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Fighting for Red Hook’s Food Vendors: An Interview with Cesar Fuentes

By Justin Chan | July 12, 2012

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Red Hook street vendor

Although Hispanics constitute the smallest demographic in Brooklyn’s Red Hook, one area of the neighborhood has been home to a significant number of Latin American food vendors. Since 1974, these vendors have served athletes and pedestrians who gather at the Red Hook Ball Fields, earning the vendors the nickname, “Ballfield Vendors.” Read More

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Bon Appetit! California Meets France at Jardiniere

By MarcusSamuelsson.com | July 11, 2012

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Jardiniere dining room

James Beard award winner Traci Des Jardins’ Jardinière restaurant is one of San Francisco’s finest fusion dining experiences that marries quintessential Californian and French flavors; paying homage to Chef Des Jardins’ Mexican and Louisianian-French Acadian heritage. After dabbling with the top chefs in Europe, stopping over in Manhattan and finally returning to California to follow her culinary dream, she opened Jardiniere in 1997. Read More

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Fashion Matrimony at the Harlem Haberdashery

By Diamond Bradley | July 9, 2012

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“Sometimes. Always. Never.” Harlem Haberdashery’s Trend Specialist, Louis Johnson muttered his disappointment as he eyed my friend’s blazer with its two top buttons closed (luckily his bottom was not), a closed breast-pocket on his chest, and one of his two back vents sewn together. As the man who maintains wardrobe in the newly opened boutique in Harlem, Mr. Johnson refused to leave my friend in pieces and he was put back together quite nicely, with a pocket square neatly folded in his pocket and only the middle button fastened. Read More

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When Hunger Strikes: The Evolution of the NYC Lunch

By Allana Mortell & Diana Tsuchida | June 27, 2012

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The Automat

The New York Public Library is exhibiting a bit of dining nostalgia that highlights the one meal that fosters an accessible form of eating out–lunch. Because workers on every level need the necessary energy pick-me-up, the lunch hour still remains the one time that you can dine together with your “work family” for an allotted amount of time. It’s defined by speed, cost and efficiency, as reflected in the several lunch deals peppered throughout the city and the vendors who come to satiate hungry employees. The newest exhibit at the NYPL is Lunch Hour NYCa fantastic showcase of the evolution of the lunch meal over 100 years. From the quick lunch to old school vending machines, the exhibit encourages viewers to be leisurely with their time and take an interactive walk-through. Read More

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Geandy Pavon: Painting With Substance

By Diamond Bradley | June 20, 2012

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You don’t even need to step inside the Studio Museum in Harlem to expect the unexpected. The red, black and green American flag waving high above its doors indicate you’re in for something different.

The epitome of this resides in Cuban artist Geandy Pavόn’s head.

Born in Cuba in 1974, Pavόn pursued street art with his group called La Zampana, or “The Bell,” while attending Las Tunas Art School.  Of course, in such turbulent times during the 80′s in Cuba, rebelling against the established order wasn’t welcome. Eventually he left Cuba for a better life in the United States, specifically New York, where he studied at the National Museum of Fine Art for four years.

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Helping African Agriculture, One Garden At A Time

By Allana Mortell | April 12, 2012

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Photo: Oxfam International

Finding a backyard with a garden can be a blessing and often a rarity for many homeowners in the United States. However, take a gander over to Africa and not only will you see things in a different light but you will find one of the biggest and newest initiatives taking place in the Western Hemisphere. “A Thousand Gardens in Africa,” is the latest from the Slow Food Movement and the plan is, in itself, self-explanatory. The mission: to build 1,000 gardens in 26 different countries throughout Africa.

Slow Food USA, the national non-profit organization dedicated to the slow food movement is teaming up with Slow Food International to carry out this enormous project. Throughout different countries in the Terre Madre region, including Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Morocco, Slow Food International advocates are working on building three different garden models in various African communities and villages. Read More

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Harlem’s Flourishing Community of Gardeners

By Dylan Rodgers | October 18, 2011

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I recently had the pleasure of visiting four different community gardens in Harlem. Each one has its roots deep in the GreenThumb initiative, but once established, they were shaped over time to reflect the character and agenda of their leading volunteers. With Larry Scott Blackmon, the Deputy Commissioner for Community Outreach, streamlining the community garden process politically and legislatively, and with Edie Stone, Director of GreenThumb, overseeing the needs and desires of each garden, the community gardens are given every opportunity to flourish. Read More

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Jamaica

By Elaine Wray | February 10, 2011

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Jamaica, the land of Bob Marley, the famous Blue Mountain coffee, the beautiful turquoise waters, coral reefs, lush green and natural beauty.

Driving from Negril to Port Antonio, it was easy to understand why Bob Marley sang, “you are in Jamaica, C’mon and smile“. The biggest island of the English Caribbean, Jamaica attracts hundreds of thousand of tourists per year to enjoy the sun, the music, the people and the food.

The influences that the Spanish, English, East Indian, Africans, and the Chinese all contributed to the country’s unique cuisine. From the escovitch fish, to the spiced flavor of jerk, the variety of curry, the fish tea, salt-fish, Jamaican food bring a diverse and rich culinary delight.

Walking on the street of Discovery Bay is difficult not to smell the fresh Coco bread that just came out of the oven or the famed Jamaican Beef Patty. The experience of the traditional Jamaican “Sunday dinner” is a heritage from the British and is an occasion for families and friends to get together. Rice and peas cooked with coconut milk is the staple dish to be served with brown stew chicken, oxtail, curry chicken, vegetables, fried plantain and other side dishes.

The diversity of the Jamaican people, the worldwide reggae rhythm and the richness of the food will surely surprise any tourist that visit the island. These three elements together incorporate the whole essence of the country creating this amazing place, where I can call a piece of the paradise.

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