# Pop a Herring: Amsterdam folk like their herring fresh and raw from a neighborhood fish stall. The best in the business is Van Altena, Stadhouderskade at Jan Luijkenstraat (tel. 020/676-9139). Eat your fish in the approved Dutch manner — whole, holding the fish by …

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India: Food & Drink

February 1, 2009 // 1 Comment

Cuisine by Niloufer Venkatraman — Anthropologist, writer, and dedicated foodie Indian cooking is one of the great cuisines of the world. Like the country itself, however, it varies greatly from region to region, and you’ll discover a great deal more to savor than the ubiquitous …

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India: Restaurants

February 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

# Bumping into a Bollywood Idol (Mumbai): Nowhere in India is dining more rewarding than in Mumbai, where the streets are filled with literally thousands of restaurants representing every kind of Indian cuisine. But if it’s star-gazing you’re after, head for places like the Olive …

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Bulgaria: Food & Drink

February 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

If you’re expecting stodgy East European stews, think again: While the pretentious may brand it essentially as “peasant” cuisine, Bulgarian food is the best-kept secret this side of the Balkans, with an emphasis on fresh seasonal produce, and healthy, unfussy preparation methods. Influenced by the …

Havana: Restaurants

January 31, 2009 // 0 Comments

It’s been said before, and it’s worth repeating: Do not come to Cuba for fine dining. In addition to mediocre food and service, overcharging is attempted with disheartening frequency, including at many of Havana’s best and most popular restaurants. Paladares (private restaurants) are common in …