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As Adventurous as You Wanna Be

As Adventurous as You Wanna Be

Before getting out of the car, my friend and I had promised each other that we'd be adventurous eaters that night, stretching the limits of our gastronomic comfort zones and trusting in the prowess of renegade chefs Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook. It turned out that night's menu at Animal had so many temptations that we had to make an effort to order some of the weirder stuff rather than navigating around it.

There was a pig's ear salad, headcheese, and some quail egg yolk unctuousness. No use of offal was too gratuitous at a restaurant that is known to celebrate its head-to-tailness. It's tough to recommend or describe dishes at a restaurant where the majority of the menu changes pretty drastically week by week, so the best advice I have is to share a bunch of plates, which will come out haphazardly as they are ready.

The un-staged staggering of courses is a testament to the casual but practical way Animal runs. Why let one dish dry out under the lamp while another one is being assembled? It's as efficient as the bare-bones interior: white-washed walls, bald lightbulbs, simple wood tables and chairs. I hate it when people describe anything but a novel as postmodern, but that's pretty much what it is.

Waiters are quick to give friendly, in-the-know advice, but a diner is far from coddled. It's not a plush, luxurious, or even atmospheric dining experience; it's a keen, clever, and edgy one that's meant to put the food center stage, and its main player performs exuberantly.


Mouthwatering Jordanian Recipes That You Can Make At Home

Jordan is one of those countries that will forever hold a place in my heart. And as I sit here at home, unable to travel due to the shutdown of the world, I’m always looking at ways to revisit my favorite travel experiences. One of the ways that I’ve found to experience a destination, again and again, is through food. The other week I shared some of my favorite Icelandic recipes. And this time I want to share the flavors of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. So, if you love Jordan as much as I do, then these easy Jordanian recipes will help take you on a flavor journey through this magical country.

When my family last visited Jordan on a weeklong road trip through the country we had the delight of tasting everything from unique local restaurants, authentic Bedouin Zarb cooking, and street-side vendors. And everywhere we went to in Jordan the dishes were fresh, flavorful, and absolutely delicious. These easy Jordanian recipes have been put together not just to be a great reflection of some of the classic tastes of the country, but also to provide insight into their rich culture and ancient history. You’ll find dishes that are as old as time, and others, like the classic mansaf, that has taken the country by storm in the last century.


Avocado egg salad is a delicious and quick lunch recipe

For a twist and a veggie boost to the traditional egg salad, you'll want to add this avocado egg salad recipe to your weekday menu. The eggs deliver the protein, the avocado delivers healthy fats, and you can choose from an array of carbohydrate options to balance out the meal. Plus, the recipe takes only 25 minutes to make, with most of that time reserved for boiling eggs. This offers a flavor that sits somewhere between traditional egg salad and guacamole.


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Easy spicy chicken potstickers bring the restaurant home

Potstickers might seem tough to make, but this spicy chicken potstickers recipe is easy and takes just over an hour from start to spicy goodness. Chicken, veggies, sauces, even glass noodles come together to create a satisfying restaurant-style appetizer. But what really sets these potstickers off is the chilies.

This recipe uses four fresh Thai chilies, which are known for their potency. They're small, but spicy, so they really pack a punch. If your store carries multiple types of Thai chilies, you can use this guide to different Thai chilies to choose which one works for your tastes. But if your store doesn't carry Thai chilies, you could swap in any other spicy pepper, such as serrano or jalapeno peppers. You might have more options shopping at an international market.


Baked mac and cheese

Your mind may jump to the instant stuff when thinking of mac and cheese, but when you take a moment to ponder it, that version of the dish is far removed from the original mac and cheese.

The OG version is baked, and recipes like this satisfying baked mac and cheese are following in the footsteps of early recipes like this 18th century version, just with a couple tweaks that help it evolve into an even more delicious dish. With spices, a cheese blend, and panko breadcrumbs, this is one casserole you won't soon forget.


How do you use a mountain pie maker?

Using a Mountain Pie Maker is as simple as putting your bread slices (or crust) on each side of the pie maker and adding on your ingredients to one side. Then, once you’re ready to cook it over the fire, you close the two sides together and hold over the fire to cook.

Since most are made of cast iron, it will get hot quickly and cook in a consistent manner. This means that you just might be making the best grilled cheese sandwich recipe, ever.

Not all pie irons are cast iron, however. The others will need more care with rotating and moving out of direct flames.


Camping questions answered – FAQ

For breakfast, you can have things like cereal or breads with jams/spreads. At lunch, you can easily make sandwiches/rolls/wraps, put together some cold salads with vegetables and pulses or bring deli items.

Energy balls are great, vegan flapjack is always good and trail mix is a favourite. For savoury camping snacks, you could try salted nut and seed mix, roast some popcorn on a campfire or make some guacamole and share with tortilla chips.

It’s a really good idea to go with a good amount of reusable zip-lock bags and a variety of Tupperware containers. All of your food could then be kept in a cooler if you have room to bring one or in a campsite fridge.

Porridge is brilliant for breakfast and vegan pancake are easier than you might think. Sandwiches, wraps and rolls can be made quickly for lunch. For dinner, the easy pasta recipe above will be ready in no time whilst a Mexican chilli is great too.

What did you think of the recipes? Need any extra advice? Maybe you know some other great vegan food for camping? Hit us up in the comment below!


Happy Enna

It took longer than I thought to finish collecting all the recipes in Adventure Bar Story. The extra events like League of Legends Season 2 tournament and the side effect of that, playing LoL everyday, really delayed this. The good news is, we have every single recipe here. Thanks to Perblebear for taking notes down with me, and not insisting his part to be purple.

As always, you can view the list in different sorting orders by clicking the tab on the bottom of the spreadsheet. ( Names, Exp, Price, Effect, Satiety, Exp/Satiety )

There are two special dishes that bring down the satiety - Cabbage Juice and Rose Cake. They come in handy if you want to speed up the levels. Cabbage is easy to get while Rose Cake's material will not appear until later in the story.

Please click here for more info about Adventure Bar Story.

Thank you for helping me correcting the values, Logan!

Thank you, iPhoneGamer for correcting the Satiety Value of Veggie Sandwich. :)


What I Love About This Recipe

As soon as you bring out a pie as show-stopping as this banana coconut cream pie, all jaws drop and all tummies start to rumble! It’s creamy, it’s light, and it’s just downright good eatin’.

  • A guaranteed crowd pleaser!
  • Macaroon cookie crust
  • Banana and coconut for a tropical explosion!


How Have You Learned About Slavery?

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In “Why Can’t We Teach Slavery Right in American Schools,” Nikita Stewart writes about the history of teaching about slavery in the United States. Inspired by her essay, The New York Times asked readers to share what and how they learned about slavery, so we thought we’d ask students about their experiences.

They told us about the lessons they believe have been sugarcoated or avoided altogether, as well as some thoughtful approaches. They also suggested ways to teach slavery better and why they think the topic is so important.

Horrors downplayed

Slavery was taught in a way that made it seem mellow in elementary school. I wasn’t aware of how awful it truly was until well after the fifth grade. In elementary school, all we were told was that Harriet Tubman was a hero of the slaves, and that slaves were taken to plantations to “work.” As we’ve grown up, the truth has been revealed on how horrible the conditions were for slaves. The conditions included being whipped and abused, chained tightly together on ships, and even more brutal acts. People still discuss slavery as if it wasn’t a big issue. Young children are shielded from the truth. They need to understand America’s history, even if it includes topics that make them uncomfortable.

I first learned about the Civil War in elementary school. My school was private and sheltered, and there was not even a textbook we read from the teacher lectured us instead. We learned all the typical Civil War things: causes, battles, and almost as an afterthought, slavery. Slavery was said to be, in a very euphemistic, roundabout manner, “a method of forcing people to do work even if they did not want to.” This lacking definition does not even begin to fathom the horrors of slavery. And this was my basis for thought on slavery for almost three years, until I was halfway through middle school and learned the truth.

Being in high school I can honestly say that I do not remember being taught much about slavery through elementary and even through middle school. I know that it was talked about, but it was never conveyed in a way that was accurate and straight forward. When I was younger I believed that slave owners took care of their slaves and cared for them as long as they could still work and were making them money. I was never told all of the gruesome parts and tougher to accept details, which shouldn’t be taught at a young age but I think it is very important that schools stop sugar coating the details of the transporting and care of slaves. Some people may have a hard time handling it, but that is what makes it easier to sympathize with and understand more about it.

Low on the priority list

I did not learn about slavery until my 8th grade year. Being in middle school, people often joked about it but I did not really understand. In the beginning of my 8th grade year, I was in for a shock. US History introduced me to things I could never imagine. My teacher often described what slaves went through in heavy detail … I believe that this topic is being erased from our teaching curriculum and not taken seriously. Kids my age still make jokes about slavery and it is really unsettling to know that something so tragic in our country is seen as a joke.

I think that I was taught about slavery in school, but it wasn’t a prioritized topic. We glanced at slavery just long enough to say it was bad, but we had whole units and spent weeks of time doing projects on the Holocaust or even the Bolshevik Revolution. Both of these other historical events are important to learn about, but because slavery was domestic and that is the topic we don’t talk about as much, it raises some questions. It seems like we try to avoid it to make us feel better about our nation. We are fine demonizing Germans or Russians and talking about all the faults of their nation, but when the finger is pointed at us, we want to gloss over it.

I do, however, think that it is important to foster a sense of national pride, something I think this generation has next to none of. But, I think that hiding from our past mistakes is not an effective way to have justified pride in our nation. We should be able to talk about our mistakes and move on from them so that we don’t repeat them again. Incorrectly representing slavery doesn’t promote national pride, it just keeps us from acknowledging how we can keep from ever repeating the atrocities of the past.

Honestly, I have learned very little about slavery in my schooling career. I feel as if they would beat around the bush on how bad it was, it’s like our history classes would focus more on the wars and different movements but little on slavery and how it effected us and the world today. There’s a lot more focus on today’s problems or things that aren’t as important as slavery. I think there should be a stronger curriculum about it. Let’s not put what people went through behind us, let’s show how it impacted us and how we’re building off of it and growing from it.

Throughout my school career, I learned about the same slavery stories over and over again. Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Sojourner truth, these names and stories must’ve been said to me about a million times. I didn’t really go in deep into slavery until 10th grade AP history. If it weren’t for that class, I wouldn’t know nearly as much about slavery as I do now, but if I wouldn’t have taken that college level class, I wonder if I would’ve ever been taught it in high school.

Slavery seems to be something that every teacher skips over because they assume you’ve heard about it before or just that they don’t feel comfortable going into the horrors of it. They cherry pick which stories and what images of slavery they show to us, and for what reason I’m not sure. To compare it to the Holocaust, I’ve have talked about the terrors of concentration camps a million times, I’ve seen movies, read book, seen pictures. It seems as though we are scared to show the inhumane acts that happened on our own soil. We are so open about demonizing Germans, but don’t have the guts to do it to ourselves.

Effective lessons

Throughout my years in school, I do not feel as though I have been properly informed on the subject of slavery. It wasn’t until I researched and analyzed historical documents, as well as, empathize with people represented in narrative writings, that I was able to grasp a better understanding of the matter.

Most people bash technology, mostly our phones. We use them to text, play games, call, remind us to do simple tasks that can easily be forgotten, etc. When it all comes down to it, I’ve learned more about the horrors of slavery in the comfort of my own home than at school or in text books, on guess what? My phone. The whole point of school is to learn where they don’t want you on your phone a lot, but sometimes our phones can teach us what schools cannot or will not. School sometimes hold back or modify what they teach, for the sake of our so-called “innocent” minds, instead of teaching us what really went on. Our phones on the other hand, tells us the bad and the ugly of slavery, the truth, not the half truth, but they do give a warning for younger audiences, or those with a weak stomach.

I learn about slavery approximately 28 days out of the year. During Black History Month each year, I usually have one teacher who decides to spend the month of February teaching about slavery and the progression of how African Americans have lived in America since then. Although I’m glad that my teachers tend to dedicate this month to teaching slavery, I wish it seemed like less of an obligation to Black History Month and more of a genuine desire to teach it. Sometimes I wonder if we didn’t have a month dedicated to this if I would learn about slavery at all.

I think the first time that I’ve truly learned about slavery from a historical point of view was this year in my tenth grade AP World History class. We went pretty in depth into how it started and learned what happened in the time period where it was considered legal in the US. We read documents and journal entries from former slaves, and we learned about the large scale effects that it had on Africa. I think I was pretty lucky to be able to learn about it this year after reading this article and seeing how many people couldn’t say the same.

When it comes to historical events or matters, I believe it is best to tell kids the full truth of what happened no matter the cruelty or severity of the event, because as kids it will resonate with them more … I’m glad I was taught the horrors and history of slavery and black oppression in the US as it is relevant today as race continues to be controversial in America. I think it should be a required to teach both that the civil war was caused by disputes over slavery, and the subsequent attempts by the South to downplay the role of slavery and their continued oppression of blacks.

How slavery should be taught

The problem with slavery being taught has more to do with education standards in general here in America rather than with slavery itself. Like many other subjects and topics being taught, I think there need to be stricter, standardized guidelines when it comes to the discussion of slavery. We need clearly defined points that will give everyone in the country the same base of information about slavery and then advanced classes that go more in-depth about slavery if students wish to chose them. This will ensure that everyone is taught the same, proper information and we do not have curriculums that vary wildly and provide some with an entirely inaccurate understanding of the history of slavery.

When teaching about slavery, I believe we shouldn’t sugarcoat it. Using the textbooks to describe and teach about slavery is great however, society has changed in the understanding and knowledge of slavery. It only shows a portion of what it was. Basically the north was a working region and very industrialized, while the south held the slaves. In contrast to those particular ideas, the north AND the south both had slavery just alike. I do believe textbooks should be used sparingly when teaching about slavery. I do think teachers should use textbooks to back them up however, they should be able to speak freely and not by the textbook on the view of slavery. Not teaching what really happened and the whole truth about slavery is only keeping the next generation from knowing what their country came to be founded on. Like the article said, history isn’t alive anymore if history isn’t taught correctly.

I learned about slavery in my classes but they never really was much depth to it, there was the concept of slavery and the effects of slavery but never any actual history of slavery. I feel like there needs to be more representation of slaves in our education system to fully grasp an understanding of how slaves lived.

Why learning about slavery matters today

We often teach racism and slavery as things of the past. We teach them things that aren’t white people’s problems without realizing it. Guys. Racism exists today. Because we have ignored the impact of these things on our history for so long- waiting for all the way up until the end of middle school- we have a disconnect to its implications …

We should be learning about our past, not covering it up for the sake of filling students with the lie that America is a perfect country. We. Are. Not. When Germany went through the Holocaust, they had memorials, they have laws that are enacted today to prevent oppression from ever slipping back into their country. What did we as America do? Threw it under the rug.

I bet you didn’t even know that America had a successful coup d’etat. I bet you didn’t know that the Reconstruction was working in Wilmington. I bet you didn’t even know that black people were massacred all threw its streets when the white people overthrew the black people in power. I bet you didn’t even know because Wilmington is my hometown, and I didn’t even know about this until I was fourteen.

Growing up in school, I feel that I knew slavery existed in the country, but didn’t quite understand the gravity of that fact or it’s implications on society today. I think that as I have gotten older and advanced through school I have gradually learned more about these things. Slavery in the United States is so much more than just a thing that happened. Slavery is about a deeply rooted racism, and even deeper selfishness that dominated and continues to dominate the hearts of American people. This attitude, although not in the form of slavery, still manifests itself today. Through continued education about slavery and what it’s existence actually means, we can work to correct this.