We Ate and Paid for It: The Best Restaurant in Albania

We Ate and Paid for It: The Best Restaurant in Albania

We were driving down from the mountains, returning from spending three days in Valbona National Park.  The narrow mountain road curved and zigzagged between steep ridges and precipitous cliffs, occasionally revealing breathtaking views of lush valleys and a fast-flowing river.  We were heading towards a…

There Is Always Room for More: Exploring Japanese Cuisine. Part II

There Is Always Room for More: Exploring Japanese Cuisine. Part II

My last post was all noodles – soba, udon, ramen, but there is so much more to Japanese culinary traditions.  To expand our food horizons, we visited Dotombori street in Osaka.  The name “Dotombori” refers both to the Dotombori Canal and to Dotombori Street which…

Welcome to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Coffee Capital of the United States

Welcome to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Coffee Capital of the United States

For a lot of people, Milwaukee is and has always been the beer capital of the US. This stereotype is enticing considering the city’s German history but a little bit outdated.  There is no denying that Milwaukee’s breweries thrived in the 19th and early 20th…

Eating Our Way Through Japan

Eating Our Way Through Japan

The first and only thing I used to think of anytime anyone said the words “Japanese” and “food” in the same sentence was “sushi”.   I was faintly aware of noodles and tempura but has never been a big fan of either.  Sushi, on the other…