Melons Are Uzbekistan's Favorite Road Trip Snack

Across the Central Asian nation, melons are stacked high by the roadside in amber, mustard yellow, and bright green. The ideal food when driving in desert heat.
Eleanor Ross
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Tragedy in the Skies: The Fateful Final Journey of FC Pakhtakor Tashkent

In August 1979 FC Pakhtakor Tashkent's first-team squad perished in a mid-air collision. The crash was a tragic accident, but there is an inevitable whiff of Communist Party cover-up about the events that day.
Jim Weeks

The VICE Morning Bulletin

This morning, Hillary Clinton wins the California primary, the FDA warns that people are overdosing on anti-diarrhea drugs, Edward Snowden claims the NSA is still withholding evidence about him, and more.
Vice Beta

This Ukrainian Cookbook Is Part Family History, Part Dumpling Heaven

“Cookbooks don’t have to be about recipes from a chef,” says Olia Hercules, author of Mamushka: Recipes from Ukraine & Beyond. “I like recipes because of the stories they might tell about a culture and all these things our grandmothers used to make.”
Johanna Derry

Your Kale Chips and Expensive Juice Have Nothing on West African Food

A new report examining the diets of nearly 200 nations over the past 20 years has found that the West African diet far outpaces the US and Europe in terms of its nutritional value.
Munchies Staff

Skateboarding Makes Afghan Girls Feel Free

How the Skateistan school uses skateboarding as a tool for empowerment in a country worn down by 30 years of conflict and dislocation.
Kat Lister
Best of 2014

Best Of 2014: Going to the Ends of the Earth

This year, we traveled around the world, getting high on gonads in the Arctic Circle, eating lamb in inner Mongolia, fishing on an exploding lake in the DR Congo, and even hanging out with Fidel Castro's former chef in Havana.
Munchies Staff

How Countries Across the Globe Are Tampering with Women's Wombs

India made headlines last week for its misguided sterilization program, but it's far from the only place where a woman's ability to conceive children is interfered with by the state.
Cat McShane

Uzbek Plov Recipe

A cousin of pilaf and pulao, plov is the national dish of Uzbekistan.
Florian Pinel

In Uzbekistan, A Bowl of Greasy Rice Will Make or Break Your Marriage

Most people who visit Uzbekistan head to Samarkand and Bukhara, but the spot for real-deal Uzbek cuisine is Tashkent. There, I found horse meat pasta salad and copious amounts of plov, a delicious dish of rice and meat that's said to seal the fate of...
Florian Pinel

I Took a Trip Down Tajikistan's 'Heroin Highway'

The proliferation of flashy cars in one of the poorest countries in the world has led to a new local saying: “It is no longer ‘How much did it cost?’ but ‘How many kilos did it cost?’" A study released in 2007 estimated that drug money added up to 3...
Stephen Bland

The Toxic Uzbek Town and Its Museum of Banned Soviet Art

Ukrainian-born art collector Igor Savitsky collected thousands of avant-garde artworks banned in the Soviet Union under Stalin and founded the State Art Museum of the Republic of Karakalpakstan in the mid 1960s. Today the museum houses works from a...
Stephen Bland