E66: I’M NOT LEAVING (W/ RUBEN RAMOS, KARLA QUIÑONES, ABNER ROLDÁN, AND TONY AYALA)

http://www.racistsandwich.com/episodes/2019/1/23/e66-im-not-leaving-w-ruben-ramos-karla-quiones-abner-roldn-and-tony-ayala

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In this episode, Juan travels to Puerto Rico and interviews people affected by Hurricane Maria. He reminisces on his own encounters with hurricanes and how Hurricane Maria’s destruction reminds him of these experiences. First, Juan visits the town of Utuado to meet with Ruben Ramos, owner of a coffee plantation. The Puerto Rican coffee industry suffered devastation from the hurricane. Mr. Ramos was among the hardest hit. Then, in San Juan, in the Santurce District, Karla Quiñones and Abner Roldán—owners of Cafe Comunión—tell us how the shortage of Puerto Rican coffee due to Hurricane Maria is affecting its quality. Finally, Juan sits with Tony Ayala—co-owner of Aqui Se Puede bar— in Old San Juan. He recalls how his community came together during the days following the hurricane.

This episode is produced by Juan Ramirez. Music is by Blue Dot Sessions, AF the Naysayer, Bandurriator, and Ray Baretto.

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E65: LOS ANGELES IS BROWN (W/ DANIEL HERNANDEZ)

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Happy new year, everybody! You know what they say…new year, new episode. New hosts? Producers Stephanie Kuo and Juan Ramirez take over the mic this week to bring you this episode on the diversity of food media in Los Angeles. But first, in part one, Juan and Stephanie talk about big life changes in 2019. Then in part two, Juan sits down with Daniel Hernandez, editor of LA Taco, to talk about everything from the decimation of true local LA media, Latinx identity, immigration and how going to Mexico helped him realize what food means to him.

Produced by Stephanie Kuo and Juan Ramirez. Music by Blue Dot Sessions and AF the Naysayer.

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E62: SUGAR, SPICE, AND BANANAS WITH RICE (W/ HAMDI AHMED)

http://www.racistsandwich.com/episodes/2018/11/28/e62-eat-bananas-with-rice

PHOTO BY SOLEIL HO

PHOTO BY SOLEIL HO

 

This episode is all about Somali food: sambusas, bananas with rice and…pineapple upside-down cake? In part one, Soleil sits down with Hamdi Ahmed to talk about a cookbook she co-wrote in high school. Soo Fariista (Come Sit Down) is a collection of family recipes and a portal to her childhood food memories. They discuss her favorite dishes, fusing Somali and American cuisine and how her cookbook is just one way Somalis are becoming more visible in Minnesota. In part two, we do something a little different. Racist Sandwich isn’t a cooking show, but for one day, and one day only, Soleil cooks sambusas for us! It definitely *sounds* delicious.

Produced by Stephanie Kuo and Juan Ramirez. Music by AF the Naysayer, Lee Rosevere and Blue Dot Sessions.

E61: THE MEMORY OF ZA’ATAR AND A FREE PALESTINE

http://www.racistsandwich.com/episodes/2018/11/14/e61

From left to right: Kim Chou by Paper Monday, Amanny Ahmad, Ora Wise by Scout Rose, and George Abraham. Bottom: a photo from the Asymmetrical Table event by Heidi’s Bridge

From left to right: Kim Chou by Paper Monday, Amanny Ahmad, Ora Wise by Scout Rose, and George Abraham. Bottom: a photo from the Asymmetrical Table event by Heidi’s Bridge

In this episode, we dive headlong into how the relationship between Israel and Palestine intersects with food politics. In our first segment, Food Book Fair co-director and organizer Kimberly Chou Tsun An speaks to chef and artist Amanny Ahmad about her advocacy work and about what she misses from Palestine. They also recap a dinner Ahmad cooked last year with Bay Area chef and restaurateur Reem Assil.

In our second segment, Soleil talks to chef and organizer Ora Wise about hummus, food media, and olive trees. Finally, we revisit a poem by George Abraham, “Ars Poetica in Which Every Pronoun is a Free Palestine,” recorded at the 2018 Kundiman writers’ retreat. We hope you enjoy this episode!

Produced by Juan Ramirez. Music by AF the Naysayer and Blue Dot Sessions.

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E59: TIKKA MASALA IS A SCAM (W/ AHMED ALI AKBAR)

 

Soleil sits down with podcast producer Ahmed Ali Akbar (of See Something, Say Something fame) to talk all about Pakistani food: what makes it unique, why it often shares menu space with popular Indian-ish dishes like chicken tikka masala, and where to find it.

Produced by Juan Ramirez. Music by AF the Naysayer and Blue Dot Sessions.

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E57: CHICAGO? WINE NOT! (W/ JOSEPH HERNANDEZ)

 

In this episode, Zahir sits down with Chicago Tribune’s Deputy Food Editor Joseph Hernandez to talk about moving to Chicago from Southern California, what it means to be a queer food writer of color, and why people should not be intimidated by wine.

Produced by Juan Ramirez. Music by AF the Naysayer and Blue Dot Sessions.

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Make Cachupa Rica while learning some history.

The rarest eight dollar bottle in Chicago.

The Kundiman 2018 Series, Pt. 3

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JESS X SNOW

This is our third installment of poetry and prose that Soleil recorded when she stopped by the Kundiman writer’s retreat at Fordham University this summer. Each year, Kundiman brings upcoming Asian American writers together for a week of mentorship, workshops, and master classes. This episode includes works by George Abraham, Meng Jin, Jason Bayani, and Susanna Kwan.

Produced by Juan Ramirez. Music by Bad Snacks and Kevin MacLeod.

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