Fernando Ramirez fries green plantains in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The bananalike fruit are peeled, cut up, and fried, then flattened and fried again till crisp. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff/File
A vendor outside Kigali, Rwanda, offers hard-boiled eggs for
sale. Mary Knox Merrill/Staff/File
Longtime New York City hot dog vendor Billy Douvris once told
the Monitor, “Everyone thinks I’m a millionaire – which is a problem.”
Delicacy Deep-fried sea horses are ready for diners at the Donghuamen
Night Market in Beijing. Andy Nelson/TCSM/File
A Panama City vendor of a fruit-flavored shaved-ice
concoction called a raspado tops one with condensed milk for a customer.
Mary Knox Merrill/Staff
Schoolgirls enjoy an after-school ice cream treat on
Takeshita Street in the fashionable Harajuku district of Tokyo. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff/File
Arnold’s outdoor drive-in restaurant in Decatur, Ind., still
features waitresses on roller skates. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff/File
Mulkhan Singh prepares and sells jalebis in Delhi, India. Four
generations of Singhs have sold the doughnutlike pastries, which are fried
and then soaked in honey. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff/File
A customer in Athens purchases nuts at an outdoor market.
Street vendors in Delhi, India, prepare balls of dough that
will be baked in a traditional, charcoal-fired clay oven (right) called a
'tandoor.' The resulting 'naan' bread is being lifted from the mouth of the
oven. Mary Knox Merrill/Staff/File
“You are going where?” This was the response I got when I told various friends and family that my boyfriend and I were going to take a one-day adventure from San Diego to Tijuana, Mexico. I admit that with the Mexican drug war at full bloom I had some trepidation about crossing the border – even if it was just a short drive from downtown San Diego.