Recipe: Hungarian Goulash

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There are few things in life that are more satisfying than a rich, warm stew on a cold winter evening. And a good, proper Hungarian goulash is one of the greatest stews of all. Although we’ve tried many soupy, watered-down varieties of this in the past, it wasn’t until we had it done right, in a nondescript little basement restaurant in Budapest.   It’s no secret that the quality of ingredients you choose to use have an effect on the …

Recipe: Street-Style Pad Thai

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The cuisine of Thailand is arguably one of the best in the world. It’s bright and fresh; and the fiery chilis burn. It often causes you to wince from the sharp bite of lime and vinegar. Pad Thai however, while undoubtably a staple of the Thai food scene, has none of those aspects. However, it is possibly the greatest introductory dish to those new to Thai food, and is usually one of the first street foods enjoyed by first-time visitors …

Recipe: Vigoron

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Vigoron. Found on street corners and kitchens throughout Central America, primarily Nicaragua and Costa Rica. While technically a salad, it resembles one only in the vaguest way. While consisting of only three components, it requires all three to avoid it being a confusing or outright unenjoyable mess. We first saw this interesting mixture for the first time on the streets of Santa Ana. Though we were curious, the long, chaotic lines surrounding the food carts steered us away from trying. …

Recipe: Toad in the Hole

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The names of dishes are always an interesting point of discussion. Since the beginning of modern cuisine, there hasn’t ever been a standard set regarding the naming of food. It’s an open game, anything goes. During our time in England recently, we encountered the whole spectrum almost immediately. Often it’s a simple and very literal description of the plate. Fish and chips with mushy peas, for example, you know exactly what you’re going to get. An example from the other …