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

How This Syrian Refugee Family Brought Their Century-Old Chocolate Business to Texas

In Damascus, the name Slik is synonymous with fine confections. Now, the family-owned chocolatier is continuing its legacy in a new homeland.
Diana Hubbell

Arctic Doomsday Seed Vault Gets Multimillion-Dollar Upgrade

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault wants to safeguard the world's food supply against war, climate change, or natural disaster.
Mayukh Sen

Hip-Hop, Hummus, and Political Activism Come Together in Montreal’s 'Little Palestine'

We spent the day with rapper, professor, and activist Narcy to discuss hip-hop, politics, and how food brings everything—and everyone—together.
Nick Rose
Fast Food Week

Meet the Syrian Refugee Who's Changing Denmark's Burger Scene

"Recently, we took our only normal burger off the menu and said people were going to have to learn to try something new."
Jeppe Øvig

This Syrian Restaurant Is Fighting Negative Stereotypes About Refugees

The refugee-run restaurant, launched by a heart surgeon, hopes to create a different kind of conversation about Syrians in Europe.
Didem Tali

The Trump Restaurant in Syria Only Serves One Item

No word how business is doing since the U.S. launched more than 50 tomahawk missiles​ on Syria earlier this week.
Jelisa Castrodale
refugee crisis

From Calais Gas Stove to London Kitchen: A Syrian Refugee Chef’s Story

Imad Alarnab owned two restaurants in Damascus before being forced to flee for Europe, where he spent two months in a Calais camp cooking with one knife and a tiny stove. Now in London, he wants to share the food of his homeland.
Johanna Derry

The War Next Door Won't Stop Turkey's Assyrian Winemakers

Turkey’s tiny Christian Assyrian community continues to produce wine the way it has for thousands of years, despite political turmoil and war just across the border in Syria.
Didem Tali
Best of 2016

Our Staff's Favorite Stories from 2016

We had one hell of a year—hunting reindeer and frogs, visiting underground restaurants in Compton, making frenemies at the Trump Tower bar. Here are our editorial staff’s favorite articles published in 2016.
Munchies Staff

How Scientists Are Ensuring Syria’s Seeds Survive War and Climate Change

Between climate change and war, Syrian agricultural history and diversity are under unprecedented threat. Here’s a glimpse into the ways that scientists are working around the clock to ensure that the country's seed diversity doesn’t get wiped out...
Emma Beals

How Syrian Bakers Are Making Bread Against All Odds

Even in a time of war, Syrians' high standards for bread are uncompromising. Bakers have implemented unique techniques to provide the daily bread under conflict.
Emma Beals