"That got us thinking about the very long list of foods that double as shorthands for racial betrayal. Banana and Oreo, sure. There’s Twinkie, which does the same work as banana. There’s apple, leveled at Native Americans who are allegedly white on the inside. And there’s coconut, which is a sort of an all-purpose, you’re-white-on-the-inside epithet for all manner of brownness — Desis, Latinos, Afro-Caribbeans.”
From NPR’s story: Overthinking It: Using Food As A Racial Metaphor
I was called a “coconut” more times that I can ever remember in high school, but I guess I didn’t think much of it. Apparently Indian (Desi) kids weren’t supposed to like the music I did, or take piano lessons for 10 years, or join theatre. Thankfully, high school isn’t forever, and those “friends” were long gone by the time I got to college.
A spicy grilled cheese paired with a drink that incorporates tequila, pineapple and cilantro. Sounds like a plan to me!
Well this is fantastic. Considering all the running around and walks we’ve been doing with the dog, at least the wine is doing some good. Not sure I would do a vineyard jog, but I’m sure it could work.
New research finds that moderate wine drinking (red or white), has cardiovascular health benefits only for people who exercise.
“Lovely as it would be to say that drinking a moderate amount of wine is categorically a good idea, the study is just another drop in the conflicting wine research well. Thinking about health in terms of isolated dietary elements is, you know, a limited proposition, so this can’t be an endorsement of anything other than exercise. If vineyard jogging becomes a thing, then it becomes a thing. I am not endorsing vineyard jogging or suggesting that anyone start a vineyard jogging group.”
Not quite the same as our favorite spot - Hot Pot Garden - but it was still a warm, spicy welcome on a recent cold August evening. Thankfully, Little Fire Pot is close by and didn’t have much of a line. I also appreciated the personal bowls of soup, which are easier to reach when cooking the food. If, like us, you’re still lamenting the recent close of HPG due to a recent fire, let me know what you think of this place.
Have you ever tried Mouth? It sounds interesting: Small batch, indie products shipped to your doorstep. Reminds me of Foodzie before they got bought out by a bigger company.
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Sometimes, you just really need a tasty, meaty sandwich, and in this case it was for the pastrami at The Refuge. I know now that the Reuben at The Refuge is worth the drive.
I could only handle half a sandwich, which includes a thick-cut pastrami, sauerkraut, melted Swiss and Russian dressing on toasted rye bread. The sandwiches also come with a side of pickles and pickled onions, as all pastrami sandwiches should, but I foolishly ordered a side of coleslaw that I couldn’t finish. The Reuben was a juicy, delicious mess and it practically melted in my mouth with all of its tenderness. S and I also tried the garlic fries, and we appreciated that they didn’t skimp on the fresh garlic and pepper. Like I said, it’s worth the drive, and I would gladly go again.
How we spent some of the weekend with my parents, before I ran for shade so as not to burn in the California sun.