Category Archives: General Tips

If you could know only one thing about a city’s food scene…

No, it is not knowledge of the city’s best dish, nor is it access to all the Yelp reviews, or even an understanding of how the spices in that cuisine work together. I have a simple nomination. If you could … Continue reading

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Be afraid of hipsters sentences to ponder

Sabot, 25 de Mayo 756, C1002ABP Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina [Google | TripAdvisor | Fodors | LonelyPlanet | Ylp] It’s been a longstanding fear of travelers (or travelers like myself, at least) that global conglomerates like … Continue reading

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A simple rule for making every restaurant meal better

This one is so simple it is stupid, yet you hardly ever hear it. If anything it is mocked, but I will go on record: Eat at 5 p.m. or 5:30. The quality of the food coming out of the … Continue reading

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Lines are overrated, and totally empty restaurants are underrated

Some readers (or journalists) ask me if I have further principles for finding good food which are not outlined in my ethnic dining guide or in An Economist Gets Lunch. Of course I do, though many of them are not … Continue reading

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Why does South Indian food taste better when you eat it with your fingers?

I can think of three reasons. First, there is a placebo effect. For the Westerner/outsider, eating with your fingers seems exotic. For (many, not all) South Asians, eating with your fingers brings back memories of family and comfort foods. Second, … Continue reading

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How to frame your food decisions

According to research published this spring, people make healthier menu choices when calories are listed beside each item – but they make even better choices when they’re told how far they’d have to walk to burn off the calories consumed. … Continue reading

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Don’t eat there (further lessons in adverse selection)

The restaurant Spoleto told every female customer she didn’t have to pay for her meal as long as she could affirmatively answer the question, “Are you beautiful?” It is a Brazilian fast food chain, so just stop in for a … Continue reading

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Pictures on ethnic menus

Blake Shurtz, a perceptive MR reader, asks: What are your thoughts on pictures, or a lack thereof, on ethnic food menus? Do you think better dishes have pictures? Why doesn’t every dish have a picture? The logic of fast food … Continue reading

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“Getting a good meal in D.C. requires some ruthless economics”

This piece is by me, in The Washington Post. Here is one bit: The key is to hit these restaurants in the “sweet spot” of their cycle of rise and fall. At any point in time Washington probably has five … Continue reading

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Six Rules for Dining Out

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