Fickle Friendship with Food

Liberating Spices

"It’s true that hot foods can help your body burn more calories. When you eat foods with a kick, the spiciness elevates your body temperature and makes your heart beat faster, both which require energy. But the main reason that those who consume spicy foods are able to stay slimmer than others does not lie solely in the metabolism-boosting effects." When I was around nine years old, my grandfather told me that eating spicy foods would make me warmer in the cold weather. Since I was so skinny, I bravely examined and consumed a simple peppered piece of stir fry. I forced myself to eat what...

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Food of Fortune and Family Style Dining

Given that I am a Chinese American and lover of Chinese language and culture, readers may find that my blog is Asian food centric and find a lack of focus or expertise towards meat-fixated restaurants. After all, I grew up in a household in which the matriarch (or immigrant mother) barely has more than a drumstick per meal. Chinese people are traditionally Buddhists who eat very little meat. In China, food is considered a blessing. Particularly, many different foods are symbolic of celebration, peace, and other fortunes as explained on BBC. Even the table and method that one uses to eat are symbolic....

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