Day 44: Eat Your Way Through an Unfamiliar Neigborhood!

America’s food is … the world’s food.

DAY 44 ACTION: Check out a new part of your town and have a meal there!


Polonia Restaurant in Hamtramck, Michigan, near Detroit. 

Embark on a cultural adventure this weekend!

Everyone has to eat! And as we mentioned on Day 30, food can help us learn about and appreciate other cultures. It’s so important to meet our neighbors, to learn what they care about and what issues are important to them. But many of us stick to the same neighborhoods, missing many wonderful enclaves in our towns or cities.

This weekend, check out a new part of town, or a blast from your past. Walk around a bit – and unplug from your headphones! What do the houses look like? Are there interesting shops? Any public art? Are people walking in the street? Say hello! If you’ve been to the area before, has it changed since the last time you were there?

Different areas truly have different personalities. This post describes 48 London neighborhoods – we’re pretty sure there are a lot more! But you don’t have to live in a metropolis to find diversity, particularly in the U.S. There’s a bustling Cape Verdean community in Pawtucket, Rhode Island; Somalis in Westerville, Ohio; and a Cambodian fishing community in Bayou La Batre, Alabama.

While you’re visiting, sample the local food. Notice the different types of eateries. Is there anything new to you? Walk in, say hello, ask questions, and be adventurous! You never know who you’ll meet, or what you’ll learn.

You could also plan ahead and look for a particular food experience. Food trucks are a great way to meet people and sample new foods. We’re also loving the project Eat the Ban in New York, which links curious eaters to restaurants from the 7 countries in the #MuslimBan Executive Order. Bring #eattheban to your home town!

Today’s Action: Visit a new neighborhood, and have a meal. The more we know about our neighbors, the better we will be at finding common ground – because we really are #strongertogether!

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