Coffee Culture Around the World

From the simple Italian espresso shot to traditional Turkish coffee ceremonies, see how people around the world take their cup of coffee.

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Italian Beef Sandwich

Italian Beef Sandwich

Did You Know? Meatless Italian bread soaked in the juice of Italian beef served with peppers or giardiniera is known in some places as "Soakers" or "Juice-ons".

Dish 1: Italian Beef Sandwich
Where: Al's Beef, 1079 W. Taylor St., Chicago, IL
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The Salt Lick BBQ

The Salt Lick BBQ

Did You Know? In the 16th century, Native Americans showed Spanish settlers how to slow-smoke meat to a state of tender, juicy deliciousness.

Dish 2: Hill Country Texas BBQ
Where: The Salt Lick BBQ, 18300 FM 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619
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Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken

Did You Know? People have fried their food since Roman times. But the southern fried chicken we know and love didn’t become popular until the 1700’s, when Scottish immigrants brought the cooking technique to America.

Dish 3: Fried Chicken
Where: Yoder's, 3434 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota, FL 34239
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Crawfish Feast

Crawfish Feast

Did You Know? Each year, Louisiana fisherman haul in 80 million pounds of crawfish for local boils.

Dish 4: Crawfish Feast
Where: Hot 'n Juicy Crawfish, 4810 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102
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Juicy Lucy at Matt's

Juicy Lucy at Matt's

Did You Know? Juicy Lucy is a cheeseburger that has the cheese inside the meat patty rather than on top.

Dish 5: Juicy Lucy
Where: Matt's Bar, 3500 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417-2648
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Juicy Lucy at 5-8 Club

Juicy Lucy at 5-8 Club

Did You Know? While Matt's and 5-8 battle over who invented the Juicy Lucy, other restaurants have gone on to create Lucys with a variety of fillings.

Dish 6: Juicy Lucy
Where: 5-8 Club, 5800 Cedar Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55417-2648
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Japan: Mochi Ice Cream

Japan: Mochi Ice Cream

This frozen treat fuses “the most American of treats (ice cream) and the most Japanese of desserts (mochi)” into an international taste sensation. The frozen sweet consists of golf-ball-sized mochi (sticky rice pounded into a soft texture) with an ice-cream filling in flavors like green tea and red bean. This popular Asian-American fusion dessert can be found in grocery stores all over the world. 960 1280

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Vermont: Ben and Jerry's

Vermont: Ben and Jerry's

You can’t pass a ice-cream aisle without seeing this iconic American ice-cream brand staring you down, tempting you to try its latest concoction. It is the American ice dream -- two college grads, Ben and Jerry, open their first ice-cream shop in Burlington, VT, in 1978 and then take over the world ... one scoop of “Chunky Monkey” at a time. 960 1280

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Italy: Gelato

Italy: Gelato

If you want to piss off an Italian, call gelato “ice cream.” While the two are quite similar in their deliciousness, gelato is typically denser and milkier than traditional ice cream. And the good news? Gelato contains less fat than ice cream, since it uses more milk than cream. And less fat means more room for flavor, like our favorites -- nocciola (hazelnut) and fragola (strawberry). 960 1280

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Israel: Halva Ice Cream

Israel: Halva Ice Cream

Israel’s take on ice cream? Halva ice cream. Halva, a sweet candy-like treat made from sesame seeds mashed into a sugar-and-honey paste, is common in many Israeli dishes. On a hot day in Tel Aviv, cooling off with Halva ice cream is a popular pastime. 960 1280

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France: Foie Gras Ice Cream

France: Foie Gras Ice Cream

Leave it to the French to turn their ice cream into a delicacy. While the world continues to debate the cruelty of making foie gras -- overfattened duck liver -- we think everyone can be in agreement that ice cream doesn’t need to include over-the-top ingredients to taste gourmet. You had us at vanilla. 960 1280

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Iran: Faloodeh

Iran: Faloodeh

On a warm summer day in Iran there’s nothing more refreshing than this Persian frozen dessert. Made of thin vermicelli noodles frozen with corn starch, rose water and lime juice, it’s a unique blend of citrus and floral tastes. 960 1280

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Turkey: Dondurma

Turkey: Dondurma

Stretchy ice cream? While it sounds unusual, Turkish ice cream, dondurma, has a similar pliability to taffy. The dondurma street vendors in Istanbul have fun with its pliable texture, wowing passerby with its ability to not fall off a stick or melt. It’s thickened with salep, a flour made from orchids, which only adds to its exotic appeal. 960 1280

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Philippines: Cheese Ice Cream

Philippines: Cheese Ice Cream

Two comfort foods mix in this classic Filipino dessert, cheese ice cream. Once sold only by street vendors, today it’s crafted with real cheddar cheese by the brand Magnolia and sold in grocery stores all over the Philippines. 960 1280

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Germany: Spaghetties

Germany: Spaghetties

While it might resemble pasta, Germany’s spaghettieis is vanilla ice cream drawn through a pastamaker and then topped with a strawberry topping (to look like tomato sauce). This playful play on pasta was created by an Italian in Germany in the 1960s and has been a popular dessert with kids and adults alike ever since. 960 1280

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Alaska: Akutaq

Alaska: Akutaq

In a place with freezing temperatures, it’s hard to imagine a need for a cool-down dessert, but “Eskimo ice cream” is a popular local treat in Alaska. Traditionally, this native dish includes meat and fat from animals like seals, moose and caribou, although nowadays Crisco is a common substitute for animal fat. But seasonal ingredients like salmonberries and blueberries are still used in the modern version. 960 1280

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India: Kulfi

India: Kulfi

A mix of condensed milk, sugar and exotic flavors like saffron and cardamom, this popular Indian frozen dessert has a dense texture more similar to custard than ice cream. Traditionally, this cool treat was only found in India’s street markets, kept frozen in earthenware pots of ice and salt. Now its popularity is so widespread, you can find it in Whole Foods’ frozen-food aisles. 960 1280

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U.S. Wide: Frozen Yogurt

U.S. Wide: Frozen Yogurt

After Americans had one too many Ben and Jerry’s pints, they dreamed of a way to satisfy their love for cold, creamy desserts … while maintaining their waistline. Thus, frozen yogurt was born in the late 1970s and took off in the 1980s all over the United States as a low-fat alternative to ice cream. America’s craving for lower fat varieties didn’t stop Ben and Jerry, though … those brilliant guys now even offer Greek frozen yogurt, the latest healthy frozen indulgence. 960 1280

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Mexican Chili Peppers

Mexican Chili Peppers

A feast of Hispanic cuisine gets its bite from a variety of Mexican chili peppers, including chipotle, ancho and guajillo. 960 1280

  

The Margarita

The Margarita

Whether it’s frozen or on the rocks, with salt or without, a margarita is the perfect way to quench your thirst during a Mexican feast. 960 1280

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Guacamole

Guacamole

Grab some chips and dig into a bowl of creamy guacamole made from fresh avocados. 960 1280

  

Tacos

Tacos

Dig into a plate of crunchy tacos filled with spicy meat, lettuce and fresh salsa. 960 1280

  

Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo

Perfect pico de gallo is a combination of tomatoes, onions, peppers and cilantro for a spicy kick. 960 1280

  

Sangria

Sangria

A Spanish import that’s served in Mexico, sangria is a sweet and delicious wine punch made with fresh fruit. Just be careful -- there’s more wine soaked into those apples than you think! 960 1280

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The Essentials

The Essentials

No Mexican meal is complete without the essential sides of chips, salsa, sour cream and guacamole. 960 1280

  

Tamales

Tamales

Tamales are a traditional Latin American favorite wrapped in corn husks. 960 1280

  

Tamale Ingredients

Tamale Ingredients

Dig into these tasty tamale packages packed with chicken, beans or peppers. 960 1280

  

Corona

Corona

Beer has a long history in Mexico and people all over the world recognize the blue and white label of a Corona. In fact, it’s one of the 5 most-consumed beers in the world. Try some of Mexico’s other popular beers: Tecate, Sol, Dos Equis, Modelo, Bohemia and Pacifico. 960 1280

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Tequila

Tequila

Tequila, made from blue agave plant, is another staple of Mexican drinks. Mix it with lime and Cointreau for a refreshing margarita, or take it as a shot with salt and a lime wedge. 960 1280

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Enchiladas

Enchiladas

A plate of steaming hot enchiladas is topped with spicy red sauce and served alongside rice and beans. 960 1280

  

Mexican Staples

Mexican Staples

Refried beans and yellow rice are menu staples at any authentic Mexican restaurant. 960 1280

  

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