Book announcement: Caribeños at the Table

I am thrilled to share that my book, Caribeños at the Table: How Migration, Health, and Race Intersect in New York City, is scheduled to come out this October 2021 via University of North Carolina Press. The book has been the result of a long and transformative process, beginning back in 2013, when I moved … Continue reading Book announcement: Caribeños at the Table

Exploring Menus: Updates from the field

Originally posted on LARiAProject:
As we continue to wrap up our listening sessions with restaurants, our team has been spending quality time with restaurant menus, learning about food offerings in Latin American restaurants from different angles. We wanted to take note of the kinds of offerings that already exist, including healthier offerings and innovative takes…

Learning from the Literature: Results from our Scoping Review

I am happy to share my latest publication, Facilitating Healthier Eating at Restaurants: A Multidisciplinary Scoping Review Comparing Strategies, Barriers, Motivators, and Outcomes by Restaurant Type and Initiator. This publication was motivated by the need to better understand if and how restaurants have been engaging in strategies that could potentially result in healthier eating. Public … Continue reading Learning from the Literature: Results from our Scoping Review

Ketchup

I have been thinking and learning a lot about ketchup in the past weeks, thanks to Amy Bentley and her recently published article, “Ketchup as a Vegetable: Condiments and the Politics of School Lunch in Reagan’s America.” I recently had the chance to interview Bentley as a guest podcast host for Meant to Be Eaten, … Continue reading Ketchup

Introducing LARiA (and a new website look!)

Last March, when I drafted my dispatch for Gastronomica’s special edition on Food in Times of COVID-19, I wrote from a place of uncertainty. My article, Community Health Research, Restaurants, and Adjusting amid Uncertainty, documented my nostalgia for restaurants and the abrupt pause in my restaurant-focused study. I concluded the article with a look to … Continue reading Introducing LARiA (and a new website look!)

Supporting Restaurants: Eating Out and Pushing for Legislation

In late June 2020, New York City restaurant started slowly reopening with outside seating. Many streets have gradually transformed extended into busy sidewalks and by the side of traffic and bike lanes. Personally, it has taken me a while to re-embrace eating out. I have never been a fan of outside seating, especially in the … Continue reading Supporting Restaurants: Eating Out and Pushing for Legislation

Health promotion, policy change, and the public good: Thoughts from soda taxes (new publication)

Presenting a new publication, examining the soda taxes in Mexico and Chile, and comparing such obesity prevention efforts to COVID-19 public health prevention messages and receipt.

The Privilege of Delivery

I resisted in the beginning. Then, a few years ago, I found myself trying to maneuver the small wheels of a fragile grocery cart in the middle of winter and dirty snow, after making the epic, round-the-store line at Trader Joe’s. That was it. Soon after, I tried my first grocery delivery service and I … Continue reading The Privilege of Delivery

Engaging Ethnic Restaurants for Community Health: A New Publication

This post is to share my latest article, Engaging Ethnic Restaurants to Improve Community Nutrition Environments: A Qualitative Study with Hispanic Caribbean Restaurants in New York City, published at the Ecology of Food and Nutrition journal. This community-based research was possible thanks to the funding provided through my institution, the City University of New York, … Continue reading Engaging Ethnic Restaurants for Community Health: A New Publication