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Mark Wiens in Pakistan


There are television shows where people go around and eat food, and now vloggers who do that. What some YouTubers do is they get a bunch of candy from one country and eat it. So I had an idea, maybe a silly idea, but I'll make a record of it and see what you think.

How about a person who travels around sampling food, and also a mix and match team of specialists. Food, sweets, alcohol, coffee, exotic non-alcoholic drinks (my thing), maybe sody pop, tea. People could also discuss politics bum around, have a little fun. Do you need to go to the other side of the globe?


It would be nice to have coffee in Venice, or a Parisian café, or the rural Ethiopia coffee ritual. I wouldn't mind trying coffee in the mideast, and Australia is supposed to have good coffee, while Seattle is supposed to have the best. You might want to see the nice documentary Black Coffee on YouTube.

You may not be aware that there are many varieties of soda in America, often older. There can be be a geographical element to this, with the cherry-flavoured Cheerwine in North Carolina or the great Moxie based in Maine.

From my perspective a great place to get non-alcoholic drinks is the Caribbean, particulary mauby, or Russia. Having purple corn juice in Peru would be all right, or maybe pennywort in Sri Lanka or Vietnam, or cinotto in Italy.

There are wine connoisseurs, beer guzzlers, and scotch drinkers.

cocktails around the world


Sweets is a big topic with some fuzzy edges, it's subjective (thinking Indian sweets here) and it's unhealthy. There's chocolate, various baked goods. I know of one man who likes pies. There's ice cream/gelato, licorice, fudge, and a world of foreign curiosities. How about some Turkish delight in Istanbul? Kids like candy. Ethnic people like ethnic stuff.

What should we call this show? Trips and Treats?



Tarragon drink, originally invented in Georgia in the Caucusus.



Tunnock's caramel bar, from Scotland.

This smaller bar has wafers with caramel, covered by chocolate. The caramel glues things together.



Australian licorice