WHAT’S IN EDEN’S CARRY-ON?

Air Canada enRoute - - LEADERS OF THE PACK / C’EST DANS LE SAC -

01 BAG

This was a gift from a friend who im­ports leather goods from Ad­dis Ababa. The brand, Liyu, sup­ports Ethiopian de­sign­ers.

02 SPICE MIX

I might not have hot sauce in my bag, but I carry a berbere blend with me, which com­bines pa­prika, chili pep­pers, nut­meg and cor­ror­ima [sim­i­lar to car­damom]. My fam­ily is in the Ethiopian spice busi­ness, so I bring it to friends or sprin­kle it into ketchup for some kick.

03 BUSI­NESS CARDS

Air­ports and lines are great places to net­work, so I keep my cards on hand, in my colour­ful Pa­paya & Co. case.

04 BOOK

My Soul Looks Back by Jes­sica B. Har­ris is ex­cel­lent. She talks about trav­el­ling through­out Africa and writ­ing cook­books. This was in the 1970s when many AfricanAmer­i­cans were just start­ing to con­nect with their roots, so I see her as a trail­blazer.

05 EAR­BUDS

I lis­ten to pod­casts while trav­el­ling, like Mal­colm Glad­well’s Re­vi­sion­ist His­tory, which ex­plores his­tor­i­cal events from a dif­fer­ent an­gle. I also like The Serve – it’s about Cana­dian en­trepreneurs and is made by a group of young Toronto­based black women.

06 T-SHIRT

No mat­ter the air­port I’m in, trav­ellers nod at me in agree­ment when I wear this Black Foodie top. The plantain love is strong!

07 SNACK

I have a ma­jor sweet tooth, so I pack chin chin, a crunchy African treat that I buy from an on­line Nige­rian pas­try snack shop called Fel­dos.

08 SHEA BUT­TER

Toronto­based L’Or­cam makes a su­per­mois­tur­iz­ing but­ter that’s solid and doesn’t leak in my bag.

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