Chili peppers originated in South America between the Amazon and the Andes more than 15,000 years ago. Since then, they’ve traveled around the world via colonial trade routes. Tracking their trajectory, from South America via the colonial powers to the world, offers an edible lesson in colonialism and a primer on global trade.
Here in San Francisco, we’re lucky enough to have a United Nations’ worth of global cuisines, many of which feature the potent sting of chilies. Here are 13 of our favorite local restaurants for spicy food — think of them as destinations for hosting your own personal fire festival for your mouth. Of course, spice tolerances vary — one person’s hot is another’s not — so don’t hesitate to ask to turn down or amp up the heat depending on your predilection.Read More