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Fire-roasted lamb in the Asturian highlands. Duck soba in a hidden corner of Hokkaido. Butter-bathed agnolotti in northe...
10/05/2021

Fire-roasted lamb in the Asturian highlands. Duck soba in a hidden corner of Hokkaido. Butter-bathed agnolotti in northern Italy. We are heading to some of our favorite places on earth, and for the first time, we are inviting our readers to come along. The League of Travelers starts now: small-group, deep-dive culinary tours around the world.

roadsandkingdoms.com/league

Fire-roasted lamb in the Asturian highlands. Duck soba in a hidden corner of Hokkaido. Butter-bathed agnolotti in northern Italy. We are heading to some of our favorite places on earth, and for the first time, we are inviting our readers to come along. The League of Travelers starts now: small-group, deep-dive culinary tours around the world.

roadsandkingdoms.com/league

On #TheTripPodcast, Roads & Kingdoms co-founder and James Beard Award-winning writer Matt Goulding, who still calls Barc...
07/16/2021
‎The Trip: Barcelona: Matt Goulding on Apple Podcasts

On #TheTripPodcast, Roads & Kingdoms co-founder and James Beard Award-winning writer Matt Goulding, who still calls Barcelona home, talks about the writer’s life in his adopted city, advice for young writers, and his days as a hip hop MC.

“I’ve had a lot of drinks and a lot of conversations with Matt over the years—it’s the chief economic activity of Roads and Kingdoms. So we had, for this episode in my rental apartment in the Gothic Quarter, a lot of options. What we ended up drinking—a porrón of white wine—and what we ended up talking about—how to be a writer—seemed just about perfect to me.” - R&K co-founder, #TheTripPodcast host Nathan Thornburgh.

After releasing 70 episodes in the last 65 weeks, #TheTripPodcast is going on summer break! See you after Labor Day!

‎Show The Trip, Ep Barcelona: Matt Goulding - Jul 12, 2021

07/10/2021

“Antisemites will not dictate my day."

Holding a diverse community together in a time of gathering threats is no easy act. Daniel Askenazi, Barcelona's Chief Rabbi, thinks he's up to the task.

On #TheTripPodcast, Mexico City-born Daniel talks about the return of Jews to Spain, how his community handles the issue of Catalan independence, and gefilte fish tacos.

“The most successful wines evoke the landscape and climate of where it’s made, no matter where on earth you uncork the b...
07/02/2021
‎The Trip: Barcelona: Pepe Raventòs on Apple Podcasts

“The most successful wines evoke the landscape and climate of where it’s made, no matter where on earth you uncork the bottle.”

This week’s guest, Vins Pepe Raventós, is the 21st generation of his family to work one of the oldest wine estates in the world. Not far from Barcelona, in the shadow of the Montserrat mountain range, he and his family make superlative sparkling wines Raventós i Blanc—and have been on the estate since 1497. On #TheTripPodcast, Pepe talks about why Spain should be more confident about its wine history, how to cut through the bu****it of labels and marketing, and what special birds’ nests on their farm have to do with winemaking.

‎Show The Trip, Ep Barcelona: Pepe Raventòs - Jun 28, 2021

“I have a tiny chip in my hand. It opens my front door, starts a car, sends a text message. It's the size of a grain of ...
06/26/2021
‎The Trip: New Hampshire: Zoltan Istvan on Apple Podcasts

“I have a tiny chip in my hand. It opens my front door, starts a car, sends a text message. It's the size of a grain of rice. I'm a surfer and a jogger, and when you go surfing you have to always hide your keys, and what a pain in the butt that is."

In 2020, one of the most composed and compelling of that year’s fringe presidential candidates, writer and transhumanist Zoltan Istvan, ran as a Republican in New Hampshire’s primary. He explains transhumanism as a social movement, now of many millions of people around the world, that wants to use science and technology to radically transform the human body. Zoltan gives #TheTripPodcast a crash course in transhumanism—and the main obstacles to getting American culture on board with it.

‎Show The Trip, Ep New Hampshire: Zoltan Istvan - Jun 21, 2021

06/25/2021
#BourdainDay

This year on #BourdainDay we’re toasting our friend and partner Anthony Bourdain in the country of Georgia, where ­­­once upon a time he drank too much chacha and still managed to make an incredible hour of television. We’re here working on our next big Roads & Kingdoms project, still in league with Tony’s family and friends, still besotted with the world as he knew it. We’ll have more to announce in the coming weeks, but for today, let’s just raise a glass: to curiosity, to love, to Tony.

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“If you're not active politically then you have no right to complain. If you did not put your voice there, how do you ex...
06/20/2021
‎The Trip: New Hampshire: Eva Castillo on Apple Podcasts

“If you're not active politically then you have no right to complain. If you did not put your voice there, how do you expect to be listened to?"


One of the major national complaints about New Hampshire’s role in the primary is that it’s too white to be a representation of this country that is far more diverse than that. New Hampshire is 93% white; that’s actually whiter-than-Wyoming White. But as is the case even in Wyoming, New Hampshire is becoming less white by the month, and the Hispanic population is leading that change. This #TheTripPodcast episode we talk with one of the leaders of that community. Venezuela-born Eva Castillo has a lot to say about presidential politics, the challenges of being Hispanic in the Granite State, and why she tells immigrants in Manchester that they really need to go down to Elm Street and drink beer with white people.

‎Show The Trip, Ep New Hampshire: Eva Castillo - Jun 14, 2021

We’re all in Bidenlandia now, grappling with the limits of centrism, but it’s still worth it, from the site of Trump’s o...
06/13/2021
‎The Trip: New Hampshire: Gary Hirshberg on Apple Podcasts

We’re all in Bidenlandia now, grappling with the limits of centrism, but it’s still worth it, from the site of Trump’s original vicious climb, to remember there are far worse places than the middle of the road.

A few days before the 2020 New Hampshire Democratic primary in Feb. 2020, #TheTripPodcast spoke with Gary Hirshberg, Chairman of Stonyfield Organic, a legend in the organic food movement, and a progressive power broker in New Hampshire.
Few people have fought harder for a progressive center than Gary, who was an early supporter of Barack Obama’s first primary in NH.

We spoke with Gary about what people don’t get about New Hampshire, the climate-change stakes of 2020, and the role of money in US elections.

‎Show The Trip, Ep New Hampshire: Gary Hirshberg - Jun 7, 2021

“Being from Lebanon means that you’re constantly in a state of separation—from your chosen family and country, or your o...
05/30/2021

“Being from Lebanon means that you’re constantly in a state of separation—from your chosen family and country, or your own fulfillment—and being able to choose which one you’re separated from means you’re one of the lucky ones.” Farrah Berrou, @TheTripPodcast guest in Beirut.

In December 2019, in the opening months of a hopeful Lebanese Revolution, months before COVID went global, and several months before Beirut’s port explosion, @TheTripPodcast’s final Beirut session was a full day of Lebanese wine with @FarrahBerrou—Beirut observer, protester, wine guide, and host of the podcasts @ABetterBeirut and @B_for_Bacchus.

Lebanon has been part of wine culture for thousands of years and, despite some significant interruptions (the Ottoman Empire and civil war to name just two) is still going strong. Wine producers in Lebanon also function as kind of ambassadors, trying to defeat its association with chaos and political dysfunction and to show the world that the country is also about enjoying life and enjoying good wine. We road-tripped through snow-capped mountains to Baalbek to clamber over the ruins of a 5,000+year-old temple to Bacchus and grape-based intoxication. Then, we had an epic afternoon tasting at @Domaine_Wardy in the Beqaa Valley.

A lot has changed in 18 months. Back then, as Farrah notes, there was still euphoria from the early days of the revolution. “Since then, everything around me had spiraled downwards to the point where it was hard to see what we were supposed to do as people—and that was before the August 2020 blast… And now I’m one of the many who has left my family behind so that I can move forward elsewhere.”

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Beirut a live and let drink city, with a deep bar culture, and a history of interfaith intoxication.When #TheTripPodcast...
05/17/2021
‎The Trip: Beirut: Jade George on Apple Podcasts

Beirut a live and let drink city, with a deep bar culture, and a history of interfaith intoxication.

When #TheTripPodcast was on the ground in Beirut, pre-COVID, this week's guest, Jade George—publisher of The Carton Shop, a brick-and-mortar store, print magazine and labor of love that uses food as a vehicle to tell stories about the Middle East—said that during Lebanon’s revolution, everybody was smoking and drinking more.

Fast forward through COVID and the devastating port blast, and there’s more fatigue and fatalism than ever in Beirut. But the revolution is still needed, and so is, every once in a while, a stiff drink. Over an evening of drinking in Hamra, Beirut, Jade talks about growing up abroad, her hopes for The Carton and for Lebanon, and Beirut’s booze culture and the revolution. (Plus, why cucumbers are great for masking the smell of alcohol.)

‎Show The Trip, Ep Beirut: Jade George - May 10, 2021

#TheTripPodcast in Beirut:Syrian-Filipino rapper Chyno with a Why? grew up in the Philippines, Syria, and Saudi Arabia, ...
05/07/2021
‎The Trip: Beirut: Chyno on Apple Podcasts

#TheTripPodcast in Beirut:

Syrian-Filipino rapper Chyno with a Why? grew up in the Philippines, Syria, and Saudi Arabia, then had a stint in banking before becoming a hip hop MC and founding the Middle East’s first battle rap league, The Arena in Beirut.

Chyno talks about dealing with regional dialects on a battle rap stage, how the city’s hip hop scene fit into Lebanon’s revolution, and the universally fraught experience of insulting someone’s mother on stage.

‎Show The Trip, Ep Beirut: Chyno - 3 May 2021

#TheTripPodcast spent five episodes on the ground in Lebanon, just before the dawn of COVID, before the hideous port exp...
05/02/2021
‎The Trip: Beirut: Anissa Helou on Apple Podcasts

#TheTripPodcast spent five episodes on the ground in Lebanon, just before the dawn of COVID, before the hideous port explosion, during what they called the revolution.

We started with one of our culinary heroes, Anissa Helou, who lost both her countries, Lebanon and Syria, but was back in Beirut for a moment to greet the revolution, to see her mother, to eat good things that are here and nowhere else on earth. Over cloudy glasses of Arak, she tells us what it was like to watch her two home countries descend into chaos, why she actually never wanted to cook, and finding a home away from home in Sicily.

‎Show The Trip, Ep Beirut: Anissa Helou - Apr 26, 2021

“Everybody in Tijuana has lost a friend.”Journalist and fixer Jorge Nieto was on the frontlines reporting when his city,...
04/09/2021
‎The Trip: Tijuana: Jorge Nieto on Apple Podcasts

“Everybody in Tijuana has lost a friend.”

Journalist and fixer Jorge Nieto was on the frontlines reporting when his city, Tijuana, descended into violence—between cartels and the government’s attempts to crack down on them.

On #TheTripPodcast, Jorge Nieto talks about covering Tijuana’s good and bad days, losing friends to violence, and what happens when you accidentally get the wrong beer for members of the Sinaloa cartel.

‎Show The Trip, Ep Tijuana: Jorge Nieto - Apr 5, 2021

Over a decade ago, Tijuana native Ruffo Ibarra had to cross the border north after he lost a brother to cartel violence....
04/05/2021
‎The Trip: Tijuana: Ruffo Ibarra on Apple Podcasts

Over a decade ago, Tijuana native Ruffo Ibarra had to cross the border north after he lost a brother to cartel violence. Now he is one of Tijuana’s leading restaurateurs, and he and Tijuanenses like him are breaking sacred food and wine rules to create amazing things on the plate—mind-bending chilis, basil-fed lambs, and palate-cleansing electric flowers.

From a speakeasy inside his restaurant, Oryx Capital Ruffo talks about Tijuana’s golden age—as the Devil’s Playground catering to its northern neighbors’ vices—and the bad days that followed, Baja California’s food and the city’s rebirth, and why French, Italian, and Spanish wine purists “go just fu***ng nuts in Baja.”

‎Show The Trip, Ep Tijuana: Ruffo Ibarra - Mar 29, 2021

#TheTripPodcast in Tijuana:Our first guest is Edoardo Chavarin, the design legend behind the Naco clothing brand, an emp...
03/26/2021
‎The Trip: Tijuana: Edoardo Chavarín on Apple Podcasts

#TheTripPodcast in Tijuana:

Our first guest is Edoardo Chavarin, the design legend behind the Naco clothing brand, an empire launched from a “T-shirt nobody would wear” into an international business—with live music nights, restaurants, and collaborations with Vans—that gave voice to a revolution of reclaimed pride in Mexico.

In the years since, he has brought his humor, flair, and design talent to everything from music festivals such as Coachella to records and mezcal. Edoardo talks about bi-cultural life on the U.S.-Mexico border, branding Mexico, and why Tijuana is having a creative revolution.

‎Show The Trip, Ep Tijuana: Edoardo Chavarín - Mar 22, 2021

“People don’t understand where we came from and everything that we’ve been through. Almost nobody knows anything about t...
03/01/2021
‎The Trip: Montréal: Nakuset on Apple Podcasts

“People don’t understand where we came from and everything that we’ve been through. Almost nobody knows anything about the 60s Scoop, and the fact that it continues today. It doesn’t just end because the policy was removed.”

Nakuset Cree Nation is the Executive Director of the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal. She is also a survivor of the ”60s Scoop”—the practice in Canada of “scooping” Indigenous children from their families for adoption by non-Native families and forcibly assimilated. Nakuset was adopted in Montreal when she was 3. It took her and her two sisters 20 years to find each other. For years, her adopted family had ripped up letters her older sister, Sonya, wrote to her. Nakuset eventually found Sonya, only to lose her again—to su***de.

On #TheTripPodcast, shares her extraordinary life story and tells us how she struggles daily to educate Canadians about their country’s ugly history, and fights for the rights and dignity of Indigenous people.

‎Show The Trip, Ep Montréal: Nakuset - Feb 22, 2021

#TheTripPodcast: Bonjour, Hi Montreal! You want to figure out a place you really don't know? Bring a journalist some bee...
02/19/2021
‎The Trip: Montreal: Patrick Lagacé on Apple Podcasts

#TheTripPodcast: Bonjour, Hi Montreal! You want to figure out a place you really don't know? Bring a journalist some beer, and press record.

So we drank with Patrick Lagacé, a Quebecois journalist and host of the province's number one drivetime radio show, Le Quebec maintenant, bringing the world to Quebec and bringing Quebec to the world—including the rest of Canada. Patrick’s profile was raised even higher when Montreal police admitted they had been spying on him through his iPhone while investigating their own officers. Patrick also won the Canadian Press Freedom Award for the way he fought back.

‎Show The Trip, Ep Montreal: Patrick Lagacé - Feb 15, 2021

“I think the most important things, you don’t decide. In my work I didn’t decide to become an illustrator or an artist a...
02/11/2021
Episode 62, Porto: Ana Aragão - The Trip

“I think the most important things, you don’t decide. In my work I didn’t decide to become an illustrator or an artist and architect. I just stayed on the path, and it started to make sense. To stay here in Portugal is also a question of pride and a question of challenge. I like challenges.”

Ana Aragão is an architect, painter, and illustrator—and a master at astonishingly detailed, complex, magical Bic pen art. You see her art and immediately you know an unusual mind is behind it. So we cracked open a bottle of Port wine with Ana to break into that brain a bit, and see what it says about her and about Porto—the city that made her.

Architect-turned-artist Ana Aragão is known for riffing on the skyline of her city or on the Tower of Babel or other astonishments of architecture, then infusing them with a bit of magical realism—earthquakes, apocalypses, worlds without gravity. In this episode of The Trip, she drinks port wine ...

“A lot of good things happen in the alcohol world when it comes out of some reused plastic bottle.” On #TheTripPodcast, ...
02/04/2021
‎The Trip: Porto: Ansel Mullins on Apple Podcasts

“A lot of good things happen in the alcohol world when it comes out of some reused plastic bottle.”

On #TheTripPodcast, drinking Cabo Verdean ponche—a spicy, sort of apéritif made from grog (cane liquor)—in Portugal with Ansel Mullins, Chicago-born “food sherpa” and co-founder of Culinary Backstreets. Ansel talks about the lost Istanbul, circa 2012, the glorious multitudes of Turkish meatballs, and raising kids abroad that aren’t afraid of large parts of the world.

‎Show The Trip, Ep Porto: Ansel Mullins - Feb 1, 2021

On #TheTripPodcast: Muthoni Drummer Queen is a Kenyan singer, songwriter, a star, entrepreneur, and CEO of music festiva...
01/21/2021
‎The Trip: Nairobi: Muthoni Drummer Queen on Apple Podcasts

On #TheTripPodcast: Muthoni Drummer Queen is a Kenyan singer, songwriter, a star, entrepreneur, and CEO of music festival Blankets & Wine. She is also a cultural alchemist:

“My thing is to take culture ideas and just throw them into a pot and make a kind of stew or sauce… Being able to know what’s cool, what’s authentic, what’s popping, what’s culture.”

Muthoni shares with us some special rum, and talks about making culture in Kenya, being an “international African” and why there’s no such thing as a Kenyan sound.

‎Show The Trip, Ep Nairobi: Muthoni Drummer Queen - Jan 18, 2021

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