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Kysha Harris

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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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Talking SCHOP! A moment in España

I just returned from a transformative dining experience in East Harlem. I am still vibrating.

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Talking SCHOP! Remaining thankful

So often the holidays, and the end of the year for that matter, bring anxieties about family togetherness, false starts and unrequited goals. It can be overwhelming and paralyzing at times.

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Talking SCHOP! Halloween tricks

I do love Halloween—seeing kids both young and old getting into the spirit. I do my best to buy candy I don’t like to distribute for trick-or-treating. The problem is there isn’t much candy I don’t like.

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Tap into Harlem Harvest Festival

Fall is finally here, Halloween costume planning is in full movement and Harlem Park to Park’s annual Harlem Harvest Festival is going down this Saturday, celebrating the harvest season.

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Harlem Local Vendor Program expands

Harlem Park to Park and the office of Senator Brian Benjamin hosted a news conference to highlight the success of the inaugural Harlem Local Vendor Program with Whole Foods Market.

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Talking SCHOP! Oh, oh it’s ladies night

…and the feeling was certainly right! Monday night, I along with chef Tiffany Minter and chef Aaliyah Baylor were the first all-female chefs for the Black Chef Series held at Blujeen in Harlem.

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Recipe: Brussels sprout cauliflower gratin

This recipe from Bon Appetit makes the perfect side dish for the holiday table or for a weeknight roast chicken dinner.

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Talking SCHOP! Taste Talks 2017

In 2015, I had my first visit to Taste Talks in Brooklyn and had a terrific time. This year I headed back to see what was on the agenda.

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Talking SCHOP! Getting ready for fall cooking

I know summer is not over just yet, but I can’t help trolling for awesome fall recipes to cook now or for the upcoming holiday spreads.

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Talking SCHOP! Getting open at the U.S. Open

Missing the annual U.S. Open Food Tasting Preview last year was a bummer! I had to settle for a delicious Fuku fried chicken sandwich from concessions and a couple of the signature Honey Deuce Grey Goose cocktails to make up for it.

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NYCHA food entrepreneurs at SummerStage

The Food Business Pathways Program is designed exclusively for NYCHA residents who want to start or grow food businesses.

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Talking SCHOP! by the seafood

OK, so I missed the eclipse (next one in 2024), but I was returning from another fun family vacation in Martha’s Vineyard with my aunt and cousin. The planets do need to align for it to happen, if that counts.

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Talking SCHOP! Leaning back in the Rockaways

Where does the time go? No really, summer is waning. It is August, Halloween decorations are in stores and friends are posting pictures of their children with #backtoschool! I am not ready.

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Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival 2017

The seventh annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival welcomed more than 15,000 guests Sunday, July 23.

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Talking SCHOP! Miss Lily’s…RE-spect!

When one of your great Cali friends blows into town and asks to get lunch, you quickly assess the day’s responsibilities.

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Talking SCHOP! Support community food

I am so grateful for all of the local farmers this time of year with awesome produce, meats and products. It is the only time I think to go. However, there are other opportunities for city dwellers to get farm fresh produce that always escape my timing.

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Talking SCHOP! Brooklyn keeps on makin' it...

…and I (along with many others) keep on takin’ it.

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Talking SCHOP! Discovering Sahadi’s

was quickly hustling my way across (…up, down?) Atlantic Avenue when I walked by a store I heard of many times. I thought, “Well, I am here, just take a quick lookie-loo,” and into Sahadi’s I went.

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Talking SCHOP! Reunion @ Union Square Café

A tradition might be starting … my birthday and great food.

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