Archive for the 'Travel and Food' Category

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Travel and Food—Silver Winner: Billi Billi

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By Tom Weller The soldier sat down, uninvited, next to me. He wore dusty, faded green fatigues and shower sandals. He swung his battered automatic riffle off his shoulder and leaned it against the table nonchalantly, like a man shrugging off a golf bag after playing a quick nine holes. He turned toward me with […]

Travel and Food–Gold Winner: Breadstick Hydra

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By Matthew Frank The front room is filled with fresh pastas and truffle emulsions, meter-long grissini breadsticks and lady-kiss baci di dama cookies. I am in Barolo, Italy’s Panetteria, the sole local bakery, and am enjoying its silence, its farmland smells, the sight of three shadowed heads work-bobbing behind the kitchen’s glass door. They don’t […]

Travel and Food Category—Bronze Winner: Hardcore Pig Problem

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

by Dave Mondy I don’t idolize pig parts and I don’t own a Kiss the Cook apron. I don’t search for secret spices. Which is to say, I’m no barbeque fanatic; I came to Memphis for the music, not messy meals. But after giving a dollar to a homeless man, I asked, “Where’s a good […]

Travel and Food Category—Silver Winner: Mama Rose’s Coconut Bread

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

by Celeste Brash Mama Rose impaled the coconut onto the wooden spike making a tear in the husk. Self-rolled cigarette hanging out the corner of her mouth, she continued with ease, lifting, turning and thrusting the coconut on the spike till the husk fell away. Inside was a newborn, white nut with brown hairs. Picking […]

Travel and Food Category—Gold Winner: The Village Kazani

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

by Paul B. Hertneky “The secret of Crete is deep. He who sets foot on the island feels a strange strength penetrating through his veins and his soul widens.” Nikos Kazantzakis Go ahead and think of Greek islands as sun-baked bliss in blue and white. I had fallen into the habit of hopping to Athens […]

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