Long regarded as the national spirit of Peru, pisco is a grape brandy whose unique flavor and fragrance unites the European vine, the sunshine of Peru’s southern coast, and the wisdom of potters who create the jars in which the drink is stored. It dates back to the sixteenth century and … Continue reading Pisco: The Spirit of Peru
Last year, my father went to Peru for research. He came back with a myriad of anecdotes, one of which really caught my attention: “We went into a small restaurant, which was almost a kitchen, and my cousin ordered a cuy. The lady, knife in hand, grabbed one of the … Continue reading Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? It’s Cuy!
Editor’s note: At the 2014 Folklife Festival, we featured artwork, craft activities, and cooking demonstrations based on Chinese New Year celebrations. The Lunar New Year is observed far beyond China, however; intern Jennifer Suh reports on her family’s celebration of the holiday in South Korea. As a study-abroad student in … Continue reading Lunar New Year in South Korea
Discovering Chinese Heritage, Part 1: Chinatowns Whenever I travel to New York or Philadelphia, I make time to go to their Chinatowns to get the best bubble tea, roasted chicken, and barbecued pork, without costing me a fortune. Many Chinese Americans continue to go back to Chinatowns for the food … Continue reading Discovering Chinese Heritage, Part 2: Food
During Thanksgiving of my sophomore year of college, my friends from Hong Kong and I visited Chicago. Our first meal was Chinese food at a restaurant in Chinatown. Similar to other expats and immigrants who have gravitated toward Chinatowns across the United States, we were trying to find a taste … Continue reading Discovering Chinese Heritage, Part 1: Chinatowns
This recipe is from Chef Wang Peng 汪鹏, who is from Huai’an, Jiangsu Province. His home province is the birthplace of one of the most influential cuisines in China, the Huaiyang style, which is characterized by artistic presentation as well as unique flavors. Since finishing his studies in the Yizhou Chef … Continue reading Foodways Friday: Brewed Bamboo Shoots
This fish dish from the Kenyan island of Lamu is usually made for some kind of special occasion such as a wedding, but it is also especially popular during the month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, those who observe the Islamic holiday fast from sunup to sundown. I the morning before dawn, a small light … Continue reading Foodways Friday: Swahili Fish with Creamy Coconut Sauce