The matriarchs of the Gorenefsky/Pachtinger/Weiss clan hosting a birthday party in the alley in Brooklyn. (Photo courtesy Anna Goren)

5 Yiddish words I wish we had in English

Turns out ancestral Yiddish goes much deeper than "Seinfeld" jokes.
Nov 2, 2016
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How Italy taught me to stop worrying and love pork

Anna Goren was skeptical of the appeal of pork, until she tasted the fare raised and processed at the Spannocchia Foundation in Italy.
Nov 6, 2015
Colors fly at a gay pride parade. (Photo by Tim Brown for the U.S. Department of State via Flickr.)

Why marriage isn’t the end of the fight for LGBTQ equality

While the national recognition of marriage equality is something to celebrate, the LGBTQ community can't forget its people of color and homeless youth.
Jul 7, 2015
"Steak (Re)volution" documents the practices of the top beef producers in the world. (Photo courtesy SIFF.)

Culinary Cinema: SIFF 2015 offers films for food lovers

This year, SIFF is a place where the food-obsessed can really let loose. With its Culinary Cinema program, SIFF rolled out 11 films for foodies, including seven international films.
May 25, 2015
Southern-style catfish at Jackson's Catfish Corner at Henderson between MLK and Rainier. (Photo by Venice Buhain.)

Catfish Corner reborn near Rainier Beach Link station

Terrell Jackson, grandson of the original owners of Catfish Corner, is selling his family’s legendary fried catfish, hush puppies, fries, and tartar sauce out of a tent near the Rainier Beach Link light rail station.
May 7, 2015
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Artist Alice Gosti steps toward activism in ‘How to become a partisan’

Artist Alice Gosti's five-hour performance piece 'How to become a partisan' explores WWII Italian history, feminism and activism.
Apr 23, 2015
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Changes to WIC program pose challenges for Somali grocers

At SeaTac Produce in Tukwila, Amira Abdulle cheerily greets customers along with her sons, who help to warm sambusas sold in the front case at the register. After shadowing her mother, Sahra, at the Tabarak minimart for nearly 10 years, Abdulle jumped at the opportunity to lease the space next door when a former casino became […]
Mar 27, 2015
DJ TangQ hosts in studio dance party at Hollow Earth Radio (Photo by V. Nguyen)

Tiny radio stations a big tool against gentrification

Thirteen new low-power fm community radio stations will be hitting the airwaves around Puget Sound this year, offering underrepresented populations an unprecedented slice of the media pie.
Feb 19, 2015
Black olives ripening in Spain (Photo from Wikipedia)

Olive oil crisis looms: How to survive soaring prices

Gas may be cheap, but prices for a much tastier oil are about to go through the roof.
Feb 4, 2015
A synagogue in Paris. (Photo from Flickr by Susan Sermoneta)

An American dream for French Jews

In the face of growing anti-Semitism, French Jews eye a better life in America
Jan 20, 2015
Tarik Abdullah at a pop-up dinner in Hillman City featuring live DJs. (Photo courtesy of Tarik Abdullah)

Seattle’s best international food entrepreneurs of 2014

Meet some of the best international food entrepreneurs who got their start this year.
Dec 30, 2014
Anske holding her book, 'Irkadura', about a Russian mute with special powers. (Photo courtesy Ksenia Anske)

Ksenia Anske writes her way onto Amtrak with fantasy

Ksenia Anske seems to have a respectable mantra for everything. On keeping up with the dying book industry:  “Just give it out for free.” On accepting praise: “Take the f*cking donut.” On children’s books: “Adults should read them, too!” On the digital age: “What’s everyone so stressed out about?” Most importantly, when life hands you […]
Dec 16, 2014
Violet Lavatai protests outside of a construction site in Rainier Beach in 2012 with Got Green. (Photo courtesy Got Green)

Getting our priorities straight on local jobs

Seattle’s unprecedented construction boom isn’t actually creating many local jobs. Here's a plan to fix that.
Dec 1, 2014
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Poetry on Buses, rebooted to reflect diverse ridership

After a seven year hiatus, Metro’s bus poetry project is back to showcase King County’s multilingual talent.
Nov 13, 2014
A man in the Nyanza province of Kenya chews on sugarcane, an indigenous crop that is less visible since the promotion of AGRA hybrid crops throughout Africa. (Photo by Anna Goren)

Gates Foundation’s African agriculture agenda gets some blowback

A grassroots conference last weekend brought African farming leaders to Seattle to take on a green revolution they say is more about profit then poverty alleviation.
Oct 14, 2014
Children at immigration reform protesters in front of the White House in July. (Photo from Center for Human Rights)

Northwest families open their homes to unaccompanied immigrant kids

While the numbers of unsupervised youth crossing the border from Mexico and Central America has begun to wane in recent weeks, the challenges faced by those awaiting their fates in holding facilities along the border are still very real.
Oct 6, 2014
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For immigrants and refugees, Project Feast makes food, work

An innovative program in Tukwila is honing the culinary skills of new immigrants and helping them shine in American kitchens.
Sep 16, 2014
Bread prepared for a workshop at The Grain Gathering. (Photo by Anna Goren)

At celebration of Washington wheat, author urges global food consciousness

Bread lovers of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your grains.
Aug 28, 2014
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Struggling to talk about Israel? Start by listening

For young progressive Jews in the Northwest, talking about Israel with the older generation can be a minefield.
Aug 11, 2014
OneAmerica hosted a youth rally for immigration reform this past spring. Tensions have risen from conflating the unaccompanied minor issue with immigration reform, at large. (Photo courtesy OneAmerica)

Washington prepares for 600 unaccompanied minors from Central America

Preparations are underway for local organizations to provide support for the 600 minors who may arrive in Washington in coming weeks.
Jul 24, 2014