Barack and Michelle Obama promised that there production deal with Netflix would allow them to produce content “touching on issues of race and class, democracy and civil rights, and much more.” Now, the former first couple is turning the migration and refugee-themed novel Exit West into a movie for Netflix as part of their recently announced slate of new projects for the streaming giant.Exit West, by Pakistani-born author Mohsin Hamid, tells the story of a young couple living in an unnamed third-world city who decide to flee their impoverished conditions. Using a series of magical portals, they venture to new destinations including London, Greece, and northern California. The Obama’s are producing the movie through their Higher Ground production outfit. The movie will star Sound of Metal actor Riz Ahmed. Also on board as producers are the left-wing, anti-Trump filmmakers Anthony and Joe Russo. “We created Higher Ground to tell great … [Read more...] about Obamas Adapting Migration, Refugee-Themed Novel ‘Exit West’ for Netflix
What a year. In January of 2020, I was humming along, thinking about expansion and how to grow our little company. Our Crafted Concepts restaurant group had a good foundation with five concepts, all unique, and conceived from a place of passion for food, service and hospitality. My chosen business is not an easy one, but I am my mother’s daughter. She instilled in me the drive to choose my path, to tread it well, to give a damn, to fight the good fight, to be a leader, to be a role model. So I fought like hell to become one of Denver’s most prominent chefs and restaurateurs. But James Beard awards don’t pay the bills during a pandemic. Now, like so many, I’m on the brink of losing it all. Help early on gave me hope, but so much more is needed to save independent restaurants that it’s hard to know where to start: federal aid for employers and employees, robust support from loyal patrons, innovative programs to get food to those in need, understanding and generous lenders and … [Read more...] about Guest Commentary: I don’t want to see a Denver where the unique, small businesses are gone. We need help.
By Tejal Rao , The New York Times LOS ANGELES — You go to Birrieria Nochistlán for the Moreno family’s Zacatecan-style birria — a big bowl of hot goat meat submerged in a dark pool of its own concentrated cooking juices. Right out of the pot, the steamed meat isn’t just tender, but in places deliciously sticky, smudged with chile adobo, falling apart, barely even connected to the bone. It comes with thick, soft tortillas, made to order, and a vibrant salsa roja. The Moreno family has been serving birria exactly like this for about 20 years. “Sometimes I think we should update our menu,” said Rosio Moreno, 23, whose parents started the business out of their home in East Los Angeles. “But we don’t want to change the way we do things because of the hype.” The hype for birria is relentless. On Instagram, there is a collective fetishization of cheese pulls in extreme close-ups, and images of tacos half-dipped in Styrofoam cups of meaty broth. The parade of magnificent, bonkers … [Read more...] about The birria boom is complicated, but simply delicious
BUENOS AIRES - Carlos Menem, a former Argentine president who delivered short-lived economic stability and forged close ties with the United States in the 1990s even as he navigated scandal and enjoyed an often flamboyant lifestyle, has died. Argentine President Alberto Fernández confirmed the death of the 90-year-old former leader, who had been ailing in recent weeks. The dapper lawyer from one of Argentina's poorest provinces, dismissed by critics as a playboy, steered Argentina toward a free-market model that was, at one point, envied by neighbors and favored by investors. Menem's accomplishments, however, coincided with growing unemployment, economic inequality and foreign debt. Menem was also supremely flexible as a politician, beginning his career as a self-styled disciple of Gen. Juan Domingo Peron, who founded the populist movement that bears his name and placed the economy largely under state control. Menem, who served two terms as president between 1989 and 1999, … [Read more...] about Flamboyant Former Argentine President Carlos Menem Dies
Many, if not most, foodstuffs in other countries take their name from their place of origin, such as practically any cheese from Europe (as do the continent’s wines). Did you see Stanley Tucci’s first installment of his series “Searching for Italy” on CNN on Feb. 14? He traipsed in and around Naples and the Amalfi Coast and, at one point, ate at a restaurant on the island of Ischia and enjoyed one of his favorite dishes from there, coniglio all’ischiana, rabbit done as on the island of Ischia. Like countless recipes from Italy, France and Spain (to name just three countries), the recipe tells the main ingredient and, in this case as in many others, politically incorrectly assumes that the cook be a woman. (In fact, on the show, the rabbit was prepared by a very large male, part-owner of the place with his many other family members.) We, too, have foods named after places (Boston baked beans, Chicago hot dogs, San Francisco sourdough, and so on), but not to such a degree as the … [Read more...] about Get Cooking: Tortilla Espanola