We laughed a lot about our persistent and often awkward attempts to feel at home in this sprawling strange city. We compared notes about work and friends and our homes far away. And after a few hours, we parted ways feeling much less like strangers and much more like co-wanderers and friends.
Gather some family, or some friends, or some friends-to-be together over a warm pot of chili this February. When I used this familiar recipe, I halved the large quantity and still had plenty for six people as well as leftovers that lasted well into the week.