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Kysha Harris

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Talking SCHOP! Harlem Restaurant & Retail Week

here is a little something for everyone from Lenox Avenue to Frederick Douglas Boulevard. Here are just some of the $30.13 prix fixe dinner menus that caught my eye.

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Savor Harlem for Harlem Week

Harlem Haberdashery, Harlem Shake and Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association have come together to get you to savor Harlem during Harlem Week. With a series of three events on Lenox Avenue, these Harlem businesses, along with presenting sponsor Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, will be blending the worlds of car culture, cuisine and clothing to celebrate the new renaissance of Harlem during the legendary Harlem Week.

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Places to M.E.A.T: Must Eat at Tomorrow

There are places that have lived on my M.E.A.T. (Must Eat At Tomorrow) list forever for reasons that range from the obvious (it’s in another city) to the financial (I don’t eat for free, people!).

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West Harlem Gastro Cruise

Starting Monday, Aug. 5—and every Monday and Tuesday in August thereafter—you can cruise and eat Harlem. The West Harlem Food & Beverage Association, in conjunction with NY Waterways & Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, DockNYC and the BillyBey Ferry Company, have created the West Harlem Gastro Cruises to encourage tourists and locals to experience Harlem in a unique and fun way.

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West Harlem Gastro Cruise

Starting Monday, Aug. 5—and every Monday and Tuesday in August thereafter—you can cruise and eat Harlem. The West Harlem Food & Beverage Association, in conjunction with NY Waterways & Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, DockNYC and the BillyBey Ferry Company, have created the West Harlem Gastro Cruises to encourage tourists and locals to experience Harlem in a unique and fun way.

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Harlem is Officially Crabby with Joe's Crab Shack

Talking SCHOP!

Tuesday, July 30 saw the official opening of the national seafood chain Joe’s Crab Shack (@joes_crab_shack, 2349 Frederick Douglass Blvd., 212-222-0445, www.joescrabshack.com) in the new behemoth building that also currently houses Party City and Blink Fitness. It is the seventh Joe’s in New York and the first in New York City.

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Tap, tap, turn with family

It’s true, food brings people to together. A holiday, a birthday or just a weekly dinner at a table together can be transformative, and mostly without any verbal cues. Just the shared experience of enjoying that annual glazed ham or mom’s fried chicken says, “Thanks for coming,” and “It’s great to see you.”

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Talking Schop! Change is good

There was someone great who once said, “The only guarantee in life is change.” And change can be great. You know, take a new way home, add a new spice to a dish you can make with your eyes closed or take a trip to somewhere you have never been. Yes, change can be bad too, but guess what? That can change.

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Talking SCHOP! Doin’ it on Dyckman

I hope you enjoyed a long, festive July 4 weekend wherever you were. Thankfully, I spent it in the city.

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Eatery, Harlem Shake Opens in Style

Thursday, June 11 saw the grand opening of Harlem Shake (@harlemshakenyc, 100 W. 124th St....

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Eatery, Harlem Shake Opens in Style

Thursday, June 11 saw the grand opening of Harlem Shake (@harlemshakenyc, 100 W. 124th St. at Lenox Avenue, www.harlemshakenyc.com), which was sponsored by the Amsterdam News (@NYAmNews), Carol’s Daughter (@carolsdaughter), Uptown (@UPTOWNmagazine), Sundae Sermon (@SundaeSermon) and others. Clouds, rain, heavy rain nor torrential rain kept Harlem celebrities and dignitaries, patrons and guests from coming to celebrate Harlem’s newest eatery. In fact, the weather proved that rain IS good luck!

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The Great, rainy Googa Mooga festival in Brooklyn

Albeit under cover of rain, I finally made it to the Great Googa Mooga in...

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My Recipe Inspiration

Every week I am in the grocery stores shopping for clients and seeing all of...

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Celebrating my grandmother's legacy

Today, I gather with family, friends and students to celebrate the life of my grandmother,...

Roberta?!

Sometimes you just need to break away, get out of your neighborhood ... your island...

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Memories of Totto Ramen

In this city of "go, go, go," there is nothing more special than slowing down...

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Happy New New Year!

I love this time of the year! I really do! I take crazy pictures of...

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Change in a Package

The other day I was asked, "What is your favorite season?" I couldn't answer definitively...

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New Kitchen for spring

Hallelujah! Spring has finally arrived! It's time to shed a layer or two, resume your...

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Seasonal Easter fish stew

... And then it's spring and Easter is upon us. It's hard to tell with...

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2 for 1 Deal

Yes, spring is just around the corner, but with temperatures like the ones we have...

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Passion of the pork

A couple of Sundays back, I had the pleasure of attending Cochon 555 at Chelsea...

Got 'til it's gone

A very happy and loving Valentine's Day to you and yours! I hope you made...

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Talking SCHOP! What is in a name?

What IS in a name? Expecting parents spend months--if not years--debating and deciding with what...

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It's halftime!

I'll admit it: I don't care who wins the Super Bowl on Sunday. There, I...

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Love in three courses

There is no better way to start a new year than with a wedding, especially...

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Lucky No. 13!

Phew! We are still here! That Mayan calendar had it wrong? Shocking! I don't believe...

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Mr. & Mrs. Claus' night out!

We're less than a week away before Santa brings his jolly, rotund self to our...

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Maison Harlem: Comme ci...

Harlem seems to be ever changing, much like New York City in general. Sometimes on...

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Let them entertain!

There aren't many more days before good ole St. Nick comes down your chimney or...

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Chez Thanksgiving

There might be a new modus operandi in town on Thanksgiving Day. It's called "eating...

Leftovers and over and over

Happy Thanksgiving, family! I hope you and yours are together and safe today and always,...

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Turkey Time: Recipes and tips

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

Thanksgiving: A Dickens tale

'Twas the week before Thanksgiving and all through the kitchen, Not a recipe was stirring...

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What's haunting Harlem

I had a great time last year traipsing around the neighborhood in my Harlem Harajuku...

Diamond in the rough

Early last month, after returning from my Italy trip, I got an opportunity to eat...

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Five stars for Five Leaves

Get ready for it... It's another installment of "Jason and Kysha's Weekend Drive to Brooklyn"...

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When I say 'Holla,' you say 'Days!'

Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday...and here we are. You have barely recovered from this mayhem...

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Easy like Sunday morrr-nin'

When was the last time that Valentine's Day fell on a Sunday? Wikipedia says 1999...

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Independence with dependents

While I do love a long weekend, July 4 seems to start the clock on...

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Bow to Bao

Alert the media! (...Wait, I am the media.) I am taking a break from food...

Big on Minis

A few weeks back, I was strolling Lenox Avenue with a friend en route to...

Oh, 2010...here we come!

We made it through the year. And what a year it has been. Banks collapsing,...

Thankful for Gilbert

Holiday meals, round 1, done! I hope your meal turned out better than you expected,...

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The sweet nectar of change

This political climate can either bring the best or the worst out of people. I...

Warm hearth, warm heart

While I love the light and breezy cooking of summer, I look forward to all...

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It's Christmas time in NYC...

Mom's cooking gumbo and string beans, Ham and a capon and mac-n-cheese. This is my...

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Feeling Crisp in 2010

Happy 2010! I hope this year brings all you want and need. I hope it...

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Farmers market fish stew

Last week, I wrote about the great experience I had at one of the farmers...

Get to gettin!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner--in fact, one week from today! There is tons to...