In Sydney, a Cafe Serving Aboriginal Food Brings Comfort and Challenges

FOR NYOKA HRABINSKY, GROWING UP in Queensland, Australia, “bush tucker” was a delicious part of everyday life. Of the native foods that have sustained Aboriginal communities for millennia, “wallaby was my favorite. Swamp turtle was my other favorite,” she says. A member of the Yidindji people, Hrabinsky grew up “on country”—in her community’s traditional land—watching her … Continue reading In Sydney, a Cafe Serving Aboriginal Food Brings Comfort and Challenges

The Tuscan Town Famous for Anarchists, Marble, and Lard

AT FIRST GLANCE, THE APUAN Alps of northwest Tuscany’s Carrara region are pure white. Alison Leitch first saw them from a train window when traveling through Italy in the early 1980s. From a distance, she writes, their dazzling tops looked like snow. Her seatmate told her otherwise: The blinding whiteness was actually marble dust, a powdery byproduct … Continue reading The Tuscan Town Famous for Anarchists, Marble, and Lard

The Scholar Mapping America’s Forgotten Feminist Restaurants

THERE ARE NO WAITRESSES AT Bloodroot restaurant. There’s no meat, either. When a small collective of women founded the Bridgeport, Connecticut, café and bookstore in 1977, they eliminated both meat and table service as part of a sweeping feminist vision. Read more at Atlas Obscura. Photo: LES Library, Public Domain Continue reading The Scholar Mapping America’s Forgotten Feminist Restaurants

German Researchers Are Investigating the Science Behind Soft-Pretzel Scent

WORKING NINE TO FIVE IS no way to make a living, so why not quit your job and become a professional food smeller? These highly trained sensory savants are regularly hired by food manufacturers and scientists. They analyze the subtle pepper notes in coffee, the juicy, pear-like aroma of fine white wine, and—as in a study … Continue reading German Researchers Are Investigating the Science Behind Soft-Pretzel Scent

The Struggling Vineyards That Helped Inspire Karl Marx’s Communism

A SPECTRE IS HAUNTING TRIER, Germany—the spectre of Karl Marx. Today, tourists to the small Rhineland city visit the house where Marx was born and gaze at the armchair he died in. They take selfies in front of a larger-than-life Marx statue, gifted to the city in 2018 by the Chinese government.  Read more at Atlas Obscura. Photo: … Continue reading The Struggling Vineyards That Helped Inspire Karl Marx’s Communism

After Hurricane Katrina, Home Gardeners Saved New Orleans’ Iconic Squash

“WE NORMALLY DON’T HAVE A spring crop,” says Paul D’Anna, a home gardener in Metairie, Louisiana. But this year—maybe it’s the weather or, though he’s loathe to talk himself up, maybe it’s his green thumb—he got lucky: His backyard vines have already produced around 70 fruits. Read more at Atlas Obscura. Photo:  David Monniaux, CC BY-SA … Continue reading After Hurricane Katrina, Home Gardeners Saved New Orleans’ Iconic Squash