Category Archives: Language of Food

Stories of the Iu Mienh: Embroidery

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Join us on April 5th for “Stories of the Iu Mienh,” the latest in our Language of Food series.  Visit our website for more information on the event or to register. One of the most important traditional activities for Iu Mienh women is embroidery.  This is often learned at an early age, with patterns passed down from mother or grandmother to daughter beginning at around age 9 or 10.  It … Continue reading

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Stories of the Iu Mienh: The Iu Mienh Kitchen

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Join us at the NWLA Cultural Center on April 5th for Stories of the Iu Mienh, the latest in our Language of Food series, focusing on this remarkable hill tribe from Southeast Asia.  More information on the event can be found on our website. The Iu Mienh are farmers, and the growing of food was (and is) an important part of the culture, and the main livelihood of the Iu … Continue reading

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Stories of the Iu Mienh

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On April 5th, 2014, NWLA’s Language of Food series will continue with “Stories of the Iu Mienh,” offering a rare opportunity to share in the cultural traditions of this remarkable group of people. WHO ARE THE IU MIENH? The Iu Mienh originated in the hills of China over a thousand years ago.  In the 1800s, as the result of conflicts, they emigrated to Laos, Thailand and other parts of Southeast … Continue reading

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Moving Mountains: A Message from NWLA’s Director

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“It is easier to move mountains than to move minds.” Most of us can attest to the truth of this ancient Chinese proverb, both in our relationships with others and in our own minds.  We like to think of ourselves as open-minded and flexible, but experience shows that quite the opposite is often true: that we are, for the most part, deeply entrenched in our own systems of belief. Just … Continue reading

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Language of Food Bulgaria: Discover Bulgarian Cuisine

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NWLA’s Language of Food Bulgaria event is fast approaching! Our menu for the evening promises to be a delicious sampling of Bulgaria’s healthy, multifaceted cuisine, including popular national dishes like banitsa, shopska salat, kyopolou, moussaka, kebapcheta, and baklava.  If these names leave you perplexed, not to worry: below is a primer on Bulgarian food to educate the palate and whet the appetite before the event.  Be sure to reserve early at info@nwlanguageacademy.com or by calling … Continue reading

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Language of Food Bulgaria: Bulgarian Voices of Seattle

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For the NWLA’s upcoming event, Moi Koleda: Language of Food Bulgaria, we are thrilled to be working with the Bulgarian Voices of Seattle Women’s Choir, a program within the Bulgarian Cultural and Heritage Center of Seattle.  Formed in 2011, the choir, directed by Mary Sherhart, comprises 30 Bulgarian-born women who now reside in the Seattle area.  The group, with its lush choral arrangements and dissonant, haunting call-and-response, provides a musical … Continue reading

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Discover Ethiopia: 10 Things You Didn’t Know

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As we prepare to “Discover Ethiopia” on Saturday, April 27th at NWLA’s Language of Food Event, here are 10 surprising and tantalizing facts about this rich and ancient country: 1. The Ethiopian calendar, called the Ge’ez Calendar, is composed of 12 months plus five extra days that comprise a 13th month.  Every four years, without exception, there is a 6th day in the extra month.  This system is based on … Continue reading

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Discover Ethiopia: Spices and the Mind

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Ethiopia is known as “nature’s finest spice gardens,” for its “terroire”–that combination of soil and climate which, as in France with wine or Brazil with coffee, provides the perfect growing environment for high quality spices. Ethiopians have also perfected unique blends of spices that linger in the mind long after they have faded from the tongue.  Berbere, the most famous of these, is a crucial element of Ethiopian cuisine.  It … Continue reading

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Discover Ethiopia!

Language of Food Event: April 27 Did you know that coffee originated in Ethiopia? So does the Blue Nile River and so, judging by archeological finds like the famous “Lucy” fossil, might the entire human race. Known as “nature’s finest spice garden” for its spicy and varied cuisine, the country once known as Abyssinia remains a well-kept secret. Here is your chance to experience this diverse and ancient culture through … Continue reading

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Celebrate Brazil: Dinner Menu

We are looking forward to the delicious flavors of Brazil this Saturday! Here is the dinner menu to set your tastebuds dancing. Seats are still available for the dinner as well as the performance by renowned musician Eduardo Mendonça! Reserve yours now at 360.321.2101 or info(at)nwlanguageacademy(dot)com. Language of Food: Celebrate Brazil dinner and event begin at 5:30pm on Saturday, February 16th. Appetizers: Bolinhos de Arroz (Rice Croquettes) Empadinhas (Stuffed with … Continue reading

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