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Immigration lawyer, community activist, and restaurant co-owner Debbie Chen inside her restaurant, Shabu House, in Houston's Asiatown.

Community SeriesHouston

There’s No Place in America Quite Like Houston’s Asiatown

Debbie Chen is a co-owner of Shabu House in Houston’s Asiatown, as well as an immigration attorney and the program…

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Immigration lawyer, restaurant owner, and community activist Debbie Chen peers into the dessert display at Six Ping Bakery in Houston's Asiatown.

Community SeriesHouston

A Restaurateur’s Guide to Eating in Houston’s Asiatown

As someone who grew up in the heart of Houston’s Asiatown — and who is still deeply embedded in the…

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Illustration of a man eating Mexican dishes.

Community SeriesNew York

A New Generation of Mexican Chefs Is Serving Heritage (and Progress)

Born in the small border town of Agua Prieta in 1947, Zarela Martínez learned to cook on ranchos with her…

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Community SeriesChicago

A Chef’s Guide to Eating on Chicago’s South Side, From Pilsen to West Roseland

Walking through neighborhoods like Beverly, Englewood, Chatham, and Hyde Park, you can’t help but see the rich history of Chicago’s…

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Community SeriesChicago

Chicago’s South Side Is the Future, and I Want to Be a Part of It

Chicago native Cliff Rome is the chef and owner of the Rome’s Joy companies. His words follow. It was right…

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Community SeriesLondon

Despite Decades of Flight, London’s Afghan Community Is Not Defined by Its Trauma

Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and raised in Hackney in London, Mursal Saiq is the co-founder and director of Cue Point,…

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Community SeriesLondon

London’s Afghan Restaurants Were There When Community Called. Here’s Where To Find Them.

For Mursal Saiq, co-founder and director of the acclaimed Afghan BBQ restaurant Cue Point, the ability to recreate iconic Afghan…

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Community SeriesWashington D.C.

On Being Queer, Arab American, and Speaking Truth Through Food

Silver Spring, Md. native Marcelle G Afram is the chef and owner of Shababi in Washington, D.C. They previously worked at restaurants that…

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Taco Literacy professor Steven Alvarez in front of Taqueria Coatzingo.

Community SeriesNew York

New York Has Incredible Mexican Food. Here’s Where to Find It.

“Sweet baby Quetzalcoatl, this would last people a week.” It’s a hot, sticky August day in Corona, Queens, and a…

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Community SeriesNew York

The Making of the Pumas Torta at Tortas Neza

On a hot, sticky August day, St. John’s University English professor Steven Alvarez, who teaches a class on Taco Literacy,…

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