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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 Naneeā€™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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