Natural Wines

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After our wine tasting at Den Vandrette to speak with Pontus Elofsson, I was curious to learn more about natural wines. I thought a good place to start would be to look at what the exact definition of “natural wine” is, but even that simple task proved difficult. While most sources agree that natural wine […]

The Biology of Gut Bacteria

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In class we briefly discussed the relatively recent discovery of colonies of bacteria that live in the human gut. I thought it would be interesting to look into the biology behind those bacteria and the microbiomes that exist in the body. These bacteria were able to be discovered through the recent technology that allows for […]

Hygge

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Back home in Los Angeles, my family has dinner together almost every Friday night. This includes me and my parents, my aunts and uncles, cousins, and my grandmother. We usually host the dinners at our house, and by the end of the night, the kitchen is a mess and my mother is exhausted. These dinners […]

Pizza Partito

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I swear I am not a pessimist. In fact, I will begin with a very optimistic statement: all of the pizza I consumed in Italy last week was delicious. I had a variety of pizza across four Italian cities, and none of them disappointed. Nearing the end of the trip, my friends and I started […]

Daalder Restaurant

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My amazing dinner experience in Amsterdam… If you are ever in Amsterdam, I highly recommend the restaurant my family and I ate at. It is called Daalder and is located on Lindengracht 90, in a quiet part of town. The concierge at our hotel highly recommended it to us, and said that the food is […]

A Movie Review: Chef

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In this post, I want to talk to you about an indie film that I recently watched called Chef. Directed by the producer of Iron Man, Jon Favreau, this movie takes a different approach to his previous high action films. Not only does he direct this film, but also takes the lead part as the […]

Confessions of a Former Picky Eater

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Over the course of most of my life, I was known as a “picky eater”. This is, at least, how everyone who ever had the opportunity to share a meal with me would describe me. This fact was the bane of my parent’s existence when I was a child: I was notorious for refusing to […]

Russian Reflections: A Return to the Nordic Foodscape

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Although we’ve spent an extensive amount of time on Nordic Foodways and the foodscape of Copenhagen this semester, the full extent to which I understood these concepts didn’t become clear until I left Denmark for the first extended period of time since arriving here. My first trip out of the country to St. Petersburg, Russia […]

Hygge and Health Habits

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Hygge. It is a concept that is definitely hard to describe and a word that is even harder to pronounce (if you are not Danish, that is). After living in Denmark with a host family for the past two and a half months, I have discovered that hygge is quite an important concept in Danish […]

A “Hate-Love” Relationship with Meat

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Throughout my entire life I have not been a meat-lover. In fact, for most of my childhood I didn’t eat any meat at all. I was quite the activist and environmentalist. I grew up on Long Island in New York, and my mom says every time we went into New York City as a young […]