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Kysha Harris

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Talking SCHOP! Harlem Happening History: Chef JJ Johnson

For our first Harlem Happening History installment, I sat down with Chef Joseph “JJ” Johnson at his newly opened fast casual restaurant, Fieldtrip, in Harlem. He is doing great things both in and out of the kitchen and in and out of Harlem.

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Harlem boo bites…or nibbles (woof!)

Whether your Valentine’s Day is with someone special or just a little self-love, Harlem restaurants have set up the space and moment for you.

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Talking SCHOP! Harlem Happening History: Harlem menus

Before I get all up in conversations with some of my favorite chefs, I did a little research on our Harlem restaurants creating a special dish or menu for Black History Month.

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Talking SCHOP! In Portugal via East Harlem

Just this week I had the opportunity to return to East Harlem’s Tastings Social space (251 East 110th Street, tastingsnyc.com) and once again taste the culinary magic of executive chef Cedric Durand and experience exceptional hospitality.

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Talking SCHOP! New year, better me

A very happy new year to all of you. I am sure the holidays were exactly what was needed, whether that is together-time or just you time.

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Turkey Time: Recipes and tips

No time or words to waste. Here is my annual turkey recipe for Donna, Ms....

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Talking SCHOP! An early bird start

have much more to tell you about my “best life” back in Barbados, but gobble day is just two weeks away and I want you to live your best turkey life.

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Talking SCHOP! A Likkle time in Brooklyn

It was a lazy end of summer Sunday in Harlem.

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Talking SCHOP! The Little Cabin that could…

Well, good end of summer to all. I hope the time away from the city and/or your normal routine fed your soul and spirit. Bring on fall.

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Made in Harlem

Last week Harlem Park to Park and their Harlem Local Vendor Program held their first annual Harlem Summer Food Show Gourmet & Specialty Food Expo at the newly renovated Settepani Café.

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Talking SCHOP! The Plan for you

For some of my Talking SCHOP! longtime readers, you might remember a period when I was on an eating program called The Plan from New York Times best-selling author and former Harlem resident, Lyn-Genet Recitas.

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…And New Again

The word “pioneer” can be defined by as a noun or as a verb. According to Merriam-Webster, as a noun it is “a person or group that originates or helps open up a new line of thought or activity or a new method.”

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Talking SCHOP! Harlem’s New…

Confession time. I have been so busy with cooking for clients, Harlem EatUp! and my latest project in Washington Heights (wait until I get into that in the coming weeks), I have been remiss on reporting some of the new openings in Harlem.

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Talking SCHOP! A birthday first in Canada, Part III

May 25, 2019. Day two in Montreal, on my first time in Canada and it was my birthday!

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Talking SCHOP! A birthday first in Canada, Part II

Last I left you, I was passing out after a long drive with my ace Jason, late night wonton soup and medication for my chest virus but, baby, we were in Montreal on my first visit to Canada! Nothing was going to stop us from having a great time.

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Ready for a Harlem summer

Summer 2019 begins this Friday, June 21, at 11:54 a.m.

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Talking SCHOP! A birthday first in Canada, Part I

Not having fully recovered from the epic week of Harlem EatUp! and The World’s Fare, I am so grateful I got off my duff and planned my birthday in advance.

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Talking SCHOP! Looking back on 2018

The past year has proved to be filled with lots of good cooking, eating, events and travel.

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Talking SCHOP! Dun Huang in Harlem

I hope everyone had the Thanksgiving they imagined, created and/or wanted this year. I celebrated with “framily” and it was perfect. Great pre-dinner conversation, acknowledging for what each of us is thankful and awesome food and dessert.

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New Harlem bites

have my Harlem haunts for those perfect expected bites whether the eatery is fast casual, fast food or fine dining.

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Talking SCHOP! The Thanksgiving leftovers ‘cart’

You know the saying, “putting the cart before the horse,” to express jumping ahead of the natural order of things? Spoiler alert: that is exactly what I am about to do when it comes to Thanksgiving and its leftovers.

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The Art of the Mix finale

For the last two weeks, bartenders and mixologists have been throwing it down and mixing it up at restaurants and bars all over Upper Manhattan.

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Talking SCHOP! Ruby’s Vintage opens

Last week, the latest venture from Harlem restauranteur Brian Washington Palmer (Sexy Taco/Dirty Cash) and Nikoa Evans-Hendricks (executive director, Harlem Park to Park) opened with an event befitting its name.

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Bar 314 opens!

I fell in love with babbalucci when it first opened based purely on the fried pizza. I had to see what LoPresto did with the former Serafina space and their wood burning pizza oven.

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Talking SCHOP! Uno en La Mano…

You know the saying, “One in the hand is better than two in the bush?” It refers to being grateful for what you have instead of waiting for what might be.

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Talking SCHOP! Sofrito that ‘ish!

Every week and for every client I prepare and leave them with three proteins and three-plus vegetable sides.

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Harlem Harvest Festival 2018

One of Harlem’s most anticipated events returns on Saturday, Oct. 6, for its ninth year. Harlem Park to Park’s Harlem Harvest Festival celebrates the harvest season with an impressive sampling of some of Harlem’s top local vendors.

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Talking SCHOP! Westchester Food Truck Mash-Up

It was a hot, hot but beautiful Sunday and I only had coffee in preparation to attend the second annual Westchester Food Truck Mash-Up at Empire City Casino: Battle New York vs New Jersey.

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'Trinizuelan' sauces launch in Harlem

A new line of Caribbean sauces and seasonings was launched at Harlem’s Minton’s Playhouse.

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Talking SCHOP! Watching and eating Long Beach

The Long Beach International Film Festival (@LBIFFNY) celebrated its seventh anniversary this past Aug. 1 to Aug. 4, screening an international slate of more than 50 films paired with music and food on the beachfront at the Allegria Hotel in Long Beach and other Long Island locales.

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Harlem food maker expands citywide

The Harlem-made brand, Ginjan juice (@GinjanBros), a ginger-based beverage, announced their expansion into Whole Foods Market stores citywide and throughout Long Island, N.Y.

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Talking SCHOP! The summer struggle

It’s hot y’all.

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Food. Film. Beach?

That’s right! It’s time for the seventh annual Long Beach International Film Festival running from Aug. 1 to Aug. 4.

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Talking SCHOP! Just a salad will do

It’s hot as heck and I can’t take it anymore.

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Talking SCHOP! 2018 Summer Fancy Food Show

The 2018 Summer Fancy Food Show, one of New York’s premier food expos, went down the weekend before July 4 at the Jacob Javits Center.

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Talking SCHOP! This with that

Now that summer is settling in and we have celebrated our country’s independence, it is time to create some seasonal moments and take part in events around Harlem, the city, the state and the tristate area, for that matter.

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Talking SCHOP! Summer, summertime

As of 6:07 a.m. today, June 21, summer 2018 has begun!

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Talking SCHOP! Harlem Hops

Opening this Saturday, June 9, 2018, is the newest soon-to-be hot beer spot, Harlem Hops (@HarlemHops, 2268 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., www.harlemhops.com).

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Talking SCHOP! Harlem did that!

The fourth annual Harlem EatUp! festival is officially in the books! The food and drink were still flowing and the fun broke the sound barrier.

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#EatLocalEastHarlem

This week I was invited to the first annual #EatLocalEastHarlem food event, highlighting the foods from East Harlem restaurants and food makers.

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Talking SCHOP! Melting in the Harlem pot

I really love what I do. You are probably rolling your eyes saying, “Of course you do! You get to eat and drink and write about it.”

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Talking SCHOP! It’s time to EatUp!

Like a late blooming tree in spring, just like that, it is time once again for the fourth annual Harlem EatUp! festival taking place this Monday, May 14, through Sunday, May 20, here in our community.

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Talking SCHOP! Found in the Triangle

Last week I returned from a quick respite to Bermuda. Not even our plane being rerouted to and grounded for four hours in Boston could dampen the emotional high from my stay.

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Talking SCHOP! Osso bucco, baaabeee!

So, I was in the supermarket last week meal planning and shopping for one of my weekly clients...

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Talking SCHOP! Harlem and Paris

Last week I had the honor to attend Harlem and Paris Meet in Midtown, a dinner at Sofitel New York.

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Talking SCHOP! ‘I’m So AmNewsFOOD!’ Are you?

And just like that, it is time again to begin our search for our fourth annual Amsterdam News “I’m So AmNewsFOOD!” Harlem EatUp! contest.

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Black menus

Yes, we are all highly anticipating the release of “Black Panther” in Black History Month!

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Talking SCHOP! Harlem’s own

I have known chef JJ Johnson for more than 10 years since he was the first chef at Nectar Wine Bar, an annex gathering spot to the then Harlem Vintage (not Vintage Harlem).

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Talking SCHOP! Super Bowl wings

I have put the training in, and I am ready to suit up for Super Bowl LII! OK, so I am talking about food and not athletics, but do not get it twisted.

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Talking SCHOP! The restaurants of 2017

By now, it would seem I just cannot let go of 2017! This piece is my third (and final) reflection on the year that is sure to make another appearance in 2018.

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