Happy Thanksgiving!

At this time of Thanksgiving we pause to count our blessings.It is time to express a special greeting of Thanksgiving to the people we sincerely appreciate.

Dear Host Families and Au Pairs! I am deeply thankful and extend to you my best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!thanksgivings

Dear Au Pair, It is a special American tradition of giving thanks on Thanksgiving! Today all the thanks are to you! Here are many reasons that the Host Families are thankful for.

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THANK YOU VERY MUCH

…for willingness to come into our lives
…for sharing your adventure with us
…for being an essential member and valued addition to our family
…for your hard work to care for the kids
…for your patience and understanding
…for inspiring and teaching kids every moment
…for being a positive role model for the kids
…for opening kids’ eyes to the world outside of the U.S. and helping them to learn a new language
…for giving us an opportunity to relax, have a date and time for ourselves
…for cooking delicious dishes from your country and sharing with us the secrets
…for willingness to help when we were too timid to ask you
…for capturing the treasured memories and pictures of our family
…for unforgettable cultural experience you brought into our home
Thank you for what you have given to our family!

Thank you for being outstanding an Au Pair :-)

Dear host family! If you feel that you host an outstanding Au Pair, please nominate her for the prestigious Au Pair of the Year Award!

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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