Welcome, Kim.

I would like to welcome our newest au pair member to the cluster, Kim Hunter. She  is 18 and from South Africa. Kim will be living in Center City, Philadelphia and her buddy is Oksana.

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“I love kids and traveling and wanted a life changing experience and also just to get out there and learn more about different cultures.”

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Kim enjoys swimming, running and learning new things that are science related. She would describe herself as adventurous, perceptive, and happy.

Kim would like to visit New York, Mountains in Colorado, Yosemite, the Bell Tower and the White House in Washington D.C.

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She also hopes to form a close and strong bond with her host family and their daughter (Arya) and wants to learn more about their culture.

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Well, there’s a lot of crazy (yes, I’m admitting it) South Africans in our cluster Kim, and amazing other au pairs from all over the world with who you’ll have friendships with. We are certainly looking forward to meeting you at our next meeting which will be in January.

Au Pairs meeting at African American Museum in Philadelphia.

Recently Go Au Pair cluster in the Philadelphia and NJ area had the meeting at African American Museum in Philadelphia. 

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The reason of our visit was not only exploring the African American museum, but also attending the event “Modern Soul Food: Lecture and Tasting with Chef Wheeler Del Toro”. It was an amazing cultural experience for Au Pairs and we really enjoyed it.

Wheeler del Torro is a Nutritional Anthropologist, culinary Guru and author of the book The Vegan Scoop.vegan-scoop-cover

His assistant Rayna explained to us why we eat what we eat, the history and traditions of soul food.

According to Wikipedia  Soul food is a variety of cuisine traditionally popular in African American culture. It is closely related to the cuisine of the Southern United States. The descriptive terminology may have originated in the mid-1960s, when soul was a common definer used to describe African-American culture (for example, soul music).

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During the lecture Rayna discussed the African heritage of this American cuisine,  and its new interpretations – modern soul food. We tried some unusual, but very testy dishes,  like watermelon in a vegetable salad with a cheese substitute.  It was very delicious and healthy salad. It became my favorite dish that I tried.100_1360After testing many delicious dishes,  Wheeler del Torro shared his inspiring stories, told us about his unique experience, and answered many questions with his humoring approach.

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We liked all the dishes  that we tasted, the informative lecture, and the most, we like the conversation with a culinary expert Dr.Wheeler Del Toro. We had a lot of fun, learned new culinary ideas, explored healthy eating approaches. We learned about “modern soul food” “a healthy soul food” created by culinary enthusiastic and expert.

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Wheeler del Torro discussed modern approaches to food and taught how to add a healthy vegetable twist to soul food like macaroni and cheese. He encouraged us to live a healthier lifestyle and discussed the options for creating healthier interpretations of familiar dishes.

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We took many photos, exchanged emails and he promised to send us the recipes. It was an amazing educational and cultural event.

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We took many photos, exchanged emails and he promised to send us the recipes. It was an amazing educational and cultural event.

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