Posts in History
The Anti-Nostalgia Tapas of La Vara

One evening last week my wife and I walked down a street in Brooklyn that felt plucked from some imagined past. Glowing brownstones lit by warm streetlights twinkling through a canopy of late summer leaves. We were headed for La Vara, my favorite restaurant from Alex Raij, a chef I stan. She and her husband Eder Montero are often credited with sparking the tapas craze that tore across New York City and then the country a decade ago.

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Travel, HistoryLela Scott MacNeil
Making Coffee with Grumble

This is how Grumble taught me to make cowboy coffee: Fill a giant pot with water and bring it to a rolling boil, then shut off the heat. Add your grounds (always more than you think you need, the coffee should be STRONG) and let them incorporate for five to seven minutes. Stir again, then toss in a cup of cold water and tap the bent-up pot with a ladle or cooking spoon to sink the grounds. Find someone to lift the pot and pour the coffee into the serving container with you, filtering it through a fine mesh strainer. Get a mug, fill it up, and brace yourself for a busy, caffeinated day.

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Nourishing Resistance

 What can food teach us about communities of resistance, mutual aid, and radical history? How can memories of a meal complicate the larger narrative, so often focused on specific events and individual changemakers? What lessons can we learn from those who have spent long hours in kitchens; feeding protesters, direct action campaigns, disaster relief efforts, and so much more? And why does it all matter?

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In Defense of Eating

For most of my life, my New Year’s resolutions involved taking up less space. This would be the year I would run for five hours every day between twice daily pilates and yoga sessions until I barely existed. Then, maybe, I would deserve to exist. I would deserve to exist in the life of a man I was finally skinny enough to be loved by.

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