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BEAUTIFUL CUISINES

Join us as we inspire you to celebrate cuisines from around the world 🌎

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"Apple cider, zesty orange, sweet fig preserves, a generous shot of bourbon, and a splash of sparkling water” make this cozy, effervescent cocktail the perfect way to celebrate autumn — according to cookbook author Tieghan Gerad of @halfbakedharvest. What are you cooking up to celebrate the change of seasons? (📷: @halfbakedharvest 📍: Colorado)
The warm hush of chatter and laughter emanates around the elegant atrium of the 3 Arts Club Cafe in Chicago, located just a few blocks from the water of Lake Michigan. The earthy smell of fresh, brewing espresso wafts around the bright interior as patrons sip on warm cups of caffeine, cold glasses of local wine, and dig into some of the elevated snacks and plates the cafe offers. Dining tip: Order the truffled grilled cheese and a glass of the 2015 Malbec from Argentina. The subdued, earthy flavors of the wine — cocoa, black cherry, and oak — pair beautifully with the musky, garlic-y taste of the truffles in this next-level sandwich, while also balancing out the sharpness of the cheddar cheese. (📷: @honestlywtf 📍: 3 Arts Cafe at Restoration Hardware)
Notes of cumin, cardamom, garlic, and chili rise from steaming bowls of vegetable curries, filling the air with spiced clouds punctuated by sizzling pops of grease from flatbreads frying in hot oil. The sweet inklings of coconut, cinnamon, and ghee butter waft up from the sugared dough balls, candied rice pudding, and rich cubed milk fudge called “pari” that lay in intricate metallic dishes spread across the kitchen table. This is the scene of a happy kitchen preparing to celebrate #Diwali — a Hindu holiday that lauds the triumph of light over darkness, and one that's marked by the customs of its familial food traditions. The holiday comes as a “breaking of the fast” to mark the start of a fresh beginning, and many dishes prepared for the day require extensive prep work — but the time spent cooking with loved ones often becomes some of the fondest memories of those partaking. @lakshmeesingh — a community organizer who coordinates the annual Diwali festival in Queens, New York — shared with us what some of these culinary moments mean to her during the holiday. “We usually get together with family, and my aunt always cooks “aloo curry” (a potato curry), “dal puri” (a fried split-pea-stuffed dough), and a lot of sweets. Today, everyone is so busy hustling, busy working, and Diwali is a time for all of us to get together and take pause.” How do you and your loved ones use food to celebrate special occasions? (📸: @saffronstreaks 📍: Bangalore, India)
During the summer months, there are few things better than being outside with those we love, grilling up various meats and produce for the evening’s meal. As winter approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, some of us may be losing the chance to do this — but fret not, as there is indeed a delicious alternative. The tradition of barbecuing in Korea is one that can be done indoors — with a method of cooking dishes over a gas or charcoal grill built directly into the dining table itself. @mettelindgaard shares this spread from a Korean-style barbecue she attended in Copenhagen. The grilled meats — typically chicken, beef, and pork — are served up alongside dishes like a radish water kimchi, bellflower root salad, spicy Korean Coleslaw, and cucumber pickles with lemon juice. What's your favorite way to barbecue? (📷: @mettelindgaard 📍: Copenhagen, Denmark)
Down a quiet road off the main way of Allenby Street in the Lev Ha’ir neighborhood of Tel Aviv, lies a superfood haven that’s dishing up healthy bowls and happy drinks. Cookbook author @foodbymaria stopped by on a recent trip and was pleasantly surprised by the delicious quality of the vegetable and fruit-centric dishes of the vegan/vegetarian eatery — “I was amazed by the diversity and passion around their plant-based eating.” Dining tip: Start the morning or your meal with one of their detox drinks — activated charcoal, turmeric, ginger, lemon, mint, and vanilla agave will leave you feeling re-energized and refreshed. (📷: @foodbymaria 📍: Tel Aviv)
Coming from a large Peruvian family, preserving her roots in her present home of Norway is of great importance to blogger Sonia Vold — and she does this by keeping food traditions alive. On All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day — November 1st and 2nd, respectively — Sonia and her family come together to celebrate the lives of their deceased loved ones while enjoying "t'anta wawa," or "baby bread," a sweet roll shaped like a small infant. This bread can be full of delicious jams and fixings, such as cinnamon and golden raisins, and decorated with sprinkles, candied fruit, and anise. The recipe is passed down through generations as a way to connect the youth with the customs and stories of their heritage. Sonia sees the time and emotion spent coming together as a family to make these rolls not only a vital part of the holiday, but an important element of the ingredients themselves. "Death is a natural part of life, and I believe celebrating the dead is a great way to remember the loved ones we've lost. It's great fun making this colorful bread — a lot of laughs and a few tears are essential pieces of the recipe." What stories does your family pass down through food? (📷: @soniavold 📍: Haugesund, Norway)
“What tastes like summer to you? For me, nothing does it quite like the flavors of grilled vegetables and fresh dips." @bos.kitchen keeps those summer vibes alive — even as winter approaches in the Northern Hemisphere — by feasting on this lavish spread of smoked tofu and vegetable kebabs, padrón peppers, turmeric hummus, avocado smash, sweet potato falafel, toasted pita bread, corn on the cob, and of course, some fiery homemade hot sauce. What foods remind you of your favorite season? (📷: @bos.kitchen 📍: England)
“It's those secret, unseen failed attempts that are really what makes a great dish,” Nicole Gaffney of @coleycooks explains of the process behind creating the recipe for one of her favorite comfort foods, chicken pot pie. Traditionally, the pies tend to be on the heavier side, so Nicole decided to refresh the dish by swapping for brighter vegetables — peas, carrots, leeks, radishes, and asparagus — and then top them off with a light puff pastry crust. It took many attempts before she finally nailed the recipe down. But the struggle is what makes creating dishes worth it for her — and isn’t that true for us all? As she reminds us, “Without failure, success wouldn’t really feel all that special.” What is something you’ve wonderfully failed at recently? (📷: @coleycooks 📍: Brigantine, New Jersey)
@davidwma shares this chromatic canvas from a meal at Feast in New York City: a plate of Pekin duck served with duck fat rice — nestled around a soft-boiled egg oozing a rich, gooey yolk — and smoked shiitake laying atop a vibrant, painted swish of "gochujang" — a savory, sweet red chili paste. Now that’s a mouthful! (📷: @davidwma 📍: Feast)
“I'm dreaming of Mexican esquitas, which is basically the most delicious corn salad you can get,” cookbook author Sam Linsell dishes on the story behind this photo. “Esquites,” which are also known as “vasito de elotes” are a common snack that you can find at markets and on the streets in Mexico — a simple yet flavor-packed corn salad that is tangy, spicy, sweet, and smokey all at once. It’s the easier-to-eat version of the popular street food “elote,” which has essentially the same flavor notes but is served on the cob. Which version would you prefer? (📷: @drizzleanddip 📍: Cape Town, Western Cape)
The bubbling of the fryer is rhythmic — its gurgling persists like a babbling creek in the background of a frenzied kitchen, consistent as the chefs dance and weave around one another in the forefront. Crackles and pops punctuate the cadence of the discord as pieces of plump chicken are dropped into the grease, emerging like rusty, gold treasures from the depths of the basin. What's your favorite cooking noise? (📷: @davidwma 📍: New York, New York)
Who knew food trucks could whip up such fancy fare? The Egg Carton PDX truck in Portland, Oregon has us salivating with this “FoPo Cristo,” its take on a traditional, savory French Monte Cristo sandwich. Cheddar cheese enrobes a gooey fried egg and thick slices of Canadian bacon, before being hugged by two slabs of French toasted slathered with spicy mustard and strawberry jam. Would you swap this for brunch this weekend? (📷: @behindfoodcarts )
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