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The Conflict Kitchen in Pittsburgh is not your ordinary restaurant. The takeout-style venue in the heart of the Steel City serves food exclusively from countries America is at odds with.The restaurant changes country identities every six months and just reopened as a Cuban joint called Cocina Cubana last Friday.
Previous editions of Conflict Kitchen have served food from Venezuela (La Cacina Arepas), Afghanistan (Bolani Pazi) and Iran (Kubideh Kitchen). During the restaurant’s Iranian iteration, there was a Skype dinner party thrown that brought together local residents and young Iranian professionals to discuss and debate the issues and problems facing both countries. There have also been programs with radio activists in Caracas and filmmakers from Kabul, making the Conflict Kitchen a cultural centre in addition to an exotic western Pennsylvanian venue.
According to the Kitchen’s website, dishes on the Cuban menu include black rice and beans, roast pork in a mojo marinade and boiled yuca in a garlic sauce. Don’t like Cuban food? Just wait another six months until Conflict Kitchen turns its cultural and culinary attention to North Korea.
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