Holiday Eats en Indian duck curry, Christian style <p><span style="line-height: 20px; ">NEW DELHI &mdash;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">There are around 25 million Christians in India, concentrated in northeastern states such as Mizoram and Nagaland, near the border of Myanmar; and in the former Portuguese colonies of Goa and Kerala. But for my money the best Christian grub comes from Kerala, the state known here as &ldquo;God&#39;s own country.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Holiday Eats Food & Drink India Thu, 20 Dec 2012 21:37:16 +0000 Jason Overdorf 5728786 at Chinese New Year cake <p style="line-height: 20px; ">HONG KONG &mdash;&nbsp;One of the most spectacular meals in Hong Kong happens every Chinese New Year. Typically around late January or early February, Chinese New Year is a festive family celebration, often featuring a variety of dishes chosen for their propitious, fortune-bearing names.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20px; ">Here is one typical dish enjoyed in the Southern Chinese, or Cantonese, cooking tradition prevalent in Hong Kong.</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Holiday Eats Food & Drink China Thu, 20 Dec 2012 21:30:00 +0000 Benjamin Carlson 5728790 at Portuguese Christmas Eve salt cod <p><span style="line-height: 20px; ">BRUSSELS&nbsp;</span>&mdash;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20px; ">In much of Europe, Christmas Eve is a meat-free feast. Portuguese families gather before midnight mass for a meal of salt cod, the national staple for which there are reputed to be more recipes than days of the year.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Holiday Eats Food & Drink Thu, 20 Dec 2012 21:32:00 +0000 Gregory Feifer 5728791 at Danish almond rice <p><span style="line-height: 20px; ">BRUSSELS &mdash; The frenchified name of Denmark&#39;s favorite Yuletide dessert dates back to the days when its key ingredients - rice, almonds and vanilla - were an exotic imported luxury reserved for special occasions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Holiday Eats Food & Drink Europe Thu, 20 Dec 2012 21:36:00 +0000 Paul Ames 5728792 at Italian stuffed capon <p><span style="line-height: 20px; ">BRUSSELS &mdash; </span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">Christmas Day lunch in Italy is a long family affair that will run though pasta dishes like lasagne or tortellini in brodo before a big roast. Lamb raised on the hills around Rome is a popular choice in the capital.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">Elsewhere, many prefer a stuffed and roast capon</span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">.</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Holiday Eats Food & Drink Italy Thu, 20 Dec 2012 21:28:19 +0000 Paul Ames 5728794 at Peruvian pisco sour <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 20px; ">LIMA &mdash; Like much of the world, Peruvians devour turkey for their Christmas meal, usually with rice, apple puree and a salad of potatoes, apples and raisins.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20px; ">Yet if anyone &mdash; at least in the West &mdash; thinks that&#39;s unoriginal, it bears recalling that turkeys come from the Americas and were unknown in the Old World prior to 1492.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">The feast for &ldquo;Navidad,&rdquo; as the holiday&rsquo;s called in Spanish, is typically washed down with wine, especially champagne or some other sparkling white, as well as the classic Peruvian cocktail of pisco sour.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Holiday Eats Peru Food & Drink Thu, 20 Dec 2012 21:35:53 +0000 Simeon Tegel 5729130 at Philippines: New Year's Eve Lechon <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 20px; ">BANGKOK &mdash; What do you get when you add Spanish colonists and Chinese settlers to an island population that already raises swine? A stew of cultures with sublime pork skills.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Holiday Eats Food & Drink Philippines Thu, 20 Dec 2012 21:40:03 +0000 Patrick Winn 5729600 at Cuban pierna asada <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 20px; ">HAVANA &mdash; The Cuban authorities government began promoting New Year&#39;s Eve as a secular alternative to Christmas after Fidel Castro&#39;s communist revolution in 1959.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20px; ">It wasn&#39;t until Pope John Paul II&#39;s historic visit in 1998 that Castro put the holiday back on the calendar. Although&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">Cuba today is caught between two holidays</span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">, there&#39;s one constant: roast pork, one of the few unifiers for a culture too often split by politics.</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Holiday Eats Food & Drink Cuba Thu, 20 Dec 2012 21:38:47 +0000 Nick Miroff 5729616 at