Relative rates of fraud

About 21% of delivery customers worry the driver may have nibbled their order en route—and with good reason, according to a new study of delivery gripes. Some 28% of drivers say they were unable to resist taking a bite.

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Desi Bethak

Desi Bethak, web site, 8000 Haute Court, Springfield, VA, 703-337-2448 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | zabihah | Ylp]

Egads, what a place! It looks like a little shack in a forlorn part of Springfield, Springfield already being a forlorn city in a forlorn part of the county. And yes, much of the food is too oily or maybe too something. But there is a fundamental distinction between places where the food tastes real, and where the food does not, and this restaurant belongs in the former category. The best biryani around, try the Haleem too. The bread and the green sauce are of note as well. Note they often run out of things, but that is because it is made in fresh batches, so on average it is best to visit early in the day, usually they open by 10. Is there any local Pakistani place that feels and acts so…Pakistani? Thumbs up, of course.

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Meokja Meokja

Meokja Meokja, FB, 9619 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax, VA, 571-459-2875, the sign is not very visible, look for the 7-11. Dinner only, and Sunday lunch. (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | Washingtonian | Reddit | NoVA Mag | Ylp]

The best Korean barbecue by an order of magnitude, and at this point maybe this is in fact the only place worth going to? The catch is that the crowd and lines are crazy, and they take reservations for large parties only. So show up Sunday 11:45 am, or just before 5 on a weekday evening. The thick-sliced pork belly is a specialty here, and it is very good. In general the menu is focused rather than comprehensive, but that is a good thing. Definitely recommended, across the board, the only catch here is getting in.

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Khisko Authentic Bolivian Cuisine

Khisko, FB, 6763 Wilson Blvd., Falls Church, VA, Eden Center, located in the back row, in the interior of shops, 703-888-3290 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | Ylp]

This restaurant has one very significant feature to recommend it: its spicy green sauce is the best of any Bolivian place around. That is important! The quality of their meat, though, is slightly below average, though still within acceptable standards. Service is slow, and the overall environment is very mom and pop even by the standards of this guide. They have soups every day, unlike many other Bolivian places, which save them for the weekend. I’m not sure everyone needs a Bolivian restaurant in the Eden Center, but overall I liked this place – one big upside with modest caveats.

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Banh Cuon Thang Long

Banh Cuon Thang Long, web site, 6757 Wilson Blvd., #22, Falls Church, VA, Eden Center, 703-534-1746 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | TripAdvisor | Ylp]

A small place, specializing in crepes and soups (but not Pho). Again, like many of the smaller interior places, I would rather eat here than from the larger restaurants with the all-purpose menus. I like #33, the Mi Quang soup, and of course the crepes, as always use the condiments liberally.

(Previous review from 2010.)

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Taipei notes

My other visit here was thirty years ago, and most of all I am surprised by how little has changed. The architecture now looks all the more retro, the alleyways all the more noir, and the motorbikes have by no means vanished. Yes there are plenty of new stores, but overall it is recognizably the same city, something you could not say about Seoul.

Real wages basically did not rise 2000-2016. The main story, in a nutshell, is that the domestic capital has flowed to China. About 9 percent of the Taiwanese population lives in China, and that is typically the more ambitious segment of the workforce.

I am still surprised at how little the Taiwanese signal status with their looks and dress. The steady heat and humidity may account for some of that, though the same is not true in the hotter parts of mainland China.

The Japanese ruled Taiwan from 1895 through the end of WWII, and those were key years for industrial and social development. The infrastructure and urban layouts often feel quite Japanese.

Thirty years ago, everything was up and buzzing at 6 a.m., six days a week; that is no longer the case.

The National Palace Museum is the best place in the world to be convinced of the glories of earlier Chinese civilizations. It will wow you even if you are bored by the Chinese art you see in other places, as arguably it is better than all of the other Chinese art museums put together. How did they get those 600,000 or so artworks out of a China in the midst of a civil war?

The quality of dining here is high and rising. Unlike in Hong Kong or Singapore, Taiwan has plenty of farms, its own greens, and thus farm to table dining here is common. Tainan Tai Tsu Mien Seafood is one recommendation, for an affordable Michelin one-star, emphasis on seafood. Addiction Aquatic Development has superb sushi and is a first-rate hangout. At the various Night Markets, it is still possible to get an excellent meal for only a few dollars.

One can go days in Taipei and hardly see any Western tourists, so consider this a major arbitrage opportunity.

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Best Street Food Night Market in Taipei

 

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Dining out as cultural trade

By Joel Waldfogel, here is the abstract:

Perceptions of Anglo-American dominance in movie and music trade motivate restrictions on cultural trade. Yet, the market for another cultural good, food at restaurants, is roughly ten times larger than the markets for music and film. Using TripAdvisor data on restaurant cuisines, along with Euromonitor data on overall and fast food expenditure, this paper calculates implicit trade patterns in global cuisines for 52 destination countries. We obtain three major results. First, the pattern of cuisine trade resembles the “gravity” patterns in physically traded products. Second, after accounting gravity factors, the most popular cuisines are Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, and American. Third, excluding fast food, the largest net exporters of their cuisines are the Italians and the Japanese, while the largest net importers are the US – with a 2017 deficit of over $130 billion – followed by Brazil, China, and the UK. With fast food included, the US deficit shrinks to $55 billion but remains the largest net importer along with China and, to a lesser extent, the UK and Brazil. Cuisine trade patterns appear to run starkly counter to the audiovisual patterns that have motivated concern about Anglo-American cultural dominance.

For the pointer I thank John Alcorn.

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Keynote: Professor Joel Waldfogel (Digitization)

 

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*The Food of Sichuan,* by Fuchsia Dunlop

The Food of Sichuan, by Fuchsia Dunlop

A new and considerably updated edition of the classic Land of Plenty. For my money, one of the best and most valuable books ever produced. Pre-order here. And here is my Conversation with Fuchsia Dunlop.

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Fuchsia Dunlop on Chinese Food, Culture, and Travel (full) | Conversations with Tyler

 

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Chengdu bleg

Your suggestions are most welcome, this short trip will follow the time in Taipei. Where in particular should I eat and what should I eat? I have been to Chengdu once before, four years ago.

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INSANE Chinese Street Food Tour Of Chengdu, China | CRAZY Chinese Street Foods in Sichuan, China!

 

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Jungle Bird, NYC

Jungle Bird, NYC, web site, 174 8th Avenue, New York, NY, 646-868-8422 [Google | Ylp]

That is my brother’s new restaurant in Chelsea, southeast Asian food, it has made the Approval Matrix and after three weeks is already a big hit. Billed as a cocktail bar, but the food is truly excellent, and this is not just familial favoritism. Get the dumplings, the turmeric chicken salad (actually a perfectly musty, stinky Malaysian dish — a highlight), and the betel leaves when they have them. Jungle Bird serves some of the best southeast Asian food in Manhattan, and yet the chef grew up in New Jersey, fancy that.

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