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Culture of One

Culture can be thought of as a set of behaviors or beliefs distinct to a group, and so trick or treating on All Hallows’ Eve, burning effigies for Guy Fawkes’ Day, Black Friday and/or Boxing Day shopping. Cuisine is definitely cultural as cooking styles and ingredient staples differ and religion or traditions have shaped celebrations and holidays all over the world. But where do these cultural behaviors come from? how do they get so ingrained that they become the expected and the normal?

Some cultural differences can be attributed to location and/or isolation. People living near the coasts are more likely

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Food for Thought

The Food Chain

Want a coffee? a burger? a pizza? There are as many options as there are variety of foodstuffs. However, more and more of the choices seem to be limited to franchised chains. In Manhattan, it’s as if there’s a Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts on every other block — how much coffee or pastry goods can a person consume?

The chain mentality is not limited to cities in the United States. Many of the major brands have expanded into the global market so KFC in Eden Prairie, Minnesota should taste the same as the KFC in Beijing, China. Some expansions are more

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Living the Life

Tenements: the Immigrant Skyscraper

While in many ways New York City is still the gateway to America, it was even more true in the early 1900s when every immigrant to the United States passed through Ellis Island on the East coast (Angel Island on the West coast) and then New York City. If New York was their destination then early immigrants very likely ended up living in a tenement building in the Lower East

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Fruits of Their Labor

Farm fresh fruit and produce may not be the first things that come to mind in amongst city skyscrapers. However, local farmers (and enterprising entrepreneurs) are cutting out the middlemen and selling direct to consumers. In open air markets, fruits stands and stalls, or even in subway stations, these semi-permanent vendors offer unique and local, exotic, and definitely convenient ways to get your recommended daily five servings of fruits and

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