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

  

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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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San Diego Winery Train, California

San Diego Winery Train, California

Hop aboard the Coaster commuter train with San Diego Beer, Wine & Spirits Tours for the Winery Train Tour, which makes several stops at wineries and wine bars along Southern California’s coast. Each tour includes tastings of 15 wines as well as a fine dining-wine pairing light luncheon. 960 1280

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The Presidential, Portugal

The Presidential, Portugal

Twice a year, for fifteen days each time, The Presidential Train, once known as the Portuguese Royal Train, comes out of retirement from the National Railway Museum in Lisbon to embark on a gourmet travel experience through Portugal. The nine-hour round-trip journey through Portugal’s Douro Valley wine region includes a four-course meal prepared by a Michelin starred chef, as well as wine pairings, unlimited spirits and a stop at a vineyard for special events and a port tasting. 960 1280

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Tren Sabores Del Valle, Chile

Tren Sabores Del Valle, Chile

The Sabores del Valle train travels from Santiago, Chile to San Fernando, where visitors board a bus for Santa Cruz to visit one vineyard and the museum. Tastings of three wines are included on the two-hour train journey, as is live music. 960 1280

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Great Southern Rail’s Indian Pacific, Australia

Great Southern Rail’s Indian Pacific, Australia

The four-day, three-night transcontinental journey from Sydney to Perth on Great Southern Rail’s Indian Pacific passes through Australia’s major wine regions, including a stop for a wine-tasting tour in the Barossa in South Australia. On the train itself travelers enjoy gourmet wine menus that reflect each of these regions. 960 1280

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Franschhoek Wine Tram, South Africa

Franschhoek Wine Tram, South Africa

This hop-on, hop-off tour by open-air tram and bus trolley travels through the Franschhoek Valley wine region in South Africa. The tour stops at eight vineyards allowing passengers to visit as many or as few as they like at their leisure. Basic tour packages include complimentary tastings at two vineyards. Visitors are encouraged to make their own lunch reservations at the vineyard of their choice. 960 1280

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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Italy

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Italy

The legendary Orient Express travels overnight from London to Venice and includes brunch with bellinis, a four-course dinner and half a bottle of wine per guest, breakfast the following morning, a three-course lunch with wine, and afternoon tea, all in vintage luxury Pullman rail cars. Upon arrival in Venice, passengers may add on a boat tour through Venice’s secret lagoon wineries or the Collio Wine Tour, moving from tasting to tasting in a motorcycle’s sidecar. 960 1280

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Korean Wine and Cinema Train, Korea

Korean Wine and Cinema Train, Korea

This one-of-a-kind train ride runs along the Seoul to Chung-buk Yeongdong trainline, offering unlimited wine tasting, live performance and movies. Upon arrival at Yeongdong Station, travelers take a bus to the Wine Korea garden where they can enjoy a buffet luncheon, visit the traditional music museum, and enjoy a wine foot bath. 960 1280

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Napa Valley Wine Train, California

Napa Valley Wine Train, California

Billed as a restaurant on rails, the Napa Valley Wine Train runs a collection of restored early 20th-century Pullman cars on 25 miles of tracks across northern California’s Napa Valley. Travelers may select from an array of themed lunches and dinners or opt instead for a winery tour, which includes transfers to local vineyards. 960 1280

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Mallorca Gourmet Train Tour, Mallorca, Spain

Mallorca Gourmet Train Tour, Mallorca, Spain

On the Mallorca Gourmet Train tour, visitors travel via tram to two vineyards where they may sample eight local wines as well Jabugo ham, regional cured cheeses, Mallorca sobrasada sausage, and coca de trampo, a traditional flatbread.   960 1280

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Looking for a gourmet rail adventure closer to home? You can find wine train experiences in Colorado, Texas, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Many of these excursions are offered only seasonally or on specific dates, so make sure to check with the tour operator before making any travel plans. 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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