Welcome to my Neighbourhood presented by DoorDash: Kia Nurse talks the importance of having a meal with her family


Kia Nurse is enjoying her fourth season in the WNBA and first in Phoenix with the Mercury this season.

In a couple of weeks, she'll be representing Canada at the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo.

Although Nurse spends most of her time overseas playing professional basketball, she's always representing her hometown of Hamilton, Ontario.

Nurse teamed up with DoorDash to share her favourite food memories growing up in Steeltown.

"Hamilton's a big enough community where you'll get those big brand restaurants but you're also going to find a number of different locally-owned restaurants that couldn't be considered a bit of a hole in the wall," Nurse described. "But it's like you're always eating dinner at the family table.

"I remember growing up as a kid eating out with my grandparents, and we always went to this one local seafood restaurant, where we would sit down, eat an entire basket of biscuits."

The biscuits were so good that Nurse also went into a humorous story about her grandmother asking for a couple of extra biscuits to smuggle for later.

"My grandmother would ask for two or three more and she would smuggle half of those biscuits in her purse in a napkin," Nurse continued. "(For) When we got home and wanted to eat some more later."

Nurse then spoke about the ability to learn about different cultures through food. The ability to try new things, or at least spark a conversation.

"I think food and community go together in so many different ways," Nurse said. "One can be learning about another person's culture, maybe it's just a conversation starter.

"But the one thing that my mom always focused on was a dinner table full of love, laughter and really good food, because having a meal together was the most important thing in my life growing up, because it was where we shared all of our love and all of our high."

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