Passport to Flavor

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FOOD ISSUE // FEATURE

Illustrations By Jennifer Choi

Metro Detroit’s food and drink reach goes beyond our borders

Detroit’s dining scene has been covered extensively both locally and nationally. With this year’s food issue, we go beyond our borders to explore a slice of Detroit’s international food and drink connections as well as view our own food scene through an outsider’s perspective. We travel to Spain on a guided wine journey with Nurria Garrote. We also explore Bangladeshi culinary and gardening traditions with Bandhu Gardens, a community gardening network run by women in a Detroit neighborhood straddling the Hamtramck border. We learn how to make Cantonese dumplings and sit down to a hot pot feast in Eastern Market. We satisfy our sweet tooth with a baker who learned French pastry in Shanghai. And a nationally known food blogger who goes by The Hungry Black Man gives us his take on eateries largely unheralded by the national media as well as many locals.

No matter what your cultural background may be, food is one of the few common denominators that we all share. Let’s feast on Detroit’s delicious diversity.


Family Meal

Even among strangers, you’re never alone when you gather for Chinese hot pot

 

 


Growing Community in Banglatown

Women-led backyard gardens help connect neighbors, and the harvest is also turning up in popular local restaurants

 

 


The Grape Escape

Catalonian native brings Spain to Michigan as an importer of niche wine from family-owned vineyards, sharing the stories of the winemakers she buys from

 


Detroit’s Unsudden Scene

The traveling food writer behind The Hungry Black Man says the city’s restaurant story is something special. But it’s not the one you’ve heard about

 


Pastries Without Borders

A Pâtisserie inspired by world travels

 

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