Anna Mindess is a writer and journalist focusing on food, culture, travel and immigrants’ stories. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, AFAR, Paste Magazine, Oakland Magazine, Edible East Bay Magazine, KQED Bay Area Bites and many other publications. Anna also works as an American Sign Language/English interpreter and is the author of several books and co-creator of several films about Deaf Culture that are used to train ASL students and interpreters around the world.
What I Learned Hawking Sweet Potatoes with a Street Vendor in Taiwan
I must look like a lunatic to the well-dressed people striding down a busy Taipei street at lunchtime...
Edible East Bay Magazine
Can You Really Trust An Eggplant?
Place an eggplant on a plate and the shiny purple globe freely rolls from side to side. You may have never considered the vegetable in this light, but for Hindi speakers, the phrase “thali ka baingan” (eggplant on a plate) is a disparaging put-down for someone who likewise flip-flops, shifting loyalties so easily that they cannot be trusted...
The Washington Post
All Signs Point to a Hit in San Francisco
Melody Stein’s hands stay mighty busy at Mozzeria, the Neapolitan pizza and small-plates restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District. They make the dough, help create recipes and email vendors. They concoct the hoisin sauce that tops the popular roast duck pizza...
High-rises and Hutongs Define Beijing
Like a bowl of its intensely flavored noodles, Beijing is a tangle of contradictions. For centuries, the dragons painted on its ancient temples’ red and gold façades have watched the city serenely. Yet now, ultramodern high-rises spring up at the speed of light. Wander the twisting lanes in a few hutongs to feel the timeless pulse of daily life...
Resistance is a 1-Inch Chile Relleno
Can tiny pictures of tamales, empanadas, ceviche and flan really make an impact on the heated national debate about immigrants?
KQED- Bay Area Bites
Tee Tran’s Monster Pho Conquers Oakland with Traditional Vietnamese Cooking
When the woman at the Small Business Administration discovered that 25-year old Tee Tran wanted a loan to open a Vietnamese restaurant even though he had absolutely no experience in the food business, she laughed at him. “You’re kidding me, right? Do you know your chances of getting a business loan? It's zero!"...