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Tartare: 3 Ways 3 Cultures

By Christopher Stewart | April 22, 2013

tuna, avocado, soy, tartare
tuna, avocado, soy, tartare

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When you think of culture, you generally think of a specific type of culture and also a specific type of food. You never really think of one meal, and the similarities it has throughout three different cultures. In a recent Food and Wine article Marcus reflected back on his love for kitfo, a similar version of beef tartare in Ethiopian cuisine, that is not as finely chopped as it is here in American cuisine.  Seasoned with pungent spices and clarified butter, kitfo is served with a mild cheese called ayibe. Tartare in many different cultures have many similarities to each other. Whether it be fresh fish like salmon or tuna, or meat like beef or lamb, tartare is a favorite across all countries. Read More

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Vintage Vignettes: Dogtown and Z-Boys

By Jeannette | April 16, 2012

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One of my favorite movies of all time is the 2001 documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys. Some people think it’s just a movie about skateboarding, but it’s really a look at the art and culture that arose out of Dogtown in the 1970s. The Z-boys were a ragtag group of punk kids from the Westside of L.A. who didn’t have much to do besides surf and skate, which they did when the waves weren’t any good. As a drought hit California in 1976 and ’77, people would drain their pools to conserve water and thus the art of pool skating was born.

What I love most about this movie is the subculture that was born from these guys who thought out-of-the-box to pursue a passion. They saw an opportunity to change the game and they would drive up and down streets looking for empty pools, knowing they could get in trouble if the owners came home. Eventually they had people actually draining their pools so the Z-boys could skate freely without fear of getting caught. Read More

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The Ultimate Community Epicurean Experience: The Sikh Practice of Langar

By admin | December 7, 2011

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Photo: mercedesfromtheeighties

By: Saira Malhotra

To whom would you bestow the crown of being your favorite chef? (Besides Marcus Samuelsson, of course!) Is it a member of your family, a friend, a chef from your most visited restaurant or that trip you took last year to Santorini where Costas made those wonderful tomato Keftes? For people in the Indian Sikh community, their options go even further and many of them would agree that their favorite cooks can be found in the kitchens of the local Gurudwara; the Sikh place of worship.

Sikhs come from Punjab, a region in Northern India situated between the border of India and Pakistan. For Sikhs, religion is a very integral part of their life and many visit their local Gurudwara on a daily basis. Yet they aren’t just there for spiritual tune-ups. They are also there to perform their duties as member of the community and connect with each other.

Every day, the Gurudwara serves Langar – three meals a day to everybody, regardless of their faith. Read More

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The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

By admin | August 25, 2011

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Photo: trini_map

By: Dylan Rodgers

Located at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem, the Schomburg Center for Research is a national library focusing solely on the history and experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world.  A research unit of The New York Public Library, the Schomburg Center is globally recognized as one of the leading institutions of its kind. Read More

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Eating and Food Culture around the world

By mahir | February 7, 2011

I’ve been incredibly lucky to travel to many places around the world.  From Cape Town, South Africa to the coast of Morocco, I’ve eaten delicious foods that encapsulate the place and its cultures.  In the US, I’ve been lucky to try Read More

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