Objective: To survey cultural foods in an ethnic neighborhood, to compare those findings with the ethnic food found in a mainstream supermarket, and to write a paper on the overall experience.
Where to go (select from the below or feel free to choose your own):
Little Italy: surrounding areas around Arthur Ave, from 183rd to 189th Sts
Little Odessa (Russia): Brighton Beach
Little Poland: Greenpoint
Chinatown: Mott Street/Elizabeth Street/Canal Street/Worth Street
Koreatown: along W 32nd St from 5th to 7th Aves
Little Italy: Mott Street/Mulberry Street/Broome Street
Spanish Harlem: East of 5th Ave, btw 96th to 142nd Sts
Little Guyana: along Liberty Ave in Richmond Hill
Koreatown: around Murray Hill/Flushing
Little India: around 74th St/37th Av, Jackson Heights
Explore an area that is different from your own culture, especially if you know someone who can act as a tour guide for you. Expect to spend a few hours visiting in-person or virtually and taking notes.
1. Visit at least one of the following places in the ethnic neighborhood of your choosing:
Greengrocer (produce market)
Bakery or pastry shop
Delicatessen or specialty store; e.g., fishmonger, cheesemonger, meat store
Make note of the following during your neighborhood tour:
What kinds of food stores are there?
What types of foods are sold? What are the price points?
What types of foods are served in the restaurants? What’s the cost of the main meal?
What kinds of foods are completely new to you?
Taste something new to you; describe the appearance, texture, and flavor.
Talk to the merchants and ask them about their stores and their foods.
What are your feelings about the foods and about shopping in this environment?
2. Next, visit a large “mainstream” supermarket (like Key Foods, IGA, Shop-Rite, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s) in your own neighborhood, or somewhere local to you, and find examples of foods that parallel the ethnic cuisine that you’ve chosen to investigate.
Make note of the following during your supermarket tour:
What are the differences in the experiences of buying culturally rich foods in a commercial supermarket versus in the ethnic neighborhood?
What are the price differences in foods purchased at the supermarket versus in the ethnic food stores?
Which experience did you find more valuable and why?
3. Include at least four (4) price comparisons of the same/similar foods from your comparison “shopping” at the main supermarket and the ethnic food store(s). Also include the names and addresses of the stores that you visited.
4. Be creative! Add a map or photos you might have taken on your tour (be sure to credit images from online sources). Include a recipe for a main dish, if you wish.
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