Eating Glocal

  My lunch in Dhaka, Bangladesh today. It was surprisingly good. Fried chicken meets South Asia…chopped, stir  fried with onions, green chilies, cilantro and served with rice. Did it taste like something from KFC? Not really. But, the packaging insisted otherwise. By the end of the meal I was almost convinced that it was an… Read More Eating Glocal

Food, Color and Happiness

Truck Image from: http://www.saglobalaffairs.com/features/1445-a-moving-riot-of-color.html A blogger from Tasmania, Australia, Harry wrote an entry entitled The Happiest City in the World that referred to Rajshahi, Bangladesh, voted the happiest city on earth by the World Happiness Survey in 2006. What accounts for the happiness in such a difficult social, political and economic context? He asked. His blog… Read More Food, Color and Happiness

Pondering Brillat-Savarin’s Portait of a Pretty Gourmande

Those of us, who may have over-indulged on Mother’s Day Brunch, may find consolation in transcendental gastronomy. Very roughly summarized and perhaps twisted: women who eat are pretty and wrinkle free (although I don’t think 18th Century French secret food writer Brillat-Savarin would approve of either a buffet or the indulgence it fosters).  Nevertheless, I… Read More Pondering Brillat-Savarin’s Portait of a Pretty Gourmande

Seinfeld’s Forks are Funny

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2014/jan/05/jerry-seinfeld-funny-sex-swearing-sitcom-comedy Seinfeld’s comment that forks are funny and salt shakers are not remind us of the simple reality that things, no matter how small or mundane, have agency. Objects compel us, move us, make us think, laugh, feel. Of course, someone could dispute his comment and insist that salt shakers are funnier than forks. But,… Read More Seinfeld’s Forks are Funny