Click the play button above to hear the radio version of this post by Norman Van Aken.
I learn words in many ways, but the best may be in eating. The words on the menus and in the cookbooks I have from around the world have helped me conquer at least ‘parts’ of foreign languages.
I have a good knowledge of French, Italian and even some Japanese, if you allow that food is the central most important aspect of understanding a people’s tongue. My vocabulary was broadened by at least seven new words in Little Havana just the other day at a place blandly named, “Viva Mexico.”
10/17/13 - In the second half of the program, Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman talk about the opening of a Pinecrest Trader Joe’s supermarket, the first in South Florida, with store captain JodiMcCollough.
07/18/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with Miami’s “Bethlehem Project,” which brings together business, education and civic organizations to pave the way for eligible immigrant employees to become citizens. And more. Linda Gassenheimer presents an archive edition with celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson. Born in horrific conditions in Ethiopia, he was adopted by a Swedish couple, and became of one of the world’s top chefs. That’s Topical Currents Thursday at 1:00pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7:00pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.