Food is culture and cultures abound in New York. This is why we are bringing you Food in Two Worlds, a new podcast from the folks at Feet in Two Worlds.
Podcasts made by Feet in Two Worlds are supported by the New York Community Trust and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with additional support from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, FI2W podcasts are supported in part by WNYC Radio and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
The line of customers, almost all of them Filipino immigrants, snaked out the door at the Jollibee fast food restaurant in Jersey City, New Jersey. It was opening day, and everyone was there for a taste of home.
Jollibee is a Filipino fast food chain that’s so beloved by Filipino immigrants that its list of overseas locations reads like a map of the Filipino diaspora. There are Jollibees in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Dubai, where large numbers of Filipinos work as drivers, nurses, hotel staff and engineers. In Hong Kong Jollibee serves up its burgers and fries for homesick domestic workers picnicking in the parks on Sundays.
Whether you're looking for Jersey tomatoes, apples from upstate New York, or fresh fish caught off Long Island, you'll find it at the Union Square Greenmarket, the center of New York's regional food scene. And chances are the person selling you the food is an immigrant.
Just 10 years ago, few Haitian males who thought it was acceptable for a man to cook. Most went from being fed by their mothers to being fed by their wives. But for some, moving to the US shook up the traditional structure.
Kim Ima’s Treats Truck offers sweets that are "kosher" for Passover not just once a year, but all year-round. Try a recipe for the Apple Passover Cake that has become a foundation of her Treats Truck here.
Listen to the latest Food in Two Worlds podcast to learn about the latest efforts to encourage immigrant communities in New York City to eat healthier.
What is the power of Maggi, and why does it dominate immigrant kitchens? Listen to the latest Food In Two Worlds podcast to learn how this iconic seasoning is viewed in Nigeria, Burundi, the Philippines and Austria.
Listen to the next episode of the Food in Two Worlds podcast for a special Year of the Dragon culinary tour.
In this Food in Two Worlds podcast, Von Diaz reports on how Chef Zarela Martinez brought sophisticated Mexican cuisine to New York. Also, Mariana Suarez, of Gourmet Latino, weighs in on the challenges facing today's Latino chefs. Listen to the podcast here and try Martinez's recipe for Chiles en Nogada.
The blocks around the Roosevelt Avenue subway stop in Jackson Heights, Queens offer a culinary tour of South Asia. Listen to a recent trip Food in Two Worlds took with some of the people behind the neighborhood's booming food scene.
The first episode in a new Food In Two Worlds podcast features Maharlika Filipino Moderno, a Filipino pop-up restaurant in Manhattan's East Village.