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…

Tereré: Not Just a Beverage, a Philosophy

There’s nothing more Paraguayan than tereré, where drinking this ice-cold caffeinated beverage is a daily ritual. It involves dried leaves from the yerba mate plant, packaged in 1/2 kilo quantities (or more), poured into a cup called a guampa, infused with ice-cold water, and drunk through a filtered straw called a bombilla. The result is…

Indian-Style Spinach & Halloumi Cheese (Palak Halloumi)

I’ve avoided Indian food for some time on this blog because it’s just so daunting. Although the menu of most Indian restaurants in the US is uniform, real Indian cuisine is diverse and varied like the country itself. India is a massive mix of different languages, ethnicities, religions, and cultures. There is no way that…

Corn Bean Tomato Salsa

It’s finally May. The weather is warming, which usually brings with it a sense of anticipation for summer. This year, that feeling is certainly muted by the uncertainty of the future with the coronavirus. But still, folks are cautiously venturing outside and there’s a feeling of, dare I say, hope? With the weather warming, I’m…

Walks in the City: Midtown Landmarks

I broke my promise. I didn’t post part 3 of my series of walks through NYC…not on Tuesday and not for the rest of the week. I’ve been procrastinating. Perhaps it’s because part 3 is the most painful. It’s the midtown landmarks, the most famous visuals of NYC. Rockefeller Center. 5th Avenue. Grand Central. Times…

Walks in the City: City Streets

Yesterday I shared some of the images I’ve gathered during my exercise around NYC during COVID, focusing on Central Park. As part of this 3-day photo journey, I’m sharing images from the streets near my home. What is it like where you live? Tomorrow I’ll be sharing images from famous landmarks, so stay tuned! And…

Walks in the City: Central Park Edition

One of the few things we are allowed to do in NYC right now is walking, whether for essential errands, to walk the dog, or for exercise. I don’t go out often, but on some weekends I’ve chosen to get my exercise by long strolls around the city. And without quite being conscious of it,…

Grilled Eggplant & Halloumi Salad

These days I go back and forth between eating super healthy and eating junk food. Sitting at home all day, stressing about the end of the world, it’s just an emotional eating disaster. But our bodies are at their best when we feed them nourishing, nutritious meals and while there’s no scientific proof that healthy…