The Welcoming Table

A major way to break down racial and cultural barrier is through exploring new foods and sharing a meal. Celebrating the rich and delicious diversity of the world’s foodways and culinary traditions; and include personal reflections, anecdotes, and commentary will be featured. Recipes and eating traditions are included.
May 18th, 2011
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Sake, the national drink of Japan is a rice wine originating from the 3rd century BC, when local villagers invented the drink.Today, sake practically rivals wine in popularity for some people. Consider taking a sake tasting tour while visiting Japan.With 40 sake breweries in Chiba Prefecture, located just outside of Tokyo, it is easy to incorporate a sake tour into day trips from the capital. Of...
April 27th, 2011
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Iranian cuisine is often called Persian since the country was actually Persia until 1934. The food is a combination of lots of spicy curry stews with other dishes as diverse as kofta (meatballs) or pilau – all common to Iranian cuisine. Several of Iran's dishes also come from the Greeks, Arabs, Turks, and Russians.Take for example the popular dolma or stuffed grape leaves, often seen on many a...
April 26th, 2011
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Not to be rude, but some vegetarian restaurants keep us carnivores out by boring our taste buds with food that tastes like cardboard, ambience that puts us to sleep, and by making anyone who is not a vegan feel like a criminal.But Berkeley’s Cheese Board Collective is the ultimate and delectable opposite. Even with good stuff like pepperoni and red sauce removed, the pizza is incredible. And...
March 30th, 2011
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It might be surprising to find out that a good bit of the food in Kenya came from the Portuguese, who after discovering Brazil promptly made their way to Africa. Therefore, such foods as corn, bananas, pineapple, chilies, peppers, sweet potatoes, and cassava came into Kenya this way, and quickly became local favorites.Located in East Africa near the Equator, the southeast part of Kenya is on the...
March 9th, 2011
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Italian cuisine is one of the most richly diverse fares in the world. Food in Italy not only varies by region, but often by town and even by village, with each one having its own specialties. It is important to understand that the food that visitors find in Italy is much different from the “Italian” food found in the U.S. or other parts of the world.Italians have very discerning palates. This is...


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