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Tomoko Describes the Disappointment of Eating Sugary American Desserts

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Tomoko has been living in New Hampshire since last August, studying child development at Southern New Hampshire University, and enjoying herself. There’s only one thing she really dislikes about her new life in the U.S., and she wrote in to share her one big disappointment: Hello, America! You are too sweet. Hello, America, I came […]

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Q+A: Making it Easy and Cheap to Eat in the US

by Annisa Budiman - Posts (4). Posted Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Creative Commons photo: Flickr user superfem Many of my friends back home are on the verge of graduating and are planning to continue their studies overseas. They’ve had a a multitude of questions for me ranging from, “Do you have to go to parties every week?” to “How is Obama treating you there?” But surprisingly, […]

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Spoiled for Dining Options on Campus, BUT…

by Nicholas Lau - Posts (6). Posted Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 at 5:18 pm

I have no complaints, only compliments, for the food served in my college’s dining hall and food court (which we call the PDen, rhyming with my college’s mascot the Paladin). Don’t get me wrong, the food isn’t exceptional or extraordinary, but they try hard to listen to our feedback and meet our needs. Plus, since […]

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To My Muslim Friends: Know What You’re Getting Yourself Into

by Mohammed Al-Suraih - Posts (5). Posted Thursday, February 7th, 2013 at 2:42 pm

When I started the process of applying to undergraduate schools in the United States, I never thought about whether America would be a welcoming place for a young Muslim student. I read articles that talked about the diverse America, the melting pot America, and the land of dreams America. I had conversations with friends who […]

Top Posts of 2012 #4: The Surprising Links Between Food and Identity

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Saturday, December 29th, 2012 at 11:24 am

In the few days before 2012 ends and 2013 begins, we’ll be looking back at some of our top posts from the past year, starting with number five and counting down to number one. If you missed these articles the first time around, now’s your time to see why we’ve found these particular pieces so […]

Our Commenters Explain Why Americans Can’t Go Anywhere Without a Bottle of Water

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Thursday, December 6th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Last week, Russian students Anna and Dmitry sat down for a fascinating conversation on what they’ve found most unusual about education in the U.S. One thing they both noted is how common it is for students to bring food and drinks to class, which would never happen in Russia. Dmitry remarked, “I was surprised when […]

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The Tumultuous Story of My First Thanksgiving Turkey

by Sava Mounange-Badimi - Posts (2). Posted Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 at 9:50 am

A year ago during Thanksgiving week, I was browsing the internet and randomly came across a recipe for the holiday’s most famous dish: roasted turkey. I went through the ingredients and the instructions, and after a few minutes of deliberation in my adventurous mind I decided to attempt cooking this legendary meal. I have always […]

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The 3 Pieces of Advice I Thought I Didn’t Need (But Definitely Did)

by Sarah Bosha - Posts (4). Posted Monday, November 19th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Before I left for the U.S., I attended all the orientations about what life would be like there.  I heard tons of useful advice about how to prepare, what to pack, and what to expect.   And like most people, I scoffed at some of that advice.  But boy I wish I hadn’t! Settling into Indiana […]

Why Do International Students Crave Food From Home?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, November 1st, 2012 at 7:24 pm

November 16, 2011. Mohammed has been studying in Minnesota for just about 3 months. “Oh man I miss my mom’s delicious white spicy rice,” he laments. “Oh my god I miss my favorite Iraqi dish, Biryani.” Sebastian has been in the U.S. for well over a year when he realizes, “I still can’t stand a […]

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The Quest for Desi, Halal Food in America

by Javaria Khan - Posts (6). Posted Thursday, November 1st, 2012 at 9:20 am

The sharp scent of red spices and curry powder. Heat emanating from the fresh pieces of naan bread. The sound of silverware clattering against each other. And the sight of native, desi food. I suddenly felt that a piece of me that had been empty for months was alive again. I was in New York, […]

Could You Get Used to Dinner at 5:30?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 at 5:04 pm

File this under things you never thought to worry about. The Oklahoma Daily reports that five months into the school year, international students have adjusted to just about everything about American life – except the meal times. “They eat anything at anytime,” Amélie Plot said. The French law student said she’s not used to eating […]

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Does Gaining a New Home Mean Giving Up the Old One?

by Sebastian - Posts (17). Posted Thursday, January 26th, 2012 at 11:47 am

While spending my winter break with my family in Bolivia, I received a message from a school friend in Kansas asking me, “When are you home?” It was a simple question, but it caught me off guard. She just wanted to know when I was planning on getting back to Kansas, but I was struck […]

A Warning: Don’t Take Food For Granted

by Mohammed Al-Suraih - Posts (5). Posted Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 at 10:07 am

A few weeks before I was set to leave home and start over in Minnesota, I remember I was very depressed about leaving my family and friends. One thing I never thought about was food; how badly I would miss my mother’s dishes, and how food would be a huge part of my culture shock. […]

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Apetito vs Acai Berries: Beauty and Weight in Zimbabwe and America

by Senzeni - Posts (12). Posted Thursday, November 10th, 2011 at 12:10 pm

“To butt or not to butt enhance, is the question,” screamed the headline on Zimbabwe’s Herald newspaper. I gasped, and then slapped my forehead. Really, Herald?  Are you kidding me? The article turned out to be about the allure and dangers of pills like Apetito tablets, appetite stimulants that claim to enhance the hips and butt, and cause […]

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Why You Will Gain 10 lbs in America (and How to Lose it Again)

by Tara - Posts (11). Posted Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 at 8:16 am

When you see your old friends who came to the U.S. earlier than you, one big change you can spot immediately will be a change in their body. My college friend who went to the U.S. two years before me was totally changed into another person the next time I saw her – she had […]

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