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Francesinha: A reminiscence and recipe

A francesinha at Cafe Santiago.

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Jordan

I travel a lot, probably about six months out of the year. But nearly all of that travel is work-related, which for me means going back to the same places time after time to update Lonely Planet guides.

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Yay Khrueang/??????????

There’s nothing more fun than discovering a new noodle dish. That is, unless that noodle dish has a funny name.

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Ancient Roots and Culinary Crossroads

Being generally food-obsessed, and in the course of travelling to new places, I’ve often wished for one thing: to encounter some sort of introduction to the local cuisine, something that goes beyond the cursory descriptions found in your average guidebook or Wikipedia entry. Ideally something with pretty photos and perhaps a bit of interactivity.

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A birthday in Mae Hong Son

“We don’t know what day she was born — they didn’t keep track of that stuff back then.” This about Khun Yay — “Grandma” — the mother of my landlord in Mae Hong Son.

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Lim Yuu Hong/?????????

It’s no secret that the Thais love noodles. Noodles are some of the most ubiquitous dishes in the country, available on nearly every street corner and in just about every restaurant

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Friday prayer at Haroon Mosque

The area surrounding Bangkok’s Haroon Mosque is one of the city’s largest and most traditional Muslim enclaves. The original mosque, a wooden structure, was built back in 1828, but was subsequently torn down, with some of the original wood used in the construction of the current building: Over the decades, a neighbourhood grew around the mosque, one that today is almost exclusively Muslim, densely populated and relatively poor

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Jiw/????

For Muslim food in Bangkok, one of the best areas is lower Th Charoen Krung. Formerly Bangkok’s foreign enclave, today the European-run shipping offices and the Portuguese Catholic community that used to border the Chao Phraya River are long gone.

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