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Queering the Cheesesteak–Carmen’s Famous Italian Hoagies

As Brian Freedman correctly noted in his recent review of Vedge in the Philadelphia Weekly, we live in a food world defined by a binary–carnivorous or vegetarian. And, like any binary construction, each term earns connotative qualities over time, dependent … Continue reading

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Little Thai

An Amish woman passed us carrying a wide- and teary-eyed baby on her hip. Sad babies always amuse me so I nudged my companion who immediately leaned forward and joked “guess William James was right, ‘To children the world is … Continue reading

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Basic 4, Vegetarian Style

After 12 years of vegetarianism, I decided I had done my time. I was never an animal rights vegetarian, but an environmental one, albeit with serious foodie tendencies. In a city like Philadelphia it’s ridiculously easy to be veg, but … Continue reading

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Not Since Nineveh: Kamal’s Middle Eastern

I’m not sure if the 1955 movie Kismet was my first introduction to representations of the Middle East–perhaps the Douglas Fairbanks picThe Thief of Baghdad? I don’t think my mother read me anything from 1001 Arabian nights–but it certainly summarizes … Continue reading

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Nanee’s Kitchen

Chill. Shake. Drink. Transcend. The words printed on the label of Nanee’s Kitchen cardamom lassi are both instructions and index to the consumption of Indian food in America. Ha, ha, the drinker (or at least this one) thinks, looking at … Continue reading

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