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Yemen Cafe in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

Yemen Cafe in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

The moment you sit down at the table at Yemen Cafe, even before you order, you get a bowl of Marag, a hot lamb soup, a platter of Malawah, a crusty flatbread, and a bowl of Zahawiq, spicy tomato chutney with chilies and herbs. The […]

Thanksgiving: Dangerously Organized

Thanksgiving: Dangerously Organized

It finally dawned on me that this year November 1 falls on a Thursday which means Thanksgiving is as early as it can be. A person of lists and schedules, for a moment I panicked — it was already the second week of November. — […]

The Lomo Truck in Paterson

The Lomo Truck in Paterson

My romance with Peruvian food continues. Since I discovered it last fall, I cannot get enough of the ceviches. A while ago, Tom sent me a link to Remezcla, a site geared to Latino Millennials and their story on five best Peruvian restaurants in Paterson, […]

SOUR SCHCHI

SOUR SCHCHI

From the mostly autobiographical novel “This is Me — Edichka” by Eduard Limonov which protagonist is a Russian immigrant abandoned by his wife living on welfare in New York (translation is mine — forgive me, Edichka): “If, between 1 and 3 pm, you happen to […]

O Lar — A Tight Spot in Piermont

O Lar — A Tight Spot in Piermont

After a hike in the Tallman Mountain Park, it seemed like a good idea to try O Lar, a tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurant on the main drag in Piermont with the focus on Mediterranean food. Many recommended this place and reviews were promising. It was Saturday […]

Two Mussel Suckers in the Land of Clam Diggers

Two Mussel Suckers in the Land of Clam Diggers

It is said that the residents of City Island refer to the visitors as “mussel suckers” while calling themselves “clam diggers,” maybe going back to the days when clam digging was in abundance. Clam digging stopped but the name remained.  Until 1896, City Island was […]

Entwine in Meatpacking

Entwine in Meatpacking

The sign was the draw  — patio is open. We were looking for something outdoor with a nice selection of small plates to share. And honestly, it was Valera — the host — who made me to actually check out the menu. Never looking like […]

Inca Grill, Middlesex, NJ

Inca Grill, Middlesex, NJ

There’s a strong possibility, I was Peruvian in my previous life. For one thing — potatoes. They must be included in my last meal. But then, here’s this whole new development in my possible Peruvian heritage that has surfaced recently. These are the last few […]

“Mamma Leone!”

“Mamma Leone!”

This 1967 book is an heirloom. It was my introduction — induction? — into The Ferraro Family. Every time this book comes into my eyesight, it’s Gus whisking Leone’s Master Salad Dressing or Barbara’s intense stare into the pot with Zuppa di Pesce on Christmas […]

Chinese Shu Mai with Vietnamese Twist

Chinese Shu Mai with Vietnamese Twist

Inspired by our culinary success during Easter preparations and anxious to move on to the season two of Stranger Things, Charlotte and I came up with a couple of other cooking projects. Have to put this recipe here first before I lose it and forget […]