Why I write about food

I’m Zaira Asis, your host at Merienda.

This is a publication about food as a form of expression. The word merienda means ‘afternoon snack’ in Spanish, and it takes me back to my childhood - having mate cocido and toast after school. And this is how I approach this space: as a student, a learner.

I’m not a scientist or an anthropologist, but I’m curious. And I’m constantly inspired by food and people. I write stories that I find along the way in conversations I have, in walks around the city, and in my interactions with the world.

You can reach me at zairaasis@gmail.com. Feedback, questions, and suggestions, are always welcome.



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Stories of food as a form of expression


storyteller, cook, and tirelessly curious. argentina, brasileira living in san francisco, california.