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The Racist Sandwich Podcast


Chef Soleil Ho and journalist Zahir Janmohamed interview chefs and purveyors of color and tackle food's relationship to race, gender, and class in their bi-weekly podcast from Portland, Oregon.
E67: Talking Toronto Food Justice (w/ Vanessa Ling Yu, Paul Taylor & Hywel Tuscano)

42:11 | Feb 6th

In the final installment of our Toronto series, producer TK Matunda sits down with three community organizers to unpack Toronto's food justice scene. This episode, we hear from Vanessa Ling Yu, Director of caterToronto; Paul Taylor, Executive Directo...Show More
EP68: This Is Not A Goodbye (w/ Soleil Ho & Zahir Janmohamed)

34:13 | Feb 20th

We have big news. Our beloved hosts are starting amazing new chapters in their lives: Soleil is settling in as food critic for The San Francisco Chronicle, and Zahir is now in his first year of fiction writing at the University of Michigan. What does...Show More
E66: I'm Not Leaving (W/ Ruben Ramos, Karla Quiñones, Abner Roldán, and Tony Ayala)

27:26 | Jan 23rd

In this episode, Juan travels to Puerto Rico and interviews people affected by Hurricane Maria. He reminisces on his own encounters with hurricanes and how Hurricane Maria’s destruction reminds him of these experiences. First, Juan visits the town of...Show More
E65: Los Angeles is Brown (w/ Daniel Hernandez)

29:43 | Jan 9th

Happy new year, everybody! You know what they say…new year, new episode. New hosts? Producers Stephanie Kuo and Juan Ramirez take over the mic this week to bring you this episode on the diversity of food media in Los Angeles. But first, in part one, ...Show More
E64: Toronto Truths (w/ Foodies of Colour) 

47:51 | Dec 26th, 2018

Producer TK Matunda sits down with four Foodies of Colour to unpack what's going on in Toronto's food scene.  The Panel:  Eden Hagos – Founder of Black Foodie  Ryan  Hinkson  – Curator behind Eat Famous Andrew Do – Curator behind 6ixspots Aisha Silim...Show More
E63: Eating our way through Toronto (w/ Suresh Doss) 

32:09 | Dec 12th, 2018

Producer TK Matunda tours the Toronto suburb of Scarborough with food and drink writer Suresh Doss. They talk about Toronto's food scene, being seen by food media and the difference between the downtown core and the suburbs. And this is all while eat...Show More
E62: Sugar, Spice and Bananas with Rice (w/ Hamdi Ahmed)

30:20 | Nov 29th, 2018

This episode is all about Somali food: sambusas, bananas with rice and...pineapple upside-down cake? In part one, Soleil sits down with Hamdi Ahmed to talk about a cookbook she co-wrote in high school. Soo Fariista (Come Sit Down) is a collection of ...Show More
E61: The Memory of Za’atar and a Free Palestine

30:56 | Nov 15th, 2018

In this episode, we dive headlong into how the relationship between Israel and Palestine intersects with food politics. In our first segment, Food Book Fair co-director and organizer Kimberly Chou Tsun An speaks to chef and artist Amanny Ahmad about ...Show More
E60: Sheet Pan Chicken With a Side of Social Justice (w/ Julia Turshen)

30:22 | Oct 24th, 2018

For our 60th episode, Soleil speaks with the inspiring Julia Turshen, author of “Now & Again,” about how cookbooks can be an effective vehicle for social and political conversations. They also talk about Turshen’s work forging supportive communities ...Show More
E58: Erasing Black Barbecue (w/ Johnny Walker, Adrian Miller, Daniel Vaughn and Brent & Juan Reaves)

30:19 | Sep 26th, 2018

Hey y’all! We’re back in Texas with producer Stephanie Kuo, as she takes us on another tasty, tasty trip across her home state. This week, we’re talking barbecue. It’s delicious, it’s trendy, it’s decidedly American. But its story today has pretty hu...Show More
The Kundiman 2018 Series, Pt. 4

12:11 | Sep 19th, 2018

This is our final installment of the Kundiman Series, featuring poetry and prose recorded at the Kundiman writer's retreat at Fordham University over the summer. Each year, Kundiman brings upcoming Asian American writers together for a week of mentor...Show More
E57: Chicago? Wine Not! (w/ Joseph Hernandez)

31:02 | Sep 12th, 2018

In this episode, Zahir sits down with Chicago Tribune’s Deputy Food Editor Joseph Hernandez to talk about moving to Chicago from Southern California, what it means to be a queer food writer of color, and why people should not be intimidated by wine. ...Show More
The Kundiman 2018 Series, Pt. 3

10:09 | Sep 5th, 2018

This is our third installment of poetry and prose that Soleil recorded when she stopped by the Kundiman writer's retreat at Fordham University this summer. Each year, Kundiman brings upcoming Asian American writers together for a week of mentorship, ...Show More
E56: The Most Interesting City in America (w/ Dan Q. Dao)

30:43 | Aug 29th, 2018

For this episode, we welcome back producer Stephanie Kuo as guest host. She’s setting out on a journey to unpack the culinary legacy of her home state: Texas! And today, she sits down with Dan Dao, a NYC-based food writer who also hails from the Lone...Show More
The Kundiman 2018 Series, Pt. 2

10:03 | Aug 22nd, 2018

On this bonus episode, you’ll hear the next installment of poetry and prose that Soleil recorded when she stopped by the Kundiman writer's retreat at Fordham University this summer. Each year, Kundiman brings upcoming Asian American writers together ...Show More
E55: Louisville’s Super Chef (w/ Darnell Ferguson)

28:14 | Aug 15th, 2018

Guest interviewer Roxanne Scott chats with chef and television fixture Darnell Ferguson about what it means to be the only Black executive chef in Louisville, Kentucky. In this frank interview, Ferguson reveals his approach to mentorship and the work...Show More
The Kundiman 2018 Series, Pt. 1

11:26 | Aug 8th, 2018

This summer, Soleil stopped by the Kundiman writer’s retreat at Fordham University to record snippets of poetry and prose from this year’s writing fellows. Each year, Kundiman brings upcoming Asian American writers together for a week of mentorship, ...Show More
E54: What the Duck (w/ Lillian Li)

29:50 | Aug 1st, 2018

In today’s episode, Zahir interviews Lillian Li, the author of the critically acclaimed novel “Number One Chinese Restaurant.” Lillian discusses her relationship to the food she grew up eating, what she learned working at a Chinese restaurant and how...Show More
E53: Eating Intuitively (w/ Heather Armstrong & Kimberley Wilson)

30:48 | Jul 25th, 2018

In this second episode of a two-part series on mental health, Soleil speaks with Heather Armstrong and Kimberley Wilson on the links between diet and mental health. Armstrong, a blogger and writer also known as “Dooce,” tell us how her last attempt a...Show More
Rerun: History on a Plate: The State of Filipino Cuisine (w/ Sarahlynn Pablo & Natalia Roxas)

30:52 | Jul 19th, 2018

To commemorate our producer emeritus’ upcoming podcast for and about Filipino Americans, we’re re-releasing this great interview with Filipino Kitchen on the history of the cuisine. We want to send a big warm congratulations to Alan Montecillo for la...Show More
E52: Tasting Something Other Than Shame (w/ Ijeoma Oluo)

31:31 | Jul 4th, 2018

Today's episode is an important one for us at Racist Sandwich. We talk a lot about the intersection of food, race and culture, but we're also a podcast about class – because we know a lot of people aren't afforded the luxury of food as leisure. For a...Show More
E51: Keeping It Together In The Kitchen (w/ Hannah Howard & Casey Rebecca Nunes)

31:31 | Jun 21st, 2018

This is the first of a two-part series on mental health. Soleil sits down with author Hannah Howard and chef Casey Rebecca Nunes, who both open up about their own mental health struggles in the food industry. In the first part of the episode, Howard ...Show More
E50: Detroiters are Fighters (w/ Devita Davison, Malik Yakini & Serena Maria Daniels)

31:15 | Jun 6th, 2018

We're in Detroit for our 50th episode! And we're talking about the city's enduring food legacy. While a lot of food media often likens Detroit's food scene to a "Renaissance" of sorts, led predominantly by white chefs from the suburbs, the truth is i...Show More
E49: Fighting Occupation with Food (w/ Reem Assil)

29:13 | May 23rd, 2018

In this episode, we hear the morning keynote address at the La Cocina food conference delivered by Reem Assil, the founder of Reem’s Bakery and the newly opened restaurant Dyafa. Reem speaks about the targeting of civilians in Gaza and how she uses f...Show More
Bonus Episode: Racially Conscious Wallah Bro (w/ Khaled Beydoun)

24:56 | May 16th, 2018

We have another special bonus episode to mark the start of Ramadan! Zahir travels to Dearborn, Mich., to sit down with Khaled Beydoun, a law professor and author of the newly released book, “American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of ...Show More
E48: Food Stories That Don't Pay the Bills (w/Francis Lam)

31:48 | May 9th, 2018

We're thrilled to have one of Soleil's food icons on the podcast this week! Francis Lam, host of The Splendid Table and food writer extraordinaire, joins Soleil for a conversation about telling the food stories that aren't "glamorous." They also talk...Show More
Bonus Episode: The Cure for Yellow Fever (w/ Dakota Kim)

29:22 | May 2nd, 2018

Surprise! We have a special bonus episode for you after several requests to unpack the “Yellow Fever” debacle on Twitter. Writer and restaurateur Dakota Kim joins Soleil for this discussion about the Asian fusion restaurant in Long Beach, Calif. whos...Show More
E47: Bird’s Nest (w/ Liana Aghajanian)

30:29 | Apr 25th, 2018

In part one, Soleil, Zahir, and Juan meet for the first time at La Cocina Conference in San Francisco and Soleil shares some exciting news. In part two, we commemorate Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day by interviewing journalist Liana Aghajanian abou...Show More
E46: Kitchen Spanish (w/ Emily Hunsberger)

30:12 | Apr 11th, 2018

It’s our first reported episode of the season! Emily Hunsberger, who hosts the Spanish-language podcast Tertulia, brings us this great story about Kitchen Spanish, the unique pidgin spoken among Spanish-speaking and English-speaking staff in restaura...Show More
E45: Becoming an American Writer (w/ Alexander Chee)

29:57 | Mar 28th, 2018

In this episode, Zahir interviews the award-winning writer Alexander Chee about his new essay collection “How to Write an Autobiographical Novel.” Alexander speaks about his visit to Korea, what it was like to wait tables before writing his novel, an...Show More
E44: Hell in a Bread Basket (w/ Samin Nosrat)

30:12 | Mar 14th, 2018

In this episode, new producer Stephanie Kuo joins Zahir to discuss an op-ed she wrote for the Dallas Observer about her complicated relationship with white-owned Asian-fusion restaurants, shame and respect for cultures outside our own. In part two, S...Show More
E43: Eat Pickles Get Ripped (w/ Carmen Maria Machado)

29:16 | Feb 28th, 2018

We are excited to kick off season two of our podcast! In part one, Soleil and Zahir talk about missing Taco Bell and gush about our roller coaster ride of a Kickstarter campaign. In part two, guest interviewer Emilly Prado interviews Carmen Maria Mac...Show More
Bonus Episode: Ohio Against the World (with Hanif Abdurraqib)

30:01 | Jan 5th, 2018

Zahir interviews poet and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib about his new collection of essays called “They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us.” Hanif speaks about growing up in Ohio, how the city’s Black population has been displaced, and why Black-own...Show More
E42: Break Time

30:09 | Dec 16th, 2017

After a long and popping first season, we’re taking a short break to recharge, relax, and raise funds for season two! Thank you for listening to Racist Sandwich, and huge thanks to the collaborators, guests, and friends who all helped us along the wa...Show More
E41: Only White Men Get to Be Geniuses (w/ Jen Agg)

29:01 | Dec 6th, 2017

Today’s guest is the one, the only Jen Agg—the Toronto, Canada-based restaurateur who, in a lot of ways, has been imposed with a sort of Cassandra role in the food media. She’s been sounding the alarm on the toxic and often violent masculinity that i...Show More
E40: The Pav to Success (w/ Preeti Mistry)

29:56 | Nov 29th, 2017

Soleil catches up with Oakland chef and restaurateur Preeti Mistry, and they chat about culinary school, how the food industry falls short of its meritocratic ideals, the culture of abuse in restaurants, and what it means to live your politics. Zahir...Show More
EP39: Namaste Motherfucker (with Mitali Desai and Naben Ruthnum)

31:07 | Nov 15th, 2017

In this episode, we address the politics of the word “curry.” In part one, Barnard College student Mitali Desai shares her poem “Chicken Tikka Masala” about being bullied at her predominantly white school. In part two, we interview the Toronto based ...Show More
EP38: Ice Cream vs Anti-Semitism (w/ Jared Goodman)

59:38 | Nov 1st, 2017

Zahir interviews Jared Goodman, the founder and director of Morgan Street Theater, which organizes ice cream theater events in Portland, Oregon. Jared talks about him about his Jewish identity, his anxieties about raising Jewish children in an age of...Show More
Bonus Episode: F**k the Patriarchy

31:38 | Oct 25th, 2017

BONUS EPISODE: FUCK THE PATRIARCHY. Soleil and Zahir discuss the sexual harassment allegations against the famous restauranteur John Besh, as well as their own experiences encountering sexual harassment in their respective work environments. They als...Show More
EP37: Minnesota Nice (w/ Amalia Nicholson, Aubry, and Kale Walch)

31:30 | Oct 19th, 2017

How much do you know about Minnesota? In this episode, Soleil digs into the state, going both on and off the beaten path. She talks with Amalia Nicholson, lifelong Minnesotan, and host of the Borrowed Interest podcast, about punk rock b...Show More
EP36: Eating Big Macs in Qatar (with Omar El Akkad)

1:12:26 | Oct 4th, 2017

Zahir interviews Omar El Akkad, author of the critically acclaimed novel "American War," at an Egyptian shawarma stand in Portland, Oregon where they talk about sci-fi literature, what Ramadan means in a time of Islamophobia, and why McDonald's was s...Show More
EP35: Puchica in the Midwest (w/ Victor Interiano & Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik)

30:51 | Sep 20th, 2017

Soleil and Zahir meet in the Midwest—sort of. They catch up on their adventures as Soleil prepares to depart to Mexico once again. In this episode, we speak with Victor Interiano, creator of Dichos de un bicho, a blog centered on issues that concern...Show More
Bonus Episode: Waking Up From The Dream; A Post DACA Conversation

16:33 | Sep 10th, 2017

The day after President Trump announced his plans to rescind the DACA program, the three of us--producer Juan, co-hosts Soleil and Zahir--recorded a  podcast together about what we were feeling. Juan is a former DACA recipient himself and we reflecte...Show More
E34: Queering and Melanating the Comic World (w/ Taneka Stotts)

32:13 | Aug 31st, 2017

When was the last time you saw yourself reflected in the art that you love? For Portland’s Taneka Stotts, comic writer and editor, the answer was never. So she co-founded Beyond Press, a small-scale publisher that releases comic books featuring queer...Show More
E33: Southern Food and the Table of Brotherhood (w/ John T. Edge and Amanda Yee)

31:05 | Aug 11th, 2017

Who owns Southern food? In this episode, we tackle the concept of cultural stakes, ownership, and the character of Southern regional cuisine. Zahir talks to author and Southern food scholar John T. Edge about his new book, The Potlikker Papers. In th...Show More
E32: Because I Don't have Papers (w/ Armando Ibañez)

28:14 | Jul 27th, 2017

Juan speaks with Armando Ibañez, an undocumented queer filmmaker who produces Undocumented Tales, a web series that is loosely based on Armando's experience as a waiter in LA. Armando talks about what is like to be undocumented in the US while workin...Show More
E31: Lose Hate, Not Weight (w/ Virgie Tovar)

31:45 | Jul 12th, 2017

This episode, which features author, activist, and fat discrimination expert Virgie Tovar, continues our conversations about body image, fatness, and thin privilege in the food world. We discuss the complexities of being a fat foodie and think about ...Show More
Bonus Episode: Pride month

30:10 | Jul 1st, 2017

"In part one, we interview John Birdsall, the acclaimed food writer who is working on a book about James Beard and specifically Beard's queer identity. Birdsall also opens up about why he made the decision to talk about food in relation to his own ga...Show More
Episode 30: Squid and Prejudice (w/ Viet Thanh Nguyen)

31:48 | Jun 21st, 2017

RS interviews Pulitzer Prize winning author and USC professor Viet Thanh Nguyen about his new short story collection, what it was like working at his parents’ Vietnamese grocery store, and why he doesn’t write for white readers. Produced by Juan Rami...Show More
Bonus Episode: The Pushback against White Supremacy in Portland

56:51 | Jun 11th, 2017

Racist Sandwich covers the recent white supremacist rally in Portland; in part one, we interview people of color at the counter-protest, as well as a Trump supporter and anti-fascist activists; in part two, we cover the fundraiser and tribute for the...Show More
E29: Anh Luu Gives You Wings

29:16 | May 31st, 2017

Zahir starts off with some thoughts on the recent deadly white supremacist violence in Portland, and talks a bit about his thoughts on Portland in general.  The core of this episode is our funny and thoughtful interview with Anh Luu, the chef/owner ...Show More
E28: The Cacahuate Diaries (w/Daniela Perez and Soleil Ho)

28:31 | May 18th, 2017

Katherine Quince interviews Daniela Perez—a mentor gardener based in Portland, Oregon—and chat about the successes and failures of gardening. Also, Soleil sits down and talks to us about what is like to open a restaurant in Puerto Vallarta over an aw...Show More
"Bonus Mother's Day Episode: Zahir interviews his Mom."

16:39 | May 14th, 2017

Zahir's mom dishes on Indian food in Tanzania, how she defines fusion food, and why she mischievously leaves out ingredients when people ask her for recipes.
E27: Planting Seeds Among Concrete (w/ Wanda Stewart) 

27:57 | May 3rd, 2017

We celebrate our first anniversary by having guest producer Cristina Kim takes us to Oakland, Ca to talk with Wanda Stewart on the joys and challenges of teaching gardening and community farming at Hoover Elementary. Wanda welcomes us into her classr...Show More
E26: Coffee Level Over 9000 (w/ Nick Cho)

31:26 | Apr 19th, 2017

Nick Cho will teach you how to make coffee—we won’t say in the “best way,” but certainly with way more knowledge and control than you’re used to having. While both Zahir and Soleil are probably top-tier coffee ignoramuses, we had a great conversation...Show More
E25: Do What You Wanna (w/ Ruby Tandoh)

31:24 | Apr 6th, 2017

The theme of this episode is food and all the ways people use it to mess with us. Well, it’s about a bit more than that, but that’s the gist of it. First, Soleil and Zahir chat about the Great Kimchi Incident of 2017 and the high psychological price ...Show More
E24: Stop Asking Me About Kabobs (w/ Persian cookbook author Yasmin Khan)

29:17 | Mar 21st, 2017

Yasmin Khan’s Twitter bio reads: “Challenging stereotypes of the Middle East, one pomegranate at a time.” With her new cookbook, “The Saffron Tales,” Khan has not only delivered a beautifully written book about Persian food but has also challenged us...Show More
E23: Combating Hunger with Hawaiian Musubi (w/ Darrell Yuen)

30:27 | Mar 8th, 2017

One in five people in Portland are food insecure, according to the Oregon Food Bank. It’s a statistic Darrell Yuen knows well. He spent years fighting hunger, including a stint at the Oregon Food Bank. But in 2016, he called it quits and decided he w...Show More
Bonus Episode: (Not) Feeding the Trolls (w/ Celeste Noche)

21:07 | Mar 7th, 2017

Do you remember our smash hit episode on racial signifiers in food photography featuring photog Celeste Noche? Since episode 14 came out last November, CBC has rerun the episode and Celeste has been interviewed about the subject by Quartz, the BBC, a...Show More
E22: Traveling Better With Bani Amor

31:34 | Feb 23rd, 2017

In part one, we talk about Soleil's new restaurant Bonito Kitchen in Puerto Vallarta and Zahir's hard hitting investigative journalism about Portland's best shawarma. In part two, Soleil interviews Bani Amor, a queer travel writer, photographer and a...Show More
E21: New Look, Same Great Taste (w/ Alan Montecillo & Juan Ramirez)

48:27 | Feb 9th, 2017

It was bound to happen someday. Our killer founding producer and editor, Alan Montecillo, is leaving us (and Portland) to work as a producer on the 21st, a news and culture talk show from Illinois Public Media. We always knew his talents and Hufflepu...Show More
E20: Talking in New Orleans in the Age of Trump (w/ Maurice Ruffin)

25:32 | Jan 25th, 2017

On our twentieth(!) episode, we continue our two-episode-long trend of having individual people share their stories. Maurice Ruffin is a writer and restauranteur in New Orleans. Here, he shares his essay "Talking in New Orleans in the Age of Trump," ...Show More
E19: Soleil's First Restaurant Job

15:53 | Jan 12th, 2017

A new episode is here! We did something a little different. Soleil shares a story of the first time she ever waited tables, and how it changed her life (but also, how it didn't). She told this story at the Holocene in Portland, Oregon back in Novembe...Show More
E18: Fries Before Guys (w/ Randa Jarrar)

42:20 | Dec 29th, 2016

It's our last show of 2016! Soleil and Zahir (recording remotely for the first time) begin by distracting you from the news with their top five favorite things they ate this year. Then, Zahir interviews Arab-American writer Randa Jarrar, author of th...Show More
E17: Hari Kondabolu Eats Beef

37:59 | Dec 15th, 2016

We're really excited about this one. Zahir and Alan (don't worry, Soleil will be back on the show soon!) interviewed Hari Kondabolu when he was in Portland. If you're not familiar with Hari and his work, fix your damn life and get on it! We cover a l...Show More
E16: And You Tried to Change, Didn't You? (w/ Salimatu Amabebe)

43:16 | Dec 1st, 2016

How does it feel when your body doesn't fit the definition of "desirable," when no one around you looks the way you look, when taking up space seems like an insult toward the people around you? For this episode, we wanted to consider these questions ...Show More
Why This Show Matters

10:48 | Nov 24th, 2016

We've launched another crowdfunder! Instead of talking about why you should open your wallet for us, Alan collected three of his favorite clips from our podcast. P.S. On this holiday, please also consider giving to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
E15: The Stories We Tell (w/ Isaac Fitzgerald)

45:24 | Nov 17th, 2016

In this episode, we interview Buzzfeed Books Editor Isaac Fitzgerald about his new book, Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos. The book, which features beautiful illustrations by Wendy Macnaughton, is out now. Isaac and Soleil sha...Show More
We Just Need A Minute

28:44 | Nov 10th, 2016

We needed to turn off social media and talk out our post-Election Day feelings. If you want to let us know how you're doing, leave us a voicemail at (971) 800-1389, or email us at racistsandwichpodcast@gmail.com
E14: What's So Political About Food Photography? (w/ Celeste Noche)

32:29 | Nov 2nd, 2016

Food photography is just about showcasing food...right? In this episode, we talk with freelance photographer Celeste Noche about how an art as "neutral" as modern food photography can actually be loaded with signifiers of race, gender, and class. We ...Show More
E13: Food Tech Goes Home (w/ Charley Wang)

40:25 | Oct 19th, 2016

Episode 13 is here! Charley Wang, the CEO of Josephine, an up-and-coming food tech company, explains how his version of the sharing economy can bolster home cooking, empower small-scale entrepreneurs, and combat gentrification. He believes that food ...Show More
E12: It's Time For Solutions (w/ Nicole Taylor)

33:51 | Oct 5th, 2016

On this episode, we talked with food writer and cookbook author Nicole Taylor about popularity of Southern food, and its roots in black history that are often erased in a trend-driven food landscape. We also delve into the homogeneity of food media i...Show More
E11: Pho is the New Pho (w/ Jenny Yang)

46:12 | Sep 21st, 2016

Or, #NeverPhogetNeverPhogive! Soleil embarked on our first OFF-SITE INTERVIEW and caught up with comedian and writer Jenny Yang this past weekend. She produced and starred in "PBJ is the New Grilled Cheese," a brilliant send-up of that pho video that...Show More
E10: Mexican Food Is Already Elevated (w/ Abel Hernandez and Jaime Soltero)

32:45 | Sep 8th, 2016

For our tenth(!) episode, we talked with Abel Hernandez and Jaime Saltero. They are, respectively, the head chef and owner of Tamale Boy in Portland, Oregon. Abel and Jaime shared their stories about starting their restaurant, designing the space, an...Show More
E9: The New Culinary Workforce (w/ Jamaal Green, Greg Schrock, & The Portland Kitchen)

31:42 | Aug 25th, 2016

Anyone in Portland can tell you that we've been experiencing a huge increase in restaurants and bars this year. What we sought to find out in this episode was whether that same increase has meant more opportunities and financial stability for food se...Show More
E8: Writing About Race, Family, & Food (with Amy Lam)

34:28 | Aug 10th, 2016

On this episode, we explore food from a slightly different angle. We talked with Amy Lam, associate editor at BITCH Magazine and co-founder of the group "Portland Creatives of Color" — which is the reason why we met and started this podcast in the fi...Show More
BONUS: Your Stories About Filipino Food

08:53 | Jul 28th, 2016

For our Filipino food episode [E7], we asked our listeners to call in to our Google voice number to talk to us about their relationships with Filipino food. And y'all really rose to the occasion! We got a lot of voicemails, so we put our favorite one...Show More
E7: History on a Plate: The State of Filipino Cuisine (w/ Sarahlynn Pablo & Natalia Roxas)

29:46 | Jul 28th, 2016

For years, we've been hearing from the food media that Filipino cuisine is the "next big thing;" that it would only be a matter of time before it "arrived." To hash that all out, we talked to a bunch of Pinoys! First, our producer, Alan Montecillo; t...Show More
E6: "It's Double Trouble": On Being a Vegan of Color (with Emiko Badillo)

27:51 | Jul 13th, 2016

We start with a brief conversation about Pokemon Go, #BlackLivesMatter, and the place of politics in food media. Then we interview Emiko Badillo, one of the owners of Food Fight, the first vegan grocery store in Portland. She also started Vegans of C...Show More
E5: Food & Femininity (with Dr. Kate Cairns)

44:05 | Jun 29th, 2016

Dr. Kate Cairns, an Assistant Professor of Childhood Studies at Rutgers University, joins us remotely to share her research on how foodwork—the researching, buying, and preparation of food—plays into modern ideas of what it means to be a good, respon...Show More
E4: Sneakers & Coffee (with Ian Williams of Deadstock Cafe & Gallery)

26:32 | Jun 15th, 2016

On this episode of Racist Sandwich, we talk with sneaker maven Ian Williams, who owns and operates Deadstock Coffee, a sneaker-themed coffee shop in downtown Portland. We discuss what it means to take up space, why sneaker culture is integral to urba...Show More
E3: Pop-ups, Dudebros, and Indian-Mexican Fusion (with Kusuma Rao)

33:02 | Jun 1st, 2016

Zahir and Soleil are back! In our intro, we discuss the food media's new obsession with poke, Anthony Bourdain in Vietnam, and chaat. After that, Portland chef Kusuma Rao of Ruchikala talks to us about the pop-up life, growing up Indian in Tucson, du...Show More
E2: Bringing Korean Food To The Masses (with Han Ly Hwang)

25:35 | May 18th, 2016

Han Ly Hwang, the chef and owner of Portland's Kim Jong Grillin food truck, joins us in the studio to talk about the Korean-American food revolution, being on Chopped, what it means to cook your own food, and the Sisyphean task of gaining parental ap...Show More
E1: I Make Wine Because I'm A Hustler (with Bertony Faustin)

30:13 | May 4th, 2016

Our podcast begins with a discussion about the difficulty we often have connecting food to the broader issues of race, gender, and class. Bertony Faustin, an Oregon winemaker and documentarian, joins us in the studio to talk about breaking into the w...Show More