personal essay

personal essay

The Unapologetically Arab Restaurant That Reminded Me America is My Country, Too

At Dyafa, seeing people enjoying my heritage through food felt like a lifelong cloud of hatred was being lifted.
Janelle Lassalle
personal essay

Chicken Wings Are My Culture

With every saucy, saturated, ranch-dipped bite, I embrace an act that in the past was used to stereotype and demean Black people such as myself.
Erica Hawkins

I Drank 150 Margaritas in 3 Days and It Wasn't a Great Decision

But also it kind of was?
Janelle Lassalle
personal essay

The Old Country Buffet Was My Immigrant Father's American Dream

He saw the abundance of the Old Country Buffet as a symbol of his success, proof that he had transcended his old identity as a poor immigrant.
Elisabeth Sherman
anthony bourdain

Anthony Bourdain Made Us All Proud to Be Line Cooks

After Bourdain, we tried to become better—as cooks, as people—and began to reexamine why it was we punched the clock and one another in the dicks.
Brian McManus
Fast Food

Denny's Helped Me Realize I Could Be Both Chinese and American

Much like Denny’s—which first opened its doors as a donut shop in Lakewood, California—I also had my transformational coming of age in the outskirts of Los Angeles.
Kaila Yu
Thai Food

Siam Sunset Is a Second Home for LA's Thai Community

It may just be a restaurant, but 'the Thaiest Thai in Thai Town' means more to me and my family.
Kat Thompson
personal essay

My Wedding Feast Gave All of My Loved Ones Salmonella

I spent my first day as a wife transporting my new husband's feces to the hospital.
Katinka Oppeck

Being a 9/11 First Responder Made Me a Fat Vegetarian

Sometimes you remember who you used to be and think, "How did I get here?" It was that motherfucker Osama Bin Laden.
Eddie McNamara
Valentine's Day

The Older Man Who Romanced Me with Nut Cheese

I was 21. He was 47. I knew nothing about food. I figured he knew everything.
Mayukh Sen
personal essay

In Japan, I Found Home Through Fried Chicken

I’m not the first person to say that food is our greatest diplomat, and I won’t be the last. But how else could I have found myself in another country, across the world, looking for a dish I grew up on?
Bryan Washington

How to Spend Christmas Alone

Hint: It involves a lot of food and booze.
Mike Miksche