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New Piece: A Primer on Afghan Food

This is the qabili palau served at Kabul House in Skokie, Ill. The dish, featuring succulent meat, covered with rice, carrots, lentils and raisins is the national dish of Afghanistan.

Read this introduction to Afghan food I wrote as my first piece for Food Republic, a website that produces stories about food with a predominantly male audience in mind.

And yes, it is in fact as delicious as it looks.

From the Archives: Subway Takes on the Falafel Sandwich

I wrote a lot of stories, produced a lot of websites and took a lot of photos, all in the name of journalism, before I set this site up. Periodically, I will feature some of my past work that I am most proud of and talk about some of the thought processes about how I came up with the story, how I reported the story and how I produced the story.

I like to think that as a journalist I always be aware of what is going on around me in order to find the next story. My story for GOOD’s website about Subway offering falafel sandwiches in its Chicago restaurants and what that might mean for the crunchy delights in American society is perhaps my best example of that.

Prior to taking on this story, Subway has always just been that ubiquitous sandwich shop I only go into when everything else is closed. Standard sandwich meat, standard bread, standard ingredients. Nothing terrible, though nothing great either. But my interest in the chain piqued considerably when I was passing an outlet one day in Chicago with a poster of its new falafel sandwich in the window. Seriously, that’s how I came up with the story. I walked past a Subway, saw a big photo of a falafel sandwich and thought, “Huh, I wonder if someone has written this story yet.”

Others had written the story about Subway offering falafel, but those were very surface level. I wanted to get into the significance of that for the Mediterranean societies where the falafel is a fixture at the dinner table. Can the fact that the largest fast-food chain in the world is taking on a dish foreign to so many Americans. I suggest you read the story and find out.