Lifestyle And Belief
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Sweet, sour and salty — those flavors get a lot of press when it comes to food writing. But bitter? Not so much. Jennifer McLagan wants to change all that, and she's written a new book extolling the virtues of bitter foods.
A Greek ferry is home to members of Libya's parliament and, more importantly, the best frappuccinos in town
Thursday, September 18, 2014
The hottest drink in Tobruk, a town in eastern Libya, isn't at a bar or even a coffeehouse. It's aboard the Greek ferry that's the temporary home of Libya's parliament, where the baristas are slinging high-quality frappuccinos to lawmakers, their families and even curious locals.
Thousands of young Christian Iraqis have joined the fight against ISIS — but few have faith it will help
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
In recent months, Iraqi Christians have been displaced by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Christian leaders in northern Iraq are calling upon young Christian men fight alongside the Peshmerga and Iraqi army against ISIS. While thousands are heeding the call, most remain skeptical.
Monday, September 15, 2014
As one of the first black women to ever appear on German television, Mo Asumang has faced her share of hate — mainly from the neo-Nazis of Germany. And she decided to confront the haters, including American KKK members, in a documentary exploring how the Nazi's appropriated the Aryan identity from Iran.
Monday, September 15, 2014
At least one young man from Minnesota has died fighting with ISIS militants in Syria. But who would expect a shy, 19-year-old woman with no job and no passport to attempt the journey there? But that's exactly what happened to one Minneapolis family.
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Ben and Ed Robson didn't know much about their cultural background until they discovered a family recipe book. That inspired the brothers to start their own restaurant.
Friday, September 05, 2014
Ever heard of "nikkei" and "chifa" cuisine? Neither had food writer Steve Dolinsky, until he went to Lima, Peru. They're a mashup of Asian and Peruvian tastes, created by immigrants.
Thursday, September 04, 2014
It's reminiscent of a black-and-white pirate flag and, for some, it conjures up similar feelings of death, destruction, outlaws and violence. Here is our quick explanation of the symbolism of the flag and the meaning of its Arabic phrases.
Friday, August 29, 2014
The lobster roll is a summertime favorite in New England. Fresh lobster, a little mayo, some dill and a splash of lemon juice. All mixed together, and then slapped on a hot dog bun. But up north in New Brunswick, you can find some delicious Canadian variations on the lobster roll. Leave it to Chicago-based food writer Steve Dolinsky to try them all.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Mosques have huge variations in their designs and decorations. But when it comes to designing new mosques in the US, one architect wants to focus on sustainability instead of ornate designs and big chandeliers.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Aman Ali and his friend Bassam Tariq know how diverse the Muslim community is- a couple years ago, they criss-crossed the US and visited a different mosque every day for a month. Aman says the Muslim communities he met with are as diverse as America itself- and the mosques are just as unique.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
You could call Tom Sellers a "culinary wunderkind." At 26, he already has his own award-winning restaurant in London. Now, he's trying to bring "bread and dripping" — a traditional dish for many working-class Britons — to the plates of England's most refined foodies.
Monday, August 25, 2014
The Mormon Church is well-known for its worldwide proselytizing force. Now large numbers of young women are joining up thanks a change in policy that lowered the minimum age for female missionaries to 19. But gender gaps remain between men and women.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
BKS Iyengar was known as the man who introduced the ancient Indian practice of yoga to the world. He died on Wednesday, age 95.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Summer is the busiest time of year for the islands off the west coast of Scotland. People say each island is unique and, for some, there's nowhere more beautiful. But some residents of the Isle of Coll fear they may soon lose what makes their home so special — its near-total lack of cell phone coverage.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Gulie Khalaf lives in Lincoln, Neb., home to America's largest Yazidi community. Community members are consumed by news about fellow Yazidis in danger in Iraq, so much so that some people have quit their jobs to grieve — and work to help people escape.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
The idea of a caliphate has a powerful history for Muslims, who enjoyed their greatest political and military successes under ancient caliphs. But Muslims are divided over whether the caliphate proclaimed by ISIS militants is worthy of that proud mantle.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Fighting in eastern Ukraine is putting a serious dent in tourism in Crimea — unless you're Russian. While Ukrainians and Europeans are staying away from the newly-annexed peninsula, Russians are making their usual beach trips there, and say the region is rightfully theirs.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
The latest trend in tourism doesn't look like tourism at all. With the help of some adventurous tour guides, young urbanites are seeking out the world's most unusual, gross and often dangerous locales.