What We Loved This Week: Food Tours, Traveling Through the Harper’s Index and More

Travel Blog  •  World Hum  •  02.27.09 | 5:03 PM ET

Our contributors share a favorite travel-related experience from the past seven days.

Michael Yessis
The searchable Harper’s Index. The magazine has been delivering pithy factual tidbits since 1984, and now you can search through all of them online by topic. Here are the 90 matches in my search for items about travel. One of my favorites comes from 1990: “Amount the U.S. Air Force spent this year to study the effects of jet noise on pregnant horses: $100,000.”

Joanna Kakissis
I’ve always wanted to host my own YouTube cooking show, because doesn’t the whole world really want to see me make my secret baklava recipe to the beat of “Chains of Love” by Erasure? But I doubt my show would ever be as awesome as the sensational “Cooking With Clara,” which features Great Depression-era recipes by 93-year-old Sicilian-American Clara Cannucciari.

Rob Verger
I loved this article, which describes a sound I’ve kind of heard on the New York City subway before, but had never clearly noticed or appreciated until I read this piece. The story has audio, too.

Jim Benning
I loved the movement on easing restrictions on travel to Cuba for Cuban-Americans with family members still in the country. Now I just wish Congress would open up Cuba travel to all Americans.

Eva Holland
I took a culinary walking tour of Greenwich Village earlier this week, and got a small taste of the wares at half a dozen Village restaurants and specialty shops. It’s hard to choose just one, but I think my favorite sample was the melting, fresh-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookie at Milk and Cookies. Best cookie I’ve ever had? It’s up there.

Pam Mandel
Garden and Cosmos: The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur—Monkeys in shorts, tiny walled palaces bursting with greenery, great clouds of women in saris, none of the patterns the same. This spectacular collection of Indian paintings left me feeling like I’d spent the afternoon walking around in a tiny, magical fairy tale.

Valerie Conners
Getting a food tour of Jackson Heights, New York, with World Hum blogger, Jenna Schnuer. We ate our way through spicy Indian dishes, tacos al pastor from a truck outside the 74th/Broadway subway stop, Nepalese dumplings called momos and a sweet bun from a Mexican bakery. I know we only touched (tasted?) the tip of the iceberg, and I can’t wait for a Part Deux.

4 Comments for What We Loved This Week: Food Tours, Traveling Through the Harper’s Index and More

Julia Ross 02.27.09 | 6:09 PM ET

Pam- that Gardens and Cosmos exhibit just left D.C. What amazed me was the tiny detail done with watercolors, not oils. Went to see it twice—fantastic!

Jenna Schnuer 02.27.09 | 6:33 PM ET

It was great fun to show you around my lovely neighborhood Valerie. (Those momos were SO good.) Here’s to part deux—maybe for some Thai, Vietnamese, and Filipino food? And we can finish off with a touch of Colombia by paying the Sainted Arepa Lady a visit: http://flickr.com/photos/536/sets/72157594372244245/

pam 02.27.09 | 9:52 PM ET

Julia: I bought the book and I’m planning to go see that show again. Twice. Maybe three more times. I was so enchanted, there is no better word for how I felt after seeing that work. I’m glad you were equally amazed.

Abhilash Thadhani 02.28.09 | 12:45 AM ET

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