Take a look at what he discovered:
Carlton McCoy and chef Selassie Atadika share a meal at Heavy Do Chop Bar.
Traveling back to Africa for only the second time in his life, McCoy was immediately swept up in the fast-paced and vibrant Ghanian culture. The scents and flavors of Ghana reminded him of his own youth in the American South, and he was grateful for an opportunity, as a member of the African diaspora, to connect to his ancestral roots. Ghana, with its thriving economy, delicious food and vibrant art scene, was the perfect place to reconnect.
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Carlton McCoy and a few DC-based chefs enjoy a meal at Maketto.
Revisiting his childhood hometown, McCoy took a closer look at what he calls “two very different images of DC.” There is the more polished Capitol juxtaposed near edgier and more diverse pockets of the city. McCoy hails from Fairfax Village in Southeast DC, and he spent his time in the city trying to reconcile his memories with its changing demographics and evolving culture.
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Carlton McCoy and Kyungmoon Kim enjoy some soju at Gwangjang Market in Seoul.
South Korea is a combination of old and new. The country is on the cutting edge of worldwide popular culture and also a conservator of centuries-old traditions.
McCoy met up with his old culinary school friend and one of the first Korean master sommeliers, Kyungmoon Kim, who guided him through Korea’s major cities and most remote villages and introduced him to the concept of jeong, loosely translated to mean the feeling of attachment to another person and the hospitality that arises from that connection.
Take a look at some of the spots where McCoy experienced authentic Korea:
Carlton McCoy and chef Christophe Pelé at Le Clarence in Paris.
While in Paris, McCoy expands his search for authentic Parisian experiences to the lesser-known banlieues, or suburbs, that surround the city center. Beyond the Champs Élysées and the Eiffel Tower, the rich diversity of dining options and cultural offerings highlights the complexities of the Parisian identity.
Interested in learning more about the authentic Parisian lifestyle? Check out these six spots: