2018 Diaspora Co. Gift Guide

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FOOD |  

   Brightland Olive Oil   - Some of the most delicious olive oil we’ve ever tasted, from our friend Aishwarya Iyer, whose quality standards and design aesthetic are unparalleled. I prefer Awake - a drizzle of which on a hearty ragú is just wonderful.

Brightland Olive Oil - Some of the most delicious olive oil we’ve ever tasted, from our friend Aishwarya Iyer, whose quality standards and design aesthetic are unparalleled. I prefer Awake - a drizzle of which on a hearty ragú is just wonderful.

   Bean Voyage   - This coffee is picked, processed and roasted by the women farmers of Costa Rica. Beyond just good coffee, I firmly believe that Bean Voyage is decolonizing the coffee supply chain in ways that are long overdue.

Bean Voyage - This coffee is picked, processed and roasted by the women farmers of Costa Rica. Beyond just good coffee, I firmly believe that Bean Voyage is decolonizing the coffee supply chain in ways that are long overdue.

   Row 7 Seed Company’s Koginut Squash    -  There’s been so much buzz about Dan Barber’s new venture, but hype aside, there’s nothing we love more than a chef using his fame to make sustainable agriculture sexy, accessible and way more delicious than it already is. These seeds are the future of agriculture I’m most invested in.

Row 7 Seed Company’s Koginut Squash - There’s been so much buzz about Dan Barber’s new venture, but hype aside, there’s nothing we love more than a chef using his fame to make sustainable agriculture sexy, accessible and way more delicious than it already is. These seeds are the future of agriculture I’m most invested in.

   Shaquanda’s Hot Sauce   - This hip flask shaped jar is queer visibility and fantastic hot sauce all rolled into one adorable package. They are currently running a Kickstarter to build out their own commercial kitchen, so preorder your hot sauce and support the dream!

Shaquanda’s Hot Sauce - This hip flask shaped jar is queer visibility and fantastic hot sauce all rolled into one adorable package. They are currently running a Kickstarter to build out their own commercial kitchen, so preorder your hot sauce and support the dream!

   INNA Single Varietal Jam   - The Seascape Strawberry Jam is not only the most delicious jam I’ve ever tried, it’s also single varietal! Which kinda makes it our turmeric’s cousin in its commitment to championing for single varietal goodness!

INNA Single Varietal Jam - The Seascape Strawberry Jam is not only the most delicious jam I’ve ever tried, it’s also single varietal! Which kinda makes it our turmeric’s cousin in its commitment to championing for single varietal goodness!

   One Stripe Chai Co.   - There is a LOT of shitty chai in the world. One Stripe Chai’s concentrate is appropriately spicy, sweet and rich. Also, Farah is wonderful. Drink better chai, a motto.

One Stripe Chai Co. - There is a LOT of shitty chai in the world. One Stripe Chai’s concentrate is appropriately spicy, sweet and rich. Also, Farah is wonderful. Drink better chai, a motto.

   Brooklyn Delhi   - My favorite condiments on this planet. Chitra’s achaars (Indian inspired pickles) round out all our meals, and we roast veggies for the sole purpose of double dipping them into curry ketchup.

Brooklyn Delhi - My favorite condiments on this planet. Chitra’s achaars (Indian inspired pickles) round out all our meals, and we roast veggies for the sole purpose of double dipping them into curry ketchup.

   PieTisserie    -  Oakland’s favorite pie shop makes a chocolate raspberry pie that blows every other pie out of the water! If you’re local, run over ASAP. Their Blackbottom Walnut is also excellent.

PieTisserie - Oakland’s favorite pie shop makes a chocolate raspberry pie that blows every other pie out of the water! If you’re local, run over ASAP. Their Blackbottom Walnut is also excellent.

   FLY BY JING Sichuan Chili Crisp    -  Fly by Jing wants to redefine the meaning of Made in China, to also include some of the most high quality chili oil. We’re so here for it.

FLY BY JING Sichuan Chili Crisp - Fly by Jing wants to redefine the meaning of Made in China, to also include some of the most high quality chili oil. We’re so here for it.

   Yardy’s NYC Dinner Parties    -  If you’re in New York, gifting yourself or your loved one a Yardy experience seems important. At the intersection of art + queer + migrant culture , Yardy uses food as a medium for performance and it is incredible.

Yardy’s NYC Dinner Parties - If you’re in New York, gifting yourself or your loved one a Yardy experience seems important. At the intersection of art + queer + migrant culture , Yardy uses food as a medium for performance and it is incredible.


/ READING

 Delving deep into lineage, diaspora, immigration and heartbreak all in one, this book was so powerful and completely irresistible to me.

Delving deep into lineage, diaspora, immigration and heartbreak all in one, this book was so powerful and completely irresistible to me.

 A children’s book about inspiring kids to take pride in all of their identities and to be curious about each other’s identities, we’re tearing up already :’)

A children’s book about inspiring kids to take pride in all of their identities and to be curious about each other’s identities, we’re tearing up already :’)

 The most stunning novel I read all year, and then re-read and re-read. There is so much power in reading post-colonial fiction written by people of color. Especially Akwaeke.

The most stunning novel I read all year, and then re-read and re-read. There is so much power in reading post-colonial fiction written by people of color. Especially Akwaeke.

 The thunderous reception to Nik’s cookbook should be 100% believed. This cookbook is the Oakland-Bombay-and-a-few-stops-in-between cookbook I’ve been waiting years for. It’s here and it included kadi patta fried chicken!

The thunderous reception to Nik’s cookbook should be 100% believed. This cookbook is the Oakland-Bombay-and-a-few-stops-in-between cookbook I’ve been waiting years for. It’s here and it included kadi patta fried chicken!

 A heartbreaking and gorgeous story that stayed with me for a very long time.

A heartbreaking and gorgeous story that stayed with me for a very long time.

 We’re a bit biased because  cough cough  we’re on the cover, but bias aside - Whetstone is redefining what food print media can look like and we’re so, so here for it. Understanding and giving depth to origin stories is such important journalism.

We’re a bit biased because cough cough we’re on the cover, but bias aside - Whetstone is redefining what food print media can look like and we’re so, so here for it. Understanding and giving depth to origin stories is such important journalism.

 Timely, important, and required reading on reimagining gender in 2018, written with such grace, beauty and vulnerability.

Timely, important, and required reading on reimagining gender in 2018, written with such grace, beauty and vulnerability.

 Packed with gorgeous and generous features at the intersection of creativity and business, this magazine is full of powerful stories by incredible writers, photographers, and artists. Bonus is that Grace, the creator, and George, the designer are truly spectacular people.

Packed with gorgeous and generous features at the intersection of creativity and business, this magazine is full of powerful stories by incredible writers, photographers, and artists. Bonus is that Grace, the creator, and George, the designer are truly spectacular people.


CAUSES / 

   Heal Food Alliance    -  Donate to support HEAL’s School of Political Leadership to ensure that in 2020, we elect leaders that will defend our air, land, water, and labor! HOW IMPORTANT IS THAT! HEAL is a multi-sector, multi-racial coalition building collective power to transform our food and farm systems.

Heal Food Alliance - Donate to support HEAL’s School of Political Leadership to ensure that in 2020, we elect leaders that will defend our air, land, water, and labor! HOW IMPORTANT IS THAT! HEAL is a multi-sector, multi-racial coalition building collective power to transform our food and farm systems.

   iCollective    -  An autonomous group of Indigenous chefs, activists, herbalists, seed, and knowledge keepers, the I-Collective strives to open a dialogue and create a new narrative that highlights not only historical Indigenous contributions, but also promotes our community's resilience and innovations in gastronomy, agriculture, the arts, and society at large. Making sure we’re supporting indigenous sovereignty is a pillar of food justice.

iCollective - An autonomous group of Indigenous chefs, activists, herbalists, seed, and knowledge keepers, the I-Collective strives to open a dialogue and create a new narrative that highlights not only historical Indigenous contributions, but also promotes our community's resilience and innovations in gastronomy, agriculture, the arts, and society at large. Making sure we’re supporting indigenous sovereignty is a pillar of food justice.

   The Ruby Fellowship Fund   - The Ruby is hoping to raise $25,000 to fund 10 full, year-long Ruby memberships for LGBTQ+ individuals and people of color who might not otherwise be able to afford a Ruby membership. The Ruby serves as a refuge and a stronghold for the Bay Area’s womyn and non-binary community — a multi-purpose space for continuing education and enrichment, whose community might inspire creative work and collaboration.

The Ruby Fellowship Fund - The Ruby is hoping to raise $25,000 to fund 10 full, year-long Ruby memberships for LGBTQ+ individuals and people of color who might not otherwise be able to afford a Ruby membership. The Ruby serves as a refuge and a stronghold for the Bay Area’s womyn and non-binary community — a multi-purpose space for continuing education and enrichment, whose community might inspire creative work and collaboration.


/ BEAUTY + BATH (+ BUTT) THINGS

   hanahana beauty    -  Disrupting the beauty industry by establishing direct trade relationships with shea producers in Ghana, we love Hanahana for so many ethical reasons. But also - their shea bar is the most lush, wholesome thing I’ve ever used on my skin. I am hooked and will follow founder, Abena’s natural skincare advice until the end of times.

hanahana beauty - Disrupting the beauty industry by establishing direct trade relationships with shea producers in Ghana, we love Hanahana for so many ethical reasons. But also - their shea bar is the most lush, wholesome thing I’ve ever used on my skin. I am hooked and will follow founder, Abena’s natural skincare advice until the end of times.

   Everyday Oil    -  I am never without my everyday oil. When the internet started talking about the cult oil that could replace face wash, I was suspicious. But everyday oil smells and feels SO good. I understand wholeheartedly why it has such a cult following now.

Everyday Oil - I am never without my everyday oil. When the internet started talking about the cult oil that could replace face wash, I was suspicious. But everyday oil smells and feels SO good. I understand wholeheartedly why it has such a cult following now.

   Hello Tushy    -  if you don’t have a bidet, I feel terribly for you and your butt. The rest of the world uses the magic of H20 to keep themselves clean, it’s time you did too. But seriously, I’d say buying and installing a Tushy was a top 5 purchase this year.

Hello Tushy - if you don’t have a bidet, I feel terribly for you and your butt. The rest of the world uses the magic of H20 to keep themselves clean, it’s time you did too. But seriously, I’d say buying and installing a Tushy was a top 5 purchase this year.

   Shhhowercap    -  All your future good hair days will thank me.

Shhhowercap - All your future good hair days will thank me.


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