Black Friday is Romanian, and other things I learned this month

The holidays are in full gear, giving lots of learning opportunities in our crosscultural environment.  Here are a few things I learned this month. 1. Around mid-November I was talking with a Romanian friend who had bought an appliance as an early Black Friday deal.  Black Friday?  Because it comes the day after Thanksgiving, when most… Read More Black Friday is Romanian, and other things I learned this month

Chicago’s German Christmas market – context gives pleasure

The young German sipped a mug of gluhwein and chatted with his American buddy.  Standing behind us, he spoke with a thick German accent.  “You can go to L.A., New York, you don’t see a Christmas market like this.”  There you have it.  America’s Second City boasts the country’s largest, most authentic German Christkindlmarket.  The… Read More Chicago’s German Christmas market – context gives pleasure

San Diego goat makes a tasty meal (yes, even you could make this at home)

{Warning: Graphic photos of raw goat meat contained in this article}  We don’t try to recreate Grandma’s perfect holiday feast for our family festivities.  We’re certainly not opposed to eating a traditional American feast, but we often just go with something we really like for a meal because we like it, not because it’s tradition.  My youngest brother,… Read More San Diego goat makes a tasty meal (yes, even you could make this at home)