The Urbanist

Food & the city

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28 February 2019

Episode 385

30 minutes


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What’s your city’s best-kept food secret? This week we sample a tasting menu across Europe to discover how different urban areas feel about food.

28 February 2019

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Chapter 1

9 minutes


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Chapter 1

Rungis market

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Behind every amazing French restaurant is the inarguably less glamorous Rungis market. The market, which has been around in some form since antiquity, is perhaps Paris’s best-kept food secret.

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Chapter 2

7 minutes


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Chapter 2

Ljubljana: Mlekomat

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Slovenia’s capital is home to dozens of Mlekomats – vending machines that dispense fresh, raw milk – direct from a local farm.

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Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

Cairo: sushi

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If I invite you out for a sushi dinner, most people would think we might be eating in Tokyo. But what about Cairo? We hear about this unexpected food trend that has taken over the Egyptian capital.

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Chapter 4

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Chapter 4

Protected geographical status

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In 2013, Waterford Blaa was granted protected geographical status, a distinction that is not easy to come by. So what does it mean?

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