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Superbowl LII Recipe: The Super Laocy

After an amazing and hard-fought season; the Minnesota Vikings valiantly upheld their tradition of pulling defeat from the jaws of victory, and now their stadium is going to the Superbowl this weekend! Already, the city is filled with out-of-towners ready to root for the Eagles or the Patriots and to see all of the fabulous sights Minneapolis has to offer. Of course, the biggest question on everyone’s mind, besides, who’s going to clean up all of this mess once it’s done and over, is: “What’s your favorite commercial going to be?” The second biggest question is: What are you going to serve at your Superbowl party? Our mad scientists at the Little Laos on the Prairie test kitchens have you covered with an homage to that quintessential Philadelphia delicacy, the cheesesteak, and Minnesota’s own notorious Jucy Lucy, or, as we’re naturally going to call it, the Jucy Laocy. We know this one’s going to be a savory hit, being reasonably easy to prepare, as well as customizable to your family’s own Lao American tastes. Heck, …

The Lao Diaspora Through the Eyes of an Expat

I remember it being a day brimming with possibilities. True to mark, it should so happen through the greatest of chances, that I met Ms. Julia Sophia Zimic* later that day. Julia is a Brazilian-born Austrian expat living in Luang Prabang, operating a guest house and jam-making business. She also has a strong interest in the stories of the Lao Diaspora Community, having worked several years in Germany with refugees, helping them acclimate to their new lives. It’s the middle of the rainy season and the sky is in a constant state of gloom. My uncle has to go up to Luang Prabang for a business trip and lets me tag along. It is dusk by the time we arrive in Luang Prabang. After checking in to our guesthouse, we freshen up and part ways for the night; my uncle going to meet with some friends, and me once again, with no clear destination in mind. Alone, I wander about the small historic town, passing by old haunts. Dusk might be this city’s best time …