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Cuban sandwiches, cauliflower shawarma and amarone: our editors’ foodie favourites

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Cuban sandwiches, cauliflower shawarma and amarone: our editors’ foodie favourites

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I’ve been sipping…
Amarone, a red wine from Veneto, Italy. The grapes are picked later than usual, and left to dry for longer, giving it a more raisin-y taste. My favourite bottle? Capitel Monte Olmi, Amarone della Valipolicella.

I’ve been reading…
Where to Drink Beer, by Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso. It’s a roundup of the best places in the world to drink; I’ll be checking out 8 Degrees Plato Detroit, in my hometown — 16 taps of craft beer and a vinyl-filled jukebox. 

I’ve been drizzling…
Mazzetti L’Originale Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (Aged). Full-bodied and slightly sweet, it’s a little pricier than my normal balsamic, but much more versatile, pairing well with roast veg, meat and even vanilla ice cream.

I ate at…
Berber & Q, east London. The menu of Middle Eastern-inspired dishes is fabulous, but my vote goes to the cheeseburger kofte — served with the restaurant’s take on burger sauce — and the cauliflower shawarma (pictured).

Cuban sandwich. Image: Kritt Normsaskul


Three to try at:
Last Nights of Havana pop-up

1 Cassava chips
Best served with a garlic mojo sauce and smoked paprika sea salt.

2 Papa Doble
A favourite of Hemingway, with white rum, grapefruit, lime and maraschino.

3 Cuban sandwich
Smoked ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese, American mustard and pickles. A next-level toastie. At Tobacco Dock, London, until May.

Where’s the best place you’ve had street food?

Los Angeles: Grand Central Market, in Downtown LA, has hands-down the most-varied and highest-quality produce I’ve come across — plus there’s the added bonus of sunshine. BR
Taipei, Taiwan: The markets are full of moreish dishes like gua bao (steamed buns with braised pork, mustard greens, coriander and peanut powder) and ‘thousand layer’ spring onion bread. NT
Singapore: Malay, Chinese and Indian influences collide in the city’s hawker centres. Try dishes like roti prata, Hainanese chicken rice and nasi lemak.

As featured in Issue 4 of National Geographic Traveller Food.