I Still Believe in the Power of Community

It’s been four years since I published my book, Connected. On this anniversary month, I wanted to reflect on where I’ve been over the last four years and what my beliefs are now regarding this book and its topic. I’ve wanted to write this blog for over a week now… and then the senseless tragedy in Orlando took place. Orlando is my hometown. I spent my first 30 years of life ...
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Vietnamese Grubbing in the Heart of Denver’s Asian Markets

Vietnamese Dining
We made another stop to Southeast Asia last night with Global Grubbing through our new “dinner club” series. This time, we headed over to the South Federal Boulevard region of Denver, which houses a plethora of Asian markets, restaurants, and stores. If you’ve never ventured into this part of town, you’ll know you’ve made it when you see the Far East Center just south of...
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5 Ways to Find More Connection in Your Community

Five Ways to Find More Connection
While at my Global Grubbing dinner last week, I made a comment that implied I didn’t believe Americans were as kind-hearted and giving as some of our international counterparts. After my comment, one of the participants called me out on it, to say that I’m just not getting out there enough then, because there are plenty of good people here in America! First, let me start by ...
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Curry, Satay, and Rendang: Savoring the Flavors of Malaysia

When you step into Makan you are quickly transported to the tropics of Malaysia by the smell of fish paste and curry permeating the air, the simple wood tables and chairs, and the cucumber green walls. It only takes moments for your stomach to catch on that it will soon be fed some enticing and exotic food. Step into the smells of curry, fish paste, and coconut permitting the...
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Cooking with the Best

I might be just a little biased when it comes to cooking Arabic food, not because I cook it, but because it’s one of my favorite types of food to eat. I love a smooth, garlicky hummus, fried kibbeh, fresh pita, and the lemony flavors that embody Middle Eastern cuisine. It was one of the first “ethnic” foods I’d ever eaten and I’ve enjoyed it ever since. Needless to say, I wa...
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A Journey to the Congo – Global Grubbing Cooking Class

Is there anything more satisfying than the smell of fresh cut onions and peppers, seasoned meat baking in the oven, and plantains frying on the stove? I don’t believe so, especially when you are surrounded by people who have a love and passion for travel, culture, and food, and a host that is so warm and inviting you just want to linger a little bit longer than you should… ...
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Corned Beef Tacos for St. Patty’s Day

The finished taco!
Perhaps Corned Beef and Cabbage isn’t your favorite, but you still want to get into the St. Patty’s Day spirit with some delicious Irish food. If so, you definitely need to make these tacos. They are super easy, and even our 2 year old loved them (minus the sauerkraut!). If you love a good Reuben, you’ll love these tacos! Sadly, I didn’t take any pictures of the ingredients a...
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Community Food: Thai Green Papaya Salad

Certain songs can you take you to an exact moment in your life. Smells can remind you of a person you loved. And tastes will have you traveling to an exotic journey you’ll always want to remember. That’s exactly how I feel about Green Papaya Salad (Som Tam). Adorned with a Thai theme at a monthly community dinner a few weeks ago, I couldn’t help but bring this tasty dish to...
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Discovering the World through Food

Try the World Box
You know by now I have a passion for cooking and for world cuisine. That’s why I was so excited to find out about Try the World, where you receive international goodies delivered right to your door. It’s been about six months since I’ve joined the service, and I love getting my tiffany-blue box in the mail every other month. It’s packed with flavors and finds that I’d nev...
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Global Grubbing: Dining Kamayan Style

Go ahead, wash your hands and dig in! Last night we traveled to the Philippines with our Global Grubbing series. We had amazing food, great conversation, and a unique experience. We ate like local Filipinos in a Kamayan dinner. The word Kamay is the Filipino word for hand, so in a Kamayan style dinner there are no eating utensils, you eat only with your hands! Like I fin...
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