Into The Home Of

WFAEats
11:26 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Into The Home Of… Poland

Pierogi ready to be eaten!
Keia Mastrianni

When I met Ken Mezger, we were sitting in the finance office of a local car dealership finalizing the particulars of a new car purchase. He was filling out paperwork, making small talk. The conversation quickly turned to food (no surprise there) and a talkative Mezger shared the annual Christmas tradition he and his Polish-American wife create each year. Namely, a pierogi party.

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WFAEats
11:49 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Into The Home Of... Egypt

Diana and Hany Assad at the dinner table.
Diana Stewart

The caption on the photo in my Instagram feed said: “My Egyptian co-worker brought an authentic Egyptian breakfast to share at the office!” Pictured was a plate of fool, a mixture of fava beans and red lentils, along with pita, hummus and pickles. I thought, I could go for some Egyptian food and proceeded to bend social media to my willful appetite.

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WFAEats
1:35 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Into The Home Of... Indonesia

A plate full of Indonesian food
Keia Mastrianni

I first met Anida Spratt, a young Javanese mother, at the Charlotte World Parade & Festival at Independence Park. She offered me klepon, an Indonesian dessert made of sticky rice flour balls and pandan leaf extract, the native plant that lends a vibrant green to a multitude of cooking applications in Indonesia. The balls were covered in finely shredded coconut, much like a truffle. In my most polite and gracious manner, surrounded by a trio of Indonesian women, I bit into half of it.

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WFAEats
3:28 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Into The Home Of... Mexico

Credit Keia Mastrianni

A twenty minute drive south brought me to the home of Raul Alatorre and his wife, Alicia, a newly transplanted couple of Mexican origin. The Alatorre’s moved eighteen months ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico to their suburban home in Ballantyne. Raul’s job of 22 years brought the couple here. He works for Mission Foods, the largest tortilla manufacturer in the United States.

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WFAEats
5:00 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Into The Home Of... Sierra Leone

West African food. Signature dishes from Sierra Leone.
Keia Mastrianni

This series aims to explore the plethora of cultures that live in Charlotte by dining with families inside their homes on the food of their culture.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I scheduled myself to have dinner with a woman from Sierra Leone. This was a first for me, dining in the home of a complete stranger. I left the husband at home, unsure of whether it would be an imposition to bring him along.

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