Eat @ Joe's By Ralph Raffio for 2017
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT RALPH RAFFIO
Ralph Raffio has been a writer and editor for more than 35 years. He is former editor-in-chief of Restaurant Business magazine and currently writes the award-winning food blog Mister Meatball. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, he is now based in suburban Portland, Maine, and curses United Airlines whenever he has to connect to almost anywhere. He'll always stop for BBQ at The Salt Lick when he's at Austin-Bergstrom International and is convinced you should eat at Don Peppe while stuck at Kennedy Airport in New York.


February 9: A BRIEF HISTORY OF IMMIGRATION AND TRAVEL POLICIES
Travel and immigration bans dominate the news. But do we know the history? Here is a brief rundown of U.S. policy over the years. You'll be surprised by some of the twists and turns.

February 2: I AM A CHILD OF IMMIGRANTS
An early 20th-century photograph of an immigrant family rests in a prominent place in my home because I am a child of those immigrants. I love that photograph. After my wife, it might be the one thing I'd grab should flames ever force us to flee our home. Now all I feel when looking at that ancient Italian-American family portrait is dread and disbelief. I never would have predicted that this country of ours would be at such an awful place.

These columns originally appeared at JoeSentMe.com.

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