This blog is on book leave! The story behind the Taxi Gourmet blog is a book in progress, to be published by Vintage (Random House) in 2014.
After five years, three hemispheres, and a lot of cab rides, I finally get to tell the story behind the story of Taxi Gourmet. Oh, _________.
A summer of getting into random taxis in Berlin and asking drivers about their favorite places to eat led to what I think are 5 of the best Turkish restaurants in the German capital. Now, you taste 'Istanbul in Berlin' for yourself!
A music-loving cab driver leads the way to good curry and great naan at a hip snack bar next to a used record shop.
Istanbul was the climax of September's great adventure in the Balkans with the coolest cab driver in Berlin. Hungry and determined to eat well on the cheap, we went without a guidebook and found three places to eat and drink that I would recommend to anyone traveling to, or even living in, Istanbul.
Took what was maybe the greatest taxi adventure of all this fall, with the coolest cab driver in Berlin. Here's some of what we ate & saw over 10 countries and 6,663 kilometers from Berlin to Istanbul and back.
Thanks for stopping by Taxi Gourmet. The matriarch of my family passed away, and I’m in California this week. Stay tuned for more cab adventures and more food after November 8.
Four days of blutwurst, fleischwurst, rindswurst, weisswurst, leberwurst, bratwurst, musical cheese, apple wine, potato salad, apple strudel and a beer festival in Frankfurt/Offenbach got me thinking that sounds (HWAAAA! HUUUUH!) would be more useful than adjectives to describe German food.
One of my favorite things to do when I’m traveling in a new city is read guidebooks about the city I'm living in. Thanks to my Berlin landlord's Fodor's NY guide, I learned: "Taxi drivers are notorious for (a) knowing nothing about NY geography, (b) not speaking English (c) having an improvisational driving style."
I'm getting ready to say goodbye to New York for the summer (and hallo to a series of taxi adventures in Berlin). This means it's high time to refresh my list of Gotham's best cabbie-recommended dishes - and add a few finds from the driver's seat.