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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A long line outside of Tony Luke's. Apparently, worth the wait. 960 1280

  

Adam filming in front of Tony Luke's. 960 1280

  

Franklin Fountain ice cream parlor, home of Mt. Vesuvius -- chocolate ice cream, hot fudge, brownies and whipped cream. 960 1280

  

The scene is set for Adam's post-challenge press conference. 960 1280

  

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Adam talks to customers at Cozy Dog. 960 1280

  

Adam gets a young customer's take on the Cozy Dog's most popular hot dog. 960 1280

  

Adam begins the Firebrand Chili Challenge at Joe Roger's Chili Parlor. 960 1280

  

Adam gets a little assistance with his chili challenge. 960 1280

  

Adam pumps himself up with some help from the crowd. 960 1280

  

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With author George Pelecanos at Ben's Chili Bowl. 960 1280

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Tough -- or should I say, chewy -- going with some hunks of raw meat at an Ethiopian joint. 960 1280

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Sticking out of the crowd a bit on the production line at DC Central Kitchen. 960 1280

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Todd "gets" the crabs. 960 1280

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The Tray of Togetherness

The Tray of Togetherness

Divided into 8 slots because it is an auspicious and lucky number, this tray offers a range of sweet and symbolic snacks for New Year revelers -- candied winter melon, kumquats, plums, coconut, lotus seed, water chestnut and red dates. 960 1280

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Buddha's Delight

Buddha's Delight

Eaten on the first day of the new year, this traditional Chinese dish called Buddha's Delight or Jai is comprised of 18 different vegetables and symbolizes luck in the new year. A vegetarian diet is encouraged in the first 5 days of the new year in order to purify oneself, so ingredients in this dish may include bamboo shoots, bean curd sticks, black mushrooms, carrot, cellophane noodles, gingko, napa cabbage, snow peas, water chestnuts and peanuts. Seasonings include garlic, ginger, oyster and soy sauce. 960 1280
Peking Duck

Peking Duck

Whole animals are symbolic of good luck for the whole year, so chicken, turkey or duck are often served intact. Peking duck, a popular dish during this time, is also a symbol of fidelity. 960 1280

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Tangerines

Tangerines

Families visiting one another on New Year's Day may bring tangerines or other sweets to wish one another a sweet and prosperous new year. 960 1280

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Tangyuan

Tangyuan

The round shape of these glutinous rice balls, called tangyuan, signify family togetherness and are eaten on the first full moon after the Chinese New Year, also known as the Lantern Festival. A traditional dessert in the South, it has changed color from white to multicolor based on new ingredients like chocolate, bean or pumpkin paste. In the North, the dish is filled with savory items and is called yuanxiao. 960 1280

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Bakkwa

Bakkwa

A popular dish eaten during the New Year celebration because of it's lucky red color, bakkwa is a salty and sweet dried meat similar to jerky. Treated as a delicacy, it is a popular gift to give and receive during New Year festivities. 960 1280

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Long Life Noodles

Long Life Noodles

Long Life Noodles are meant to be eaten, or rather slurped whole; cutting them while eating or serving could symbolize a shortened life, so the longer the noodle, the longer the life. 960 1280

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Tea Eggs

Tea Eggs

Cha Ye Dan, or Chinese tea eggs, symbolize fertility, prosperity and wealth and are a traditional snack in the new year but consumed as a street food year round. 960 1280

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Pomegranates

Pomegranates

Some parts of China see the exchange of pomegranates, which instill wishes upon the recipient for many children in the new year. 960 1280

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Whole Fish

Whole Fish

Whole fish dishes are highly popular during New Year celebrations as they are a symbol of prosperity -- the name for fish, yu, sounds similar to abundance in Chinese. They are served with their head and tail intact, which represents a good start and end to the new year. The fish should not be flipped while being eaten, because it is synonymous with a fisherman's superstition of flipping his boat. 960 1280
Niangao

Niangao

Chinese New Year cake is called niangao and eaten on New Year's Eve because the dish's name sounds similar to "higher year" and the glutinous rice flour from which it is made, puffs and rises while cooking. Eating this cake is believed to enable oneself to reach higher results in the coming year. 960 1280
Jiaozi

Jiaozi

In northern China, these round pork dumplings, or jiaozi, are symbols of wealth in the new year as their name is similar to an ancient currency called jiao. Sometimes, a small coin is placed within a dumpling to bestow extra good luck upon the recipient. Dumplings are prepared in bulk prior to New Year's Day because it is considered bad luck to use a knife or cook with fire in the beginning of the new year. 960 1280

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Millions of visitors take over Bavarian capital Munich for Oktoberfest each year from mid-September through early October. 960 1280

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Signs advertising an array of sausage and bratwurst tempt hungry Oktoberfest revelers. 960 1280

  

It's not all about the beer at Oktoberfest, with live music and traditional dancing filling the schedule. 960 1280

  

Talented waitresses carry dozens of beers to Oktoberfest attendees patiently waiting for the special brews. 960 1280

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Food specialties abound at Oktoberfest including pork knuckles, pretzels and sweet treats, too. 960 1280

  

Oktoberfest has been celebrated in the picturesque city of Munich since 1810. 960 1280

  

Drinkers fill up 14 beer tents to quaff unique Oktoberfest brews served in 1-liter steins. 960 1280

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Put down the stein and enjoy the carnival rides at the fun fair including an extra-large Ferris wheel and swings. 960 1280

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Dry Rub Ribs from Rendezvous

Dry Rub Ribs from Rendezvous

Did You Know? The delicious tradition of BBQ arose in the early 1500s when Spanish explorers introduced pigs to the native populations of Florida. In turn, native Americans taught Europeans a grilling technique they called "barabicu", meaning "sacred fire pit."

Dish 1: Dry-Rub Ribs
Where: Rendezvous, 52 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103
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Big Ben BBQ Platter

Big Ben BBQ Platter

Did You Know? Pulled pork is a form of barbecue in which pork, usually shoulder cut (sometimes referred to as Boston butt) or mixed cuts, is cooked using a low-heat, long-cook method.

Dish 2: Big Ben BBQ Platter
Where: Pappy’s Smokehouse, 3106 Olive St, Saint Louis, MO 63103
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Baby Back Ribs

Baby Back Ribs

Did You Know? Most barbeque joints serve up two kinds of ribs: baby back and spare. Spare ribs, the larger and flatter of the two, come from the belly side of the pig. Baby back ribs, smaller, curvier and meatier, are what’s between the spare rib and the spine.

Dish 3: Baby Back Ribs
Where: Henry’s Hi-Life, 301 West St John St, San Jose, CA 95110
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BBQ Feast at Osborne Family Farm

BBQ Feast at Osborne Family Farm

Did You Know? Brisket is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest of beef or veal. Brisket is also the national food of the Republic of Texas.

Dish 4: BBQ Feast
Where: Osborne Family Farm, 19400 Kanis Rd, Little Rock, AR 72223
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BBQ Ribs at Buz and Neds

BBQ Ribs at Buz and Neds

Did You Know? In the pre-Civil War period, Southerners ate, on average, 5-lbs. of pork for every 1-lb. of beef.

Dish 5: BBQ Ribs
Where: Buz n Ned’s, 1119 North Blvd, Richmond, VA 23230
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Did You Know? One of the challenges of grilling chicken is getting the breasts, thighs, legs and wings so they are all cooked perfectly.

Dish 6: BBQ Chicken Dinner
Where: The Brick Pit, 5456 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL 36608
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