Stories: Food

  • Potentially the World’s Least Fun Beach Beer

    Outside, the Indian Ocean was the temperature of bath water, lapping gently at the shore. The dull murmur of the waves was barely audible above the incessant horns of passing rickshaws and motorized three-wheelers scooting through Cox’s Bazar, a burgeoning tourist town in Bangladesh’s southeast corner. The beach runs unbroken for 75 miles, allegedly the longest in...

  • This Couple Aims to Make Ecuador the Cradle of Fine Chocolate Making

    Most of the world's chocolate today comes from America and Europe, and it's made from cacao (cocoa) beans grown in Africa. But at least one South American company wants to make the best chocolate in the world from beans grown at home in the cradle of cacao. "Latin America has been sitting on a gold mine of cacao...

  • The Brazilian Guide to Weight Loss

    Bela Gil hosts one of Brazil’s most popular food TV shows, Bela Cozinha, now in its fifth season. The premise is putting a hip, healthy spin on Brazilian classics—think tofurkey, but not disgusting. In one episode, Gil baked cookies using the baru nut, which tastes a bit like peanuts and is crammed with...

  • What the Heck Is Shade-Grown Cacao? This Pricey Treat Is Actually Good for the Planet

    In Ecuador’s Amazon region, above the banks of the swirling Aguarico River, Luis Chamba grows cacao - the basis of chocolate and cocoa butter - on his family’s tiny finca. The furrowed, football-shaped cacao pods flourish under a steamy canopy of banana trees, balsam, cedar, and other local plants. Chickens strut and cluck, and a...

  • Niger Is the Most Amazing Country I Never Expected to Visit

    Chances are you'll never get to go to Niger. I never thought I'd get to go there either. Boaters on the Niger River in Niamey, the country's capital. It's landlocked and mostly desert. The only non-African cities that offer direct flights are Paris and Istanbul. The desert northeast used to get tourists who wanted to...

  • Inside the Amazing Chinese-Built Luxury Hotel in the Capital of One of the World’s Poorest Countries

    Food options are limited in northern Niger, but one dietary staple is readily available just about everywhere I went in the vast, landlocked West African country. From remote highway rest stops to the sidewalks in front of the ministry buildings in downtown Niamey, entire sides of lamb sit cooking for hours, fat crackling under meaty columns of smoke. A...

  • Here’s How People Make Ends Meet in One of the Poorest Places in the World

    Niger is a country at peace. But a World Food Program distribution site in Torouf — a village about an hour’s drive from the city of Tahoua — seemed lifted out of a conflict zone. Sacks of millet emblazoned with the logo of the United States Agency for International Development awaited villagers clutching yellow ration cards. Staffers...

  • Desperate for Food, Mindanao Villagers Want to Return Home

    Dina Yusef points to some rice and a few cans of sardines – all she has left to feed her four children and husband nearly a month after they fled their Philippines village when soldiers cleared the area in their search for armed Muslim rebels. "I want to go home because we don't have food,” Yusef told the...

  • Top Russian Officials Are Starting to Realize That the Country’s Economy Is in Big Trouble

    You wouldn’t know it from the Chanel boutiques and Maserati dealerships lining the boulevards inside Moscow’s Garden Ring, but economic conditions in Russia are becoming dire. The ruble has weakened to record lows not seen since the 1990s, capital is bleeding out of the country for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis, and the economy...

  • The Texture of Injera

    On my first night in Addis Ababa, I was introduced to the main staple of Ethiopian food: Injera. Injera is a sponge-like, sourdough bread made from teff that looks like a giant textured pancake and is used to scoop up different types of usually spicy Ethiopian stews called wat. Although I have dined at Ethiopian restaurants before in the States,...