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Stomach snafu vs. peppers. Anyone want to place a bet?

Food is our great connector. No matter where you go, you can start a conversation about food and...
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If you give a girl a strep throat, AKA clinic report, Queens, NY edition

I should have known as I was lying on the floor because it was where I dropped when I decided I...
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The woman who saved my artichoke

A different kind of feria report. As some of you may know, as I've mentioned it here, and in real...
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Santiago Carnaval Report. Dancers and Cuchiflies and Chaya, oh my!

At any event in Chile, you are sure to find people selling something. Some of these people live...
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New-to-me Santiago Feria Report

Oh, the feria. If there's a constant in my life, and you are also in my life, you know I live by...
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Feria report, with tomatoes with real tomato taste

There are times when you go to the feria obligado, you go because you have to, because when you open the fridge there is more space than stuff, and when dinnertime comes, you think, "I could eat rice and yogurt and lemon pickle." (Just me?) Then there are times that...

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Rethinking Valparaíso

If there's one city in Chile that I have a complicated relationship with, it's Valparaíso. On the one hand, it's an easy place to get to from Santiago, often sunny and cheerful, colorful and bright. On the other hand, it's impenetrably confusing, like a map had a baby...

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Chile food hack, s’mores version

My ire for those who search high and low for exact replicas of the homeland food products is irrationally great. Particularly when they are from the same place as me, and insist time after time after time that they must have: graham crackers! regular cheerios! or...

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When in doubt, make it yourself. The detergent report.

Amid recent reports of price fixing among of all things, toilet paper manufacturers, I return time and again to the things that are difficult, impossible or expensive to buy in Santiago. I had always noticed that toilet paper seemed disproportionately expensive, at...

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I give you: the beansnake, or the midweek Vega report

I was on my way home from the doctor today, for the long-fought asthmapalooza extravaganza, and decided to pop into the Vega. Bought a bunch of stuff, as I am wont to do, and rejoiced at the price of overripe tomatoes, because I am constitutionally incapable of...

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The world tastes like so many things, Bogotá market report

You would be forgiven for thinking that all the things you have tasted fill the entire book of your palate's possible trigger points. That every taste could be described in terms of other tastes. That's what wine lovers will have you believe, with their hundred and...

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Where to buy Asian food products in Santiago, Chile

In addition to the where do I buy hazelnuts/brown sugar/dried ginger questions of yore, many of which I have answered here, in this post about tostadurias, is the ongoing question of where to buy Asian food products. Maybe you're looking for rice noodles, because you...

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