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Newcomers Enhance Bay Area’s Small Kosher Dining Scene

Newcomers Enhance Bay Area’s Small Kosher Dining Scene

| September 8, 2014 | 2 Comments

The Bay Area is known as one of the country’s premier dining destinations, unless you keep kosher. For those who observe Jewish dietary laws, it’s not so great. But things are slowly improving.

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Open Secret’s Radiance Cuisine: Food + Kirtan to Recharge Body, Mind and Spirit

Open Secret’s Radiance Cuisine: Food + Kirtan to Recharge Body, Mind and Spirit

| May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Spend an evening at San Rafael’s Open Secret Bookstore, nourishing yourself with organic vegan food, divinely inspired chanting, and the hypnotic rhythms of master musicians.

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Food & Spirituality: A Visit to Charles Phan’s Home Kitchen

Food & Spirituality: A Visit to Charles Phan’s Home Kitchen

| April 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

We journey into the kitchen of Charles Phan, Vietnamese-American chef of The Slanted Door Group, to cook a dish served during Tet.

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Food & Spirituality: Using Plants as Medicine In San Francisco Botanicas

Food & Spirituality: Using Plants as Medicine In San Francisco Botanicas

| November 1, 2013 | 1 Comment

This story steps inside San Francisco botanicas to meet healers who use local and imported herbs to helping clients make a mind-body connection. KQED’s Shuka Kalantari reports the centuries-old traditions of healing is rooted in using medicinal plants that can be gathered and grown.

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Food & Spirituality: Celebrating Meskel With Ethiopians in Oakland

Food & Spirituality: Celebrating Meskel With Ethiopians in Oakland

| October 23, 2013 | 1 Comment

Meskel is one of the biggest holidays on the Ethiopian Orthodox calendar. As with many religious congregations, the numbers of “casual” visitors swell on days like these, and the Medhani Alem Ethiopian Orthodox Church is ready to throw a big welcoming party.

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Food & Spirituality: Fall Feast with Armenians in San Francisco

Food & Spirituality: Fall Feast with Armenians in San Francisco

| October 16, 2013 | 8 Comments

“As the world shaped itself in different ways, people made their way to California, which became the safe haven of Armenians from around the world.” Western and Eastern Armenians speak different dialects, use different names for the same dishes — and make those dishes differently. What they all share in common is the challenge of keeping their language alive in America. That’s where food is at least the start of the conversation.

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Food & Spirituality: The Science and Practice of Mindful Eating

Food & Spirituality: The Science and Practice of Mindful Eating

| October 9, 2013 | 1 Comment

A trip to the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin for a Mindful Eating retreat can help retrain the brain to be a willing partner in living with greater consciousness.

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Food & Spirituality: Serving Up a Holy Feast at the Shiva-Vishnu Temple

Food & Spirituality: Serving Up a Holy Feast at the Shiva-Vishnu Temple

| October 2, 2013 | 8 Comments

Livermore’s Shiva-Vishnu Temple is a major touchstone for the Bay Area’s growing Indian American community. Vegetarian meals are prepared weekly and offered up for free to the gods and the public. Rachael Myrow visited the temple in September, during the 10-day celebration of Lord Ganesha.

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