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Every culture celebrates special occasions and holidays and whether secular or religious, these celebrations come with their own set of rituals and traditions. In the United States, Thanksgiving is arguably the biggest holiday and associated with many rites that can surprise and give expats

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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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Food for Thought

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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Food for Thought

Meat and Potatoes

Every country and culture has its favorite staples when it comes to food: rice in Asia, corn in Mexico and South America, pasta in Italy, potatoes in Europe and America. Until fairly recently, meat was not considered a staple. Meat was a luxury (and still is in many parts of the world) and only for special occasions, hence lamb and ham for Easter, goose or turkey for Christmas. Meat and potatoes is an Americanism that came out of the prosperity of the post-war era when it became common to have meat with most

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