The Modern Burrito, a “Fusion Food”

Updated below, 11/3/18: Link to an early article about burritos in the San Francisco Chronicle. The burrito was originally a simple and rustic food—a flour tortilla, rehydrated dried beef, and probably some hot sauce—that was eaten by miners, cowboys, and others who needed portable and nonperishable food for long journeys into the wilderness of Northern […]

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Noodles in Indian Cuisine

During a conversation with a friend a little while ago, the subjects of “noodles” and “Indian food” came up. Although we are both somewhat familiar with Indian cuisine, neither of us could think of any “classic” Indian noodle dishes on par with those of Burma, Vietnam, Japan, Korea, China and Thailand. For these countries, a […]

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The Strawberry’s Long Journey

(Updated 10/2/16: fixed broken links, i.e., almost all of them.  Removed beach photos.) While visiting a nature preserve in California between Half Moon Bay and Pescadero State Beach, I learned something very interesting about the origin of strawberries. Thanks to an interpretive sign at the preserve, I learned that the beach strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis, is […]

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The Indian Menu

Why does it seem that almost every Indian restaurant in the U.S. has the same menu? Tandoori meats, aloo gobi, saag paneer, korma, channa dal (chickpeas in spicy sauce), naan, etc. You know what I mean. These dishes are directly or indirectly part of the Mughal or Mughlai style. But where is the Goan restaurant, […]

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