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Arepas!: Photo of Day

| February 19, 2011 | 0 Comments
Arepas!: Photo of Day




On a recent trip to Bogotá, Colombia, I feasted on these tasty arepas almost nightly. Eaten in Colombia, Venezuela and now in a host of other regions and by many people, the arepas we ate at a spot called El Chocolo are thick corn tortilla-like pancakes, stuffed with fresh cheese and grilled. You couldn’t ask […]

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Food histories, philosophies and complexities

| February 15, 2011 | 7 Comments
Food histories, philosophies and complexities




Has healthy eating today become synonymous with reading Michael Pollan books, being a vegan or paying a lot for “organic” food? The answer to this is complex. There is much to be said of popular journalists like Pollan whose work has reached many in the U.S. who otherwise may not have become conscientious about the […]

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It’s Like Buttah: Moving, Baking and Battling

| January 17, 2011 | 8 Comments
It’s Like Buttah: Moving, Baking and Battling




Moving is hard. It is not like buttah, meaning smooth and easy. You know how there are optimistic people who say that certain things get easier the more you do them—like exercising or public speaking? Well, moving across the country, time and again, is not one of them. I have this romantic notion of myself as […]

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Photo of the Day: Corn cookies!

| December 16, 2010 | 2 Comments
Photo of the Day: Corn cookies!




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Oooo, Baby Baby

| December 13, 2010 | 16 Comments
Oooo, Baby Baby




Personally, I am not the biggest fan of being called “Baby” in a romantic way by a significant other. Don’t get me wrong, I’m affectionate, I can dish it out, but I’d rather be referred to as “Hey, you” or “Sport” or “Woman” (Just kidding. And a note to my significant other, don’t EVER call […]

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Tamales Here, Tamales There

| November 18, 2010 | 20 Comments
Tamales Here, Tamales There




Homogeneity is dead. When it comes to food, that is. From ancient crops to meats to the spices that make them savory, food is a timeless element of our human reality that is driven to innovate. No one wants to eat boring. So we celebrate colors, robust flavors, textures, scents and the stories that bring […]

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Wild ricing it

| October 24, 2010 | 6 Comments
Wild ricing it




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I Live My Life By the Moon

| October 17, 2010 | 26 Comments
I Live My Life By the Moon




Remember that fabulously catchy Nelly Furtado song—“Turn Off the Light”—where she sings this lovely verse: “I live my life by the moon. If it’s high play it low, if it’s harvest go slow, if it’s full then go.” Well, aside from heartily singing along whenever I hear the song, those verses have some real meaning for […]

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Photo of the Day: Ramen!

| September 5, 2010 | 7 Comments
Photo of the Day: Ramen!




Delicious hot, handmade ramen noodles at a Gardena, California, noodle house. There are many ramen restaurants everywhere, but be sure to judge whether or not you’ll return on a) the quality of the handmade noodles, b) the quality of the soup broth (not too salty, not too bland, and spice level based on your preference), […]

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The Bird and the Fish: To Be Continued

| September 5, 2010 | 17 Comments
The Bird and the Fish: To Be Continued




I once heard an adage about a bird and a fish who fell in love. The conundrum of this tale of futility was where they would make their home. Today, the world is full of birds and fish fighting the odds. So, the story I tell here is the sequel: The bird and the fish […]

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