Food Memories at the Asian Grocery Store

Today (actually, a week ago), I walked into an Asian market that I had not been to before. It advertised having "Oriental and Island" items--my eyes typically light up at words like these. The internet had many good things to say about it, and while I am already rather pleased with my go-to asian place, I …

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Over the Rivers and Through the Woods

"It's just me, a car, and the open road," I told Max, as he left for a week-long trip. I was in the mood for an adventure. A mini adventure, a day-long excursion. One that I could do by myself and feel safe. One that allowed me to be outside and enjoy the great Oregonian …

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An Immigrant’s Experience with Craving and Making Food from Home: Nasi Lemak with Tempeh Rendang

This year for Merdeka, Malaysia's Independence Day, I decided to cook up a feast. Partly because I was craving it, partly because I was slightly homesick, partly because I thought it would be fun. The food in mind was nasi lemak, Malaysia's so-called national dish. I've made this several times before, so I was confident …

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