Hoopla presented at Tender Table at the Q Center on October 20, 2019, as well as at the special event A Joint for Us in 2018.
One sentence to describe yourself: Hoopla is a two-spirit queer indigenous femme whom loves to cook and feed the people. They express love and connection through food and coming together with community as is traditional in the ways of indigenous peoples.
What will you be presenting on? I will be sharing about my grandmother and the way she taught me patience and fortitude through the wisdom of food and the foods the experiences that most impacted me.
[At a Joint for Us in 2018: Indigineity, decolonization and the evolution of tradition]
What dish will you be sharing? Quesadillas Michoacanas (there is no actual cheese), it is similar to an empanada. Fried corn taco with either chicken/salsa inside, or potato. All gluten free and Dairy free and Soy free. Meat and vegan options will be cooked separately. Accompanied with a vegan tomatillo salsa.
Best piece of advice you ever got about cooking: Watch and learn first, then do. Oral tradition does not follow a recipe, it is our history. Follow your heart and your taste buds. Never too much garlic.
If you could eat one meal forever, it would be: Soup.
Food you’d like to try: More kinds of noodle dishes, polish, filipino, food fresh in the yucatan, seafood in Okinawa, fruits from the amazon
If you could satisfy the munchies with only one snack or meal forever, what would it be? Mexican Al pastor with seared pineapple burrito, right off the rotisserie, with all the fixings, spicy green salsa, lime squeezed in every bite, with a side of chips and ice cold squirt.
Favorite cannabis flower strain, edible, or other cannabis product: I really enjoy Jack Herer in flower, also have loved using a nectar collector, a hand held dab rig, to smoke oil. Favorite oils/shatters so far are Lemon Sour Diesel and XJ-13.
Recommended reading: Native Peoples History, Borderlands. Salt Fat Acid Heat.
Where's your dream place to get high, who would you get high with, and what would meal would you share together? Somewhere beautiful in nature by water, with Prince, Gloria Anzaldúa, Selena, my boo and my mom. We would be sharing an unlimited international seafood buffet.
What's the best thing you ever cooked while high? A 1.5 pound flat iron steak on the cast iron grill with onions and garlic, seared medium rare over a bed of fresh spring greens and homemade red onion poppy seed dressing after coming home at 2am from a night of dancing. DIVINE, Highly Recommended.
I love getting stoned and eating, it's a celestial experience. I feel like that scene in ratatouille when he's trying to explain to his brother the beauty of food, flavors and combining flavors. His brother doesn't get it but his visualization of fireworks and warm fuzzy feelings of how amazing food is, where my heart feels full and my taste buds are beyond satisfied, that's how I feel about food, flavors and eating.I love food that is moist and flavorful, which works really well with getting stoned and ultimately cotton mouth. Getting stoned also helps with my pain and anxiety, which can affect my appetite. It's been so healing and enjoyable.