‘The All-American Mall Explained in Six Charts‘ from Bloomberg Business. Why are doughnuts so popular in New England malls whereas gelato rules the Southwest? These fascinating charts bring up a series of questions regarding the everyday indulgences of regional groups.
‘All About Japanese Curry Rice‘ from Serious Eats. Even if I wasn’t interested in everything Japanese after reading 1Q84, Japanese curry would capture my attention. Rich, thick, eaten with a spoon and typically made with the help of curry roux cubes this cultural calque is a fascinating mix of cultures.
‘What makes Birmingham Balti unique?‘ from BBC News. Balti, a dish from Birmingham quickly cooked in an earthenware pot over high heat without ghee, has recently applied for TSG (traditional speciality guaranteed) status to protect the dish from pale imitations. Will this decidedly non-Anglo dish get the marker? And, if so, what does that mean for British identity?