Ada Kulesza

  • West Philly's Herbal Medicine Man Makes Edible Magic

    West Philadelphia isn’t known as a mecca for shamans and mystics, but that's where I went in search of a medicine man who mixes secret blends of herbs into healing concoctions he sells in old whiskey bottles.

  • Sumatran Coffee Is Even More Delicious When Served By a Shaman

    My Sumatran neighbor didn't advertise her services as a shaman, but would occasionally become possessed in between our sessions of drinking the amazing local coffee together.

  • How to Drink Moonshine in Bali

    Balinese arak is made in MacGyvered backyard stills. Even if you manage to avoid a batch laced with lethal methanol, you'll need a few pointers on drinking it—lest you wind up on your belly, hanging off a ledge, vomiting into a tangle of weeds, begging...