Posted November 19th, 2014 | Dinner Discussion, Pilgrimages

 Tasty Travels


I just returned from leading a retreat, pilgrimage, and a ‘taste-and-see-the-goodness-of-the-Lord-tour’ in Napa Valley.

The hills of Napa Valley.
Yes, you heard it! It was a real “retreat” “pilgrimage” with daily rosary, daily Mass, daily meditations, and a daily search to find God!
But you may ask, “Isn’t Napa Valley famous for wine rather than God?”  Well, actually, if you go on my tours you will see that Napa Valley is famous for both. Our Catholic Theology requires both to understand the other.  “Fruit of the Vine, Work of Human Hands” and “Take, eat and drink in memory of me.”  Sound familiar?
Jesus turned water into wine….and lots of it.
Sharing delicious dinners was just another way God blessed us on this trip!


A closer (and humbler) look with a Catholic perspective on the Napa culture, the beautiful countryside, and meeting authentic and genuine hard-working folks helped our pilgrims experience God’s powerful presence.  Now, each pilgrim can celebrate and better understand wine, not for itself, but as the instrument through which God reveals Himself in the Eucharist.


The Taylor family and I take a picture on one of the many beautiful spots in Napa.


That’s what I do in my food and faith pilgrimages.  I’ve been doing these type of culinary trips to Italy, Israel, Spain, on Mediterranean Catholic Culinary Cruises, and all parts of the United States since 1999.  I’ve always led pilgrimages because that’s one way I discovered my own vocation.  What I received, I therefore try and share.  But my tours have always been a little unique, because I use my passion for food as the vehicle for pilgrims to experience God.  Taste and see the goodness of The Lord!  Food is the most powerful unifier!


At a tasting in the “Great Hall” at Castello di Amaroso”
Recently Loyola Press wrote an article about Tasty Travelers, and it highlighted how others have recently joined the faithful foodie bandwagon.  That’s great news to me!  I’ve consecrated  our original Grace Before Meals message by putting it in God’s hands.  And God has a penchant for multiplying food!  I’m so glad to read that others are now taking more seriously a “theology of food” which I describe in my recent book, “Epic Food Fight: A Bite Sized History of Salvation.”


This book will help readers understand why the Food Network is so popular; why restaurants can be more effective than churches in “serving” God’s people;  it describes a balanced diet for the body, mind and soul.  The book explains how both God and the devil use food as the “weapons” to either save and protect or destroy lives.  Epic Food Fight also helps people  understand (and hunger) for the Eucharist.  Perhaps you can read this to prepare for Thanksgiving – an American “feast of feasts.”  It offers a great meditation for the Season of Advent as we await Jesus, in the manger – a word that is closely associated to the Italian word, “mangiare,” which means “to eat.”
At Bottega Restaurant for a special welcome dinner
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This year’s Napa Valley Pilgrims!We had a great time together and pray for more adventures.
I’m proud to offer a “preview” of the next trip I have planned to Spain!  I’ve teamed up with Patrick Coffin, Host of Catholic Answers Live.  As your hosts, we invite you to enter into a spiritually deep, divine and delicious experience of our faith in Spain – a land of mysticism and meaningful meals! Spaces are limited, and the past few trips were sold out very quickly.  So, don’t delay.  These tasty travels will certainly give you so many graces, one bite at a time!


Let us pray:

Father, help us to expand our understanding of faith – not just in our personal prayer, but also in our active search as a pilgrim in this world.  Give us a better understanding of why you give us bread and wine as your divine presence at the Last Supper.  May a “theology of food” give us inspiration to see food as a sign of love – especially when we share it with those who hunger for You!  We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


A shot of a vineyard.

(1)  Have you ever been to Spain? If so, what was your favorite church and cuisine?
(2)  Do you think it would be “easy” or “hard” to experience God in a place like Napa Valley?
(3)  Are you a wine-lover? If so, what’s  your favorite wine pairing with a traditional Thanksgiving meal?
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At Chateau Montelena with Judy Barrett, owner of the award-winning wine, and her staff who helped me prepare a mid-day feast!






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Posted October 22nd, 2014 | Dinner Discussion, Recipes



Seafood, Sex, the Synod and the Pearl of Great Price

Connecting food and faith is what I do. And if I were to characterize my faith the past few weeks as a food it would easily be that particular shellfish: the crab! Admittedly, hectic travel, news of spreading Ebola, terrorist threats, political mudslinging commercials, rude people in restaurants and airports can make anyone “crabby.”

Sometimes, it is easy to feel crabby, right?


For me, the greatest frustration came when I read church chatter about the recently concluded Extraordinary Synod on the Family. What was supposed to be an honest dialogue about difficult pastoral issues turned into a media circus that distorted Church teachings and made Church leadership look like out-of-touch-mean-spirited-shepherds. According to pop-culture news, sabotage, dissension and mistrust characterized the conversation.  Unfortunately, the labels “conservative” and “liberal” seemingly replaced “faithful” and “compassionate.”


In the midst of these struggles, I thankfully had an event in sunny Florida, giving me a day to walk along the beach and pray. Being close to the ocean reminded me of God’s ocean of mercy.  We all need it! There, I sensed God telling me to help people think of the Church, not as a crab, but as another type of shellfish: the oyster.

Pope Francis called this extraordinary synod to discuss how to pastorally serve the Church’s families, which includes separated, divorced, remarried and homosexual persons. When boiled down, the Church’s leadership was talking about sex and sexual practices that don’t fulfill God’s plan. Sex, as a topic, makes us a little defensive and nervous, like parents explaining “the birds and the bees” to inquisitive children. But it’s about time the Church got practical in its discussion because the spirit of the world talks about sex in ungodly ways! It’s been reported that some synod participants said the Church’s teachings are clear and that “pastoral discussions” are just watering down the Faith, creating even more divide between “progressive” and “traditional” Catholics.  So who’s right?


Enter my previous analogy of the Church as an oyster and how an oyster’s pearl is made. This shellfish, like the Church, always appears tightly closed to protect itself. But in order to survive, the Church’s protective walls are open, like the eye of the needle – big enough for a camel to enter, but difficult for the rich and righteous to enter (Matthew 19:24). A pearl is made when, for whatever reason, foreign substances penetrate even the most tightly-closed hardshell, implanting itself within, like an ‘intruder.’ To protect itself, the shellfish doesn’t discharge the intruder but instead secretes a protective substance, called nacre. Over time, the nacre builds up and it becomes a pearl. What started out as something negative and unwanted within the shellfish, eventually becomes something miraculous and beautiful to behold.

Caught up in the waves.

As I walked the shore, I sensed God telling me that nacre is Grace.  The “intruder” is the sinner who, like a child crying and fussing to be heard, is the future pearl of great price. We all know that some of our greatest saints were the greatest sinners. St. Paul was even a former “enemy” of the Church! How difficult was it for St. Peter and other apostles to accept him in their fold? A sinner’s presence in the protective shell of the Church provides an opportunity for the merciful Lord to do His miraculous cure by covering that sinner with Grace.  In dealing with people, who through sins experience a separation from the Church, it’s tempting to just hunker down, tighten up the shell, or immediately throw out the sinner. Instead, the synod sought to better understand the reality of individual complex situations. It simply tried to surround that future pearl of great price with miraculous Grace. While excommunication remains a viable option for the Church to protect itself, Jesus seemed to reserved that action to only a few instances, such as money changers and the self-righteous at the end of time.


The pearl of great price is not some ideology of puritanical faith, but a result of a miraculous and grace-filled process. We have to trust that God is in charge of that process. God will not allow even confusing or conflicting news about the synod to destroy the Church.  The Fisher of Man is praying for Peter’s Successor, Pope Francis. (Luke 22)

Pope Francis blesses a child.

The challenging synod discussions simply recognized how divorced, remarried people, and any well-intentioned and sincere members of the homosexual community are already within the Church’s protective shell. What do we do with them? Are we trying to “get rid” of them or rather shower them with Grace and patiently wait for the Grace to build up despite our broken nature?


Walking along the beach, praying for more Grace to make sense of all of life’s difficulties reminded me to be faithful, patient and “less crabby” in the process. We’re called to never give up but be faithful and trust that God can use these difficult situations to strengthen our faith, even if we can’t easily see God’s plan. After all, despite the tumultuous history, the Church continues to produce great saints, pearls of great value, making this world a better place.


As I walked along the beach, I prayed for my heart to be a pearl-producing oyster.  Honestly, I still felt a little crabby knowing I had to get on another airplane, deal with security lines and read the news headlines.  But God’s Grace can transform even a tough-shelled crab into something delicious, satisfying and worth celebrating.  It just requires a recipe to boil the “hell” out of the crab, season it with the salt of the earth and earth’s bitter herbs like a blend of chicory, coriander and chives.


There’s good news! The Church IS a pearl-producing oyster. We’re not all crabby!  But, there’s even hope for crabby folks!  Melted butter for dipping and a cold beer.


Click for the recipe for Seafood Stew with crab and a coconut curry cream sauce


Let us pray:

Father, turn us into the pearl of great price by surrounding us with Grace. We know our sins should be an automatic “eject” button for us, but you allow us to remain inside the Church’s family. Transform us into pearls of great price. Help us to be patient and more trusting of the process, especially as the synod deliberates the difficult topics of the day. May faithful people desire to act union with the Pope. May honest disagreement be spoken in charity. Lord, silence our arrogance. Holy Spirit, continue to convert the heart of each synod participant to become like the Good Shepherd – not just in intellectual orthodoxy but also in the practical compassion that welcomed the prodigal son to the feast. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.  


  • Who’s your favorite saint, who just happened to be a former sinner?  Mine is St. Paul.
  • Have you ever found pearls in your shellfish?  What did you do with it?
  • What’s your favorite shellfish?
  • Do you have any good oyster recipes to share with our Grace Before Meals family?


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Posted October 15th, 2014 | Dinner Discussion


  Taste of Travel – Bitter Sweet

I travel a lot.  That’s actually an understatement.

Being an itinerant preacher, a missionary of the new evangelization, and a “roaming restaurant” that seeks to truly feed people brings “bitter sweet” to a whole new level of meaning.  There are times when I ask God a question, even though I already know the answer. But I ask so that I can better understand,  “Why is doing Your (God’s) will so bitter sweet?” Why can’t life just be sweet?
Passion fruit dessert with bitter sweet chocolate mousse
We can learn a spiritual lesson from the culinary world.  The “bitter” is a necessary flavor profile to counteract the overabundance of the other flavors.  Bitter things, such as bitters in drinks or an herb or vegetable, opens up the rest of the tastebuds so we can appreciate sweet, salty and sour.  Bitter foods also have medicinally beneficial qualities.  Bitter greens, for example, break down fats, stimulate the immune system, recharge the body’s metabolism and even cleanse the body. Spiritually, accepting some of the bitter-sweet has that same effect.  Jesus requires his saints to not be afraid of bitter herbs and spices. Truth can sometimes be “bitter” – a hard, but necessary, pill to swallow.
Averna Amaro, an Italian bitter sweet after dinner drink to help digest your meal. Amaro means “bitter”.
For me, despite the bitterness of travel in today’s not-so-sweet-travel experiences, I’ve learned to take the bad with the good.  The tough schedule I have keeps me humble – a hard thing for me to be!  The bitter times help me to more sincerely appreciate the simple consolations of life, like prayer, a walk through the park, a cup of cocoa, and time with my family. The tough travel days also help to toughen my spirit, helping me remember that my faith doesn’t depend on my feelings.  Becoming a “disciple” requires “discipline.”
We are called to carry our crosses in life, through which we prove our faith and prepare ourselves for heaven.


I raise this food and faith topic because I have to ask myself the question, “Do the bitter experiences in my hectic travel life turn me into a bitter person?”  That’s not God’s plan.  Nor should it be our experience.  Faith can help us see the usefulness of bitter moments while not becoming bitter ourselves.
Happy Christians, eh?
Thankfully, I know that bitter sweet challenges provide a realistic understanding of what my apostolate requires.  It reminds me that Christianity isn’t for wimps!  If all I want from faith is sweetness, then I better watch out for the cavities!



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1) What, in your experience, is the most bitter thing you’ve eaten?
2) How do you deal with bitterness in life?
3) How can we avoid becoming bitter?


Let us pray:

Father, you allow us to experience challenging and even bitter moments in our lives. Teach us how to approach difficulties without leaving a bitter taste in our mouths. Keep us humble so that we can accept our crosses, carry them well, and learn from our personal crosses in life.  We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.



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Posted October 9th, 2014 | Dinner Discussion, Prayers


Meals, Manners and Moms

During a recent work trip I visited a school run by the Dominican Sisters in Ann Arbor Michigan. This vibrant group of women made headlines when they welcomed into their convent a reporter from Oprah who sought an in-depth look and experience of consecrated religious life.
Novices at the event in Ann Arbor MI.
In the presence of good, holy and Godly women, I can’t help feeling like a child again.  Though I’m a priest, in their presence, I am reminded that I am still a child seeking to be a man of God by becoming a real brother of the Lord.  Yes, they humble me!
Me with the wonderful sisters and some students at the Academy I spoke at.
Religious sisters provide a unique and necessary maternal presence that nurtures, disciplines and loves like a spiritual mother.  We need more of these type of vocations, especially in a world where the role of women and motherhood faces confusing messages from unfeminine-feminists and anti-child-pro-abortion groups.  But God continues to call women to serve as sisters and spiritual moms.  A new reality TV show called “Sisterhood” on Lifetime will chronicle the experience of 5 young women seeking to discern religious life in a convent.

No doubt, children raised by loving moms and dads grow up more mature and healthy.  This doesn’t need scientific studies, but common sense cooperating with God’s grace.  This is the subject of the Extraordinary Synod on families occurring in Rome. 

I probably shouldn’t be taking selfies at school. Now all the kids will thinks it’s ok.
I saw the same positive power of women over children when I recently offered Mass for the Missionaries of Charity, a group of women dedicated to working with the poorest of the poor.  In America, poverty isn’t limited to a lack of income but a definition extending to those who do not have the richness of parents, faith, and family.  These Missionaries of Charity provide spiritual motherhood for men dying of AIDS.  These men were in gangs, tough guys, thugs, and drug abusers who lacked the needed discipline from mom and dad.  The streets raised them, not parents.
The residents returning to their rooms after Mass
At Mass, I found it humbling and slightly humorous to see how the Sisters were not afraid to discipline these grown men.  Despite their rough edges from a life of hard knocks, they now behave like well trained altar servers.  Sit up straight.  Pay attention.  Be reverent.  Be still and know that God is with us.  These are the lessons that come from mom and dad, and in this case, spiritual moms we call nuns.
Sisters praying at Mass.
In this month dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary, we meditate more intentionally on the life of Christ through the eyes of the woman who knew Him best, His Mother!  We realize that Mary’s role is not “important” but “necessary.”  It may be hard to believe, but Mary taught Jesus the basics of living life well in this world. As a mother, she fed him, taught him how to feed himself, reminded him to share his toys, helped him learn his prayers, and taught Jesus table manners.  In His humility, Jesus was obedient to her even though He was the Master.

Unfortunately, modernity can lack refinement, social graces and basic manners.  Without being overly reactionary by raising scrupulous rigid robotic prudes for kids, parents ought to have a healthy discussion with their children about the basics in life, including manners at our dinner table and the Lord’s Table.

Thankfully, God continues to call women to be more than consecrated “Miss Manners.” Instead, they are called to be our spiritual moms.

Her husband was at men’s retreat, and this mother was “practically” helping their 6 boys to become men of God by bringing them to one of my events.


(1)  What positive lessons do you remember if you were taught by nuns?
(2)  What manners are missing the most in today’s culture?
(3)  Which of the formal manners did you like least as a child?
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Let us pray:
Father, we thank you for the gift of moms and spiritual moms.  As we celebrate a month dedicated to the Our Lady of the Rosary, give us the grace, courage and discipline to pray this prayer more frequently on our own and with our family.  May the Synod of Bishops dedicated to the family be an opportunity for the entire church to remember that we are God’s children, still learning and needing constant reminders of how to live, act and love like His children.  We ask this with Mary’s prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Posted September 24th, 2014 | Dinner Discussion, Events, In Memory


An Ironic Super September
For some reason, when the month of September rolls around, I feel like it goes so quickly that I already feel the pressure of Christmas shopping!  There’s an ironic truth about how being busy makes the time go faster while the devil can tempt us when we’re idle and bored.  So, thank God for a busy September!
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Let me recap my month.  (By the way, this list is not to “show off” but a personal exercise for me to keep my own sanity!). In this month alone, I had speaking, cooking, or media events in New York City, New Jersey, the western part of Maryland, Washington DC, Ohio, Denver, Little Rock, Arkansas, Iowa, and Wisconsin.  In that time, I recorded 4 episodes of my radio show, “Entertaining Truth and 3 new traveling episodes of “Savoring our Faith (LINK)”  We continue to make great progress with my newest project, “The Table Foundation” – which, if you’ve ever started a non-profit, it’s an exercise of “hurry-up-and-wait.” 
In the meantime, our team is organizing trips to bring you and the good news around the world through our faith, food, and culture trips to New YorkItalyNapa Valley.  Soon we will extend invitations to the Holy Land and Spain in 2015.  In light of the Papal visit to the Philippines, I’m participating in discussions to travel there in January 2015.  On top of all that, I’m coordinating a “meet and greet” for people interested in learning more about the Consecrated Life through my community Voluntas Dei, a Secular Institute of Pontifical Rite set for October 8


This is the picture that I took of the Holy Father at a General Audience. He looked after I yelled out, “I want to cook for you!”
Despite my sheer busyness, I can honestly say that it all pales in comparison to the busyness that a family goes through, especially if it’s a young growing family.  So, while I’m busy, my project manager and his wife are extra busy!  Can you please join me in welcoming a new member of the Grace Before Meals family:  Joshua Giorgio Hansbrough, the son of my project manager, Joe and Erica Hansbrough, and the little brother to Grace.
Joshua Giorgio Hansbrough, born 8 lbs 4 oz, named after Joe’s brother Joshua (died 1982) and Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. Joe’s late father James considered them some of his favorite ‘heaven dwellers’.
As many of you know from working with him to schedule or coordinate events, Joe Hansbrough is just as busy behind the computer or phones while I’m busy on the road.  Joe reports that Joshua Giorgio is a real “eater” and has great metabolism!  Can’t wait for the opportunity to cook for him as I did for his big sister – another really good eater!
Grace mastering the pasta twirl with my creamy basil pesto linguine.
Joshua Giorgio was born on September 11, 2014. On that eerie day for airlines, I was on a plane headed to Denver to film a catechetical segment for the Augustine Institute.  If you’re familiar with the Grace Before Meals story, you’ll see the irony.  The idea of Grace Before Meals was intimately connected to the tragic date of September 11.  With Joshua Giorgio, September 11 now has extra special meaning.  God works in ironic, beautiful and wonderfully mysterious ways.  A date that reminds people of death and destruction. But for people of faith, this date becomes a date to remember hope, courage, fortitude; a day of new life, and increases love for people that extends beyond the limits of life on earth.
The New York City skyline.
Maybe because of my transition into a community of Consecrated Life I’ve been more aware of the ironic and providential ways that God has been encouraging and affirming our Grace Before Meals apostolate. Little signs, like encouraging emails, cards from children, affirming encounters, and now the celebration of the new life of Joshua Giorgio on September 11th speaks to my heart about how God does not give up on humanity.  It’s my prayer that in the increasing challenges of our economy, politics, social struggles and world wars, I pray that humanity doesn’t give up on God!
Image of the original Holy Stairs of St. Joseph in the Loretto Chapel in New Mexico.

Let us pray:

Despite our busyness God, may we always hear your voice speak to us a word of encouragement, reminding us to pray, to find quiet, and to never forget your presence in the dignity of humanity and the gift of life!  We pray for all who continue to struggle in the aftermath of world tragedies and those who silently struggle in their hearts and homes.  I pray that all will be faithful to see the providence of God, sometimes working through the irony of life.  May we never give up on you God, as we know You are always faithful to us.  Amen.



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(1)  Did you celebrate a new birth in the month of September?
(2)  How do you encourage people in difficult situations?
(3)  Is there a go-to-meal to help you get through the challenges of life?
(4)  Do you have an ironic situation that helped you find God’s presence?






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Frying Rice & Grilling Ray Rice
Click for my Grandfather’s Garlic Fried Rice Recipe.

To cook fried rice well, allow it to dry by keeping it in the refrigerator, uncovered.  Drying the rice is essential before attempting to fry it in oil, whether using sesame seed or peanut oil.  Add the right amount of seasoning, choice of meats, veggies and viola – you have the perfect fried rice. The variety of flavors and ingredients is your choice, but let it dry out first. If you avoid this step, you will get a clumpy and greasy mess.

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This cooking tip has been helpful for me as I try and figure out my thoughts regarding Ray Rice.  [Yes, I make food connections with just about everything.  That’s just how my mind works, ok?!?] The incriminating viral video of the popular football player physically knocking out his then-fiancée-now-wife in a hotel elevator is a horrible display of ugly anger. The world wide attention and insipid commentaries is just as ugly.  What we have here is one big mess!
Former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice and his wife Janay during the press conference following the arrest.
Unfortunately, some of the comments show parallel impatience of people trying to fry rice without first drying it out. In other words, the people making useless and judgmental comments are skipping an important step:  patiently discerning when to “cook” Ray Rice, his life and his career.
Patient discernment would first make us consider the following questions:
– “What were they arguing about that would make a public figure lose his temper to the point of violence?”
– “Is there a double standard because Ray Rice is such a popular person?”
– “What can we say about how his wife seemed to be the aggressor before she became the victim?”
– “What did his parents teach him about respecting women?”
– “Would the manly-minded feminist rights movement find my last question offensive, implying that women can’t take care of themselves?”
Further, I’d like to know, “Who appointed the National Football League as the arbiter of moral judgments over a couple’s personal relationship?”
You see, it’s all so confusing, and there are more questions than answers.  In other words, when we make quick judgments over this type of news story, are we being impatient in our fact finding?
Other questions have to be asked:
“Why did his beaten fiancée marry her attacker?”
“Is love so blind or willing to forgive their enemies and persecutors?”
There’s more to this story than a sports figure.  This spectacle speaks to our humanity and how we deal with our relational struggles.


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Frying rice and grilling Ray Rice require a similarly delicate process of patience and discernment.  Let me be clear, what Ray Rice did is horrendous;  the fiancée should have seriously reconsidered marrying him.  And yes, all of the media’s talk about this topic is just nauseating.  Yet, these sensitive topics provide an opportunity for people to talk with God in prayer before posting uninformed opinions on the internet.
I’d recommend that families, especially children who are sports fanatics, talk about these issues without trying to give an “easy answer” or a decisive judgment.  If we try to bypass the step of patient discernment, we will just get a mess on a plate.  We will get what we deserve.

Let us pray:

Father, we pray for couples experiencing challenges. We pray for an end to domestic violence and for more patient discernment as we try to use these news headlines to educate our children about the real meaning of marriage.  Keep us focused on the grace and not the “train-wrecks” of society, lest they become the only model of relationships that unfortunately form our conscious.  Help us to remember how your Son Jesus gave us the perfect example of what it means to love one another, without violence and always with forgiveness.  We ask this in His most holy name.  Amen.

Jesus came to forgive us our sins.



(1)  How are you using this headline news to teach your children?
(2)  What advice would you give to anyone experiencing domestic violence?
(3)  Do you think that men are a “stronger” gender, and how does that affect the conversations about women’s equality?
(4)  Do you have any other fried rice tips?
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