11 Day Food Tour (Part 2): Da Nang, Hội An, Huế, and Hồ Chí Minh City. Da Nang Adamo Hotel With all that has been unholy and un-American under Trump, I never felt more patriotic and American than I did when I ordered a burger, fries, and extra fries at our rooftop pool in Da … Continue reading 11 Day Food Tour (Part 2): Da Nang, Hội An, Huế, and Hồ Chí Minh City.
Vietnamese cuisine has risen to global stardom and hasn't shown any signs of slowing. Unlike many tourist driven colonial minded food trends, something about Vietnamese cooking, its flavor, and its people, have remained unconquered. You can feel it when a Mo-ped narrowly misses your toes and a street vendor who could care less about your … Continue reading 11 Day Food Tour (Part 1): Da Nang & Hồ Chí Minh City.
Imagine the president signs an order incarcerating not just you, but your entire family: your kids, parents, aunts, uncles and everyone related to you. Bank accounts are frozen, curfews are enforced, and your home is subject to searches without due process, reason, or warrant. You're ordered to move to a military installation where your fate … Continue reading Food of the Incarcerated (Part 2): Internment & Resistance.
Food of the Incarcerated: The Metropolitan Correctional Center. I was thirteen years old when a federal judge sentenced my older brother to two years in federal prison. It was my introduction to our justice system, and everything about it was surreal. The judge himself was a pudgy middle aged White man, swimming inside a deep … Continue reading Food of the Incarcerated (Part 1): Metropolitan Correctional Center.
So what do Noam Chomsky, Serena Williams, Stephen Hawking, Tim Cooke, Joel Olsteen, The Pope, The Dalai Lama, Xi Jingpin, Angela Davis, and the founders of Black Lives Matter have in common? They all received an email from me asking "what do you eat and why?" Surprise! Surprise! I got a few automated responses and … Continue reading The Stuff Leaders Are Made Of (Or Not).
Above is an image of a death anniversary, where departed family members are invited back to enjoy their favorite meals. It's an annual oddity to honor the lives and achievements of the dearly departed. As a kid observing, I always wondered if the spirits thought: "This soup tastes like shit. Why can't they ever get … Continue reading Do The Dead Eat?
There was an old episode of Pioneer Woman running on the FoodNetwork where Ree Drummond makes spicy "Asian" hot wings and presents her dish to a group of doubtful male friends. Their reaction? Well, not the greatest. And I don't blame them- Ree offered what looked like burned wings in a splattered pyrex tray. One … Continue reading What Makes a Dish American?
Believe in providence? I do. Each meal that arrives before you was meant for your consumption. But how did it arrive? What was its history? Who helped nurture the ingredients? Who delivered them from far off distances to the doorstep of your favorite restaurant? No doubt that food shortages will be a part of … Continue reading FOOD is POLITICAL