food


Ramadan: a celebration of spirituality

Hamdanil is an Indonesian who moved to Bay Area a few years ago. He and 250,000 other muslims in Bay Area are observing Ramadan this year. It’s the biggest holy month that muslims worldwide are celebrating by leveling up their spiritual game. The main focus of Ramadan is fasting, as one is required to refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, and sexual intercourse from dawn to dusk. Even one sip of water is not allowed, or else the fast is invalid.


Why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday

Thanksgiving, which is held the fourth Thursday of each November, is my favorite holiday; the one I missed most while I was living abroad in the United Kingdom. I describe Thanksgiving (to my non-American friends) as Christmas, without the presents.  Growing up, my mom always hosted Thanksgiving. She would spend all morning cooking and several days before doing all the prep work. Grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins arrived around noon, and the chaos began. There were usually 15 of us crowded around a couple of tables, stuffing our faces until we were too full to move. As everyone in my […]


Bay Area’s Oktoberfest in October

To me, Oktoberfest means that fall has arrived, and with it comes change.  The changes are more subtle in California, but they are there.  In other parts of the United States it is the changing color of leaves that signals a switch of season.  In the Bay Area, the first sign of cooler weather is the appearance of Oktoberfest activities. Oktoberfest actually begins in September but I can’t seem to get excited about it until October.  A short history: The first Oktoberfest was when Crown Prince Ludwig was married to  Princess Therese on Oct 12, 1810.  The citizens of Munich […]


Italian Food, the Reality Beyond the Myth

Apparently, being an Italian in America is a synonym for good food and good cook (Well, ok, I can understand that!). The Americans love buying Italian-branded stuff which has nothing in common with real Italian food. This post of mine is a short list of tricks to distinguish real Italian food from an American interpretation. I don`t mean that you need to change your eating habits, but to know what you are buying when you go for an Italian meal. I can start by mentioning the Italian salad dressing: no dressing in Italy, just extra virgin olive oil and salt […]