Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Gas, Food, and Hospitality

I heard Nadeen speak at a demonstration in Denver, CO. Her strong sense of social justice and authenticity drew me to her. And once I met her and we chatted, I fell in love with her love of food! She proudly affirms her rural upbringing in Wiggins, CO - as she says, “Hijab and cowboy boots are a thing y’all!”
In “Gas, Food, and Hospitality”, Episode 16 of Something About Food? we talk advocacy, the difference between dolmades and waraq dawali and what it’s like when 300 people (not all of them invited) show up at your graduation party.


Nadeen Ibrahim migrated from the Palestinian Territory with her family when she was seven months old, and moved to Colorado in 1997. She was raised in Wiggins, CO,  a northeastern rural community of fewer than 1000. She recently graduated from the University of Colorado Denver and will begin her graduate studies in Public Policy at the University of Oxford in England in the fall of 2018.

Fluent in Arabic and a community organizer for the Muslim community in Colorado, Nadeen actively advocates for Muslim Americans in Colorado, especially resettled refugees. Nadeen organizes events and workshops empowering Muslim Americans of their civil rights and personal narratives. She also strongly advocates for socially just and equity-focused change throughout the community.
In her spare time, Nadeen travels to new places, cities, and countries, explores new restaurants and food joints and enjoys spending time with her family, especially her nephew.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Lettuce Entertain You!

Via my Exec Producer, I was able to meet Jazzy Byner who is a model and a member of the award-winning LA and NY based digital comedy collective, Nightpantz. She and I guffawed, giggled, discussed adulting, and discovered our mutual appreciation for Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Oh, and we also talked about food!


And now, please “Lettuce Entertain You” with Episode 15 of Something About Food?


Jazzy Byner has lived back and forth from the San Fernando Valley and Las Vegas through her life. She loves local favorite, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, as well as noodles, artichokes, okra, and fried green tomatoes. Mexican food is her favorite (although she loathes beans) and she has a plethora of weird food quirks. Follow her on Facebook and on Instagram.

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Jazzy would hate this bean burrito, but I shoved the whole thing in my face!

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A Compassionate Edge

I am always hunting for the next dish to try, the next restaurant to visit and the next guest to interview. A story in a San Francisco newspaper about Akindele Bankole caught my eye.


He’s a vegan restaurant owner with a stunning list of accomplishments. So, of course, I had to talk to him. He was most gracious, both with our chat and with the food he shared with me afterward!


German-born Nigerian American Akindele Bankole is a classical singer and composer, with over two decades in the food industry. He is the primary owner of Veg On The Edge, Inc., a West African-inspired, vegan, gluten-free, kosher and mostly-organic restaurant in downtown Santa Cruz, CA. Head over to their Facebook page here and find them on Instagram here.


And yes, it was very much as good as it looked. That Waffle was glorious!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Vote Cake!

It is always fun to catch up with people you knew when they were young and see where they are in life. Emma Donahue is a bright up-and-coming light in Colorado politics, and a delight to talk to.


We throw her catering mom under the bus and discuss voter registration, gingerbread houses and gelato in "Vote Cake!", Episode 13 of Something About Food?


Emma Donahue is the Chair of the Colorado Young Democrats and has been working in local Colorado politics for 10 years.  She is a native of Colorado and grew up in Louisville.  Her hobby is fostering dogs and helping them find their forever homes.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Rockin’ and Cinnamon Rollin’

John Taussig and I make ourselves hungry when we talk food and restaurants, and I bet you’ll feel the same way. He and his wife are a part of my tribe, which means we’ve shared some memorable meals together. The adventures he’s had make for a lively conversation in “Rockin’ and Cinnamon Rollin’”, Episode 12 of Something About Food?


The Grateful Dead, real Mexican food (mole!), Boulder's best restaurants and cuban cigars are all on the menu.



John Taussig is a trial lawyer, guitar player, and painter. His dream was to marry a woman who was the best cook in the world and looked fantastic. He hit it out of the park on both criteria.


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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Bread and Family Circus

I still dream about the rustic bread that Heather Covington bakes in my hometown of Gilbertsville, NY. Baking at her level of quality takes serious dedication, especially when you have five kids (three of whom are triplets). Oh, and she makes candies as well. And she has chickens.


I am pretty sure she’s a little insane, and that’s what makes it all work. We got to chatting to find out the why’s and where’s of what drew her to this path in “Bread and Family Circus”,  Episode 11 of Something About Food?


Heather Covington is a wife, mother of five, and lifelong food lover.  She owns Heather's Artisan Breads and Craft Candy in Gilbertsville, NY, and happily supplies the central New York region with her delicious creations. Visit her Facebook page here. Follow her on Instagram under the handle @heathermelitacovington.


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Bonus Throwback Pic:  You'll have to listen to this episode for the explanation!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Dim Sum and Durian, While You Wait!

Our Season 2 Premiere will be in a couple of weeks! Now is a perfect time to check out “The Durian Effect”, Episode 003 of Something About Food?.


Putri and I find out that we both love dim sum but have very opposite ideas about Durian.



This episode will probably make you hungry.

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