The Mumelo siblings, recent immigrants from Kenya, represent what recruiters hope will be a new face of the US military. (Photo by Sarah Stuteville)
Turns out you don’t pack much for boot camp.
When I asked Belindah Mumelo if I could hang out with her while she prepared to head off for basic training this week, I imagined huge duffel bags stuffed with gear.
Instead, she showed me a backpack the size of a school bag, full of white athletic socks.
But gear doesn’t matter. The most important thing Belindah is taking with her when she boards the plane and the series of buses that will deliver her to basic training at Fort Jackson, SC, is her sister Barbrah’s advice: “Don’t eat the candy.”
“Seriously, that first day, in the mess hall, they’ll put out all kinds of cakes and candies and cookies, but it’s a trick,” warns Barbrah in a heavy Kenyan, almost British-sounding accent. “They’ll make you do push-ups if you eat them.”
Three Mumelo siblings have signed up to join the Army this year. Belindah’s twin brother, Benson, is currently in basic training in Missouri.
Jenni Chadick, Michelle Borreta, Tonia Messinger, and Max Estevco from University of Puget Sound made an altar with their memories of family members. (Photo by Liliana Caracoza)
For over ten years now, the Tacoma Art Museum has been embracing the long-lasting Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos.
With the increasing Hispanic population the holiday is becoming more and more popular in the Puget Sound region.
Kheer, an Indian rice pudding dessert, in honor of Diwali. (Photo by Mohini Patel Glanz)
It’s that time of year, the holiday season, time for feasts and tradition. I will admit I never was a fan of ceremony or tradition, but I do love the food.
Being from India, it can be hard to explain to Americans just what our holidays are like.
Diwali is the biggest and brightest, and maybe it feels the most like Christmas, because everyone is in the holiday spirit.
Diwali food is an absolute bash. Some dishes are elaborate or exchanged as gifts, but my favorite foods are home-cooked, carefully made but not hard to make, made by and for one’s family.
Today I have for you a family recipe which everyone seems to love. We not only make it for Diwali, but for any special occasion. You might even find it familiar.
Couch Fest volunteers. (Photo courtesy of Couch Fest)
Couch Fest 2012 is today!
It’s a festival of short films screened in the houses of total strangers, in cities all around the world, including Seattle.
The concept is simple: neighbors invite you in to watch shorts in their home, on their cozy couch.
It sounds just like inviting your friends over to watch youtube, right? So what’s so great about that?
First off, the content: the films are divided into different houses by genre, and are international in scope.
Here’s Couch Fest founder, Craig Downing:
“The films come from really everywhere. We scoured every decent film festival and film portal we could find.”
A croissant and coffee (no sprinkles) at Ines Patisserie in Madison Valley (Photo by Sarah Stuteville)
It’s 5 a.m. on a black and blustery morning as I drive through the empty streets of Madison Valley looking to find out what croissants have to teach Seattle about living right.
Little yellow leaves — wet with rain and stuck to the black asphalt — are illuminated by light glowing through the steamy windows of Ines Patisserie.
“Want a coffee?” asks Nohra Belaid, owner, as I come in the door and unbundle. “Well, this isn’t Starbucks so we don’t have sprinkles,” she explains in a thick French accent, “but I could make you a cup.”