In the land of Web 2.0 there exists an eyes-wide-shut kind of secrecy that only spies could formerly dream of. For example, if in the privacy of one’s room, a Gujarati Jain girl were to get it into her head that she wanted to start an Indian supper club, call it HUSH, tell the world, make reservations, find volunteers, screen strangers and be featured in the Washington Post, she could manage it all without so much as showing her ankles or sharing her surname. Why? Because in Web 2.0 land, a website, email address, Twitter account, Facebook page and a mask can still equal anonymity. Bizarre? Tell me about it!
But therein lies the beauty for the underground culinary sleuth. Where only a few years ago finding underground restaurants involved a trail of bread crumbs, today hundreds are ready to be found on a computer screen. Luckily Dan Perlman of Casa SaltShaker has done the heavy google searching for you.
“(I)n Web 2.0 land, a website, email address, Twitter account, Facebook page and a mask can still equal anonymity. Bizarre? Tell me about it!”
Dan started Casa SaltShaker as a blog in Buenos Aires before his venture into the underground, or behind locked doors (puertas cerradas) as they are called in Spanish. When Casa SaltShaker turned into a wildly popular secret supper club, he abandoned the idea of unlocking the doors and starting an official restaurant.
With seats filled and his waiting list weeks long, Dan decided to pay it forward on the web by compiling a list of other spots where people could dine. Others wrote in to share their new finds, and the list continued to expand. Today, while not the complete list of all things underground, Casa SaltShaker provides the definitive starting point for anyone looking to share a communal table with strangers in a strange home or a strange land.
Do you know of any underground restaurants that aren’t on the SaltShaker list? Please share with us!