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Gastro Friday: When Food Cultures Clash

By on Apr 30, 2010 in Gastro Fridays, The Gastronomical Leena | 4 comments

My first vivid memory of experiencing two food cultures clashing involved a bag of Pop Rocks and lot of food taboos. Everyone has their own food taboos, something they absolutely refuse to eat for religious or personal reasons. Be it meat or shellfish, insects or dogs, we all have at least one of those items.  Well, did you ever allow yourself to imagine what it would taste like? I never asked my Indian grandmother Motiben what she thought meat tasted like, partly because I never fully spoke her language. I knew she had never tasted meat because it was against her religion, Hinduism. The religion of Hinduism teaches that every living creature has a soul, even a bug, and we should not kill these beings because they are in our way or we are hungry. In modern terms, my grandmother was a lacto, occasionally ovo vegetarian. Her diet consisted of from-scratch Western Indian vegetarian dishes...

Amuse Bouche: The Habitat for Humanity for school meals?

By on Apr 29, 2010 in amuse bouche, Food News | 0 comments

A new section of Americorps is Food Corps, which will take on volunteers starting in 2011 for one-year placements at schools across the country. The service members will help school food service directors source local food for cafeterias as well as develop healthful-eating curricula that might include school gardens, visits to farms and farmers markets for parents and students. Source:April 19, 2010 Washington Post.com article *********** Amuse Bouche: Noun. Etymology: French: literally, entertains the mouth. A small, complimentary appetizer served at the beginning of a meal to awaken the taste buds. Leena Eats definition: a quick shot of gastronomic knowledge for the brain.

Amuse Bouche: What goes into a Filipino breakfast?

By on Apr 29, 2010 in amuse bouche, Food News | 0 comments

Garlic rice, eggs fried in sesame oil and topped with red chili pepper, longanisa, sweet, garlicky, anise-spiced pork sausage links dyed bright red with annatto, and lugao, a chicken rice porridge similar to congee. A Chicago Filipino breakfast joint worth checking out: Uncle Mike’s Place at 1700 W. Grand Ave. Source: April 29, 2010 Chicago Tribune article *************** Amuse Bouche: Noun. Etymology: French: literally, entertains the mouth. A small, complimentary appetizer served at the beginning of a meal to awaken the taste buds. Leena Eats definition: a quick shot of gastronomic knowledge for the brain. ~LTG!

Amuse Bouche: Vietnamese Cajun Crayfish, anyone?

By on Apr 29, 2010 in amuse bouche, Food News | 0 comments

Vietnamese and Cambodian immigrants are carrying on a Cajun food tradition by starting crayfish (or crawfish) shacks across the country with their own Cajun Asian twist. Boiled potatoes and crayfish are served with Cajun spices and lemongrass, or a dip of lime juice, black pepper and salt similar to the Vietnamese moui tieu chanh. Source: April 28, 2010 NY Times article ************** Amuse Bouche: Noun. Etymology: French: literally, entertains the mouth. A small, complimentary appetizer served at the beginning of a meal to awaken the taste buds. Leena Eats definition: a quick shot of gastronomic knowledge for the brain. ~LTG!

Leena Eats: Vik’s Indian Grocery

By on Apr 28, 2010 in The Gastronomical Leena | 0 comments

~LTG! ************** Vik’s Indian Grocery 2390 4th St • BERKELEY, CA 94710 (510) 644-4432 (p) (510) 704-8573 (f) Website