Many a sombrero-sporting reveler has confused Cinco de Mayo with the Mexican Day of Independence (false!). May 5th is also commonly understood to be the one day of the year when it’s OK to drink margaritas before noon and eat one’s weight in guacamole (true!).
Take a look inside my refrigerator and one thing becomes immediately clear: I’m a condiment fanatic. Lined up in not-too-tidy rows are mustards, ketchups, barbecue sauces, chutneys, pickles, tapenades, Tabasco-like sauces galore, and probably my most-used condiment, harissa.
Once upon a time, St. Patrick’s Day was a humble holiday honoring the man who brought Christianity to Ireland. Today, March 17 has evolved into a larger-than-life party synonymous with drinking, parades, and—of course—feasting on traditional Irish foods.
British poet, playwright, novelist, and musician Benjamin Zephaniah states, "We may not be able to right all the world's wrongs, but when it comes to what we put on our plates, we all have the opportunity to get it right three times a day, simply by eating vegan."
My initiation into the mysterious and tasty world of tofu skin—also known as “yuba” or “bean curd sheets”—took place in a crowded vegetarian restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Staring into an unfamiliar menu, I took a gamble on “stuffed bean curd rolls.”