The week before the NYTimes Travel article, 36 Hours in Boston (NYTimes.com) came out, I was in Boston. I was pleased that the writer didn’t leave out Neptune Oyster’s Lobster Roll, which was probably the highlight of my short trip. The narrow North End eatery is as attractive of an oyster bar as I’ve ever seen: a shiny marble bar that stretches the length of the restaurant, a black and white tile floor, nice woodwork, long wine list, and immense oyster selection.
Merken is made from the Cacho de Cabra chile (translates to Goat Horn). The chile itself is extremely hot, though merken – which is mixed with salt and spices such as cumin and coriander – tends to vary in strength. Generally it’s mild. It’s more smoky and flavorful than spicy hot. The indigenous Mapuche people in the Araucanía Region of Chile use the all in one spice mix heartedly in soups and as a rub for meat. Merken is available for purchase in the United States at Williams Sonoma and Whole Foods Market.
Tierra Firme is iconic. Though Panama City’s international terminal has added the culinary diversity of a Subway and Dunkin Donuts in the past couple of years, Tierra Firme is still the lone sit down eatery. Everyone to have passed through the international lounge of Tocumen knows it. For some reason layovers here are almost always long.
In Mollendo, a beach town on the coast near Peru’s southern city of Arequipa, there’s a place called Fory Fay. While the history of the name varies depending on whom you speak with, it is interesting nevertheless. The most common tale is that a man sold 45-cent beer to English speaking sailors that would dock in Mollendo.
Just after leaving El Alto International Airport in La Paz, Bolivia enroute into the center of the city below, there’s a roundabout where, in the center, is a giant monument to Che Guevara made out of recycled auto parts that is stepping on an American Bald Eagle (also made out… Read More →
In Baños, the semi-tropical Andean town under the shadow of the frequently erupting Tungurahua volcano in central Ecuador in a region they call the Avenue of the Volcanoes, nearly every mom and pop soda shop can be seen practicing an art that seems a little bit out of the ordinary.