Travel & Culture

We all love to travel, and our backgrounds combined include (but not limited to) American, African-American, Arab, Australian, British, Canadian, Cherokee, Chinese, Haitian, Korean, Jordanian, Indian, Iranian, Irish, Italian, Liberian, Japanese, Mexican, Norwegian, Quechua/Wanka, Peruvian, Swedish, and Tibetan cultures. Here, we share stories and discussions about food cultures and traditions from around the world.

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Why We Eat the Food We Eat: Ceremonial Food

| August 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
Why We Eat the Food We Eat: Ceremonial Food

Different areas around the world have many things in common and in turn, have some things that are totally different. One thing that seems to be pretty similar no matter where you go is that food will bring people together. Regardless of the size of the group or the type of food, people will come […]

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I’ll have a coffee please

| September 17, 2012 | 3 Comments
I’ll have a coffee please

If any of you are familiar with my posts on Zomppa, you will know that I am somewhat partial to a good cup of coffee. That first sip in the morning just brings such a soothing and comforting start to my day. I generally hate pretty much every aspect of mornings, so that first cup […]

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Philly Does Brunch: PFF

| August 21, 2012 | 4 Comments
Philly Does Brunch: PFF

So my best friend Derek and I are both from New York, and we both know that brunch is a staple of the New York weekend. But while he’s quite infatuated with brunch, I personally don’t care either way. That is, until I discovered some seriously scrumptious brunch in Philadelphia! Different spots in the city […]

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Increased Prices = Universal Veganism?: Vegetarian California Rolls

| August 20, 2012 | 3 Comments
Increased Prices = Universal Veganism?:  Vegetarian California Rolls

Recently, CNN reported on the highly unusual weather patterns that the United States has endured during the past year.  For instance, they noted that the U.S. has experienced its warmest 12 month period since 1895 and that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is calling 2011 a year of ‘extreme weather’. Whether or not […]

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Spicy Is Better: Bolitas de Carne Picantes

| August 13, 2012 | 8 Comments
Spicy Is Better: Bolitas de Carne Picantes

Sometimes, what makes a dish so delicious, so decadent, and so amazing is its simplicity. Just a few ingredients, thrown together, creating the perfect melody of flavors and textures that just explode in your mouth. My grandmother’s quesillo, that is always thick, creamy and smooth with the perfect deep caramel flavor, my mother’s arepas that […]

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Harlem Cafe in, err… Belfast, Northern Ireland?: Tidbit of the Day

| August 10, 2012 | 1 Comment
Harlem Cafe in, err… Belfast, Northern Ireland?: Tidbit of the Day

Yes, you hear it right. Harlem is thriving in the bustling streets of Belfast’s city centre.  Harlem Cafe is without a doubt, my favourite lunchtime hangout when I am in Belfast for meetings. They also happen to make a pretty mean cappuccino with the proper creamy froth consistency so important to me. I cannot stand […]

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Breakfast (Mary’s) Of Course Cafe: TidBit of the Day

| August 9, 2012 | 3 Comments
Breakfast (Mary’s) Of Course Cafe: TidBit of the Day

Believe it or not, by the time of publishing this, Mary’s Of Course has closed…and transformed to Breakfast Of Course! Why? Because the lines out the door meant they needed more space! Of course! Get to Winston-Salem, NC early and need a good breakfast spot? Head over to Mary’s Of Course Cafe, this charming place […]

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Rickshaw Dumplings: TidBit of the Day

| August 7, 2012 | 2 Comments
Rickshaw Dumplings: TidBit of the Day

Dumplings, dumplings. You know we love dumplings here at Zomppa. Rick Shaw in New York offers eaters a choice to mix and match dumplings. From Chicken & Thai Basil to Peking Duck to Chicken Saag, Rickshaw tells you the source of their food, i.e. duck from the local Hudson Valley. They also have delicious baos […]

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A Gastronomical Clash: Liberian Joloff Rice Recipe

| July 30, 2012 | 6 Comments
A Gastronomical Clash:  Liberian Joloff Rice Recipe

As second-generation American, I longed for a tangible connection to “home.”  Despite my physical and socio-cultural distance from Liberia, where my mother is from, it was a place that captivated my imagination.  For several years, I yearned to visit Liberia and Sierra Leone to experience the attitudes, dialect, smells, and unique flavors there firsthand. As […]

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Truck Farm Chicago: Class Act

| July 27, 2012 | 10 Comments
Truck Farm Chicago: Class Act

What? A farm on wheels? Sound familiar? Well, Chicago seems to also be picking up on the idea. Truck Farm Chicago has put a farm on the back of a pick-up and travels around the city helping to raise awareness of the connection between farms and healthy food. It certainly seems like the children of […]

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