Matcha is beloved for its health benefits and brings the clarity and energy you need into your busy day. If you drink every sip of matcha with a purpose – whether that’s redeeming its sustained caffeine effects, appreciating its complex flavor profile, or acknowledging its historical significance – you can achieve some sense of mindfulness and “slowness” in your day!
With Earth Month coming to a close, I wanted to reflect on one of my former “zero-waste” habits that I’ve tossed out the window. I used to love strolling the well-stocked aisles of Sprouts or Whole Foods, cotton produce bags in hand, ready to fill up on all the bulk bin goodies. Whether it was stocking up on dried fruit, rolled oats, or nuts, I thought I was doing the planet a favor by buying everything in bulk without packaging – that is until I met Alex Willson, a pecan farmer and expert on all-things nuts.
One is hidden in the alley behind a used bookstore. Another is tucked in the corner of a Mexican-Korean fusion restaurant. A third is proudly displayed along the sidewalk near a local art gallery. Most are on the South Side of Chicago, some on the West Side, and a few are scattered throughout the middle.
The website Uncle Sam’s Immigrant Cafe was launched in 2017 with the mission to showcase immigrant restaurateurs in pursuit of their American Dream. Volunteer writers from across the United States are asked to submit pieces telling the story of their favorite immigrant-owned restaurant. Stories are published to the website and readers are asked to patronize these restaurants.