I'm a freelance writer

My passion is exploring the connection between food and culture. I'm a regular contributor to Oakland Magazine, Paste Magazine, KQED.org Bay Area Bites, Edible East Bay and NOSH at Berkeleyside.org.

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1 farid and mina new article
ww2.kqed.org

Oakland Bloom Nurtures Refugee Chefs at Night Market Pop-Ups

Farid Rafaty dreams of opening a restaurant where he will cook dishes from his native Afghanistan. One of these would be the luscious mantu dumplings he recently made for a pop-up dinner sponsored by Oakland Bloom, an organization that wants to help him in his quest. It’s been a long journey...

9.stuarts yuba new article
ww2.kqed.org

Reclaiming Tofu: Asian Art Museum Honors the Traditional & Trendy Curd

Walk into any museum, and one of the first items you are likely to spot is a posted warning, a stern reminder not to consume any foods or beverages within its hallowed halls. Last Thursday night, however, visitors to the marble galleries of the San Francisco Asian Art Museum were met with welcoming signs promising savory tastings ahead..

2 thoa new article
ww2.kqed.org

Tapestry Suppers Serve Up Immigrants' Stories with Good Food and Company

A lovely garden party with delicate shrimp rolls and crusty banh mi sandwiches. But there is another powerful thread running through this recent South Bay get-together, brought into focus as hostess Thoa van Seventer shares her story of leaving Vietnam and suddenly chokes up with emotion...

1 mica and robert article
ww2.kqed.org

To the Restaurant's Immigrant Workers, Ba-Bite in Oakland Feels Like Home - KQED Bay Area Bites

They’ve won accolades for their silken hummus and rainbow of organic salads, but for the owners of Oakland’s Ba-Bite, the most precious thing the almost two-year old restaurant can display right now may be the Sanctuary Restaurant poster on their front door...

1 nazira and batool article
ww2.kqed.org

Refugees' Life Stories Deepen the Brew at 1951 Coffee Company - KQED Bay Area Bites

When baristas hand over your low-fat latte, you probably don’t consider the paths that brought them to stand across the counter from you. But at 1951 Coffee Company, the Berkeley café that opened in January and is staffed entirely by refugees, the baristas’ life journeys are actually the point...

Nite yun article
ww2.kqed.org

Noodle Soups Share Cambodian Culture at Nyum Bai | KQED Bay Area Bites...

Cambodian noodle soups make a big splash at newly opened Nyum Bai in Emeryville’s Public Market. Nite Yun wants to share her culture by sharing her favorite Cambodian street food...

Nourish resist new article
ww2.kqed.org

La Cocina's 'Voices from the Kitchen' Speak Passionately on Race

Voices from the Kitchen, La Cocina’s latest storytelling performance at The Swedish American Hall featured the impassioned words of more than a dozen chefs, poets, writers, historians and activists on the topic of Race.

Gaumenkitzel short ribs rutabaga stew 1 article
edibleeastbay.com

Bundle Up and Chow Down -Warming Winter Foods from 3 Cultures| Edible East Bay

Winters around the Bay do not call for mittens, woolen hats, and snow shovels, but most of us still appreciate an excuse to share comforting soups, stews, and steaming drinks with friends and family around the holidays...

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edibleeastbay.com

Meet Madame Huang -- Edible East Bay Spring 2017

Reporter Anna Mindess finds out how a taste of pressed duck launched Alameda resident Carolyn Phillips on a cookbook career...

11 berbere beef on injera uong article
pastemagazine.com

Tofu Showdown Proves It's Anything but Boring :: January, 2017

If you diss tofu by calling it bland, blah and boring, it’s because you don’t really know tofu. In the right hands, the soybean curd’s multi-faceted personality can reveal itself as silky, velvety, unctuous, even crispy, crunchy and chewy...

Beijing yogurt article
pastemagazine.com

5 Must-Eat Dishes in Beijing :: Paste Magazine :: October, 2016

Refreshing Beijing yogurt, warming Hot Pot, succulent Peking duck, comforting han-pulled noodles, crunchy, tart hawthorn berry candy...

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edibleeastbay.com

Ancient Flours Rise Again | Edible East Bay Summer 2016

Growing interest in traditional grains—buckwheat, sorghum, and teff—goes far beyond their gluten-free credentials.
Story and photos by Anna Mindess

Herring am1 article
pastemagazine.com

Second Look: Herring :: Paste Magazine :: July, 2016

As a little girl, I only recognized two food groups: grilled cheese sandwiches and scrambled eggs. This presented a challenge for weekend sleepovers at my grandparents’ house. My grandfather, a Russian Jewish immigrant who spoke mostly Yiddish...

Mozz bar new article article
The Washington Post

The Washington Post - All Signs Point to a Hit in San Francisco

A pair of Gallaudet alums are behind the deaf-run Mozzeria in San Francisco....

Traditional handmade noodles article
Oakland Magazine

High-rises and Hutongs Define Beijing - Oakland Magazine April 2016

Like a bowl of its intensely flavored noodles, Beijing is a tangle of contradictions. Gigantic public spaces display the still-proud face of Beijing’s past. Yet the narrow alleyways of its traditional neighborhoods known as hutongs preserve its cultural soul...