Eating America with India: Punjabi Deli & Hindu Temple Canteen

By India Witkin Photography by Joana Meurkens New York City’s beloved 24 hour deli pushes through it’s first closure in 26 years Seventies Bollywood music harmoniously plays in sync with the chime of the microwave, signaling the commencement of a delicious and very filling meal that Kulwinder assures will hold you down for at least…

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Bridgetown Roti does GOATober

By Carolina Meurkens Led by Chef Rashida Holmes, Bridgetown Roti is a nod to her Carribean heritage, a commemoration of West Indian food and culture. This October Bridgetown Roti is celebrating GOATober, an international initiative raising awareness for Goat sustainability.  “Bridgetown is our love letter to West Indian food. Rashida founded Bridgetown to bring a…

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Apple Cake Recipe

By Samantha Davis I cannot say that my family has ever gone apple picking, but I can never remember our home without a few apples rolling around in the crisper drawer.  My father even has the uncanny ability to pick out edible red delicious apples, when as we all know 90% of them are horrible…

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Yam & Egg

By Belema Iyo Growing up in Nigeria meant Saturday mornings were made for chores, cartoons and straightforward dishes. I usually find that I find major comfort in one of these dishes: Yam & Egg. This meal means a lot to me & always satisfies my taste buds. I occasionally add some fried ripe plantains to…

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Lola’s Filipino Pancit Bihon

 By Maria Sofia Fusco and Elvira Lacdao Pamintuan When I’m three thousand miles away from home, nothing grounds me like the smell of my Lola’s cooking. Missing her warmth and presence, my aunt (her daughter) and I requested that she send us a recipe she’s made us throughout both of our lives:  Pancit Bihon, a…

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Okra is for Comfort

by Stephanie Eyocko “Make sure you grab enough wood,” my grandmere said, “we need enough to boil the yams.” Earlier that day, my grandmere had cultivated the yams, peeled them, and placed them in cold water that we transported from the well.  It was a half-day affair: okra soup and pounded yam–the most fulfilling of…

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Arepas a la maniere Colombianas

by Rachel Cabeza In my family, Arepas are synonymous with joy. On weekends my mother worked long hours, while my Tia and grandma would prepare arepas along with caldo, eggs, and Venezuelan chorizos.  It was the best of times.  Though my grandma has passed, my family keeps the tradition alive.   Whether I’m visiting for…

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Bomb Bombay Biryana

by Rahma Khan Like most Pakistani households, Biryani is a household staple. Though normally cooked onspecial occasions, for us, mom’s homemade chicken Biryani did not require a reason to beprepared. Every weekend lunch began with a warm plate of Biryani. But since I moved out ofmy parents home and into the city, the only Biryani…

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Eating Dal

by India Witkin In early March — right as the world was coming to a standstill — India  spent 3 weeks in Mumbai and Goa. While there, she saw a nearby cultural center advertising cooking lessons in the sweet small town that was once colonized by the Portuguese — and immediately jumped at the opportunity.…

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Editor’s Note

by Stephanie Eyocko The seeds for the food section were sown over a phone call I had with my mother, Sabine Eyocko, in March.  I had an appetite for Ndole, an aromatic Cameroonian stew made of bitter leaves (Vernonia amygdalina) and a rich paste of groundnut, onions, garlic. As it cooks, crayfish is added and…

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