Eating my way around the world.
Collected by Jodi Ettenberg
I'm a former lawyer who now eats soup around the world for a living. Here are some of the places I've loved along the way.
Hàng Đào, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Vietnam has a coffee culture all to its own and in Hanoi, this includes a few cafes that serve it with egg. Whipped with sweetened condensed milk, the egg sits atop the slow roasted coffee, providing you with a hot afternoon treat that you'll...
Strada S. Rocco, 06089 Torgiano PG, Italy
Tuscany gets all of the press about wine but its sister Umbria is well worth a visit. Terre Margaritelli's chef not only provides locally-sourced, delicious food (I had this plate of meat but also a stinging nettle pesto that was fantastic), but...
1616 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3H 1L7, Canada
I'm from Montreal, but I moved away in 2001. However, on my return visits—and there have been many—I've tried the new foods the city has to offer. Recently, I came across Grumman 78, a taco truck that also has an outpost in the Le Faubourg mall...
1137 W Argyle St, Chicago, IL 60640, USA
I'm a huge fan of Pho soups but I'm picky too—I want a rich broth with light springy noodles and slivers of meat, a contrast of textures and tastes. Pho 888 is not only reasonably priced but offers up some of the best Pho I've had in North...
Carrer Bonastruc de Porta, 4, 17001 Girona, Spain
Costa Brava has no shortage of great eats, but I kept returning to Txalaka because it not only offered a reasonable 3-course lunch (for 11 euros) but also a sprawling offering of tapas at night, at 1 eur 60 each. With cheerful staff who took great...
Jamaâ El-Fna, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
There are plenty of wonderful foods to eat in Marrakesh, from tagines to saffron-infused rices and more. But one of my favourites is to head to the bustling Jamaa al-Fna in the old medina and sit at food stall "Stall 32". Located in the middle of...
Demirtaş Mahallesi, Küçük Pazar Cd. No:56, 34134 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
I've eaten all sorts of strange things on my travels: cockroaches, small crunchy sowbugs drenched in chili and fried in oil, sheep's testicles, you name it. But for some reason, people are most offput when I wax poetic about chicken pudding....
Thanon Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
When I lived in Bangkok, I chose my apartment due to one important factor: it was close to a restaurant my friends affectionately dubbed "Pumpkin Lady" because of the stuffed pumpkin desserts. The dining experience is hyper-local; food is served...
42-51 Main St, Flushing, NY 11355, USA
I love travelling to Queens for the dizzying chaos of its Chinatown - stalls of steaming dumplings, fruit and vegetables I missed from my time in Asia and incomparably delicious roast duck and pork. But moving away from the end of the 7 train...
86 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013, USA
Like many of us, I love pho soup. A Vietnamese staple, it is hearty and light all at once, a beautiful balance of rich broth and springy rice noodles. But I've abandoned my pho excursions for a newer discovery: Canh Chua, a sweet-and-soup...
Háaleiti S, Reykjavík, Iceland
Iceland is gorgeous but it isn't cheap. For those looking for a reasonable and delicious place to eat, SushiBarinn is a great choice. With a before-6:30pm daily special of 10 pieces of sushi and soup for $11 and incredibly fresh fish, it was a...
9/1 มาตา อพาร์ทเม้นท์ ถนน Hussadhisawee Soi 3, Tambon Chang Phueak, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand
Thailand isn’t necessarily known for its coffee, but Akha Ama is the exception. This is a very small coffee shop in Santhitham. It exclusively distributes coffee produced by the Akha people who live in the village of Mae Jan Tai in northern...
388 Market St #107, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
One of my favourite soups in Vietnam is a crab-and-tomato broth called Bun Rieu. I was thrilled to find in San Francisco, at a tiny stall called Soup Junkie. Don't miss his pho (flavourful broth, minimal accoutrements), and on Thursdays his banh...
100 6th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
I was not a fan of Miss Saigon's pho soups but their bun thit nuong was worth a shot, with thinly sliced pork and the required herbs and lettuce and noodles to boot. Easy to access from the main shopping area, and right off the BART.
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101, USA
Set in a school, M Wells dinette goes along with the theme, with desks facing the front and food menus written in school notebooks and on chalk boards. But the food is anything but simple - fabulous smoked honey beets, terrines, lamb, rabbit and...
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