Eating Your Way to Happiness in the Philippines

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17471626
By Kate McGeown
BBC News, Manila

Can the food in these dishes make people feel happy?

Nestled at the back of a small courtyard in the north of Manila, there is a little restaurant with an unusual name and an even more unusual concept.

It is called Van Gogh is Bipolar, in homage to the Dutch painter who is believed to have had a life-long battle with mental illness, much like the restaurant’s owner, Jetro Rafael.

Mr Rafael believes that certain foods can make you happy, and everything on the menu has been created with this in mind.

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Food Insecurity: Uncomfortable Food Truths

By Wayne Roberts

Food policy specialist Dr. Catherine Mah grew up in a food-centred household. Later, she would regularly invite people over for dinner to celebrate the social aspects of eating. Now Mah invites a wide range of experts, including people who work in mental health and addiction, around the same table to talk food, as head of the Food Policy Research Initiative at the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. She is also an assistant professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. As a food system writer and public speaker, I was eager to sit down and share some food for thought with Mah.

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