By MARY H. K. CHOI OCT. 24, 2018 Candy is controversial. Scouring the globe in search of the sweet stuff reveals just how different our palates are — and how much we have in common. Candy is controversial. Scouring the globe in search of the sweet stuff reveals just how different our palates are — and how much we have in common. By MARY H. K. CHOI OCT. 24, 2018 Photo Illustration by MASSIMO GAMMACURTA Whenever I land in a new country, before I’ve even left the arrivals hall, my mind turns to shopping. Not the boutiques or cosmetics counters, no duty-free sunglasses and designer perfumes for me. No, the pressing calculus as I make my way to baggage claim is driven by drugstores, kiosks, supermarkets and vending machines. In a new port of call, I like to know what sort of candy I’m dealing with. As with breakfast foods, I believe candy is often tastier the less expensive it is. I like my confections approachable. Low-rent. Basic. Shot through with … [Read more...] about These Are the World’s Best Candies. Want to Fight About It?
Photographs by CHRISTOPHER PAYNE OCT. 24, 2018 For millions of Latin Americans, the Colombina factory in La Paila is the place where sweet moments are made. For millions of Latin Americans, the Colombina factory in La Paila is the place where sweet moments are made. Photographs by CHRISTOPHER PAYNE OCT. 24, 2018 by INGRID ROJAS CONTRERAS Like any good immigrant, I know on which bodega shelves to find the food portals to my childhood. I know where to turn, where to crouch, where to bow before the ready-made boxes to make Colombian buñuelos, pandebonos, pandeyucas and arepas. But the one food item I cannot find in San Francisco is the candy of my childhood. I grew, as we say in Colombia, a punta de Bon Bon Bum. The strawberry lollipop was such a central part of my diet, I wouldn’t be surprised if I was made of equal parts Valle del Cauca sugar and red dye No.40. Bon Bon Bums (pronounced like the French bonbon and the English “boom”) are lollipops … [Read more...] about Inside Colombia’s Beloved Candy Factory
By TEJAL RAO OCT. 24, 2018 The story of how Kit Kats, once a British chocolate export, became a booming business from Hokkaido to Tokyo — and changed expectations about what a candy bar could be. The story of how Kit Kats, once a British chocolate export, became a booming business from Hokkaido to Tokyo — and changed expectations about what a candy bar could be. By TEJAL RAO OCT. 24, 2018 Photographs by SPENCER LOWELL The seven-story Don Quijote megastore in the Shibuya district of Tokyo is open 24 hours a day, but it’s hard to say when it’s rush hour, because there’s always a rush. A labyrinth of aisles leads to one soaring, psychedelic display after another presided over by cartoon mascots, including the mascot of Don Quijote itself: an enthusiastic blue penguin named Donpen who points shoppers toward toy sushi kits and face masks soaked with snail excretions and rainbow gel pens and split-toe socks. The candy section is vast, with … [Read more...] about In Japan, the Kit Kat Isn’t Just a Chocolate. It’s an Obsession.
East side, west side, and smack dab in the middle. Everywhere you turn in the Phoenix area there are great Mexican dishes. From burros and birria to tacos and tamales, we've put together our choices of where to find the 32 best Mexican dishes in the Valley. Call it a treasure map. Best Breakfast Burrito: PHX Burrito House4140 North Seventh Avenue Best Chilaquiles: Gallo Blanco928 East Pierce Street Tacos canasta al vapor with enchiladas in the background from Casa Corazon. Jackie Mercandetti Best Salsa: Casa Corazonmorita salsa. It doesn't hurt that the restaurant makes its own fresh tortilla chips, which is further incentive to make multiple trips to the salsa bar. Tacos from Tacos Chiwas. Jackie Mercandetti Best Beans: Tacos Chiwasrajas, beefy desebrada roja, and peppery picadillo get top billing at Tacos Chiwas, midtown Phoenix's beloved Chihuahua-style taqueria. But it would be a mistake to leave without trying the restaurant's excellent frijoles charros. … [Read more...] about Best of Phoenix 2018: Where to Find the 32 Best Mexican Dishes
The annual Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival will be hosting 56 food booths this year, each representing different nationalities of food. Attendees can find food for under $12 a plate. According to TMY Lead Folklorist Maribel Alvarez, many of the vendors come from churches, clubs and community groups and the food they cook and sell represents their cultures and traditions. TMY keeps their costs low and helps out with organization to ensure success at the festival. As this is the largest grassroots entrepreneurial event in Tucson, it is a great opportunity for all vendors. click to enlarge Photo Courtesy of the San Xavier Co-op Farm The newest additions to the food vendor group for TMY 2018 include the following: San Xavier Cooperative Farm, Tohono O’odham Native Foods: Representing the Tohono O'odham people who have been native agriculturists for the last 4,000 years, this vendor will be serving authentic Native American food. This includes cholla bud … [Read more...] about Tucson Meet Yourself Adds New Food Vendors