Category: Food

The Bosna

Sooner or later, you’re going to try one of these, as they spread all over the civilized world. The Bosna was invented in 1950 by the Balkan Grill Walter, a pretentious name for a tiny closet with a window in an alley off the Salzburg Altstadt. If you […]

Waffles

Waffles are yet another example, along with modern beer, French Fries, and the saxophone, of how Belgium has been slowly and quietly conquering the civilized world. The original Gauffre developed in the Middle Ages out of the production of Oublies, the pressed wafers fed to the confessed Catholic […]

Tabasco Sauce

Some trips are planned and some are pure serendipity. We were wandering around the Louisiana Bayou when we happened upon the sleepy Avery Island, a pure salt dome surfacing out of the marshland and owned since the US Civil War by the Marsh, Avery, and McIlhenny families. Their family […]

Rijsstaffel

One of my favorite childhood meals used to come when the family crossed the Dutch border to the town of Bergen op Zoom for Indonesian Rijsstaffel. An ancient (at least to my 12-year-old eyes) Dutch ex-colonial couple had taken over a manor house and turned it into a restaurant. Bowls of aromatic […]

Saffron

If you find Saffron on display in a Middle-Eastern spice bazaar, chances are it’s fake. More likely, the spice is kept in the safe in the back, because, at anywhere between $1,100 and $11,000 per kilogram, it is literally worth more than its weight in gold. Adulteration of the […]

Bouillabaisse

Waiter! There’s a crab in my bouillabaisse! But fortunately for the purist, this little guy is only there for decoration. The true bouillabaisse contains no shellfish, not even mussels–in fact, it contains nothing fish-wise but Rascasse (a pungent Marseillaise rockfish), Chapon (a Scorpion Fish), Mullett, John Dory, and Conger […]