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Cultural Anthropology & the American Dive Bar

I’ve always had a fascination with dive bars. They’re cozy, tucked away establishments. A totem of neighborhood culture, where the staff appreciate you for tipping well and the walls are festooned with artifacts revering heroes – alive and departed. A … Continue reading

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Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatballs: “You Might Have to Cook for 20 Guys Someday.”

One of my favorite scenes in The Godfather involved Peter Clemenza (played by the late Richard S. Castellano), Capo to Don Vito Corleone, preparing his meatball sauce for a bunch of mob guys in the kitchen. Clemenza gives a brief … Continue reading

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The Laughing Buddha & The Cornish Pasty…

I straddle my mountain bike, christened “The Goose,” atop a hill on the Washington & Old Dominion Trail, (the W&OD). This portion of the hill intersects with Buckthorn Lane and Hunter Mill Road, near Vienna, Virginia. The trail propels cyclists … Continue reading

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How to Roast a Chicken… with Confidence

Understanding how a kitchen works is a huge asset: in survival, love, or culinary expression. Being a latchkey kid, my mother taught me how to cook meals, and in time I began improvising with different recipes. I’ve prepared beef stews, … Continue reading

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Open-Mic Storytelling: First Day of School Fights to Thanksgiving in West Africa

About once a year, I participate in open-mic storytelling with a nonprofit called Story District, which was previously known as SpeakEasy DC. I’ve told about seven open-mic stories with them, and I thought it would be nice to post a few … Continue reading

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Moonshine Review: Rock Creek White Whiskey, Prison Hooch, and Barbecue Pork Rinds

Matt and Kame are great friends that I’ve known for several years. Initially, they served in the Peace Corps, with my college buddy Doug, in Madagascar. As a married couple, who genially behave as wonderful buddies to each other, they’ve … Continue reading

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Humanity and Greek Yogurt…

I understand a lot about people by eating Greek yogurt. I truly do. Let’s take a look at this image. What do you see? Like a few folks out there, the surface appears plain. The taste, Greek yogurt being as … Continue reading

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