Smithsonian Journeys Travel Quarterly

Reuben Riffel on Becoming a Top Chef in Post-Apartheid South Africa

South African food culture fosters connection, he says

La Tour d'Argent restaurant offers dramatic views of the Paris skyline.

Does the Classic Paris Meal Still Exist?

Two food lovers set out to learn whether the Paris dining experience of their youth can still be found

Chef Margarita Carrillo Arronte on Why Mexican Cuisine Is a UNESCO Treasure

Meet the woman dedicated to preserving traditional Mexican cuisine

Detail from the stela of Mentuwoser, c. 1955 B.C., shows the steward preparing for a feast.

For Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs, Life Was a Banquet, But the Afterlife Was the Greatest Feast of All

Life after death for the Ancient Egyptian elite included lots, and lots, of food

Local Lens: Our Favorite Instagram Tongue Teasers

Hailing from Vietnam, Turkey and Italy, these photographers show that a love of beautifully arranged food knows no borders

When Happy Hour Was "Green Hour" in Paris

When the clock struck five, 19th-century Parisians turned to absinthe

Celebrated Middle Eastern Food Writer Claudia Roden Shares Stories and Recipes From Her Kitchen

For Roden, food is a lens to understand history

On the Dangers of Erotic Truffles

A 19th-century investigation into the power of the aphrodisiac

The Ever Expanding World of Wine Takes Your Palate to Unexpected Places

Never before have so many diverse wines, from so many places, been available to so many people around the globe

Tony Lu prepares a dish.

Meet the Michelin-Starred Chef Pushing the Limits of Vegetarian Cuisine in China

Master chef Tony Lu discusses China’s changing tastes and his own innovative approach to 'Vegetarian Fusion'

The Admiral, 16th century | Giuseppe Arcimboldo

A Brief History of Food as Art

From subject to statement, food has played a role in art for millennia

On a chilly day in Tokyo, customers slurp hot ramen at the Tsukiji fish market.

You've Been Slurping Ramen All Wrong

In Japan, ramen is a culinary touchstone that goes way beyond food

Smithsonian Journeys Travel Quarterly: Atlas of Eating

Take an in-depth look at food and culinary culture around the globe, including in-depth stories and favorite recipes

Lime Marinade, Cohiba Cigar Cases and Other Unique Gifts You Can Buy in Cuba

Korda captured this iconic image of the Cuban revolutionary by chance.

The Story Behind Che's Iconic Photo

Fashion photographer Alberto Korda took Che Guevara's pictures hundreds of times in the 1960s. One stuck

Three Taíno Indian sisters pose during a family pig roast in eastern Cuba, where there’s a small but growing movement to explore the indigenous culture that Columbus encountered in 1492.

Searching for Cuba's Pre-Columbian Roots

A newfound quest for identity has led some Cubans to reclaim their Taíno Indian heritage

A Brief History of the Rumba

Born out of slavery in 19th-century Cuba, the lively music and dance form takes many shapes

Holy card from the collection of Emilio Cueto

The Surprising History of Cuba's Patron Saint

Nicknamed "Cachita," the 15-inch-tall wooden figurine of the Virgin Mary unites Cubans across class and race lines

Memories of a Runaway Cuban Slave

A former sugar plantation slave recalls fleeing to a cave in the woods and the new dangers that awaited him there

These women in traditional dress are preparing for a street performance in Havana. Despite laws guaranteeing racial equality, black Cubans are generally poorer than whites. And with fewer relatives abroad, they typically receive less in remittances.

There's Much More to Cuba Than Cigars and Vintage Cars

The country’s most celebrated blogger discovers her homeland anew while working as a tour guide

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