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Missing Family & Flavors of Home #WUHomeCooked


Missing Family & Flavors of Home #WUHomeCooked

When you are away from home, what do you miss most? I miss family and the flavors of my favorite foods. My father feels the same way. 8 years ago, on a trip to Thailand, he fell in love and got married. He adopted his wife’s son and they had a daughter together. So, there was my dad, a life-long New Yorker, settling down in a country on the other side of the world. I miss him everyday, but I am also thrilled that he is so happy.


Now I have a baby sister and brother half way around the world. Thank goodness for social media and video chats to help us stay connected. I’ve watched them grow up online. She is a young girl who plays the violin and loves horses. He is a boy who loves soccer and dirt bikes. I like to send gifts from time to time. Recently, I sent some money via Western Union to help pay for her riding lessons. She was super excited to send me these pictures of her riding lesson.


So what does this all have to do with food? When my father comes to town, he misses his favorite flavors from New York. He craves foods like pizza, pasta, hamburgers, and cheesecake. All foods that are not readily available in his small town in northern Thailand. The foods of home bring us together as we chat over bagels and lox about his life in Thailand. He always has such interesting stories to share.

As we all know, food is a connective tissue to a person’s family and culture. Western Union shows the strong bond people have with their families and foods from home in this touching video. Get the tissues ready.

Western Union provides a lifeline for their customers by connecting them to their families and friends around the world. So many families are very lucky that they do.

What are the foods and flavors you miss most from home?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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  1. katherine says:

    I used to send money through western union a long time ago. It’s very helpful

  2. I love these family photos – the food looked yummy too 🙂
    You know I never go far so I never miss the flavors of home, but I sure do miss the flavors of Costa Rica where I once was able to travel.
    I only visited for about a week, but those flavors became like home to me.
    SIGH I want to go back there again one day.

  3. Incredible story about your dad. So sweet that you have new brothers and sisters. Must have been a suprise.

  4. Holly S. says:

    Anything Southern! I think when I trvel and have BBQ somewhere else it makes me miss the flavor of Memphis BBQ the most.

  5. Patty says:

    It’s hard to be away from family whether it’s 100 miles or thousands of miles. Your dad looks so happy with his new family. I miss my brothers and their families in New Jersey and wish I could see them more often.

  6. Wow – that’s a great story!
    I’m originally from the East Coast, but we moved to the Midwest when I was 5. My dad always misses clam chowder and other RI specialties, because my parents were in their 30s/40s when we moved.

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