Food and Family Memories

Food creates memories, but food prepared and shared with love creates lasting memories. When my wife and I were dating, I spent a lot of time at her cousins’ home where she lived. In her culture, it is not considered appropriate for a female to spend time alone at the home of a man who…

Tiger Stripes and Ant Eggs

When my wife and I were dating, one day she took me to one of her cousin’s houses to visit. They were cooking and asked me to stay for dinner. I accepted and we sat down to eat. They served the food ‘family style,’ in the middle of the table. It was grilled beef that…

Cultural Acceptance Through Culinary Openness

Growing up, I was exposed to a wide variety of different foods before I ever knew that they were culturally unusual. I was not inherently adventurous per se, but I was never scared to try new, different foods and, as a result, I developed a palate for the unusual or exotic, as compared to those…