Maine Food Specialties: From Blueberries to Beanhole Beans

Everyone knows Maine is the place for lobster, but there are quite a few other foods that you should sample before you leave. Author Hilary Nangle introduces fiddlehead ferns, wild blueberries, and Maine’s maple syrup. She also talks about the unique beanhole bean suppers that are common events at local churches.

Paraty, Brazil: Exploring a Colonial Jewel

Lying halfway between Rio and São Paulo, set amid blue ocean and jagged green mountains, Paraty is one of the most charismatic colonial towns you’ll ever encounter. Read on for the top sights, places to stay, and things to do in Paraty.

Ilha de Marajó in Para, Brazil

This Switzerland-size island, some 90km northwest of Belém, boasts deserted beaches and mangrove swamps teeming with exotic cranes, herons, ibises, and thousands and thousands of water buffalo.

Strange Fruit: Learning to Love Jaca

Jacas are the largest edible fruit known to humankind (they have been known to grow up to 3 feet in length and weigh over 80 pounds) and are one of the weirdest looking fruits you might come across. Michael rediscovers this strange fruit in a variety of dishes prepared by locals in the tiny village of Conceição dos Gatos.

Samburá: A Meal Well Worth the Walk

Michael and his sister honed their palates in cities like New York and Paris. During a recent trip through southern Bahia together, they ate some passable food, some good food, and, on occasion, some very memorable food.

In Praise of Culinary Differences

Expat Michael Sommers has always been amazed by Brazilians’ knack for cooking up meals for 20 at the drop of a hat. He shares his experience with hosting a dinner party at his home in Salvador, and talks about some of the cultural expectations and cuisine typical of shared meals in Brazil.