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Culinary Mapping: New York, Buenos Aires, Berlin

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I don’t know about you, but I’m obsessed with maps, and I couldn’t resist creating ones with all the cabby-recommended restaurants I wrote about in Driving Hungry. The map above is from the New York section of the book: At each marker, I’ve included a few lines from the story.

You’ll find food maps of Buenos Aires and Berlin below (Click on the images or on the city names to view the maps in full). I hope you have a chance to try some of these places — and if you do, please tell us about your meal!


Buenos Aires

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  1. I “devoured” Driving Hungry in a span of 24 hours. It was a wonderful memoir. I live about a half hour train ride from Grand Central so I immediately decided to go to Uskudar for lunch. It was fairly empty and I ordered the vegaterian platter appetizer . The Meze. It came with the most delicious bread. A large piece was cut into long vertical strips and the top was sprinkled with white and black sesame seeds. I was in awe with the crispness and lightness of the bread. It was also piping hot!

    I must say that I prefer the meze platter from Beyoglu but it was nice to try a different place. I liked the appetizers in this order: the bean salad in the middle, egg plant, tomato, spinach/yogurt mix, hummus.
    I paired this with the third choice of white Turkish wine. I took home a “to go” lunch special. It consisted of hummus, chicken adana, and baklava. I didn’t read Driving Hungry very carefully and only today realized that this was not the baklava flown in from Turkey. I never got to try the baklava as my husband devoured it all by myself! I probably should have also ordered the lamb adana. I will try that next time.

    Great book. I told all my French students to read it and to go sample the food recommendations. I can’t wait to slowly try all these discoveries.

    • Dear Kathy,
      Thank you for your note and for your kind words about ‘Driving Hungry’! I’m sorry Uskudar couldn’t top Beyoglu, but I’m glad you enjoyed it. And I hope you have a chance to try Gulluolglu’s baklava – and I hope it’s as good as I remember it being.
      I’m grateful to you for recommending the book to your students – it makes me very happy to think they might read it. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy trying some of the cab drivers’ recommendations.
      All my best from Berlin,
      PS – On my penultimate visit to NY, I met a cabby from Afghanistan who told me about the wonderful Qaw Lamb meat at Balkh Shish Kebab in Queens – well worth a trip on the N-train to Astoria…