My contributions to j. weekly this week were both a lot of fun. The first was a cooking class by a woman who grew up in Mumbai of Iraqi Jewish descent. The second is a few tidbits about dairy and cheese, since next week is Shavuot, on which it is traditional to stay up all night and eat dairy products like blintzes and the like. Scroll down past the main article to read the dairy tidbits.
This could have been a very sad story about a cancer diagnosis so soon after a young couple gets married. But their attitude and the fact that hodgkin's lymphoma is so highly-curable makes it one with a happy ending. These two deserve it.
I have to admit I'm not a sci-fi fan, but I'm excited about this place opening. Not because I see myself as becoming such a regular, but through this story, I was introduced to Scarlet City's amazing beans, and the cool women behind them. Not only that, but I was told that coffee roasting is such a male-dominated business, that this roaster in particular was once told to her face that she wouldn't be hired since she was a woman. Wow...all the more reason to support them!
I happened to come across Gal while researching my story about shadow weddings, and thought he'd make an interesting candidate for a "Talking With" in j. weekly. So, here it is.
I loved that Bryant Terry's Afro-Vegan had a recommended soundtrack and reading list. In addition, while I'm neither vegan nor African-American, it had plenty of delicious-sounding recipes for me to try. The one I did try was delicious and I look forward to making more.
Sometimes things just appear to you all at once. I heard Jim and Jessica on NPR talking about their Shadow Wedding, and as someone who writes about weddings, I was immediately intrigued. Of course I wasn't surprised to learn they were from the Bay Area. Then, I interviewed a couple who had gotten married who had just had one. Then, it came up in conversation with some other friends. So here's my story on it for the SFChronicle.
My three stories in j. weekly don't have much in common this week. Ariel Luckey has an upcoming show called "Amnesia" that draws a direct line from the experiences of his Jewish ancestors in Russia to those of undocumented Latinos in Arizona today. Should be a thought-provoking show, opening next week at La Pena in Berkeley.
Next, a first: I've never used the word machatonim (in-laws, but to the other in-laws in Yiddish, if that makes sense) in a story, and I used it in the lede. I don't know why that's so funny to me but it is, and it's another meet-cute story. Mazel tov to Avinoam and Masha!
Last, I met Laura Silver a few years ago at a food conference, and she told me she was working on a book about the knish. Who knew there was so much to write about?
My two stories in j. this week both have an environmental focus. Betsy Rosenberg was the host of a radio show on environmental topics, and Brilliant Earth is a jewelry company that sells ethically-sourced diamonds. Mine was recycled, but if I were in the diamond market, I would definitely shop there.
Alix is a personal chef and freelance writer in the SF Bay Area. You can keep up with her writing and cooking here.