Recipes From Afar: Polynesian Food for a Crowd

Laura Siciliano-Rosen
January 27, 2018

Spam fried rice, Hawaiian meatballs, coconut chicken, pani popo—we’ve got you covered with recipes fit for Moana. Or just your next Polynesian party.

Spam fried rice and coconut chicken recipes

Recently we agreed to host a Moana viewing party for some friends in our building, ranging in age from 1.5 to early 50s. Providing the couch and the TV was easy enough, and tropical cocktails seemed essential, but what where we going to eat? The answer, of course, was Polynesian food. And what was that, exactly?

In the film, Moana and her people are presented as generic Polynesian, displaying traits from several cultures in that part of the world: Hawaiian, Samoan, Maori, Tahitian, Fijian, and more. The story incorporates...

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Little Car, Big Dreams: A Road Trip Through Australia

Laura Siciliano-Rosen
February 13, 2014

A brief interlude to pay homage to a beloved car and that most freeing of pursuits: the road trip.

Female and a car, on a road trip

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.” –Douglas Adams

Last week Scott and I received word from Sydney that our beloved Betsy—a 1984 Ford Laser we bought in Melbourne in 2003—was headed for the scrap yard. In an instant, a flood of memories, some of the best of our shared life, rushed forth—a testament to the role this car, and the epic road trip we embarked upon in it, played in our collective traveling past.

It was April 2003. We’d already quit our New York advertising jobs, put all our stuff in storage, spent a month...

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Best Meat Pies in Auckland: Five to Try

Noella Schink
November 8, 2012

In New Zealand, meat pies are an iconic snack, certainly a must-eat for visitors and, it seems, an important part of any college student’s diet. Guest writer Noella Schink, who did her own research while studying abroad, shares her five favorite pie shops in Auckland. 

Meat pies in New Zealand
Photo: Wesley Fryer/Flickr

During college, I took a semester abroad in Auckland, New Zealand. Now, there were many memorable aspects of those six months, but what stayed with me the most were the meat pies. I mean, they literally stayed with me. Around my waistline. I couldn’t help it; they were so delicious. Some days I’d have two! Here is a rundown of the best spots to taste these devilish pastries when you...

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