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IRC Refugees Plant ‘New Roots’ in the Bronx

By Emma Laperruque | August 20, 2012

Sign by the pond in the garden. 
Photo: Emma Laperruque

Refugees tour the garden amongst vegetables and herbs.

The day is sunny, warm and from the window of the Seventh Avenue Express Train, racing above the Bronx, only two clouds dot the sky. Compared to the morning and evening rushes, the train just shy of 11 o’clock is empty. Four International Rescue Committee (IRC) employees are accompanying three refugees to Drew Gardens and the group half populates the car. A few stops before arriving at their destination, West Farms Station, IRC New Roots Coordinator Jennifer Plewka stands and offers to explain the subway map to the refugees. Two were resettled from Burma and arrived in New York just last week. Read More

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“Shore” Favorites: Five Things On Every NJ Beach

By Emma Laperruque | August 14, 2012

Photo: Emma Laperruque

Photo: Emma Laperruque

Beach cruisers and outdoor showers aside, something you’ll find on every New Jersey beach, from Point Pleasant to Long Beach Island, is an abundance of “shore” puns. Whether it’s “Shore Bets” as a menu category or “Shore to Please” as the motto of NJ’s beach-themed license plate, the joke is, unabashedly, everywhere. In true spirit of the area, then, I’ve collected five east coast “Shore Favorites.” They’re a “shore” hit! Read More

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Time to Kräftskiva! A Traditional Swedish Party

By Patrice Johnson | August 7, 2012

Crayfish

The slaughter, the carnage, the aftermath: nothing prepared me for my first Kräftskiva (Crayfish Fest). I hustled trays and trays of the blood red beasts to our hungry guests. The bugs disappeared as quickly as I set the platters down. Two hundred happy eaters slurped and sucked, and collectively discarded empty scarlet carcasses amass. Several Swedish drinking songs and many shots of snaps later the diners slowly wobbled out into the warm August night, some still singing, some still dancing, and all of them smiling. Read More

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Ice Cream Socialization

By Evie Samuelson | August 1, 2012

Ice Cream Machine

In the dead heat of summer (yes, we have summer in Minnesota) there’s nothing I like more than a little bit of ice cream. Of course, the preferred way is straight out of the carton, with little to no work involved. However, sometimes I get suckered out of going to the store by my sentimentality and instead head straight to the basement, where the storied Samuelson ice cream maker resides. It is old and wooden and very authentic. Don’t get me wrong–there is nothing at all romantic about ice cream-making, yet maybe something kind of biblical about the whole process.  Read More

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A Jersey Girl’s Ode to Homemade Ice Cream

By Emma Laperruque | July 24, 2012

Ice cream by the ocean

Ever since The Jersey Shore first aired on MTV, America’s image of the Garden State has become increasingly…orange. A pale Jersey girl myself, I feel misrepresented. For those who spend summers at the shore—Snooki aside—NJ beaches aren’t about fake tans. They’re about body surfing, collecting sea glass, biking everywhere, and, of course, chasing the Good Humor truck down the street, shamelessly, every night. Read More

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Sukiyaki Nights

By Diana Tsuchida | July 18, 2012

Sukiyaki

Sukiyaki

No matter the geographical distance that separates me from my family, there is one particular smell that immediately transports my heart back home. It has the kind of haunting ability to overwhelm my palette and mind with memories of the dinner table. My father, a man of limited cooking abilities (grilled cheese sandwiches made with Velveeta tops his repertoire) has one excellent culinary trick up his sleeve–a Japanese comfort dish called sukiyaki. This highly anticipated meal always managed to bring out the glutton in me and would require an entire day of prep work, from going to the market in Japantown, to cutting the vegetables, to allowing the big skillet to heat up for twenty minutes before laying the strips of beef down to sizzle. Read More

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How to Build an Ethnic Pantry: Halal

By Justin Chan | July 17, 2012

Photo: Matthew Mendoza

Photo: Matthew Mendoza

Hidden between two stores on 74th Street and Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights is a halal market that carries a number of products that attract Muslim customers daily. The place seems sparse at first look, but a close observation reveals a shelf lined with unique spices and a small fridge filled with different kinds of raw meat.

Halal food has become a mainstay in New York cuisine, and markets such as Yusuf Mohammad’s are taking advantage of its popularity. In fact, people of various backgrounds have visited his market. Mohammad, a Bangladeshi who works the store’s cash register, said that Bangladeshi, Indian, Chinese and American visitors have purchased goods, and he was more than eager to share the kinds of ingredients that should be found in every Muslim pantry: Read More

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Kids Yield Crops: In the Garden with Harlem Grown

By Emma Laperruque | July 12, 2012

Harlem Success Garden

Harlem Success Garden

Only two years ago, the lot across the street from P.S. 175 in Harlem was desolate: an abandoned community garden overflowing with trash, rats, and weeds. Thanks largely to the elementary school students next door, the space is a garden once more as it overflows with everything from cucumbers and melons to birds and worms, not to mention a ton of fresh basil.

The restoration all started with Tony Hillery, a man who originally came to P.S. 175 to assist the school’s parent coordinator. After spending some time in the area, though, Hillery had a revelation. Walking around the neighborhood, he counted 53 fried chicken restaurants within a three-block radius, and he began to think about the community’s access to nutritious food.

“You have pizza, fried chicken, fried fish, fried everything. I couldn’t get a healthy meal,” he said. “It was an epiphany. I said to myself: Why not do something?” Read More

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