Lunch in Beijing’s Muslim quarter

After visiting the mosque from my last post, it was time for lunch. We went into one of the casual restaurants lining Niujie (literally Oxen Street or Cow Street, likely a reference to the halal diet of Muslims). I ordered liangpi (“cold skin”). Liangpi are noodle-shaped but aren’t starchy or doughy like noodles, but gelatinous. They are served cold…

Aplets & Cotlets

Aplets & Cotlets are a candy strongly associated with Washington State, where they were originally invented as a way to use up surplus apples. They can be found all around in tourist retail areas but the best place to go for Aplets & Cotlets is the Aplets & Cotlets Country Store. The Country Store, in…

The Alley recap at the Groupon Bite of Seattle

The Groupon Bite of Seattle is Seattle’s largest food festival (free admission), attracting attendees on a scale similar to Seattle’s other huge annual events Northwest Folklife Festival and Pride. Hundreds of thousands descend upon the Seattle Center grounds without any purpose besides finding something new to eat. Obviously, I’m one of these people. The best…

“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…

Is L’As du Fallafel really the best in Europe?

It appears that I have been the only one not aware of L’As du Fallafel’s staggering reputation before I ate there. But everyone else in Paris seems to know about the place. This was the line: It was Sunday in the Marais, and the Marais is the only area of Paris that doesn’t shut down…