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Kysha Harris

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Chefs do deliver in Harlem

Friends and executive chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Daniel Boulud delivered meals to homebound elderly to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Citymeals-on-Wheels’ “Chefs Deliver” program.

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Talking SCHOP! #HarlemOnTheRise

Wednesday, Feb. 18, Harlem Park to Park (@HarlemPark2Park, HP2P) presented the third annual Harlem Hospitality and Culinary Conference, newly set at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (@SchomburgCenter).

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Restaurant Weeks here and there

If you love to eat and have a list of restaurants you continually tick off as you go, sharpen your pencils, bundle up and get going—the Restaurant Weeks are here!

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Talking SCHOP! Forbidden food

Traif being the Yiddish word for non-kosher, is this little eatery that celebrates pork, shellfish and globally inspired soul food. I say, “Got it,” “Yes” and “Bring it on!”

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Amarula for amour

Are you looking for a little something special to add to your Valentine’s Day cocktail? Something that perhaps might induce that stare, that glimmer in the eye, that je ne sais quoi of your betrothed? The answer lies in Africa’s Marula tree.

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Talking SCHOP! Give ’em the world for Valentine’s Day

Now, if there were only a way to capture that food moment, put it in a box and take it home, you would. Enter Try the World (@TryTheWorld), an online subscription service that brings the flavors of the world to your door.

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2015 Harlem Hospitality and Culinary Conference

Harlem Park to Park will host its third annual Harlem Hospitality and Culinary Conference Wednesday, Feb. 18 at the prestigious Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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Talking SCHOP! A Korean silver lining

SChopGirl shares a recipe from David Chang for a roasted pork butt--Korean style.

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The Super Bowl drum (sticks)

Chicken drumsticks are always a hit, and they are perfect for a Super Bowl gathering because of their easy one-hand eating. Here’s a simple, easy and quick recipe.

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Talking SCHOP! A Far East Super Bowl …

No matter the Roman numerals that follow, the Super Bowl proves to be a great American tradition about the convivial experience, the togetherness and, of course, the food.

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Talking SCHOP! Empire Diner dining

Newly refurbished and reopen for business, Empire Diner offers patrons good, simple food and friendly service in a comforting atmosphere.

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Talking SCHOP! Poly-holiday meal

Last year … OK, just last month (does that joke ever get old?) … my college girlfriends got together for our annual holiday meal.

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Talking SCHOP! Visions of 2015 at Lido

There is an old saying that whatever you are doing on New Year’s Eve is a symbol of what your coming year will be.

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Chefs deliver in Harlem

Last week, Chef J.J. Johnson of the Cecil and Minton’s in Harlem brightened the day of 30 homebound elderly New Yorkers by preparing and delivering meals as part of Chefs Deliver for the Citymeals program.

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Talking SCHOP! Barbados: Cook. Eat. Drink. Part II

Last I left you with the setup to what would be a dynamite vacation on the beautiful island of Barbados: a pot of pilau (a rice dish), a fully stocked kitchen and some due diligence in the grocery store.

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Sweet Bazzar

I fell in love with guava while in Tobago in the form of homemade jelly on homemade bread with butter.

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Talking SCHOP! Barbados: Cook. Eat. Drink. Part I

Happy holidays, everyone! Again, I find myself wondering where the time went and reducing the year to simply hot and cold—cold always meaning the end.

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Talking SCHOP! Sides of thanks

I have returned from an awesome respite in the Caribbean.

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Something to wine about

Whether you are going to a Thanksgiving dinner or inviting friends and family over to give thanks, a bottle or two of great wine always enhances the experience. V

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TALKING SCHOP! #Thankful

Our Kysha Harris gives a recipe for the perfect Thanksgiving Day turkey.

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Talking SCHOP! Dark theater, bright bites

Food festival season is finally a wrap.

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Talking SCHOP! ‘Best Food Week Ever!’ Part II

Usually, food lightning never strikes twice, especially in the same week. But leave it to food festival season 2014 to surprise me and make me feel like a newbie once again.

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Talking SCHOP! Ponty Bistro ponies up in Harlem

Quiet as it is not kept, there are still areas of Harlem being developed.

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Talking SCHOP! Sunday antics in Brooklyn

Once this fall routine starts to settle in, time just seems to go far, far away.

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Food festivals this way come

While the end of summer brings sadness to some for the loss of long, hot, carefree days, for others, it is the beginning of food festival season.

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Talking SCHOP! NYC: Our oyster

Just as quick as it comes, there summer goes and Mr. Fall has arrived. That slight chill in the air wraps you up at night and wakes you up in the morning.

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Happening in and out of Harlem

Oyster Bash NYC, presented by Chefs Table NYC, is a fully immersive experience featuring an extensive menu of oysters, guided tastings and oyster selections curated by special guest Julie Qiu of the popular blog “In a Half Shell.”

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Talking SCHOP! Be sweet in September

Monday, Sept. 8, former White House Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses and Harlem’s own Aliyyah Baylor, co-owner of Make My Cake, taught a dynamic cake decorating class at Make My Cake.

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Talking SCHOP! A Crispo return to fall

It’s back-to-school time for your little and not-so-little ones.

Talking SCHOP! Post Labor Day Blues

You get exactly 2.3 seconds to lament about the waning days of summer. August gave us fall-like days, so perhaps September will keep the air conditioner running a little longer.

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Talking SCHOP! A year at Betony

There are wonderful milestones in our lives that are cause for celebration. Exactly how that celebration goes down is up to those involved. It can be loud and celebratory or intimate and close. No matter the marker, don’t let those unique times pass.

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Talking SCHOP! Easy Being Green

Time is running out on summer. Enough mucking about! Here are a couple of green recipes for your late-summer repertoire. They are quick and easy and can be a light and refreshing main or side dish.

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Tap+Cork 2014

I don’t know how I missed the first one, but it is time for the second annual Tap+Cork

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Tarrytown nuptial retreat

Talking SCHOP!

August is a great time to get out of the city. New York, and the tristate area in general, has so much to offer and is only less than a couple of hours away to boot. Having a Metro-North stop right at 125th Street is yet another great reason to be a Harlemite.

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Talking SCHOP! Getting it in!

August is the summer month when the streets seem empty, everyone takes their annual family vacation and life in general slows down a bit before the fall mayhem ensues.

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Talking SCHOP! Sizzling feet on Lenox

Your eyes are not deceiving you. Those grooves on the sidewalk on Lenox Avenue between 127th Street and 118th Street are real. Last Tuesday, loyal and patient Harlemites and patrons made their way up and down the avenue for the second annual Lenox Sizzles restaurant crawl.

Summer 2014 Restaurant Week

If my experience at Dover whet your appetite for something new to eat, then New York City Summer Restaurant Week is just in time.

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Talking SCHOP! Dover the bridge

It is no secret, I love being happily surprised when trying a new restaurant, especially one that comes by way of someone else’s recommendation, planning or behest. It’s almost like being blindfolded for a surprise that only reveals itself once you can see it and taste.

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Talking SCHOP! Hot time, farmers markets in the city

One of the best ways for me to savor summer is to visit one of my local, weekly farmers markets.

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Eat. Drink. Mingle.

Recipes & Reviews

Step out and stroll the avenue next Tuesday night, July 15. It’s time for Summer Sizzles on Lenox, brought to you by Experience: Harlem (@xperienceharlem) and Harlem Park to Park (@harlempark2park). In its second year, Summer Sizzles

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Having a Maine moment

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I love traveling to places in the United States that I have never been to before. I was lucky enough to be invited to Kennebunkport, Maine.

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Talking SCHOP! Independence with charcoal

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Happy Independence Day, everyone! I hope you are either en route to your long weekend or settled on your plan to watch the fireworks display. Both promise to give you a reprieve from your everyday and hopefully surprise you with something new.

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Talking SCHOP! A midyear start

Happy midyear! I wouldn’t believe it myself if I didn’t write a weekly column and know that this is my 26th piece this year. Where does the time go?!

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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 it go by without raising a glass and eating some good food.

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Fairway takes the High Road

With the official start of summer right around the corner and temperatures already rivaling the dog days in August, there are a few cool reprieves for the mouth. Good thing Fairway Market (@FairwayMarket) partnered with High Road Craft Ice Cream (@HighRoadCraft) to create four signature flavors for your mouth.

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Cooking for Pops

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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.

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EatUp! ... only in Harlem!

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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 get its food due and let it shine, shine, shine in a spotlight to be cast next year.

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Uptown Battle of the Bars winner crowned

Earlier this week, the second annual Uptown Battle of the Bars culminated at Harlem Tavern

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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! And there was no shortage on things to do over the last couple of weeks … lest there be a riot on the avenue.

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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.

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