Authentic Foods

My latest piece for Columbia Home – on “authentic foods” – is out. And while I recommend subscribing to the print edition, the online version of the story is much more comprehensive. We visited Bamboo Terrace, Coffee Zone, Las Margaritas and KoJaBa and ate very, very well. Angelique’s photos are awesome too.

Authenticity is a slippery prospect in the realm of food. That Italian tomato-based pasta sauce we all know and love? New arrival. Pad Thai as the very essence of Thai food? It’s brand new in the grand scheme of things. And noodles originated in China, so can they really be authentically Italian or Thai anyway? Heck, Italy wasn’t even a country until 1858.

So authenticity is tough, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know it when we see it. Mexican street tacos, chickpea dip, marinated and grilled meat and fiery Sichuan stir-fries are so emblematic of the cultures that created them that we don’t need to fuss too much with their provenances.

Check it out the full thing here.

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4 Responses to “Authentic Foods”

  1. Another Michael Says:

    You pretty much nailed it with those places. All are top notch.

  2. frank43 Says:

    Not fair to post this just before lunch.

  3. Robert Says:

    Already knew about the Malaysian Curry Hot Pot at Bamboo Terrace, but the tomatillo (spicy) salsa and Pozole at Las Margaritas was great. Thanks!

  4. Scott Says:

    Awesome…glad it lived up to the billing!

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