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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The Poorest People in the World Have This ONE thing, do you?

Children run around barefoot. They pedal around on rusty bicycles. They play soccer with a flat, tattered ball. Adults spend hours sitting outside, noticing the weather, talking with their family and neighbors. Yet, all of these people, in various countries and places around the world, have one thing most of us are missing. I first noticed this one thing when I traveled to t...
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The Chinese New Year – Fun Facts About the Cultures, Customs, and Traditions

As an American, I’m often deeply disappointed that our culture doesn’t seem to have the richness of history, customs, and traditions that so many other cultures around the world embrace and celebrate. I found myself seeking out festivals, like the Day of the Dead, holidays, and events celebrated by my fellow global citizens in order to get a taste of some of the magic and b...
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A Night of “Henna and Hummus” with Meet the Middle East

I committed to having more fun and more joy in this New Year. AND, on my wish list of things to do was to learn Henna, an ancient painting tradition done by many regions in Asia and the northern part of Africa. So, I was thrilled to see an event pop up on Facebook called, “Henna and Hummus,” and I signed up to join in the fun. I was excited not only to learn Henna, but also ...
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The Day of the Dead Celebrations (Dia de los Muertos)

Holidays, cultures, and traditions from around the world are something that truly intrigues me. I’m fascinated by how much our small families and communities as well as our larger culture and country influence who we are as people and how we live our lives. When I notice an event around a holiday or tradition from another culture, I love to attend and learn more about wh...
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A Little Taste of Ethiopia in My Own Backyard

Ethnic Dining, Global Cuisine
Prior to this week, my only experience of Ethiopian food consisted of spicy lentil soup and injera, both of which I thought to be quite tasty and left me wanting more. Yet, I was intimated by a true “Ethiopian style” dinner, after all, rumor had it, these places make you eat with your hands! I’ve long been curious about the Ethiopian Restaurant that sits along Colfax Avenue....
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Global Grubbing – A Journey to Venezuela through Food

Last night we had our first Global Grubbing experience at Elote’s Café in Golden, Colorado. We had a smaller, intimate group, and it was a perfect start to a blossoming idea. The owner, Luis, was at the restaurant when we arrived and he greeted us and shared about the Latin American specials they had prepared that day. Each month they integrate different specials into th...
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Is This the Story You Are Telling Yourself?

Singular view of a story, Perspective
Have you ever considered how we formulate ideas of people? Whether race, culture, or religion, we are each presented with information about a group of people. From that viewpoint our entire perspective is then created and often times cemented. Despite not always having a complete 360-degree view, we make vast assumptions, create personal truths, and assign entire populations...
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A Taste of Comfort Food from Around the World

This week I’ve been nursing a head cold that seemed to get passed around our house faster than I could grab a tissue to wipe my nose. Yesterday, despite my stuffiness, I still ventured out to see my refugee friend to help her with English since I haven’t seen her for a while. After we finished up our work together, she insisted I stay for some food. She went into the kitc...
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What All of Humanity Wants

It's hard to believe that it's been two years since we were on the streets of Bangkok where we walked through Chinatown. It was here that a Thai woman who I spoke with said to me, "What all the world wants is peace." I agree with the wise woman I met that day. Peace is what everybody wants. As soon as the words left her lips, I knew it was a moment I'd remember forever. Here...
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