A Tale of Two Tubers – Food Thoughts with Sheryl Estrada

By mahir | October 28, 2010

“You like potato, and I like potahto

You like sweet potato, and I like yam”

The second line isn’t a part of the song, “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off.” It’s just me making a point.

I have heard sweet potatoes called yams, and vice versa. But the two have differences, which go beyond pronunciation. As the season begins in the States for sweet potato pies and candied yams, let’s take an overview of the veggies.

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Food Thoughts with Sheryl Estrada

By mahir | October 21, 2010

Gabriella Doehler, 3, enjoys helping her mom prepare meals

In my studies of communication, I have learned everything has a process of communication either directly, indirectly or even abstractly. Food preparation has its own method of communication. For example, when a person prepares a dish with skill and care, it is communicated to the person who eats it through a delicious intensity of flavors and textures.

Like all forms of communication, our understanding of food begins when we are kids. Parents have the job of molding their child’s perspective on food, such as fostering healthy eating habits. But in our multimedia communication age, that task can be difficult.
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Exploring Conch – Food Thoughts with Sheryl Estrada

By mahir | October 7, 2010

I attended the 13th annual Bahamian Connection Festival at New Monrovia Park in Port Salerno, Fla. on Oct. 2. Port Salerno is a small town, located on South Florida’s Treasure Coast in Martin County, which is rich in Bahamian ancestry due to its close proximity. Besides the reggae music that made you sway from side to side, and the nice performances, the heart of the festival was Bahamian conch.

Conch, a marine gastropod mollusk, is the widely used name for the edible sea snail. The high-protein meat of the queen conch, Strombus gigas, in particular, is a common food source in the Caribbean, especially in The Bahamas. Read More


You Are What You Eat – Food Thoughts with Sheryl Estrada

By mahir | September 30, 2010

I am sure you have heard the proverb, “You are what you eat” – the kind of food you consume determines your health, looks and well-being.

“Do I really want to be a cup of hot partially hydrogenated oil?” “Or I could be a lean legume?”
That’s taking the proverb a little too literally. Though, asking yourself questions like these might make you stop and think about the contents of what you are eating.

Nutrition facts labels on products have helped me a lot in my food choices. You can find me in a grocery store aisle reading them like a newspaper. I weigh the pros and cons of a product, especially when it comes to processed food items. Reading labels have prompted me put that salty or sweet item with absolutely no nutritional value and whose list of ingredients include a 10-letter compound only a chemist can pronounce, back on the shelf to hopefully collect dust.

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Food & People from around the World!

By mahir | September 2, 2010

This week’s photos of Food & People were taken by Sheryl Estrada in Florida, USA. Below is what Sheryl has to say about the photos and her experience of Florida, USA.

Each Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to noon there’s a farmer’s market in Fort Pierce, a South Florida city, which is a part of Florida’s Treasure Coast. Many Spanish galleons wrecked off of the coast, including those of the 1715 Spanish fleet, leaving behind treasures that have been recovered in the past 50 years — thus the name. I’ve never found any gold sparkling in the waters, but for me, this farmer’s market is gold. I find it unique, as it not only offers fresh fruit and vegetables, but atmosphere. There’s always a band performing, sometimes causing visitors to dance while sipping a smoothie or eating a kettle corn; the food vendors are varied. Set adjacent to the Indian River Lagoon, you get a nice view. It’s also in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce, where you can see an old-fashioned building or two. A mix of locals and vacationers, you’ll hear a Boston accent one minute, the next, a Southern accent. Everyone is upbeat, experiencing what markets used to be before they became “super.”

Thank you Sheryl for your contribution!

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