How’s 2022 treating you so far?
January gave us Veganuary (yay!) and my Miami Vegescapes article in VegNews (double yay!) but also saw the one-year anniversary of the January 6 insurrection at our Capitol, Jews held hostage at a Dallas area synagogue, and last week, Miami Beach, the very place visitors flock to, locals endured an appalling act of antisemitism.
The Miami Beach incident wasn’t violent or deadly. That doesn’t make it okay. Every time something like this happens — and it keeps happening — it’s another attack on our collective humanity. Hatred is on the rise everywhere — not just anti-semitism, but every flavor of racism, anti-LGBTQ, anti-women.
We cannot pretend this is the new normal, that this is acceptable. That makes us complicit in what Hannah Arendt called the banality of evil.
We are not morally extinguished. Yet.
We need to let our humanity shine, to call out evil, and come together to end it.
February 1 Lunar New Year begins [ link to https://chinesenewyear.net ], entering the Year of the Tiger [link to https://www.chinatravel.com/chinese-zodiac/tiger]
February 2 Groundhog’s Day
February 10 6pm ET Join me for Mushroom Magnificence, it’s free, virtual, and hosted by Miami-Dade Public Library’s Pinecrest Branch. Space is limited.
I’ll show how to make a mushroom recipe made for Superbowl snacking, and one you’ll love for Valentine’s Day Register now for fab fungi.
February 13 Superbowl Sunday. Go, team. Um, who’s playing?
February 14 Valentine’s Day We all need a little love, people.
February 21 President’s Day
February 21 7pm Excited beyond belief to be in conversation with James Beard Award-winner author Mayukh Sen. It’s free, virtual, and presented through Miami’s great indie, Books and Books. Sign up now.
Buy his book Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America.
Look for my article about Taste Makers’ delicious Miami connection in the new issue of Edible South Florida.
February 24-27 South Beach Wine and Food Festival is back with real food and real people.