Archive for the 'Travel and Food' Category

Travel and Food Bronze Winner: Vanishing Act

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Barbara Erwine
A traveler gets up close and personal with her cheese

Ankle deep in manure, I survey the surrounding hillside dotted with upwards of 60 cows.  I’ve never been good at crowd estimates, let alone the bovine variety, but we humans are outnumbered at least seven to one today.  I scan the [...]

Travel and Food Silver Winner: Meat My Love

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Lola Akerstrom
A meat-addict finally confronts the loss of her love.
Ah, tofu….needless to say, our first encounter wasn’t pretty. Within seconds of biting into its white spongy mass eloquently disguised as chicken, I was expelling it back onto the side of my plate as my dining companion looked on, perplexed.
Certainly no [...]

Travel and Food Gold Winner: It’s the Sauce

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Mary Jo McConahay
Nothing is quite the same without it.
The small restaurant on the island in Lake Petén Itza was so dark I thought it was empty. As my eyes adjusted, I saw Drafter, the only diner, sketching on lined paper with a pencil bearing chew marks, beneath the unblinking stare of [...]

Travel and Food Gold Winner: Fruits of Childhood

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

by Mohezin Tejani
This morning, perched on a wooden chair in my teeming tropical garden in northern Thailand, I am writing about Africa, the continent that still holds a firm grip on me. The sun’s warmth, after the heavy dawn shower, has brought plants and insects to life. Brown centipedes and gray snails are crawling towards [...]

Travel and Food Silver Winner: Showdown at the West Esplanade Canal

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

by Darrin DuFord

Can two hundred tons of chili save a city?
Exciting events are not supposed to happen in the suburbs.  I mean, what would the neighbors think
So I wondered what the neighbors thought as I cruised past their curtained living rooms while shell casings flew in front of my nose.  It was midnight and I [...]

Travel and Food Bronze Winner: Everybody Plays the Fou

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

by Tom Weller
No Chadian village is complete without a fou.  I discovered this in 1993 while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Beinamar, Chad.
The fou is the village crazy person.  Beinamar’s fou was typical of the fous I encountered in villages all over Southern Chad.  A middle-aged man, he wore only a pair of [...]

Travel and Food—Gold: The Great Butter Caper of Chartres

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Eileeen Cunniffe
Visions of French food danced through my mind, prompted no doubt by my growling stomach, as the train pulled into Chartres. We were stopping there to rendezvous with the other half of our six-person traveling party and to move our body clocks ahead by six hours. The next day we would begin the [...]

Travel and Food—Silver: Subdued by Street Vendors

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Darrin DuFord
A gastronomic exploration of Nicaragua’s post-war highlands reveals renewed talent for suckling and a stubborn joie de vivre.
“Chicken, chicken, soda, soda!”
I was sweating in a parked bus, serenaded by barks from Managua’s take on curb service. I didn’t believe the vendors would be able to stand tall enough to push their products [...]

Travel and Food—Bronze: Asia’s Back Street Food

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Janet Forman
After thirty years of Khao Pad Naem, Gaeng Bawt and Curry Kapitan, my rulebook for eating in Asia has evolved into one simple dictum: Never set foot in a restaurant. At least not one with a roof or walls. While most gourmands analyze guidebooks and scrutinize blogs for the sleekest temples of haute [...]

Travel and Food–Bronze Winner: Kimchi and Chrysanthemum

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By Bharti Kirchner
It was with an eager, vegetarian appetite that I arrived in Seoul. Korean restaurants in the U.S. had spoiled me with their soups, noodles, and dumplings, but I instinctively understood that a great deal more could be expected from this earthy, fiery cuisine.
My layover here would amount to only a few days before [...]

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