A poem of loss and rebuilding.
What happens when we lose our human connection?
Cast aside by capitalism’s blind indiscretion.
We’ve already crossed over the technological intersection,
As we stare into the black mirrors of our own reflections.
Our climate, she burns, yet we decide profits over people
Displacing communities, refugees seen as unequal
At its core, our system is built on a foundation of exploitation
Yet is that really how we want to think of our own human creations?
Human bonds bring us together, allow for peace and understanding
We share stories, cultures, and instill a sense of caring
Pierogies are a food of my people. So after recently moving to Pittsburgh and stumbling upon restaurant after restaurant whipping up homemade pierogies I had to find out more. My grandfathers were both from Poland. One was from Tarnow the other Częstochowa. They were also both Jewish and left Poland to flee persecution. My grandpa Morris left as a boy after his mother received a right of passage by Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands for her family to seek asylum in New York. My grandpa Marty was left with no choice, but to seek a new asylum outside of Poland…
Everyone is envious when they learn you are traveling to Italy.
What part and for how long? Can I come along for the ride?
Then come the stories, the picture perfect details of stepping back in time, admiring the art, sipping rich amarone, and devouring plate upon plate of handmade pasta. It seems that everyone has been to Italy, and they are dying to go back. Italian days are slow, yet full — packed with conversation, fueled by espresso and almost always centered around food.
Italy is a long and narrow country, mainly divided into north and south. The north…
Cuba is the largest island in Caribbean by measures of both land and people. The tropical oasis 90 miles off the coast of Key West, Florida while appearing elegant, is rooted in a history full of struggle and turmoil that still persists today. Cuba “where fertile land is abundant” was named as such by it’s early indigenous inhabitants who were farmers, fishers and hunter-gathers.
It wasn’t until the late 15th century that Christopher Columbus discovered Cuba and brought it under Spanish rule that made Cuba destined to be part of the new world and Spanish empire. The next 400 so…
America’s tumultuous history with Vietnam has been on the up and up since the Clinton administration. Immigration bolstered, 2 million Vietnamese Americans live stateside today, and favorable approval ratings of the United States have jumped to 84% by Vietnamese standards. The United States has returned the favor sending close to 700,000 American tourists each year contributing a healthy amount to Vietnam’s economy, an irresistible pair being when President Obama and Anthony Bourdain sat down for dinner in Hanoi, May 2016. Bourdain, the unofficial cultural ambassador for the United States, showed us the importance of food, its respective traditions and the…
I feel the need to start this story with a disclaimer: I have not been to India myself. However, I live in Brooklyn with three friends — one born in India and the others first generation Indians all with large extended families back in the motherland. As I began to research more about foods cultural significance in India and its history, I had to supplement it with firsthand accounts from my friends and own experiences.
India is massive. Its second largest country by population (~1.4 billion), and while the country’s constitution lists 22 official languages, it boasts upwards of 780…
China is a heavyweight when it comes to culinary power. While Italy is known for pizza and the burger hails from Hamburg, Germany — China’s exhaustive list includes some fan favorites: alcohol, ice cream, miso and pasta. You read that last one right, the earliest evidence of someone chowing down on a bowl of noodles dates back earlier than China’s written history, more than 4,000 years ago. So how have these culinary relics and practices persisted and spread into other cultures to get us to where we are today?
Let’s start with China’s class breakdown. The Chinese government, looking to…
What dishes come to mind when you think of Mexican food? Tacos, tamales, enchiladas, chilaquiles, pan dulces, moles, salsas and guacamole, mountains of queso fresco all washed down with an agua fresca or maybe something stronger, like mezcal or tequila. Mexican food offers unique and powerful flavors, spices extracted from fresh peppers topping the Scoville charts cut with fresh herbs like cilantro, mint, or epazote. …
New York City is a food mecca. Locals praise the endless options from michelin star to street vendor and everything in between. Tourists come to eat at esteemed restaurants or wander the streets of Chinatown. There’s food options for everyone. Whether you’re an omnivorous paleo, gluten free vegan, or you’ll eat whatever you’re faced with (my preferred option) — you can score a mindblowing meal in the empire city. As food has become increasingly popularized through social media fueled by “foodies”— I’ve noted a few key shifts in the industry take shape:
Food is love and brings culture along for the ride. Stories about food, exercise, mindfulness, and healthcare.