Tag: culture

Afternoon snack times around the world - fika, goûter, merenda, la merienda and more

On a recent trip to New York City, I stopped dead in my tracks as I made my way past shop after shop and café after café on the Upper West Side. What caught my attention? One bold word hung at the top of the doorway of a café: FIKA. That’s all it took. One word... Read more »

Forging a cultural connection with food: What recipes will you pass on to your children?

So many of my childhood memories revolve around food. When I think of my grandma, I think of us shopping together at Jewish delis and bakeries, picking up chocolate ruggelah, lox and corned beef – and always a bag of kichel for my mom. When I think of holidays, I think of my family crowded around the dining... Read more »

David Černý sculptures in Prague: Czech artist’s public artwork infuses the city with personality

My husband and I recently returned from a stay in Prague. After extending our layover in Munich, we arrived in our final destination as the sun went down. By the time we first ventured out into Prague, evening had fallen upon the bohemian city. Have you ever arrived in a city after dark? If so,... Read more »
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Japanese culture of kawaii: Even the signs are “cute” in Tokyo

This sidewalk sign helps show where the water supply is for use by emergency crews during the event of a fire - in a fun, light-hearted way.
Before my family ventured to Tokyo this past spring, I read up on kawaii – a word used to describe the quality of “cuteness” in almost all aspects of Japanese culture. As noted in a Associated Press story, Nobuyani Kurita, a sociology professor at Musashi Unversity in Tokyo, has said that the word “cute” is a “magic term” that encompasses everything that’s... Read more »

It’s a small music world after all: Similar songs take top spots on Spotify's country-specific "top lists"

I’ve become one of those people whose music, books and movies all reside on my smartphone and tablet. I can’t help it. I enjoy having all of my cultural, artistic and creative outlets with me at all times – at home or on the road. For music, I tend to “swipe” on over to the Spotify app... Read more »

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - March 29 and 30

I love weekends like this when multicultural events abound in Chicago – both in the city and the suburbs. In just the span of a few days, you can experience Greek, French, Hawaiian, American Indian, and African cultures – to just name a few. And, the best part is that you can do that all... Read more »
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Top 5 events for families in Chicago this weekend - 3/22 and 3/23

Hooray for spring! Right, Chicago? Now that warmer temperatures are on the way (finally!), it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy our fair city with your family. As always, there is no shortage of family-friendly cultural and ethnic activities to enjoy in Chicago (the city and the suburbs) this weekend. Here is the... Read more »