How to Support Black-Owned Food Businesses

It’s no secret in the United States that small businesses are struggling to stay open during the pandemic, and so where we spend our money matters more than ever. At the same time, we’ve also seen a growing social movement to end the systemic racism and police brutality experienced by Black people in this country….

Ethiopian Lentil Stew (Misir Wat)

At this time last year, I announced an entire month dedicated to Ethiopian cooking in celebration of Ethiopian New Year. We made homemade berbere spice (a blend essential to Ethiopian cooking), niter kibbeh (Ethiopian-style clarified butter), shiro wat (chickpea stew), and attempted injera, a fermented flatbread (maybe someday I’ll get it right…) And in an…

Sichuan Chili Oil Fried Rice

I remember the first time I tasted Sichuan cooking. It was at a now-closed restaurant in NYC and a Chinese friend had brought me there because the food was authentic and affordable. I enthusiastically ordered the Mapo Tofu (side note: I thought this tofu dish was vegetarian, but it’s not, whoops) After a few delectable…

Camping in the Forest: A Tentrr Experience

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been scraping the bottom of the bucket lately on “things to do in the age of coronavirus”. I want to be safe, first and foremost, but I also want to enjoy summer, see my loved ones, and get out of the house a bit. So when a friend…

Kir (And More About Blackcurrant)

Last year, I visited Cassis Monna & Filles, a wine cellar and gourmet foods boutique. Located on the Île d’Orleans, an agriculture island right outside of Quebec City, they make an incredible assortment of products made from blackcurrant/cassis including wines, liqueurs, jams, syrup, vinaigrette…if you can make it out of cassis, they probably sell it…

How to Take a Socially Distanced Vacation

It’s summer in the US, the weather is nice, and many of us have been cooped up at home for months to stop the spread of coronavirus. For me, that’s meant spending most of my time in a 600 square foot Manhattan apartment (with my fiancé!) with the occasional walk in Central Park or on…

Vegan Corn Chowder

When I think of foods that I grew up with, one of the first that comes to mind is chowder. I lived the first 23 years of my life in New England and summer was never complete without many bowls of New England clam chowder, despite the heat. So many days spent on the beach…

Reflection and Reconciliation on Gorée Island

What is the island of Gorée and why should I visit? Located a mere 2 kilometers off the coast of mainland Africa’s westernmost city, Dakar, is a small island. Despite only being 0.11 square miles, this Senegalese island allegedly (we’ll come back to that) served as the largest slave-trading center on the African coast. The…

Traditional Chimichurri Sauce

I absolutely cannot write anything without first addressing the events of this week with the horrific death of George Floyd because it lays so, so heavy on my heart. One of the reasons I started this blog was to share my experiences of cultures and people around the world through food. Of course, my perspective…

How to Make Tereré

Last week I wrote about the importance of tereré in Paraguayan culture. This week, I want to share how you can make tereré at home! And, if you’re not curious enough about it from last week or you just want to learn more about Paraguay, check out this super fun music parody video which is…