Wim Wenders Visits, Marvels at a Japanese Fake Food Workshop,” Open Culture
A glimpse into how Japanese fake food is made—the kind that sits in restaurant windows as an advertisement for menu items. The extra special thing about this is that it’s narrated by Wim Wenders (director of Wings of Desire and Until the End of the World); it’s a clip from his documentary about filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu. Hat tip to Michael Kieran for the link. —Davina Baum 

In Singapore, a Food Future With No Past,” The Huffington Post
KF Seetoh, a hawker stall expert and founder of Makansutra food guide ponders how American-born chefs can connect with and understand the soul of a cuisine through travel. —Jen Murphy

The Address Book by Sophie Calle
In 1983, Sophie Calle found an address book on the street. She photocopied its pages and anonymously returned it to its owner. Next, she started conducting interviews with the people in the address book, attempting to construct a portrait of the book’s owner without ever contacting him directly. This is only available in print now due to threatened legal action between the subject and the author. Thrilling, creepy, sparse, beautiful and weird. —Evan Arnold

About Face,” T the Magazine
Dutch Photographer Viviane Sassen does it again. Her work, which centers mostly around Africa and fashion, is in the permanent collection of MOMA and next month will be exhibited at Amsterdam’s Huis Marseille museum (Dec 15 to March 2). Viviane’s photographs depict both her strong ties and struggles with the African identity. She states in the article “When I’m in Africa, I feel like I’m coming home, yet I also feel like I’m not one of them.” —Jason Seldon

Uncovering the Truth Behind the Myth of Pancho Villa, Movie Star,” Smithsonian.com
What really happened when Hollywood imbedded film crews in Pancho Villa’s army? —Derk Richardson

The Plight of the Negroni: Why Bartenders Love to Torture This Cocktail,” Details.com
Camper English is right: basic is best. —Davina Baum

Secret Cities: Montreal,” Nowness
Nowness reaches out to tastemakers Dexter and Byron Peart to get a super stylish insider’s guide to Montreal. —Jen Murphy

The Expendables,” Vanity Fair
In 1958, Frank Sinatra had a hit with “French Foreign Legion,” a song about both unrequited love and the romantic image of the legendary peripatetic fighting force. Old Blue Eyes sang, “If you think I won’t find romance in the French Foreign Legion / Think about that uniform with all its charms / Just one more time, are you gonna be mine or ‘au revoir, cherie’? / It’s the French Foreign Legion for me.” But just how romantic is traveling to fight wars? —Derk Richardson

A Microcosm of the New South Africa,” New York Times
See Soweto through the lens of AFAR’s favorite South African Photographer Per-Anders Pettersson. —Tara Guertin

Rio: the Fight for the Favelas,” Financial Times Magazine
As Rio de Janeiro prepares for a massive influx of travelers and tourists for the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016, the city and state struggle not only with building the necessary infrastructure but also with the “pacification” of the notorious favelas and the integration of the urban poor. —Derk Richardson

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