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Maska Bun and Irani Chai at New Irani – Gastro Obscura

Behind a bare-bones concrete exterior and amid crumbling walls, a cafe serves what may be Ahmedabad’s sweetest buns. Hidden behind a concrete exterior with a fading sign, the New Irani restaurant in Ahmedabad’s old town is easy to miss. Even when you enter, the interior’s crumbling walls give little indication …

Bra Sausage – Gastro Obscura

A veal-based sausage that survived a royal beef ban. Salsiccia di Bra, or “Bra sausage,” may be the only Italian food to have ever been protected by a royal decree. A cylinder of seasoned veal meat, its origins date back to the 16th century, when local butchers in Bra, Italy, …

Mother Vine Scuppernong Wine – Gastro Obscura

This sweet Southern elixir comes from what may be the oldest grape vine in North America. As 16th century European explorers landed on the shores of modern-day North Carolina, they continually wrote home about the grapes. In 1584, a British captain described a land “so full of grapes as the very …

Southern Jutland Coffee Table – Gastro Obscura

These cake-laden tables fueled community meetings that helped bring Southern Jutland back into Denmark. With the end of the Second Schleswig War in 1864, the Danish region of Southern Jutland came under Prussian control, which was highly unpopular among many locals. Danes gathered regularly in the community houses for political meetings …