Stories about Food from September, 2011
China: Obama Fried Chicken
Obama Fried Chicken (OFC) is now opened in Beijing. (From Shanghaiist)
Update on Global Voices Mentorship: Meet the Activists
For over a month, ten Global Voices bloggers have been working with activists from ten different countries as mentors of members of the new Blogger Swarm initiative of Activista, the youth network of international development organization ActionAid.
China: “Dog Meat Festival” Cancelled
Fauna from ChinaSMACK translates the Chinese netizen's online campaign to petition against the Dog Meat Festival in Zhejiang province.
China: Chinese restaurant secrets
Ministry of Tofu translated a post from Sinablog exposing how some of the Chinese restaurant use chemicals to add favor and color to their food.
Peru: ‘Mistura 2011′ Ends Amid Praise and Criticism
In Lima the 'Mistura' festival of gastronomy just came to an end. It attracted a total of 400,000 visitors, and 9 famous chefs lead by Ferrán Adriá signed the 'Declaration of Lima.' It is hoped that Mistura 2012 will reach one million visitors. Most Peruvians support this event, but there are also some criticisms.
Cuba: Hunger Strike for Human Rights
Pedazos de La Isla posts an interview with Rufina Velazquez, speaking out on behalf of her activist father, who has been on a hunger strike to demand respect for the human rights of all Cubans.
Trinidad & Tobago: Republic Day Fare
As Trinidad and Tobago prepares to celebrate Republic Day this weekend, TriniGourmet.com posts “a menu suggestion for your table!”
Ukraine: Homemade ‘Samohon’ (Moonshine)
For The Pickle Project, Andrea Wenglowsky documents the process of making samohon – moonshine – at the apartment of her friend's grandmother in Kyiv.
Trinidad & Tobago: Sylvia Hunt's Legacy
“Even as a young child I was attracted to her warm, charismatic persona and soothing voice. She had a way of making every dish seem undaunting, approachable, and effortless. Unfortunately no reruns of her shows appear, nor do any substantial photos or citations exist online. A shameful gap in our...
Peru: ‘Mistura’ Gastronomic Festival Kicks Off
Peruvians are very proud of their cuisine. When living abroad, they often say the thing they miss the most is the food. From September 9-18, the country will celebrate Peruvian cuisine at 'Mistura', a successful gastronomic festival which marks its fourth edition this year.
Azerbaijan: Caspian Dreaming…
Aaron in Azerbaijan posts a well-produced music video by two of his fellow Peace Corps Volunteers in the country, singing under the name of the Caspian Dreamers, ahead of next year's Eurovision Song Contest to be held in the capital, Baku. The blog says that while Azerbaijan faces some serious...
Venezuela: A Dairy Cooperative's Struggle for Food Sovereignty
“PROLESA is a small dairy cooperative in the Venezuelan state of Tachira. […] the main focus of the cooperative is to purchase milk from the local community for the production and distribution of cheese and yogurt”: Venezuelan Analysis shares a video where “cooperative members share the amazing stories of their...
Honduras: The Road to Becoming a Top Coffee Producer
Honduras Culture and Politics blogs about coffee production in Honduras, reporting that “The Honduran government has just announced projections of production for the current season that would make the country the second largest producer of washed arabica beans (the variety that is desirable for fine coffee drinking), remaining only behind...