"Necessity is where creativity thrives"

Angela Salamanca came to the U.S. from Colombia, South America in 1993 as a 17-year-old rent high school graduate. She went to work for her uncle, who owned a popular Mexican restaurant in Raleigh, N.C. By 2007, she was planning the opening of a new restaurant with that same uncle, when he suddenly left the…

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"Our goal wasn’t to be wealthy"

We’re working on our second book, and one of the interviews is with Van Nolintha, owner of Bida Manda, a Laotian restaurant in Raleigh, N.C. Here’s an exchange that has stuck with me since he and I spoke last May… It’s well-known in Raleigh that the level of hospitality at Bida Manda is phenomenal. What…

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