There was something oddly comforting about eating the Chickstar, the Japanese take on an American take on Mexican cuisine.

My last meal of 2019 was a Chickstar, a hexagonal limited edition version of the Crunchwrap Supreme, which I purchased at the Taco Bell in Shibuya Dogenzaka and savored over the course of three beautiful minutes along with my friends, who had ordered the same thing. It had no sauce…

I have three different names, each of which forms a core part of my identity.

“What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

So says Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, rationalizing why such a thing as simple as a name should not be what defines your identity.

Juliet, of course, is referring to her surname here, as well as that of Romeo’s — Capulet versus Montague, and how unfortunate it is that such…

“When did you become so wise?” says Jo to Amy, near the end of Greta Gerwig’s new adaptation of Little Women. “I always have been,” replies Amy. “You were just too busy noticing my faults.”

Though Amy is speaking to her sister, I also feel as though Gerwig is speaking…

A tiny strip mall restaurant tucked away close to a Walmart.

Sanibel Island, on the western coast of Florida, is an idyllic place, with beautiful beaches filled with seashells and gorgeous sunsets.

There is one thing lacking: Asian food.

Sanibel Island, though beautiful, is not a very diverse place.

Perhaps because of its 98.8% Cacuasian population, aside from a lone sushi…

My ideal plant, I think, is one that doesn’t really need me, but appreciates the effort I’m putting in to make its life easier.

When I was in fourth grade, my teacher did a science unit on plants, and brought in a yam growing in a glass jar as a classroom display. I was fascinated by the exposed roots sprawling across the inside of the jar and the long ivy-like tendrils of leaves cascading…

At the beginning of 2017, I knew that my passport would be expiring come November, and I wanted to get at least one more adventure out of it before sending it off to be renewed.

I thought about all the places I hadn’t seen and still wanted to visit, and…

Priyanka Bose

writer | photographer | filmmaker | chef | artist

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