Tag: culture

Eating Film: Photo of the Day

| June 12, 2011 | 2 Comments
Eating Film: Photo of the Day




  One of my favorite dim sum dishes is this black sesame roll. I don’t even usually like black sesame stuff, but this is cool (figuratively and literally), sweet but not too sweet. Yes, most normal adults eat it with chopsticks, but I grab it with my hands and unroll it like a roll of […]

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The Tao of Rice: Photo of the Day

| May 31, 2011 | 3 Comments
The Tao of Rice: Photo of the Day




A plate of Yin-Yang Rice: half chicken in tart tomato sauce, half shrimp in creamy white sauce. Perfectly balanced.

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Old Havana in the New Durham: TidBit of the Day

| May 25, 2011 | 8 Comments
Old Havana in the New Durham: TidBit of the Day




More evidence of Bull City Rising: a new Cuban restaurant east of the downtown Courthouse. For those of you less familiar with Durham, east of the Courthouse has yet to really pick up – businesses still tend to be shy and many empty storefronts remain. Two local Durhamites – one is a Cuban native – […]

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Pigs and the Argentinian Tango: TidBit of the Day

| April 7, 2011 | 8 Comments
Pigs and the Argentinian Tango: TidBit of the Day




What does pig farming have to do with the tango? Check out this short (12 min.) movie clip, “Ride That Pig to Glory” about Emile DeFlice, South Carolina pig farmer and tango dancer. He owns Caw Caw Creek Pastured Pork. He eloquently talks about the dance and beauty of sustainable farming practices and of source, […]

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A Country of Markets

| March 31, 2011 | 15 Comments
A Country of Markets




Jorge Luis Borges wrote that the best way to know Mexico was through its markets. Although this can be said for most countries, in the case of Mexico, this is especially true.  Markets in Mexico remain essentially unchanged since pre-Hispanic times. A good example of this is the tianguis. Tianguis (from the word tianquiztli in […]

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The Chi of the Wok: Photo of the Day

| March 27, 2011 | 4 Comments
The Chi of the Wok: Photo of the Day




  A pro at work at the wok…chi, the breathe of the wok.

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Chilis Drying: Photo of the Day

| March 2, 2011 | 10 Comments
Chilis Drying: Photo of the Day




  Red chilis drying in Kathmandu, Nepal. And a great thanks to the super talented and fascinating Island Vittles for the shout-out Stylish Blogger award! Learn more about Island Vittles and a fantastic recipe.

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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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Guest/5 Ways Edible Gardens Make Kids Smarter and Healthier

| February 17, 2011 | 13 Comments
Guest/5 Ways Edible Gardens Make Kids Smarter and Healthier




Welcome our newest guest contributor, Alice Bumgarner, who is the coordinator and founder of the George Watts Montessori edible garden. George Watts is a elementary Montessori school near downtown Durham. Mom of two, Alice also develops the accompanying curriculum for this garden, which is actually three – a fruit garden and arbor, a courtyard full […]

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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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