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When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!
To say Germany hasn't influenced the U.S. would be like denying the existence of water. German is the top self-identified ancestry among Americans. are the most common ancestor among Americans. The Germans taught us to love fairy tales like Cinderella and Snow White — while we gave them David Hasselhoff. Two of our country’s beloved meals originate from the Germans: The hamburger comes from Hamburg and frankfurter from Frankfurt. Even apple pie — as “American” as freedom, Big Gulps, and Truck Nuts — is a clear derivative of Apfel Streusel.
Needless to say, ambling around Frankfurt's HIT Markt (Mörfelder Landstraße 129) felt satisfyingly familiar. Upon entering, we saw on one side a bakery loaded with fresh pastries and Kornbrötchen sandwiches. Opposite was a Turkish section, complete with a döner spit and colorful Turkish sauces and freshly spiced veggies.
One of the best reasons to travel is to pick up that little trinket to remind you of moments you were happy far away from your normal routine, so it's always important for tourists in a new country to stop off at the local markets. One shining example of an excellent starter spot for tourists to get oriented in Phnom Penh is the market, simply named Central Market.
The 80-year-old, butter-colored building is appropriately located in the middle of the old city and you'll recognize it by spotting the large center dome with four wings branching out, each creating even more shopping options. From anywhere in the main part of town, hail down a tuk-tuk driver for about $2 and get door-to-door service with a drop-off right at the first vendor stall.
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Last week, we dished on Air Pacific's brand new airplane, new look as Fiji Airways, and even mentioned how to test out the fresh bird. Just the thought of Fiji seems exotic, pretty far away, and difficult to get to. Exotic, yes. Far away, sure. Hard to get to, not at all. This week, we'll be looking at what there is to do once you do make it to the way out to the middle of paradise.
Wandering around a foreign market is one of the best ways to get into the true flow by seeing how the locals eat, socialize and shop. A trip to the central market of the Western Fiji town of Nadi is no different and in fact, is one of our highest recommendations for your trip to Fiji.
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Bonjour! We're spending a couple of weeks hanging out in a gorgeous French village in the hills of the Côte Roannaise, an hour or so west of Lyon, near the town of Roanne.
Andsurprise!it was Bastille Day last week, the French version of July 4th or [insert your home country's national day here], which is officially called La Fête Nationale.
Did you know that Bastille Day doesn't actually commemorate the storming of the Bastille? No, really. It's a commemoration of the commemoration of the storming of the Bastille, a year after the Bastille done got stormed in 1789.
Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new featureTravel Catfocuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).
Travel Cat spotted at: Tai O village in Hong Kong.
This week's Travel Cat comes from John Walton of Australian Business Traveller. He submitted this via Instagram, and you follow all his (super, ridiculously awesome) travel photos on Instagram at "thatjohn." About this kitty, he says:
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Buenos días! It's just past lunchtime here in Santiago, Chile, the temperature is 80 degrees, the sun is out and some empanadas are happily sitting in our stomach.
We just arrived to SCL early this morning, on the LAN direct overnight flight from New York-JFK, putting us in the center of town in time for breakfast. Getting the touristy stuff out of the way, the Mercado Central was a first stop for its architecture (it was opened in the late 1800s with a roof of intricate metalwork) and for some grub. Walking past the fishmongers in the markets outer rings, we find the smaller restaurants all coexisting in the very center, each with its own hawker attempting to steer in both tourists and locals.
Based on our recent experience eating our way through New Zealand, the country’s food scene is bursting at the seams not only with talented chefs discovering the agricultural bounty of their island nation, but also farmers' markets where the producers and purveyors of all these fabulous foodstuffs are peddling their wares and showing off the best of what they grow.
To find out just where all these tasty products are coming from and to meet some of the growers, we stopped by two of the country’s best known weekend farmers’ markets at opposite ends of New Zealand:
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In London, there's yuletide market merriment to be found stretching from the Thames to Columbia Road. Sprinkled throughout the city, these shopping fairs feature vendors hawking everything from fresh mulled wine to crafts to handmade jewels, offering ample opportunity to shop for presents and partake of seasonal cheer.
There are only a few days left to peruse the "chalet" stalls for last-minute gifts as you take in the sight of strung lights and sip on hot cocoa. We've highlighted three of the city's best Christmas markets:
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These days, when you think of Bangkok, does the "Hangover 2" phrase "Holla, city of squalor" pop into mind? It did ours, until we freaking went there and got tangled in its web of awesomeness. Bangkok is truly a world metropolis to be experienced over more than a few days, but we'll be detailing several places and things that simply can't be left undone. Join us, but watch where you step.
You MUST get good and lost at Chatuchak.
If you've been to one, big market in a major Asian city, you've been to them all, right? WRONG! Each metropolis comes with its own flavor, its own grime, its own crazy insane buying and selling spree. Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok is the market in Thailand, mainly because it's the largest market in the entire country, but also because it's a place infamous for being able to buy anything (though times have changed).
What hasn't changed, however, is the labyrinth of small aisles that weave through vendors piled high with everything from run-of-the-mill cheapie Pashmina scarves (see photo above) to wall-size original works of art, to puppies wearing barrettes.
It's a melee, but it's worth it.
What do you think of when you imagine a street market in an Asian metropolis? There's probably the stereotypical image of a slew of carts hocking spicy meats, plus tons of T-shirt stands and some knock-off purse booths. All of that is correct, but then you can turn a corner and encounter some of the more special offerings, like puppies. Or flowers made from a carved bar of soap. Or contact lenses that make your pupils look huge, thus making you look like an anime character.
And this is Japan, right? Wrong. It's Thailand. Sometimes it's difficult to tell, however. Bangkok has its districts like any great city; there's Chinatown, an Indian neighborhood, the Japanese district andof coursethe foreign backpacker ghetto that is Khao San Road.
While we don't advocate buying things off the street which you will then stick into your eyes, shopping for such things is a great only-in-asia experience. If you're dead-set on buying, though, the sushi-shaped contact lens cases were super cute.
Borough Market is routinely heralded as the Queen Bee of London's farmer's markets, a locus of organic cuisine that is every gourmand's dream come true. On Saturdays, however, it is aswarm with even more tourists than usual, clogging pedestrian walkways and bringing about stall lines that can be unbearably long, however skilled and quick their proprietors may be.
Though we have a special place in our heart for Borough, a recent trip to East London's Broadway Market has converted us to devotees of the latter haven for pesticide-free produce. Read through our Top Five Reasons Broadway Market is Cooler Than Borough Market, after the jump, for a few convincing arguments in favor of the slightly less-trafficked neighborhood gem.
A few days ago, we related to you the results of what could be the most important scientific test thus far this year: our taste test of Philadelphia's best cheesesteak joints. We laughed (at the church groups at Pat's), we cried (over Geno's xenophobia) and we ate some damned awesome cheesesteak (at Jim's), but in all of our fervor to taste these three, we completely forgot that we actually visited a fourth: Carmen's Famous.
Carmen's was our first stop when we arrived off the train in Philly, and it joins a couple other cheesesteak booths inside of Reading Terminal Market. You won't hear folks from the City of Brotherly Love exclaiming their passion for Carmen's like they do for Pat's or Jim's, simply because their cheesesteaks are pretty standard. Nothing to write home about, but edible.