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Short Eats Olympics

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

In the spirit of the Olympic games, we’ve compiled the following list of some of our favorite “short eats” – meals for travelers on the go – and awarded medals to those that rank in the top three.

We were in our usual rush.  With only one day in Kandy, the small mountain city at the base of Sri Lanka’s tea country, we had ambitions to cover a lot of ground: a visit to the area’s most heralded tea plantation two hours away, a tour of the Buddhist temple here which houses Sri Lanka’s most famous relic, the Buddha’s tooth, and some exploration of the busy streets of downtown Kandy, that swirl around the oddly-located local prison (or “free hotel” as our cab driver calls it) in the town center.

Sadly, as is sometimes the case with determined travelers, we neglected to allot any time for perhaps the most important and yet occasionally overlooked aspect of traveling: eating.untitled-1.jpg Lucky for us, Sri Lanka is home to a phenomenon called “short eats,” their answer to the American burger and fries off the rack. Sri Lanka’s short eats shops, a nice compliment to the country’s already terrific formal sit-down restaurants, usually feature an assortment of stuffed pastries such as the patty, a triangular dumpling filled with curried potatoes, vegetables or fish. Also available are baked sweetbread buns sprinkled with sugar, a remnant from Portuguese colonization. (more…)

Running for curry

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

005.jpgFLORENCE, Italy – Fifteen minutes – that’s all there was.

An outsider would surely see this as a ridiculous proposition: being a minute late meant a missed train to Italy’s culinary capital Bologna. But on the inside of those minutes to spare was a chance to satisfy a long-standing craving: a nice, spicy curry.

Despite the long list of stunning tastes and meals that we’ve been lucky to try, nothing ever hits the spot for me like a good meal of rice and curry – typical meals from my home country of Sri Lanka.

Fine and delicate food was good, but real food, my parents taught me, should be an assault on your tastes buds: the spicier the better.

And that’s why I was running.

An amusing crossing of cultures, Bengalis, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankans have managed to make a sizeable community in Italy’s major cities. Just three years before, I heard my native tongue Sinhalese spoken on the streets of Florence, Italy. A mental note stuck in my head – next time you’re there – ask around. (more…)

Fish and chips and football

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Sunday in England means football…of the British variety. We headed to a local pub to catch London’s bitter rivals Chelsea and Arsenal square off in a heated match. While we were at it we got to taste the UK’s most famous culinary export: fish and chips. The entire experience was…delightful. Check out the photos here…

A brief taste of home

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

There’s nothing like a weekend with the family before heading off to London for the second leg of the trip. Despite the many items on the to do list, we managed to relax for a day, get in some comfort foods, and visit some of the places that make where we are from unique. For photos of the crew back in their natural habitat, click here…

Sipping on Caipirinhas

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Amazingly, it took three weeks for us to try one of Brazil’s most famous mixed drinks, the “caipirinha.” Its sweet and strong, but there’s more to it than just that. See how its made in today’s photo gallery…

Ode to açai

Thursday, March 6th, 2008


To say we merely like açai would be an understatement: we’re addicted to it. This cool treat, unique only to Brazil comes from a fruit from palms in the Amazon, and tastes so good, we had to see how it was made. Get your fix in today’s photo gallery.

Sao Joaquim Market

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

On Monday we headed to São Joaquim market, the city’s largest open air bazaar. The market is located in the lower city, right along the docks, so much of the product sold there has just come off of boats arriving in the port. Check out the market’s bounty in todays gallery…

Eating like kings at a churrascaria

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Brazilians love their buffets. Tonight for dinner we went to a churrascaria, a traditional Brazilian eatery, where we ate like kings (and paid royally too). Think of a churrascaria like a buffet where the food comes to you. Finely dressed servers walk around with spits of equally fine cuts of meat. Have your full in today’s photo gallery.

Drinking mate

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Walking around Buenos Aires, you can barely go a couple blocks without seeing someone drinking mate, and so for this quiet day, we too, take a sip. Get your cup in today’s photo gallery.

On the streets of Buenos Aires, resting on his car’s passenger door, a cab driver takes a break from sipping on a metal straw and lazily asks, “Necesitan taxi?” A lack of an answer does not matter – in fact, you’d probably be troubling him if you did take him up on the offer. He’s drinking mate. With the trademark cup in hand, and the requisite thermos snug under his arm, all else that any mate drinker really needs is, well, more time.

It’s hard to go a couple street blocks, or venture past a park, and not see someone relaxingly sipping on mate – seemingly the South American drink of choice. Despite its ubiquity, a week into our stay in Buenos Aires, we had yet to partake in a round of drinking the earthy liquid. (more…)

Bags of beans: visiting a coffee farm

Friday, January 18th, 2008


After a bumpy start we arrived at a coffee farm in the highlands of northern Guatemala. The friendly workers at Nueva Alianza gave us the low down on the seven step process that turns a sweet red berry into that familiar brown bean. Ever wonder what goes into your morning cup of Joe? Find out in today’s gallery.

It had been a frustrating morning, to say the least. After a late start and a bus ride that took twice as long as we were told it would, we were now sitting on the side of the road somewhere in Reu, under a rapidly receding spit of shade. We were told that we would be able to find a ride to Nueva Alianza, a coffee plantation up the road, which we wouldn’t have believed were we not sitting with three locals also waiting for this phantom ride to the finca (plantation). (more…)

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