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Mountain View, a northeast Anchorage neighborhood, boasts the most diverse census tract in all of America. That's according to University of Alaska sociology professor Chad Farrell, who analyzed the census data.
In fact, Farrell says the country's three most diverse census tracts are all in Anchorage, followed by a handful in Queens, as in New York, which usually tops everyone's diversity guess list.
And there has been new immigration to Alaska -- including refugees from troubled nations such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Cuba, Iran and Bhutan. Many have resettled here in Mountain View.
Omima Adam, a civil engineer from Sudan, arrived in 2010.
"I was so shocked when I saw all that snow," she says from the window of her food truck, Sultan Shawarma, parked between a Dominican place and an espresso stand.
"But I'd rather be cold than dead," she says of the bloodshed in her native Darfur.
She learned English and puts her heart and soul into her kibbes, shawarmas and falafel. She wants to turn the business into a full-fledged restaurant and return to college to earn an engineering degree that the United States will recognize.
Wat is the catch-all name for a whole array of Ethiopian dishes that look like curries and act like curries, but often give a knock-out spice punch that few curries can match. Doro wat, which is virtually the national dish of Ethiopia, is a thick stew of chicken, egg and onion laced with the exotic sounding berbere spice mixture.
originally posted by: MystikMushroom
I had to learn to cook for myself when I was single for many years. I learned that just like woodworking or building stuff...you need the right tool for the right job. Cheap, thin pots and pans that are the wrong size can work...but everything is so much easier and less stressful!
originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
the food looks fantastic.
but that dutch oven you have....
originally posted by: ketsuko
Also, they generally use a think sort of sour dough style pancake to eat with in Ethiopia (forget what they're called), but they tend to use those in place of utensils. It really sort of goes with the flavor of the dish. If you can find any, I suggest you try it out next time.