Dave Simpson

immigrants

Nation of Immigrants: The Woman Who Asked God to Help Her Open a Restaurant

After arriving in Indiana from Honduras, Maritza Castellanos spent years working as a housekeeper—she still does, in fact—and eventually opened Rincon Catracho, now beloved by the Honduran community.
Dave Simpson
5.25.17
immigrants

Nation of Immigrants: Sharing Venezuelan Sandwiches and Culture in Red State Territory

Lafayette, Louisiana might seem like an unlikely home for the restaurant Patacón, which serves cheese- and meat-stuffed sandwiches made of fried plantains.
Dave Simpson
5.15.17
immigrants

Nation of Immigrants: Little Laos in Rural Iowa

"Not a lot of people know what Laos is and he's built himself his own Laos. This is his comfort."
Dave Simpson
4.13.17
immigrants

Nation of Immigrants: How a Lebanese Restaurant Chain Was Born in Kansas

Alex Harb, the owner of Meddys in Wichita, has his eyes set on rolling out fast-casual Lebanese cuisine across the nation.
Dave Simpson
3.31.17
Vietnamese Food

Nation of Immigrants: How Biloxi's Best Banh Mi Rose in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina

Six months after Katrina made landfall, Le Bakery was one of the first establishments to reopen. “We had a line of people out the door. It was a amazing,” says owner Sue Nguyen-Torjusen.
Dave Simpson
3.22.17
immigrants

Nation of Immigrants: A Slice of Guatemala in Small-Town Nebraska

"There is a lot of religion in Schuyler," says Marlon Lugo, the owner of Garnacha's House. "They just order to-go. I'm fine with that."
Dave Simpson
3.4.17
immigrants

Nation of Immigrants: How Thailand Came to St. Robert, Missouri

This is the third in a series of articles featuring immigrant- and refugee-owned restaurants in enclaves located outside of major US cities.
Dave Simpson
2.21.17
refugees

Nation of Immigrants: Fleeing Burma for Fort Wayne, Indiana

Fractured along ethnic lines and decimated by an interminable civil war, many of Burma's refugees have landed in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where they've opened grocery stores and restaurants to make a living.
Dave Simpson
2.6.17
immigrants

Nation of Immigrants: Bringing Afghan Food to Central Virginia

“I don’t have another home,” Mirahmad Mirzai told the man who threatened him to close his shop in the days after 9/11. “I’m coming back,” the man said. “Your door better be closed.”
Dave Simpson
1.31.17
coffee

A Vietnamese Company Is Bringing Fake Weasel Poop Coffee to the Weasel Poop Coffee-Drinking Masses

Trung Nguyen, the Starbucks of Vietnam, commissioned a bunch of chemists to mimic kopi luwak, exquisitely expensive coffee that’s been digested and shit out by little weasel-like creatures called civets.
Dave Simpson
6.29.16
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Inside the Hanoi Restaurant Where President Obama and Anthony Bourdain Dined Last Night

Less than 24 hours after Anthony Bourdain and the President of the United States shared a table at Bun Cha Huong Lien—a traditional Hanoi noodle joint—the place looked like the bitter end of a rager.
Dave Simpson
5.24.16