By Melissa Fuster, PhD, Assistant Professor in Public Health Nutrition at Brooklyn College – City University of New York (CUNY)  It was a hot and humid August morning. Adela sat in the back of her restaurant, peeling potatoes, with only a small fan to appease the heat. The TV was tuned to Telemundo, with ElvisContinue reading “Adela”

Using Food Recipes as Sources of Information for Changes in Food Preferences. Colombia. 1970´s – 2010´s.

Posted by Juan C S Herrera – PhD Student at Steinhardt / Food Studies and Food management at NYU After three weeks in Bogotá, Colombia, I took a stroll through one of the city’s main roads, 7th Avenue. There you can find several food options ranging from international food chains to Colombian food corporations, asContinue reading “Using Food Recipes as Sources of Information for Changes in Food Preferences. Colombia. 1970´s – 2010´s.”

Street Food in Mexico City: The Dirty, The Clean, The Tasty

One of the first impressions that I had of Mexico City upon coming here for the first time, seven years ago was that the metropolis was saturated with food.  In addition to grocery stores, restaurants, and cafes of all types, the streets themselves teem with places to eat. White metal stands line the sidewalks nearContinue reading “Street Food in Mexico City: The Dirty, The Clean, The Tasty”

& after the Obrigação has been made…

It appears that someone had to make an obrigação to Exú either the night before I first saw this detritus, Saturday or on Friday. The alcohol, the adiga formerly filled with farofa de dendê and the fact that it has been placed at a crossroads are the overt clues. Obviously, this particular ‘work’ that hadContinue reading “& after the Obrigação has been made…”

Riffing on Bean Fritters: Acarajé Stories

[“When did you begin? Who taught you? How long have you been working as an acarajé vendor? Do you also make Comida de Santo? Do you think your customers buy your acarajé because of quality? Or as reference to their heritage-memory-culture? Do they acknowledge belief in African religions such as Candomble? Is that their rationaleContinue reading “Riffing on Bean Fritters: Acarajé Stories”

Tira Gostos: to take or savour pleasure, salty tidbits or appetizers

Baianese: “Ele sempre fica um olho em acarajé”—‘He always has an eye out for acarajé’, overheard from a passing conversation as I walked to the bus stop. Entering the heart of Reconcavo cane fields and street vendors selling bananas, farinha, artisanal crafts and snacks appear in vast quantities. Fecundity abounds. Much as I never seeContinue reading “Tira Gostos: to take or savour pleasure, salty tidbits or appetizers”

Added Value, Contextualizing the ‘Bumba’

The addendum to the Bumba fest images from the last post is that in reality the discourse of race-class-ethnicity & miscegenation via the portal of colonialism presented as popular theatre offers many inroads for analysis. One key factor to consider is that this month long event, now stretched to nearly two months falls under theContinue reading “Added Value, Contextualizing the ‘Bumba’”

NY > Salvador….and now São Luis do Maranhão

I arrived in Salvador five days ago. After finding a room for a the first days, I began my round of meetings with university professors at UFBa (Federal University of Brazil, Bahia campus) local contacts, mentors and friends to get a sense of how things in city and in my area were doing or hadContinue reading “NY > Salvador….and now São Luis do Maranhão”