Nico's Room
March 21-27
  • Breakfast sandwiches & Pecan Pie Muffins with Brenna
  • Purchased Amanda’s & my tickets to The Backstreet Boys’ show at Riverbend (upcoming June 15)
  • Thai dinner & The Grand Budapest Hotel at the Esquire
  • Working, working, working, working 
  • Study day + dinner at Fiesta Charra with GSCA 
  • Weird insomnia
  • PhD presents from Le Tony ❤️
  • Reading list: Otona Watanna’s Me, A Book of Remembrance, Lisa Lowe’s Immigrant Acts, + 2 theory
  • Gym 2x

Weekend Wishlist:

  • Sign new lease
  • Finish things
  • Work on submission (details TBA) 
  • Dance

Roasted Red Pepper Soup & Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Kale Quesadilla with Avocado

Pops of color. Practical advice for your fashion & food. #lunch

Pops of color. Practical advice for your fashion & food. #lunch

Tags: lunch food

PhD presents from Le Tony! ❤️he knows all the things I love: autobiographies, John Milton, & @kenyoncollege

PhD presents from Le Tony! ❤️he knows all the things I love: autobiographies, John Milton, & @kenyoncollege

Edamame hummus tuna salad with kale & cranberries. I was supposed to wait until Tuesday lunch….

Edamame hummus tuna salad with kale & cranberries. I was supposed to wait until Tuesday lunch….

Tags: lunch kale food

KALE DREAMS

Planning my meals for the week around the abundance of kale I have left after making the Cubasian Stir Fry this week and my old hat chickpea & sausage dish with the red wine sauce (which usually includes spinach, but I had the kale, so why not?). Definite contenders that don’t call for me to make a grocery store trip:

1. Mediterranean Kale: steamed kale with a garlic-lemon-soy-sauce-olive oil dressing. It doesn’t strike me as particularly Mediterranean, but we can go with it. 

2. Kale, white bean, and tuna salad: it’s actually been my habit to use hummus instead of mayo on my tuna salad. I think I would skip the white beans and just make my tuna salad as usual, mixing the chopped up kale in where I would normally add celery and parsley. I will have to make hummus, but this can be done—easy. 

3. Kale salad with an avocado dressing: to die for. I will have to do some math, since I only have half of an avocado in my possession. 

4. Kale and chorizo with a poached egg: straight out of my freezer, I can stir fry my chorizo with a little kale and have a wonderous breakfast. Note to self: learn how to poach eggs. But, an over-easy fried egg will do just as well. 

And, for future decadence, after I break down and make a grocery store trip:

Mashed potatoes with kale and goat cheese: Self-evident.

» Sensationalist food rhetoric is hindering debate

A letter to the editor of The Miami Student, written by my smart friend & colleague, Victor:

Eating Subway bread does not mean we’re “eating yoga mats” or that there is a “mystery plastic” in our sandwiches. Azodicarbonamide is used in the production of certain plastics, and evidently it’s also used in the production of certain breads. But to equate bread and plastic on these grounds is sensationalist and misinformed.

 I’d also like to interrogate Mr. Benyon’s claim that, “We live in a country where anti-freeze and jet fuel are ingredients.” In which foods can we find pure jet fuel and pure anti-freeze? Mr. Benyon does not elaborate. My guess is that we cannot find them in any foods. If there was anti-freeze in our food, we would all be dead. However, there exists the possibility that anti-freeze or jet fuel share certain compounds with certain common foods. This again is a false equivalency that promotes the exciting fictions of sensationalism over the comparably banal reality of the physical sciences.

March 14-20
  • MEGAA symposium: Kathleen, Brenna, & my AWESOME round table discussion on in/tangible accumulations in grad school
  • Lemon muffins
  • Weekend work blitz
  • Lecture by/meeting Jose Antonio Vargas!
  • Judith Butler love 
  • Wednesday afternoon reads
  • Culinary Adventure: Cubasian Stir Fry
  • Mini shopping spree to kick off Spring Break
  • Gym 1x
  • Reading list: The Book of Salt by Monique Truong, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein, Zitkala-Sa’s “American Indian Stories,” Sui Sin Far’s “Leaves from the Mental Portfolio of a Eurasian” + 2 theory pieces

Weekend Wishlist:

  • Muffins
  • Shake out my restlessness
Pseudo #tbt: reminiscing on that time I won the #marchmadness pool & my prize was a pair of these #kenyoncollege wine glasses.

Pseudo #tbt: reminiscing on that time I won the #marchmadness pool & my prize was a pair of these #kenyoncollege wine glasses.

My collection is up to 4. #oxfords

My collection is up to 4. #oxfords

Tags: oxfords

Maybe it’s too late to make travel plans, but it’s never too late for a shopping spree. #SB2014 (at Bridgewater Falls Lifestyle Shopping Center)

Maybe it’s too late to make travel plans, but it’s never too late for a shopping spree. #SB2014 (at Bridgewater Falls Lifestyle Shopping Center)

Tags: sb2014

White pants for spring. <3
thesimplyluxuriouslife:

Outfit of the Week: No. 12 … casual, chic comfort #tsll

White pants for spring. <3

thesimplyluxuriouslife:

Outfit of the Week: No. 12 … casual, chic comfort #tsll

In which I attempt to make the cubasian stir fry like I ate at the hierloom café at OSU. Featuring
sweet potato
black beans
red pepper 
jalepeño pepper
onion
kale
rice
olive oil
(optional) egg
S &amp; P
&#8230;in whatever proportions you deem appropriate. 

In which I attempt to make the cubasian stir fry like I ate at the hierloom café at OSU. Featuring

  • sweet potato
  • black beans
  • red pepper 
  • jalepeño pepper
  • onion
  • kale
  • rice
  • olive oil
  • (optional) egg
  • S & P

…in whatever proportions you deem appropriate. 

Before I accept my offer from Miami&#8217;s PhD, I should demand that they keep bringing all the famous #FilAms to me! Jose Antonio Vargas at #miamioh tonight!  (at Miami University)

Before I accept my offer from Miami’s PhD, I should demand that they keep bringing all the famous #FilAms to me! Jose Antonio Vargas at #miamioh tonight! (at Miami University)

"Craving the Other" in the classroom

I came to school on Tuesday, March 11 with my expectations set fairly low. I teach first year composition at Miami University in Ohio. Needless to say, as a woman of color, it’s not always very fruitful when the classroom topic of the day is going to be race and ethnicity. I had assigned Soleil Ho’s short essay, “Craving the Other” from Bitch Magazine’s food issue and I arrive that morning ready for their resistance and their hesitation. I started our class with a writing activity which I have been calling the food-nationality quiz. This consisted of me presenting eight nationalities to the students and their task was to name five foods that they associate with each. They struggled most with Ethiopian and Thai. Some are not very sure that there is a difference between Greek and Italian cuisine. They proudly declare that pizza, hot dogs, and hamburgers are the three most ubiquitous American foods around. Most concerning to me was that so many of them are convinced that “shrimp,” “chicken,” and “pork,” unmodified ingredients in their own right all belong to specific nationalities.

The next step, was the student led discussion on the essay. CC and PC were the students in charge today. The average student led discussion consists of a 15-minute block of class time where getting responses out of their peers is like pulling teeth. This day, something changed. Was it the 60-something degree dawning of Spring? Was it the email I had sent with the scary chart of the participation rates from the semester so far with the friendly reminder that midterm grades were due at Spring Break? Maybe any and all of these things, but I was floored by the way this discussion proceeded.

CC and PC’s questions:
1. Was [Ho] going too far in her accusations [against Americans]? Student 1 responded that he wasn’t sure. There is a level authenticity of expected when we [by which he means White Americans] eat ethnic foods. His example, in a Mexican restaurant, he expects the food to be prepared and served by Mexican people. Otherwise, he thinks it is a chain restaurant. This was quickly followed up by Student 2’s response: that he disagreed upon first reading since he was of the persuasion that food is a medium for connecting with people who are not like us and that sometimes food is the only connection.
2. What, in general, is the point [Ho] is trying to make? Student 3 responded that we shouldn’t be associating entire cultures with a very limited number of foods. Student 4 agreed and added that we don’t know as much as we think we do about specific cultures just because we have eaten some foods ascribed to them. Student 5 went on to say that our focus on foods as markers of cultures implies that food is the only thing we are willing to know about other people and places. A sixth student chimed in, referring to the point of the essay when Ho writes that her own consumption of Vietnamese foods did not help her better understand Vietnamese culture or history. He noted that if that is the case for Ho, it is even more true for someone like himself, who is much further removed from knowing anything about Vietnamese history or experience.
3. How are the situation’s [Ho] describes similar to the ways we treat St. Patrick’s Day and Green Beer Day? Student 7: we do the same things, pretending we know so much about Ireland, telling people we are “Irish” even if we don’t know anything about it, just as an excuse to spend the day[s] “drinking like the Irish do.”
4. Why does Ho use the examples from popular media like “Asian Girlz” and Bizarre Foods? Student 8: She is trying to point out that mass media is guilty of this as much as we as individuals are. Since we look to mass media as an authority and source of credibility, we learn these stereotypes from the media.
5. What do you think of [Ho’s] perspective of wanting to be like White Americans when she gives the examples such as the rice and cold cut meats? Student 9 responded: we never think about it, but it’s the same situation for us. We get tired of those things we eat all the time and we want to try something else.

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