TRAVEL + FOOD

Dispatches from the road -- and from my stomach. 

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How Tijuana Became Mexico's Go-to Foodie city

Adventure - October 25, 2017

Tijuana, Mexico has long been a kind of travel punchline, but these days, it's undergoing a new resurgence - precisely because its next-generation entrepreneurs are creating the food, and the city, that they want. 

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Rock climbers lead the way to china's new mountain playground

Nikkei Asian Review - Mar. 2017

As rock climbing takes off in China, Chinese climbers are reinventing local destinations as new hotspots for outdoor adventure sports. Case in point? The small town of Shigu, Yunnan. 

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The Steamed buns' contested origins

Eaten Magazine Vol. 1 - "The Food of the Gods"

For its inaugural issue of this print quarterly, I explore the history of the steamed and stuffed buns found across much of Asia, ultimately turning to etymology for clues as to its true origins.

 
 
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For afghan migrants, nowruz celebrations are a taste of home

NPR's The Salt | Mar. 21, 2017

Nowruz, celebrated across the Persian world -- including Afghanistan -- takes on a special meaning for recent Afghan arrivals to the United States. 

Fuel for climbers await in long island city 

Edible (Print/Online) - Jan. 24, 2017

Long Island City, on the western-most edge of Queens, has become an unexpected mecca for rock climbing, with two of New York City's largest climbing gyms located within a few blocks of each other. And what do you after you climb? You eat - and you drink. Here's a guide. 

everything tastes better with a side of familial disapproval

Roads and Kingdoms - Mar 31, 2017

I'm obsessed with bao, Chinese stuffed buns, and on the first breakfast of my own choosing in China, it becomes the no-questions-asked go to food choice. 

Here's my ode to the breakfast food in R&K.