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Amazing Local Markets Around the World (PHOTOS)

One of my favorite ways to experience local culture while traveling is by visiting a market. Loud, crowded and colorful, it’s easy to immerse oneself in this multi-sensory slice of daily life abroad. In every destination, I’ve found a market worth visiting, from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market – the biggest seafood wholesaler in the world, to Bamako’s recycling market – …

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Foodie International’s Top 11 Eats of 2011

2011 has been one incredible culinary adventure. I’ve had an amazing opportunity to travel over 100,000 miles and eat my way through 21 countries around the world. The stories of my food-fueled travels appear on this blog, and will continue to emerge in the new year. As 2011 comes to a close, here’s a look back at the year’s best …

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Turkish Delight: Where Locals Eat in Istanbul

If there’s one thing I love most about Turkish food, it’s meze: small plates of hot and cold appetizers. Imagine garlicky dips, meat-filled pastries and endless combinations of fresh vegetables. Out of the traditional meze, I live for the combination of beyaz peynir (white cheese), green melon and raki. Raki is Turkey’s national drink, an anise-flavored liquor so popular that on a …

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The Best Turkish Breakfast in Istanbul: A Reason to Get Out of Bed

If you’re wondering where to eat breakfast in Istanbul, a terrific (some even say “the best”) traditional Turkish breakfast can be found at Çakmak Kahvaltı Salonu “Çakmak breakfast saloon.” Tucked into the buzzing streets of Istanbul’s Beşiktaş neighborhood, this tiny restaurant is continuously packed with a stream of satisfied customers. Apparently everyone comes here for weekend breakfast, including one local couple we …

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