Black History Month: It’s Not Just for Black People Anymore

Black History Month: It’s Not Just for Black People Anymore

Hello Meltingpot Readers, In honor of Black History Month, I’m reposting one of my favorite ‘articles’ from my original blog. I’ve added some minor updates in italics. I hope you enjoy! ************************************************************************ February is a busy month in my home. My birthday is in February, so is el esposo‘s. So is my dad’s, which coincidentally is the same day as el esposo‘s. That’s weird, right? And then sandwiched between our birthdays is Valentine’s Day. Of course we also celebrate George and Abe’s birthdays too with a day off from work and…

Kimchi and Cheddar: Korean Food Gets Cheesy

Kimchi and Cheddar: Korean Food Gets Cheesy

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Here’s something for my fusion foodie friends. Yesterday I was working hard at my office at Temple University and I didn’t want to venture far to grab a bite for lunch. As luck would have it, there’s a brand new food truck parked right outside my building called Wingo Taco. I guessed Mexican, but I was wrong. Better said, I wasn’t all the way right. Dear readers, you know I was doing a meltingpot jig in the street when I found out that Wingo Taco is serving…

Why is Ramen so Damn Good?

Why is Ramen so Damn Good?

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Last night we had to go out to celebrate the fact that el esposo made it through day one of his comprehensive exams. He has another round next Saturday and then he is done. But the worst is over so we decided to go out for dinner. Now, going out for dinner for us means hauling the kids with us since we are too lazy, cheap, broke, in love with our kids to hire a babysitter. Truthfully, el esposo and I love to try new foods and…

Asian Soul Food? Yes, Please!

Asian Soul Food? Yes, Please!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, If there’s two things I love in this life it’s food and Asian culture. It seems in every major time period of my life, I’ve always had a really good Asian friend. In childhood, my best friend was Japanese. In high school, I hung with some cool Filipinos. In college all of my friends were Asian; Korean, Thai, Indian, Japanese. In my twenties, I bonded with a way cool Chinese chick. And you might know if you read this blog enough, that I have a serious crush…

Black Chefs Rising

Black Chefs Rising

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I just wrote a story for TheGrio.com on rising culinary star, Nilton Borges, Jr. He’s an Afro-Brazilian (which I know can be viewed as redundant) who is making his mark as the executive chef at Amali Restaurant in New York City. Amali is a Mediteranean restaurant, specializing in seasonal, local fare. I really enjoyed talking to Borges because his ‘son of a Black doctor in Brazil with pressure to follow in his father’s footsteps, to restaurant worker in the United States’ story was fascinating. And familiar. Borges said he had two…