Anna Mindess is an award-winning writer and journalist focusing on food, culture, travel and immigrants’ stories. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, AFAR, Paste Magazine, Atlas Obscura, 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.
Edible East Bay Magazine
FIRST FLAVORS OF THE EAST BAY -Cafe Ohlone Offers Indigenous Foods for All to Share
“Wait, I thought you were all extinct ….” is a frequent comment from first-time diners at Café Ohlone, Berkeley’s first Indigenous supper club. Vincent Medina and partner Louis Trevino began serving pre-contact Indigenous foods on the back patio of University Press Books...
DEAF-FRIENDLY EATERIES TO TRY AROUND THE WORLD
I've traveled the world visiting Deaf-owned restaurants from Paris to Taipei. Some of my favorites: Neapolitan pizza in San Francisco, Moroccan tagines in Paris, crêpes in Austin and artistic coffee drinks in Taipei...
The Los Angeles Times
OUT FROM THE SHADOWS
A Beijing hotel teaches its guests about an ancient Chinese form of puppetry to help keep the art alive.
My brush was tiny, more like something you’d use for nail polish. That was apt because I was struggling to paint the toenails of my dragon shadow puppet...
HOW TO FIND FREE GUIDES FOR PERSONALIZED TOURS IN JAPAN'S TOP CITIES
Why would Japanese locals will take you on customized cultural adventures for free. To practice their English and chat with foreigners.
A retired college professor will steer you to a Tokyo sumo stable to watch the wrestlers train...
KQED Bay Area Bites
REFUGEES' LIFE STORIES DEEPEN THE BREW AT 1951 COFFEE CO.
*Winner AFJ Best Food Essay 2018*
When baristas hand over your low-fat latte, you probably don’t consider the paths that brought them to stand across the counter from you. But at 1951 Coffee Company, the café staffed entirely by refugees, baristas’ life journeys are actually the point...
Edible East Bay Magazine
CRYSTAL WAHPEPAH CELEBRATES NATIVE FOODS IN HER NEW RESTAURANT
Alongside a majestic orange oak tree, five figures offer sacred foods from their respective Indigenous cultures: Peruvian potatoes, Mayan corn, Ohlone acorns, and Lakota bison. In the center, a Kickapoo woman holds a basket of squash. The mural, embodies the concept behind Wahpepah’s Kitchen, the first Native American woman–owned restaurant in California...