About

Food Findings was created to share with you the results of my food related investigations, discoveries, and musings.

My goal is to investigate some of life’s most perplexing and unanswered food related questions using a somewhat scientific approach and hopefully always in an entertaining manner, with documentation through photos and videos.

I am fortunate enough to be living in the Metro Vancouver region in British Columbia, Canada where there are enough restaurants, farmer’s markets, and cafes to continuously fuel my culinary adventures.

Thanks for dropping by, and please send me your food related questions so I can investigate and share with you my Food Findings!

-CJ

CJ Varanasi

More About Me and the Things I Care About

Food is something I deeply care about. From where it comes from, to how it was processed, and of course how it ended up on my table.

Food brings people together. It gives people something to talk about. It connects people.

One of the most rewarding experiences for me is travelling to a foreign country and visiting the local farmers markets. Talking to the local farmers and producers gives you an understanding of the local food systems and cultural values around food. It allows you to contrast customs related to food to those from your own country, and often they are very different.

Our global demand for food has had a significant impact on our environment, for better or for worse. From changes in agricultural practices towards the mass production of key harvest crops to the depletion of global fish stocks, the food choices that we make on a daily basis are all connected to a larger food system. It is for this reason that I believe it is important that we have an open discussion about food beyond the dish on our table. We need to broaden the lens when we talk about food.  Simple questions such as the following can lead to an eye opening discussion around food.

  • What ingredients are in this dish?
  • Where did the ingredients come from?
  • Who made this dish and how was it prepared?
  • Can I make this dish myself?

I encourage you to visit your local farmers market. Talk to the farmers and produces. People are proud about the food they produce and more often than not are happy to talk about it. Ask them where their farm is located, how it was produced, and challenges they had in making or growing the product. For me, this increased understanding of the food that I am consuming makes me feel more connected and ultimately better about my food choices.