Roads and Kingdoms

Roads and Kingdoms Travel, food and journalism, together at last. http://roadsandkingdoms.com

Roads & Kingdoms is an independent journal of food, politics, travel and culture. It was voted the Gold Winner for Best Travel Journalism Site by the Society of American Travel Writers. The magazine first launched in Myanmar as a Tumblr that became a home for reports on everything from Burmese civil war to dissident MCs to the perils of rancid crab. R&K is now a fulltime digital magazine based in New York and Barcelona, publishing longform dispatches, interviews and global ephemera daily. Our current publishing partnerships include The Far Post, a global soccer series with Sports Illustrated and weekly foreign correspondence dispatches with Slate. We also partner with select brands: email contact @ roadsandkingdoms.com for more information. “Roads & Kingdoms”, by the way, is cribbed from The Book of Roads & Kingdoms, a phenomenal early travelogue written in the 11th century by Abu Abdullah al-Bakri in Córdoba, now home to a mediocre football club playing in Spain’s second division. How to Pitch: We accept pitches from freelance writers, carousers and photographers. The first and most important thing is to read Roads & Kingdoms. Our stories are a little different here, and if you can pick up on that difference, you’ll have a much better chance of success. We do not accept completed manuscripts, so even if you’ve already written a piece, just send us a pithy paragraph or two about what it is. Email your idea to [email protected] and you’ll get an autoresponse with more information about our rates and approval process.

Mission: Combine food, travel, and foreign correspondence for those who love that kind of thing as much as we do

"Some travelers briefly drop anchor in Lima en route to Machu Picchu, Cusco, trekking in the Andes, or the jungle for he...
05/17/2019
What to know before you go to Lima

"Some travelers briefly drop anchor in Lima en route to Machu Picchu, Cusco, trekking in the Andes, or the jungle for healing hallucinogenic sessions or to see the biodiversity. But they should linger in Lima."

From historic bars to hearty street food, a local’s very comprehensive guide to eating, drinking, and traveling well in Peru’s capital.

Heading to Peru? Here’s why you should spend more time in Lima. @paolamiglio's guide to one of Latin America's best fo...
05/16/2019
What to know before you go to Lima

Heading to Peru? Here’s why you should spend more time in Lima. @paolamiglio's guide to one of Latin America's best food cities.
https://bit.ly/2WMWNpR

From historic bars to hearty street food, a local’s very comprehensive guide to eating, drinking, and traveling well in Peru’s capital.

Our #TheTripPodcast guest this week: Walé Oyéjidé, a Nigerian-American designer, writer, musician, and lawyer whose d...
05/13/2019
Making Fashion Good with Walé Oyéjidé

Our #TheTripPodcast guest this week: Walé Oyéjidé, a Nigerian-American designer, writer, musician, and lawyer whose designs, under clothing label Ikiré Jones have appeared in “Black Panther” and elsewhere.

You can listen to the podcast exclusively on Luminary here: http://bit.ly/2W1Tcai. The show is still free, but will soon be available to subscribers only. Sign up now: luminary.link/trip.

Making Fashion Good with Walé Oyéjidé May 06 Author: Nathan Thornburgh, Travel The Trip The Americas Share Tweet Email May 06 Author: Nathan Thornburgh, Travel The Trip The Americas For the next two weeks, this show will be in Philadelphia, to give just a taste of this fine American city. Over t...

Berta Cáceres was an indigenous environmental activist who was murdered in 2016 for her opposition to a dam project on ...
05/09/2019
What the murder of an environmental activist tells us about modern-day Honduras.

Berta Cáceres was an indigenous environmental activist who was murdered in 2016 for her opposition to a dam project on the Gualcarque River. Journalist Nina Lakhani’s reporting and the ensuing trial revealed that Cáceres’s murder was ordered by the company building the dam. We spoke with Lakhani about her work investigating the murder, threats to her own life, and how Cáceres's story illuminates the larger context of corruption in Honduras.

Journalist Nina Lakhani reported on the murder of an environmental activist and discovered a high-reaching conspiracy.

"Between the camps and the draft, I spent ten years involuntarily in the care of a hostile government." On #TheTripPodca...
05/08/2019
Yukio Iwamasa: Growing up in the Camps

"Between the camps and the draft, I spent ten years involuntarily in the care of a hostile government." On #TheTripPodcast this week, Yukio Iwamasa on growing up in a Japanese internment camp
LISTEN @hearluminary: http://bit.ly/2JnBdEq
READ an excerpt: https://bit.ly/2Y9SuFb

Yukio Iwamasa spent half his childhood imprisoned for being Japanese-American, locked away in Manzanar in the middle of the desert for four years during World War II.

Yukio Iwamasa spent half his childhood in an infamous Japanese internment camp in the desert. In a very personal #TheTri...
05/07/2019
Yukio Iwamasa: Growing up in the Camps

Yukio Iwamasa spent half his childhood in an infamous Japanese internment camp in the desert.

In a very personal #TheTripPodcast episode, Iwamasa tells host Nathan Thornburgh--his son in law--about the FBI raiding his family’s house, secret Japanese lessons in a makeshift cellar, and the internment camp’s enduring legacy on the Japanese-American community.

Click to READ an excerpt of the conversation or LISTEN at Luminary here --> http://bit.ly/2JnBdEq

Yukio Iwamasa spent half his childhood imprisoned for being Japanese-American, locked away in Manzanar in the middle of the desert for four years during World War II.

"If the past is any predictor of the future, Alaska fishermen like Fick, local tribes, and the state government have leg...
05/03/2019
Salmon fishing on the Taku

"If the past is any predictor of the future, Alaska fishermen like Fick, local tribes, and the state government have legitimate cause for alarm." https://bit.ly/2vAk02x

Canadian mining projects threaten Alaska’s salmon-rich rivers. Alaskan fishermen are fighting back.

Tensions are rising between Alaskan salmon-fishing and Canadian mining interests. John McCarthy rides along with fisherm...
05/02/2019
Salmon fishing on the Taku

Tensions are rising between Alaskan salmon-fishing and Canadian mining interests. John McCarthy rides along with fishermen on Alaska’s Taku river---and takes a deep dive into fish politics. https://bit.ly/2vAk02x

Canadian mining projects threaten Alaska’s salmon-rich rivers. Alaskan fishermen are fighting back.

Kris Yenbamroong’s restaurants aren’t Thai Restaurants. They are LA restaurants. This week on #TheTripPodcast, we ta...
04/30/2019
Lunch wine with Kris Yenbamroong

Kris Yenbamroong’s restaurants aren’t Thai Restaurants. They are LA restaurants.

This week on #TheTripPodcast, we talked about that combination; about why wines are such a huge part of what he does; and about how in a life-changing moment of bravado, he ambushed Jonathan Gold at a public speaking event.

READ an excerpt of the interview: http://bit.ly/2XXsDQN

LISTEN to the episode exclusively on Luminary: http://bit.ly/2vqPiZw

This week on The Trip podcast, Kris Yenbamroong on creating his wine collection, ambushing Jonathan Gold, and his two James Beard nominations.

This week on #TheTripPodcast, L.A. chef Kris Yenbamroong---James Beard contender for best west coast chef AND outstandin...
04/29/2019
Lunch wine with Kris Yenbamroong

This week on #TheTripPodcast, L.A. chef Kris Yenbamroong---James Beard contender for best west coast chef AND outstanding wine collection---on making L.A. a wine town, ambushing Jonathan Gold, and how he almost destroyed his family’s restaurant business.

READ an excerpt, or LISTEN exclusively on Luminary: http://bit.ly/2vqPiZw

This week on The Trip podcast, Kris Yenbamroong on creating his wine collection, ambushing Jonathan Gold, and his two James Beard nominations.

In Indian-ish, Krishna tells the story of her family through their unique food, such as her mother’s atypical substitu...
04/24/2019
This cookbook author wants you to rethink Indian food.

In Indian-ish, Krishna tells the story of her family through their unique food, such as her mother’s atypical substitution of feta for paneer or her father’s insistence on only eating homemade yogurt. https://bit.ly/2IQurH2

Priya Krishna is bringing her family’s unique recipes to the world with her new cookbook, “Indian-ish.”

“I came back because I love sunshine and burritos and New York is terrible on both fronts.” This week on #TheTrip po...
04/24/2019
Caroline Miranda on her East LA Eden, porn theaters, and old-school donut shops

“I came back because I love sunshine and burritos and New York is terrible on both fronts.”

This week on #TheTrip podcast: Carolina Miranda on the magic of LA.

It’s also our first week that our podcast is exclusively on Luminary, which launches today! We hope you’ll head there with us! Sign up now at luminary.link/trip:

Los Angeles Times staff writer Carolina Miranda invites Nathan Thornburgh over to taste the good life east of the Interstate 110.

This week on #TheTrip podcast: Host Nathan Thornburgh meets up with his old friend, journalist Carolina Miranda, in East...
04/23/2019
Caroline Miranda on her East LA Eden, porn theaters, and old-school donut shops

This week on #TheTrip podcast: Host Nathan Thornburgh meets up with his old friend, journalist Carolina Miranda, in East LA to kick off his visit in the land of sunshine and talk about that passive-aggressive east coast/west coast media rivalry.

Also, from now on #TheTrip will live at Luminary, a new podcasting platform that launches its app today! Join us at luminary.link/trip:

Los Angeles Times staff writer Carolina Miranda invites Nathan Thornburgh over to taste the good life east of the Interstate 110.

Hong Kong is one of the world’s most enjoyable cities to explore, thanks to its hyper-efficient metro system, historic...
04/11/2019
What to know before you go to Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the world’s most enjoyable cities to explore, thanks to its hyper-efficient metro system, historic tram, and open-air Star Ferry https://bit.ly/2IoWOMg

Get out of Central, take to the water, and eat as much as you can: a smart guide to Hong Kong.

This week on #TheTrip podcast: Host Nathan Thornburgh has his last round of whiskey in New Orleans with rocket scientist...
04/09/2019
Dr. Howard Conyers is Reclaiming BBQ for Black Pitmasters

This week on #TheTrip podcast: Host Nathan Thornburgh has his last round of whiskey in New Orleans with rocket scientist, pitmaster, and host of PBS’s Nourish Dr. Howard Conyers to talk about what his two passions, aeroelastic engineering and barbecue, have in common.

Rocket scientist and barbecue pitmaster Dr. Howard Conyers talks aeroelastic engineering, whole-hog roasting, and how black pitmasters have been written out of the history of barbecue.

Exciting news: The Trip podcast is moving to Luminary, a new podcasting platform with exclusive, ad-free shows like The ...
04/08/2019
Introducing Luminary.

Exciting news: The Trip podcast is moving to Luminary, a new podcasting platform with exclusive, ad-free shows like The Trip from Roads & Kingdoms, as well as shows from New York Magazine and WNYC and others, with hosts ranging from Trevor Noah to Karamo Brown to Hannibal Buress to Lauren Shippen.

It’s not just an incredible group of shows to be associated with, it’s also a chance to totally redefine the way that podcasts are made and supported. The Luminary app drops on April 23rd---but sign up here for early-bird perks: luminary.link/trip

Use this link for $1 off per month for a year.

If we only have one more episode in New Orleans, then we’re glad it's with rocket scientist and pitmaster Dr. Howard C...
04/08/2019
Dr. Howard Conyers is Reclaiming BBQ for Black Pitmasters

If we only have one more episode in New Orleans, then we’re glad it's with rocket scientist and pitmaster Dr. Howard Conyers. He and host Nathan Thornburgh talked about about how black pitmasters are reclaiming barbecue, and about exactly what space engineering and fire-meets-pig engineering have in common---this week on #TheTrip podcast.

Rocket scientist and barbecue pitmaster Dr. Howard Conyers talks aeroelastic engineering, whole-hog roasting, and how black pitmasters have been written out of the history of barbecue.

Do as porteños do: sip mate on the sand, attend a political protest, cycle along the beachfront promenade, and dig in t...
04/03/2019
20 Things to Know Before You Go to Montevideo

Do as porteños do: sip mate on the sand, attend a political protest, cycle along the beachfront promenade, and dig in to the super-sized chivito sandwich. https://bit.ly/2OIt7qL

From river beaches and dancing to local wine and super-sized sandwiches, a smart guide to Uruguay's capital.

On April 22, we're moving #TheTripPodcast to Luminary, a new podcasting platform offering exclusive, ad-free shows like ...
04/02/2019

On April 22, we're moving #TheTripPodcast to Luminary, a new podcasting platform offering exclusive, ad-free shows like The Trip from Roads & Kingdoms, as well as shows from New York Magazine and WNYC and others, with hosts ranging from Trevor Noah to Karamo Brown to Hana Baba to Lauren Shippen.

We believe this is the future of podcasting. Join us! (And check out the excellent roster of Luminary podcasts!)

SIGN UP: luminary.link/trip

In other cities, we sometimes have to apologize for asking our guests to drink before sundown. When we told New Orleans ...
04/02/2019
Pepper Bowen is Laying Down the Food Law in New Orleans

In other cities, we sometimes have to apologize for asking our guests to drink before sundown. When we told New Orleans food lawyer Pepper Bowen that we were interested in a little midday hard alcohol, she wrote back immediately: “Sounds Festive!”

That is our kind of lawyer, our kind of town. We chat about food law and social justice in the big easy this week on #TheTrip podcast:

Food and environmental lawyer Shawn “Pepper” Bowen downs a What the F**k? daiquiri and talks about the regulation of what Americans eat, working with small businesses, and African American land ownership.

Settle down with some headphones and a “WTF” daiquiri to listen to this week’s episode of #TheTrip podcast, where ...
04/01/2019
Pepper Bowen is Laying Down the Food Law in New Orleans

Settle down with some headphones and a “WTF” daiquiri to listen to this week’s episode of #TheTrip podcast, where New Orleans food lawyer Pepper Bowen talks to host Nathan Thornburgh about Culinaria Center, where she is founding director, and how social justice is linked to food.

Food and environmental lawyer Shawn “Pepper” Bowen downs a What the F**k? daiquiri and talks about the regulation of what Americans eat, working with small businesses, and African American land ownership.

In southeast Morocco, an Amazigh village’s sit-in movement shut down a water pipeline at Africa’s largest silver min...
03/29/2019
Silver and Water in Morocco: Q&A with Nadir Bouhmouch

In southeast Morocco, an Amazigh village’s sit-in movement shut down a water pipeline at Africa’s largest silver mine. Filmmaker Nadir Bouhmouch documented the eight-year revolt in the film Amussu. https://bit.ly/2WuE81m

A Moroccan filmmaker and activist documents an Amazigh community’s years-long resistance against Africa’s largest silver mine.

On #TheTripPodcast, we travel the world drinking and with exceptional people. This month, we've had sticky rice wine in ...
03/27/2019
Introducing Luminary.

On #TheTripPodcast, we travel the world drinking and with exceptional people. This month, we've had sticky rice wine in Chiang Mai with Naomi Duguid, indigenous coffee in Bangkok with Francis Lam, and kicked off a series of New Orleans sessions with artist L. Kasimu Harris.

We have big plans for #TheTrip, and part of that is moving to a new (and ad-free!) platform, Luminary, on April 22, where we'll be joining podcasts from Trevor Noah, Hannibal Buress, WNYC, and dozens more.

Help us get bigger, better, and weirder: Subscribe early HERE: luminary.link/trip

Use this link for $1 off per month for a year.

“Seekers directly ask each other, Are you here for dating? And if the answer is yes (because there are always those wh...
03/27/2019
Forget bars and apps: This Beijing park is a matchmaking spot for seniors.

“Seekers directly ask each other, Are you here for dating? And if the answer is yes (because there are always those who claim they’re just there for a stroll), they’ll then run through a whole gamut of basics before any proper “dating” can take place.” https://bit.ly/2FCePoB

"Are you here for dating?" On Tuesdays and Saturdays, this quiet park in Beijing is a hub for older singles looking for new partners.

"Are you here for dating?" On Tuesdays and Saturdays, this quiet park in Beijing is a hub for older singles looking for ...
03/26/2019
Forget bars and apps: This Beijing park is a matchmaking spot for seniors.

"Are you here for dating?"

On Tuesdays and Saturdays, this quiet park in Beijing is a hub for older singles looking for new partners. Lavinia Liang meets three of the park's seekers:

"Are you here for dating?" On Tuesdays and Saturdays, this quiet park in Beijing is a hub for older singles looking for new partners.

This week on #TheTrip podcast: Host Nathan Thornburgh drinks Maker’s Mark with visual artist L. Kasimu Harris to talk ...
03/26/2019
L. Kasimu Harris Imagines an Uprising in New Orleans

This week on #TheTrip podcast: Host Nathan Thornburgh drinks Maker’s Mark with visual artist L. Kasimu Harris to talk about the pitfalls of post-Katrina New Orleans and dreams of a revolution.

Visual artist and writer L. Kasimu Harris breaks out the Maker’s Mark in the Ninth Ward and talks about photographing the revolution, missed opportunities after Katrina, and how fighting with your girlfriend can lead to creative breakthroughs.

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