are probably the most beautiful mid-market temples to sugar in the world. WARNING: Dieters should not proceed beyond this point There was no way I could pass up trying one of these “kronuts.” Each and every one is a work of art. Creme…