• This Restaurant Wants You to Dine with the Dead

    Inside a dimly lit restaurant situated near the Sidi Saiyad mosque in the Indian city of Ahmedabad, it is hard to escape a glaring fact: the tables and booths are arranged around large, casket-like tombs. At New Lucky, the customers are dining with the...

  • How to Survive a Mehmooni Party in Iran

    Persian hospitality can be bad for your health. At a traditional mehmooni party, your gracious hosts will literally try to stuff you full of food until you can't take it any more—and that's why I've learned how to lie through my teeth.