Ari's Top 5, Recipes

Terrific Salad of Cucumber, Radish and Avocado

Bringing early summer flavors together in the salad bowl This is another easy and excellent taste of summer that Tammie and I have been trying out different versions of. It’s refreshing, good for you, and a delicious pairing with almost anything else you’re having for dinner. Yotam Ottolenghi says, “A well-made salad must have a certain uniformity; […]

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Ari's Top 5, Miss Kim

Makgeolli from Miss Kim

Korea’s oldest alcoholic drink comes to Ann Arbor Not only does every region in the world have its own unique cooking, nearly all have their special style of beverage as well. We know many—regional wines in France, pale ales in parts of England, mezcals in Mexico, lightly fermented ciders in northern Spain and New England, […]

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Ari's Top 5, Business

The Seemingly Small Act of Knowing People’s Names Can Make a Big Difference

Honor our colleagues and improve our organizational culture   In 1980, a couple years before we opened the Deli, the psychologist Carl Rogers wrote his classic A Way of Being. Rogers, who was born in 1902, the same year the Deli’s building was built, concluded that the country was moving towards a new future—one in which […]

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Sautéed Dates for Dinner

A delightful and delicious appetizer So easy! As with all the cooking I write about, this dish requires really good raw materials. I feel fortunate to have stumbled onto the delicious dates from the marvelous Rancho Meladuco, located in the Coachella Valley in California. They’re ripened carefully on the tree to maximize their natural sweetness. Joan […]

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A New Brunch Dish at Miss Kim

Stop by to try Ji Hye’s new Jeon on Saturday or Sunday morning One of the most rewarding adventures of the last few months here in the ZCoB has been Miss Kim’s rollout of our new weekend brunch. I asked Ji Hye to share a highlight. She sent me back the story of a 17th century tradition […]

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Putting Power Back into Our Cultural Soil

Sharing power toward a more positive future Folk singer Billy Bragg says, “We live in an age of rage. People feel their voices are ignored.” Political scientist Yascha Mounk writes, “Looking around the world, I see depressingly few democratic bright spots.” He also said, “Voters have long since concluded that they have little influence on public policy.” Whether it’s […]

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