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Talking SCHOP! Year of the Gato

Another birthday came last month for me. Where does the time go? Though not a milestone year, I ceremoniously titled it “My Obama Birthday” for our 44th president (trying to make it stick, copyright in progress!). I would not let ...

Cooking for Pops

This weekend is not only for the father in your life. It is for the father figures—the ones putting in the work, showing up and being the best person they can be for the children they love. I salute them.

Talking SCHOP! Keep on tasting the UWS

Happy summer season, everyone! Though it doesn’t officially start for a couple of weeks, we are all happy to dive into Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial beginning of sunbathing, barbecuing and revelry. I hope you enjoyed the long weekend. ...

EatUp! ... only in Harlem!

You’ve seen it. Maybe you have even tasted it. With all of the new and different eateries and restaurants opening, Harlem is fast becoming a food destination beyond our signature soul food. Well, the time has come for Harlem to ...

Talking SCHOP! We came, we ate, and yes, we drank!

Thank goodness the spring weather is settling in, because we needed to get out of the house. We needed to crawl the streets, spend time with friends, eat, drink and see how Harlem is getting down with the get down! ...

Talking SCHOP! Clean it out! Feel good!

That winter really did it to us! We filled our coffers to the brim in order to stave off having to go out in the cold to forage.

Talking SCHOP! That full feeling …

There are not many times in life when over 75 of New York City’s top food and beverage talents converge for one evening, in one place. And when they do, you make your best effort to be there. What is ...

Food. Drink. Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

Time to get those oxfords, retro Jordans, chukkas and sandals out of the closet and walk the streets.

Mexico: WINNING!

Cinco de Mayo, a time of tequila, tacos and revelry. While there are myriad places to get down with the get down on May 5, I know where my pesos will be spent.

New York African Restaurant Week

It’s time for the second annual New York African Restaurant Week (NYARW).

Fueling up again

In 2008, I put Pizzeria 123 on my “Best of Harlem” list for their medium plain pizza—well done, of course. It satisfied my need for crunchy thin crust and gooey cheese in one fell swoop. I was sad to see ...

Shakin’ up Easter

This year, families looking for a delicious Easter meal along with fun activities can celebrate Harlem Shake-style

Pernil for Easter

I recently restarted a bimonthly Sunday family dinner that cycles around each of our homes. What I began with a slow-cooked pot roast with braised red cabbage and potato gratin continued with Sheppard’s pie from my mom and the Greek ...

Talking SCHOP! Keep on truckin’

After being postponed numerous times, it finally happened! The Harlem Food Truck Rally came off this past Saturday on Frederick Douglass Boulevard

Hot time, spring’s in the city

The pilgrims of the @NYCHotSauceExpo are back for a second year of that good stuff.