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Open Belly is a podcast exploring America’s vibrant and diverse food culture. Our mission is to share the stories of immigrant and refugee chefs and restauranteurs, and to use food as a way to understand the world from perspectives other than our own. We hope you’ll join us on our quest to open our minds and fill our bellies.

Open Belly Presented by ChowNow & New American Economy

    • Gastronomía

Open Belly is a podcast exploring America’s vibrant and diverse food culture. Our mission is to share the stories of immigrant and refugee chefs and restauranteurs, and to use food as a way to understand the world from perspectives other than our own. We hope you’ll join us on our quest to open our minds and fill our bellies.

    Season 02, Episode 11: Sybil's Bakery

    Season 02, Episode 11: Sybil's Bakery

    In this season’s finale, we had the great pleasure of getting to know Ken Bernard of Sybil’s Bakery. Ken was born in Guyana and immigrated to NYC as a young child. His mother, a hair dresser by trade, began baking Guyanese baked goods in their home to make extra money. Eventually, his mother, had the opportunity to open a bakery storefront and has left quite the legacy with her family and neighborhood. Ken’s story is touching, honest, and real—something that we’ll carry with us forever.

    • 24 min
    Season 02, Episode 10: Yemen Cafe

    Season 02, Episode 10: Yemen Cafe

    For this week’s episode, we had the opportunity to get to know Sid Nassir from Yemen Cafe. We visited Sid at the Bay Ridge location, and you’ll hear in the interview we will talk a lot about the role Yemen Cafe plays in the Bay Ridge neighborhood, an incredibly diverse neighborhood in Brooklyn, a borough which is home for over 8,000 Yemeni Americans. Yemen Cafe has become a central meeting place for people of all religions and ethnicities—and a gathering place for some fantastic Yemeni food.

    • 26 min
    Season 02, Episode 09: Handsome Rice

    Season 02, Episode 09: Handsome Rice

    This week, we’ll hear from Hansong Kim of Handsome Rice, a Korean fast casual restaurant located in Murray Hill. Hansong started his culinary career in Korea, where he quickly rose the ranks and became a bit of a celebrity chef, publishing multiple cookbooks and making frequent television appearances. He wanted to learn more though, so he immigrated to the United States to attend Johnson & Wales University and develop his skills even further.

    • 24 min
    Season 02, Episode 08: La Morada

    Season 02, Episode 08: La Morada

    For today’s episode, we’re headed up to The Bronx to chat with Yajaira Saavedra from La Morada. La Morada is a neighborhood staple in Mott Haven specializing in Oaxacan cuisine. Yajaira operates the restaurant with her mother, brother, and other family members. Aside from the phenomenal moles that put La Morada on the map, La Morada is known as a safe gathering space for people in the community.

    • 30 min
    Season 02, Episode 07: Birds of a Feather

    Season 02, Episode 07: Birds of a Feather

    Yiming Wang and Xian Zhang have made a name for themselves in the Chinese culinary scene with their Michelin-starred restaurant, Cafe China, and the sequel restaurant, China Blue. Now their newest concept, Birds of a Feather, is capturing the hearts of folks in the Williamsburg area. In the interview, Yiming and Xian share what made them take the leap to the restaurant industry from their stable careers in finance.

    • 25 min
    Season 02, Episode 06: Manousheh

    Season 02, Episode 06: Manousheh

    On today’s episode, we hear from Ziyad Hermez, owner of Manousheh, a Lebanese flatbread shop in the West Village. After moving to the United States for graduate school, Ziyad found himself craving his favorite Lebanese comfort food — piping hot bread, fresh from the oven, topped with olive oil and za'atar. After testing hundreds of recipes in his home kitchen, Ziyad decided to travel back to Lebanon to perfect his craft by interning with some of the most highly respected Manousheh bakers.

    • 25 min

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