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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No time or words to waste. Here is my annual turkey recipe for Donna, Ms....
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.
It was a lazy end of summer Sunday in Harlem.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
May 25, 2019. Day two in Montreal, on my first time in Canada and it was my birthday!
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.
Summer 2019 begins this Friday, June 21, at 11:54 a.m.
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.
The past year has proved to be filled with lots of good cooking, eating, events and travel.
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.
have my Harlem haunts for those perfect expected bites whether the eatery is fast casual, fast food or fine dining.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every week and for every client I prepare and leave them with three proteins and three-plus vegetable sides.
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.
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.
A new line of Caribbean sauces and seasonings was launched at Harlem’s Minton’s Playhouse.
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.
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.
It’s hot y’all.
That’s right! It’s time for the seventh annual Long Beach International Film Festival running from Aug. 1 to Aug. 4.
It’s hot as heck and I can’t take it anymore.
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.
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.
As of 6:07 a.m. today, June 21, summer 2018 has begun!
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).
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.
This week I was invited to the first annual #EatLocalEastHarlem food event, highlighting the foods from East Harlem restaurants and food makers.
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.”
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.
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.
So, I was in the supermarket last week meal planning and shopping for one of my weekly clients...
Last week I had the honor to attend Harlem and Paris Meet in Midtown, a dinner at Sofitel New York.
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.
Yes, we are all highly anticipating the release of “Black Panther” in Black History Month!
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).
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.
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.