Foodways Scavenger Hunt

21 Things That Make This Delicious

You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six. -Yogi Berra

How can a nation be great if its bread tastes like Kleenex. – Julia Child

Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch. – Orson Welles

Food to eat and games to play.
Tell me why, tell me why.
Serve it out and eat it up.
Have a try, have a try. – Brian Jacques

This is a learning activity, a hunt, a game, a challenge.

Your goal is to eat, share, or gift three items from three different countries or continents (if you are daring) and win points.

Take photos of everything you consume or share, and post on social media with #JEHNFoodHunt

Choose your teammate(s). Each team is comprised of 2-3 folks.  In order to get full points, all members of the group must participate in the eating or sharing of these foods.

Keep your list in your notebook, with the name of the restaurant and what you ate.  Keep track of your score!  Remember to share on social media #JEHNFoodHunt

These restaurants are family-owned. They would benefit from your reviews and joy of this game!


For each of the categories below, a set of three different dishes in the same category (three dishes cooked over fire, three breads from another continent, etc.) triggers the award of points.  If you can get three of each, earning the points in all the categories, you will have completed the hunt and you will earn the people’s ovation and fame forever!

Food cooked over fire–10 points 

Use of a tandoor/tanur in cooking–10 points

Bread from continent other than North America–10 points

A savory dish that features one of these: cloves, cumin, cinnamon–10 points (a single dish that contains more than one of these spices gets an extra 5 points.  For example, a dish that contains both cumin and cinnamon would be worth 25 points.)

A sauce that features peppers (any level of heat)–10 points

Dough that is steamed, boiled, or fried–10 points

Any variation of coffee (as in technique used in making the cup of coffee either in how it is roasted, brewed, or served)–5 points

Bonus: Participate in a Food Ceremony (Ethiopian coffee ceremony, Turkish breakfast, Afternoon tea, Birthday cake… be creative)–20 points

Free Bonus: ANY sweet treat, dessert, or snack, consumed at any time of day, as long as all team members consume it together.–5 points


To be announced–for the highest scores, best photos, funniest experience, and more!

Restaurants to choose from:

You may choose any of these, or be creative and find your own!

Lapis Restaurant [Afghan / this restaurant supports Afghan refugees]

Dolan Uyghur Restaurant [Uyghur]

Rumi’s Kitchen [Iranian]

Chercher Restaurant [Ethiopian]

Eastern Market

Sankofa Ethiopian Cofee and Lunch/ Iconic Bookstore

Dukem Restaurant [Ethiopian]

Habesha Market [Ethiopian]

Nu Vegan Cafe [Vegan soul food]

Pupuseria Miraflores [Salvadorian Cafe]:

Makan [Malaysian Restaurant — $$$]

Bad Saint [Filipino Restaurant $$$]

Full Kee [Chinese Restaurant]

Ben’s Chili Bowl –
**A little story that Professor Saed’s friend shared: opened by Ben and Virginia Ali. Ben Mahboob Ali was an Indo-Trinidadian Muslim who moved to a segregated U.S., and like many early South Asian immigrants (primarily men) “married into” the black community when he and Virginia Rollins were wed.  Fascinating story about how identity and community are forged.

La Coop [Coffee connected directly to farmers in Guatemala]

Ice Cream Jubilee [established by recovering Asian American Lawyer who tested flavors for stress relief]

Bol Cafe and Bookstore [Bol in Urdu means “to speak” — this community space “is based on the ideals of racial justice and economic democracy.” ]

The 25 Best Tacos in Washington DC (according to the Washington Post).  Do any of them equal your favorite taco from home?

Busboys and Poets –many locations.  Coffee, food, and BOOKS!