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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El Octagon strikes! This really hurt, by the way. Really, really hurt. 960 1280

  

Carlos (green shirt) and Martin get into the spirit of things at a Mexico City cantina. 960 1280

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We confer with local experts at the pulqueria. 960 1280

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Alex, Zach and Global Alan -- apparently auditioning for a Kraftwerk tribute band. 960 1280

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Heaven. Blue corn quesadillas from Anastasia. 960 1280

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Zach Zamboni. The Running Man. During a long traffic jam in rural Puebla, Zach decides to run alongside the car. 960 1280

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At least he was running for a cause. His triumphant return. 960 1280

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Crew meal. Puebla. 960 1280

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A tub of guts. Delicious guts. 960 1280

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Mexico Journal  9 Photos

Truly, the King of dogs -- outside Chicago, anyway. 960 1280

  

Going in for some steaming gyro action. 960 1280

  

The bane of my existence. Battery change. "Is this on? Testing. Testing. Maybe it's the connection ..." 960 1280

  

Healthy breakfast: calientale 960 1280

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Followed by a sensible (and delicious) lunch! Followed--hopefully--by hours of laying around groaning and farting. 960 1280

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Cameraman and gearhead Zach Zamboni indulges his obsession with elaborate, improvised, homemade camera rigging devices. 960 1280

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The crew and our hosts, rooftop in Medellin. 960 1280

  

Tom Vitale, our producer. He actually met us at the airport dressed like this. Would you lend this guy 5 dollars? Not me. 960 1280

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Zach's Popeil-style miracle rigging installed and operational--with Todd in second position. 960 1280

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Dan Sung Sa in Koreatown

Dan Sung Sa in Koreatown

Mikey Roe tries the super spicy wings at Dan Sung Sa in Koreatown. 960 1280

  

25 Degrees

25 Degrees

The grilled cheese and onion rings at 25 Degrees, a 5-star burger joint that calls the Roosevelt Hotel its home. 960 1280

  

25 Degrees

25 Degrees

The #1 burger at 25 Degrees, with its toasted brioche bun, caramelized onions, 2-cheese blend, Thousand Island dressing, arugula and bacon, is a knockout. 960 1280

  

Dan Sung Sa in Koreatown

Dan Sung Sa in Koreatown

Mikey at Dan Sung Sa, K-town’s greatest pojanmacha — a term that loosely translates to “gastropub”. 960 1280

  

Berri's Pizza Café

Berri's Pizza Café

Mikey and the Feed the Beast crew look over footage at Berri's Pizza Café, which is a quiet little Italian joint by day, but a veritable club by night – complete with mood lighting and techno music. 960 1280

  

Berri's Pizza Café

Berri's Pizza Café

The avocado pizza at Berri's Pizza Café, with its thin, crispy-yet-foldable crust and gooey, drippy cheese, is as close to New York pizza as it gets in Hollywood. 960 1280

  

Cole's

Cole's

A turkey, cheese and pastrami sandwich with a pickle at Cole's, a downtown landmark that turns out its classic sandwiches (with pork, lamb or beef) late into the night. 960 1280

  

Cole's

Cole's

The oldest pub in the city, Cole’s is also the only place serving up a French dip until 2 a.m. 960 1280

  

Cole's

Cole's

You can’t go wrong with a grilled cheese late at night -- especially this grilled cheese with barbecue sauce at Cole's. 960 1280

  

San Gennaro Italian Festival

San Gennaro Italian Festival

Mikey happens upon the San Gennaro Italian Festival on the corner of Hollywood and Highland, where he finds some authentic meatballs and ravioli. 960 1280

  

House Smoked Rueben from Katz's in New York

House Smoked Rueben from Katz's in New York

Did You Know? The invention of sandwiches is named after John Montagu, the 4th earl of Sandwich, who in 1762, famously ordered a slab of meat between 2 pieces of bread so he could eat with 1 hand and play cards with the other.

Dish 1: House-Smoked Rueben
Where: Katz’s, 205 East Houston St, New York, NY 10002
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Stuffed Sandwich from Primati Brothers in Pittsburgh

Stuffed Sandwich from Primati Brothers in Pittsburgh

Did You Know? The first recorded sandwich was by the famous rabbi, Hillel the Elder, who lived during the 1st century B.C. He started the Passover custom of sandwiching a mixture of chopped nuts, apples, spices and wine between 2 matzohs to eat with bitter herbs.

Dish 2: The Original Stuffed Sandwich
Where: Primanti Brothers, 48 18 St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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King Torta from Los Reyes de la Torta in Phoenix

King Torta from Los Reyes de la Torta in Phoenix

Did You Know? French influence in the 1800s made wheat bread popular in Mexican cities. From the unique Mexican bread called "telera", the Mexican sandwich, or "torta" was born.

Dish 3: King Torta
Where: Los Reyes de la Torta, 9230 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85020
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Battleship Sandwiches at The Black Sheep in Richmond

Battleship Sandwiches at The Black Sheep in Richmond

Did You Know? The sandwich became popular in the American diet when bakeries started selling pre-sliced bread, making it easier for them to be made.

Dish 4: Battleship Sandwiches
Where: The Black Sheep, 901 W Marshall St, Richmond, VA 23220
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The Kryptonite at Ike's in San Francisco

The Kryptonite at Ike's in San Francisco

Did You Know? The word "butty" is often used in Northern areas of the United Kingdom as a synonym for sandwich.

Dish 5: The Kryptonite
Where: Ike's, 3506 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
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Unwrap a Burrito

Unwrap a Burrito

Locals are addicted to bulging burritos stuffed with endless ingredients. Splurge on Papalote’s massive Triple Threat burrito, which packs in nearly two pounds of shrimp, chicken and steak  — a perfect share for a pair of ambitious eaters. Smaller appetites can check out the one exceptional exception to the rice inside the burrito standard at La Taqueria 960 1280

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Graze at a Farmers Market

Graze at a Farmers Market

San Francisco is full of farmers markets big and small where locals go to sample and score a wide variety of produce  -- for the kitchen or even a quick bite. The most bountiful of the year-round weekly affairs takes place at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on Saturdays, but don’t overlook the smaller neighborhood farmer’s markets like the Castro Farmers’ Market 960 1280

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Patronize Old-School Taco Trucks

Patronize Old-School Taco Trucks

Stalwart Mexican taco trucks like El Gallo Giro and Tacos San Buena pre-dated the current proliferation of trucks that serve every type of food imaginable. At $2 or less apiece, they also offer one of the last remaining bastions of extreme food value in the area. 960 1280

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Try New School Food Trucks

Try New School Food Trucks

If you can dream up a meal, it’s probably available on wheels. Off The Grid offers a vast number of weekly truck gatherings with an ever-growing array of international vendors, while converted parking lots like SoMa StrEat Food Park and G Food Truck Lounge provide permanent places for trucks to rotate through. 960 1280

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Seek Ice Cream in All Weather Conditions

Seek Ice Cream in All Weather Conditions

San Franciscans are not fair-weather friends to ice cream; we devour both classic and experimental flavors with passion no matter the temperature. A tin roof sundae at Humphry Slocombe or an avocado milkshake at Mitchell’s Ice Cream warms our hearts all year long.  960 1280

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Bloody Sunday

Bloody Sunday

Let’s face it: San Francisco is a food town and Sunday brunch is not a spectator sport. Expect crowds and long lines. We’ve found that Bluestem Brasserie and Foreign Cinema are solid go-tos. They accept reservations and are generally accommodating to larger groups.  960 1280

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Top Ramen

Top Ramen

San Francisco’s obscure Japanese noodle soup shops were once the speakeasies of the food world, but now one can’t sling a lucky cat without hitting one. Try homeland exports like Men Oh Tokushima Ramen and Yamadaya (which has locations all over California) for a true taste of different styles. 960 1280

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Two for Me

Two for Me

Afternoon tea isn’t just for old ladies anymore. Fancy it up on a Saturday at the Fairmont or take the guys along on a Sunday picnic on the patio for a hearty tea at Charles Chocolates. 960 1280

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Be Animal Free

Be Animal Free

Vegan restaurants remind us that food can be made without cruelty and still satisfy. Most popular are Asian spots like Golden Era and Cha-Ya, which have achieved cult-like status without using animal products. 960 1280

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Go Off Menu

Go Off Menu

If you grill it, they will come. Secret items are a fun way to keep locals feeling connected to a restaurant. Some, like the off-menu burger served on Tuesdays at Rosamunde Sausage Grill’s Haight Street location, keep insiders wanting more.  960 1280
Dip in a Hot Pot

Dip in a Hot Pot

The best all-you-can-eat action around can be found at the rapidly rising number of hot pot purveyors. Japanese places like Nabe and Shabuway present polite sets of vegetables and thinly sliced raw meat to swish-cook in hot broth, while Chinese spots like i-Pot and Dragon Beaux add dumplings into the mix. 960 1280

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Get Toasted

Get Toasted

The once humble slice of toast has been elevated to a meal requiring a knife and fork at joints like The Mill and Outerlands, where breads are baked on site and then covered in decadent smears or served as the base for open faced sandwiches. 960 1280

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Try a Pop-Up Meal

Try a Pop-Up Meal

A pop-up meal in a temporary location is a wonderful way for a chef to experiment with new ideas. Visit the Michael Mina Test Kitchen for the latest beta project from the popular restaurateur or consult the Feastly calendar and sample meals made by master chefs or tender novices.  960 1280

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Room Service

Room Service

Gone are the days of waiting forever for lousy pizza. Services like Caviar, Seamless and Postmates deliver serious gourmet meals from anywhere in San Francisco to your mouth, typically within the hour.  960 1280

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Egg Topper

Egg Topper

Whether it’s a burger or a bowl of ramen, just about everything is better with an egg. Deviled eggs, a star on bar menus across town, might be at their most heavenly when topped with bacon and fried oysters at Hog & Rocks. 960 1280

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Dim Sum on the Fly

Dim Sum on the Fly

Locals love to nibble on the various bite-sized Chinese dumplings, noodle rolls and buns that make up the dim sum category. Delight in the delicious danger of impulse ordering off a roaming cart at City View or from a checklist at Dim Sum Club 960 1280

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Experience an Exotic Plate

Experience an Exotic Plate

A local in San Francisco has a palate for global cuisine. Travel to exotic destinations without leaving the city limits. Try Laotian and Thai food at Champa Garden; sample Iranian delights at Anar; or sail away to Sri Lanka via 1601 Bar & Kitchen. 960 1280

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Worth the Wait

Worth the Wait

Waiting in line is a necessary evil at Tartine Bakery, where the queue starts forming daily around 4:30 p.m. to catch a baguette or specialty loaf hot and fresh out of the oven.  960 1280
Roll Play With Sushi

Roll Play With Sushi

Just about everyone in San Francisco eats sushi and its prices vary just as the clientele. Visit Ichi Sushi for a high-end experience at still-affordable prices or break the bank at Kusakabe, where a blowtorch provides endless visual entertainment to accompany the fresh fish. 960 1280

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I Scream

I Scream

Sunny skies and happy lives breed a love for sweet treats in San Francisco. The granddaddy of all desserts here is the It’s-It, a chocolate covered ice cream sandwich that has been made since 1928. 960 1280

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