The Richmond Night Market. Photo © Carolyn Heller.

Richmond, BC: The Best Chinese Food Outside China

Whether you’re looking for spicy Sichuan or Hunan fare, handmade noodles and dumplings like you’d see in Shanghai, delicately seasoned Cantonese seafood, or the hearty lamb dishes of China’s western provinces, you’ll find it in Richmond, BC.

Quince fruit and quince ate. Photo © Luis Carlos Jimenez del Rio/123rf.

Guanajuato’s Famous Sweets

The state of Guanajuato has a serious sweet tooth. Dulces típicos (traditional sweets) are produced in various cities across the state and consumed by the populace with appetite and pleasure. In the city of Guanajuato, there are wonderful sweets stands in the market and numerous traditional sweets shops boasting enormous selections and unique regional candies.

Nopales being prepped for cooking. Photo © Joep Van Der Werff/123rf.

San Miguel de Allende’s Highland Cuisine

Mexico’s color and creativity are reflected in its wonderful food. Though San Miguel de Allende and the surrounding region aren’t well known for their distinctive culinary traditions, there are several dishes and some unusual ingredients that are frequent features of regional cuisine.

Nacatamales. Photo © Daniel M. Hochbaum.

Food in Nicaragua: Corn, Corn, and Corn

Maíz (corn) is central to the Nicaraguan diet. Beans are just as critical a staple, but in Nicaragua, corn is prepared with more variety, taste, and frequency. Corn here is eaten and drank in more than a hundred different ways.

Focus on Sesame Balls on a white plate; doughy drops covered in sesame and fried to golden.

Dim Sum and then Some: A Guide to AsiaTown

AsiaTown, an area just east of downtown is loosely bordered by East 30th and 40th Streets, and St. Clair and Payne Avenues. This vibrant, diverse neighborhood is teeming with Asian-owned shops, restaurants, and markets. A visit here is a must for ethnic-food fans, adventurous home cooks, and lovers of all things exotic.