Sign up for R&K Insider, our collection of the most compelling happenings in food, politics, and travel from across the web. Happy Thursday, dear readers. Lots going on this week. Here in my town, the U.N. General Assembly is meeting for its annual shindig, which is always a little weird, and was made both weirder and more terrifying by a rambling, bellicose speech from a reactionary leader appealing to a domestic audience. Remember when that would have been a description of Qaddafi? I do.
Traveling is difficult. Let us help. Ask me anything at firstname.lastname@example.org. Q: I’m going to New Orleans and want to spend a day outside the highly traveled parts of the city (mainly I’ve spent a lot of time in the French Quarter, Garden District, and Uptown) while still seeing sights and eating meals that are specific to New Orleans. I won’t have a car—any recommendations? For this one, I turn to former New Orleans resident and current R&K editorial fellow Karen Gardner.
Sign up for R&K Insider, our collection of the most compelling happenings in food, politics, and travel from across the web. Happy Thursday, dear readers. We have a new installment of our long-form, Anthony Bourdain-curated Dispatched series up today! Writer Christopher St. Cavish went to the deserts of Western China to find the man building an empire out of camel milk, which is, apparently, a thing you can drink. Another thing you can drink? Way too much baiju.
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