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About Kira

Food Columnist

Hailing from an elk farm in New Hampshire, Kira has left the days of lifting 50 pound bales of hay behind and is currently exploring the city cuisines of Washington, D.C.--in the most sustainable way possible. When she is not working for the man, she enjoys running, any thing with a latino flair, dabbling in painting, and, it goes without saying of course, cooking, and, yes, eating. The food she could not live without? Cheese. Chocolate. Coffee. and Wine. Favorite thing to cook? Anything baked.

Recent Posts by Kira:

Culture, Food, Search for the (Sustainable) Source »

[28 Jun 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
Low-fat, Low-Flavor, or Low-Quality?

Some people think that healthy food is equivalent to low-fat food, which is not always the case. Moreover, even if the food is “low-fat” it can still be poor quality, which takes away from the healthy nutrients of the food. And not to mention, leaves the consumer completely unsatisfied.

Culture, Food, Search for the (Sustainable) Source »

[22 Jun 2011 | One Comment | ]
Alternatives to Bottomless Mimosas

The way Dim Sum was described to me, as we waited for our table was “something like Chinese Tapas”. It was similar to tapas – a large table sharing small plates. I think that we ought to eat more meals in this fashion. It can be slightly overwhelming for me because I love to try it each new food that arrives in front of me. I appreciate the acceptance of sharing the food and tasting every flavor.

Culture, Food »

[15 Jun 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
MyPyramid, MyPlate, My Life

The USDA has stepped it up with new a direction of food checking with MyPlate, the new alternative, offering a not only logical, but also realistic idea of what one should eat.

Culture, Pride, Theatre »

[8 Jun 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Pride: SpeakeasyDC’s “Don’t Ask, Do Tell”

Last night, I attended my first D.C. Pride event and I am completely sold. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company presented SpeakeasyDC’s production of “Don’t Ask, Do Tell: stories about coming out, coming clean, or just plain coming.” SpeakeasyDC puts on a great show: bluntly honest, hysterical, and heartfelt. This production not only exceeded expectations, but it brought something else to the evening as well: non-judgmental Pride.

Culture, Food, Search for the (Sustainable) Source »

[1 Jun 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Culture, Cuisine and Globalization

The relationship between culture and food is mutual, as both maintain a certain influence on the other. Just as culture shapes a cuisine, changes in a cuisine can also change and impact the culture.

Culture, Food, Search for the (Sustainable) Source »

[25 May 2011 | One Comment | ]
A Coffee Drinker’s Justification

Despite the anti-coffee vibe that we seem to carry, more often we are hearing the positive aspects of drinking coffee. Recently, a study done by Harvard University has shown that coffee drinkers experience health benefits.

Culture, Food, Search for the (Sustainable) Source »

[19 May 2011 | One Comment | ]
Pop-Up Eats, The One-Time Only Twist to Food

Pop-up restaurants and food trucks, remind us how susceptible we are to the marketing ploys. We can be easily convinced that a we really need to have a $15 lobster roll for lunch from the roving cart across the street, just as we can be convinced to go out and buy an expensive meal at the fancy limited time only joint around the corner.

Culture, Food, Search for the (Sustainable) Source »

[11 May 2011 | One Comment | ]
Mega-Store Oasis Emerges in a Food Desert

On a daily basis, the question for me is: which grocery store would I like to go to today—the closest? The cheapest? The one with the best selection and variety? Or the one that I can eat samples as I shop?

Culture, Food »

[4 May 2011 | Comments Off | ]
The One, Necessary Blog Post About Julia

Julia Child always kind of bothered me. I know this is sinful to say. Though I wanted to love the legend, it was the voice.

Culture, Food »

[27 Apr 2011 | Comments Off | ]
The Sweeter Side of Lent

While it is a health issue, it is also a mental issue of treating food as something different than what it is – nourishment and energy. I didn’t give up sweets because I think there is anything bad about them, though moderation is still a good thing to practice, but rather, I think it is something to be appreciated and enjoyed and limiting myself can help me to remember.