Archive for the ‘food & drink’ Category

Bringing Indonesians together

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

I’m interested in how groups (ethnic or otherwise) find their center, a place to congregate—what is the magic ingredient? For Indonesians in New York, it’s Upi Jaya restaurant in Elmhurst, Queens, at least according to Doug Clark in the New York Times. According to this, “What draws everyone is the cooking of Upi Yuliastuti, 57, the owner of the restaurant, as well as its only cook.”

Food festivals

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Dave Cook in the Times names five “especially tempting” international food fairs this summer. Read the story for sumptuous details.

  • Indonesian Food Bazaar, 10 am to 4 pm Sunday, May 31, behind Masjid al-Hikmah, 48-01 31st Ave (48th St), Astoria, Queens
  • Philippine Independence Day Festival, 10 am to 6 pm Sunday, June 7, Madison Avenue between 24th and 26th Sts
  • Swedish Midsummer Festival, 5 to 8 pm Friday, June 19, Robert F. Wagner Jr. park, near Battery Place
  • Rakhaing Thingyan Burmese New Year Water Festival, 11 am to 4 pm Sunday, July 12, JHS 56 schoolyard, Madison and Montgomery Streets, Lower East Side
  • Myanmar Baptist Church Fun Fair, noon to 6 pm the second or third Saturday in August, 143-55 84th Drive (near 143rd St), Briarwood, Queens

Immigrant Heritage Week is upon us

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Many events all over the city: art,  performance, tours, discussions, celebrations! Wish I could do it all! It runs April 17–23, and the schedule is available at the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.

Irish and more

Friday, March 13th, 2009

A quick roundup of many weekend events, mostly centered around St. Patrick’s Day:

Museum events: Music, food

Traditional Irish songs by Irish Fever at 7:30 and 9 pm Saturday, Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave, Staten Island. $15. Reservations required; call (718) 351-1611, ext. 281.

“Bridget Murphy’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration,” with samplings of 19th-century Irish-American foods and Irish music. 6 pm Tuesday. Call (212) 777-1089 for reservations (suggested). $30. Merchant’s House Museum, 29 E. Fourth St.

Walking Tours

Big Onion Walking Tours: “St. Patrick’s Weekend Irish New York,” meeting in front of St. Paul’s Chapel, Broadway between Vesey and Fulton. (212) 439-1090, bigonion.com. 1 pm Saturday.

Adventure on a Shoestring: “When Irish Eyes Were Smiling!” A walk in Clinton, meeting on the northeast corner of Eighth Ave and 48th St. 2 pm Saturday, (212) 265-2663. $10.

NYC Discovery Tours: “Little Ireland and Little Italy History and Tasting Tour,” visiting cultural and gastronomic sites of importance to Irish and Italian immigration, with a sampling of foods. 1 and 3:45 pm Saturday, noon and 2:45 pm Sunday. Call (212) 465-3331 for reservations and meeting place. $22.

Gotham Walking Tours: “Immigrant New York City,” a tour of Lower Manhattan, meeting on the southwest corner of Chambers and Centre. 11 am Sunday, (646) 645-5782, walkingnyctours.com. $20; $18 for seniors.

Center for the Urban Environment: “The Yiddish Rialto,” a tour of the Second Avenue theater district, meeting in front of the Sunshine Theater, 143 E. Houston. 11:30 am Sunday, (718) 788-8500, ext. 217, bcue.org. $13.

Bowery and Canal Walking Tours: “Five Points and the Irish,” meeting at City Hall Park, Broadway and Park Row. 1 pm Sunday, (917) 602-3543. $15; $12 for seniors & students.

Joyce Gold History Tours: “Hell’s Kitchen and Its Vivid Irish Past,” meeting on the northwest corner of Tenth Ave and 42nd St. 1 pm Sunday, (212) 242-5762, joycegoldhistorytours.com. $15; $12 for seniors.

Danish Mardi Gras

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009
Fastelavn 2008. Photo courtesy of East Coast Scandinavian Museum.

Fastelavn 2008. Photo courtesy of Scandinavian East Coast Museum.

On Sunday, the Scandinavian East Coast Museum will celebrate Fastelavn. Come in costume, hit the barrel (an alarming medieval custom now practiced in a benign manner), and eat delicious cream buns. The event includes dinner, beverages, coffee, dessert, games, prizes, and music by Elin Lindstrom. Check out last year’s pictures here.

The party goes from 3 to 7 pm Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Danish Athletic Club, 735 65th St, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. All-inclusive admission is $25 for adults, $15 for 7–17, and $10 for under 7. For reservations, call Victoria at (718) 748-5950 or Reidun at (718) 748-7844.

Woodside welcomes smiling bee

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

The Filipino population of Woodside, Queens, is excited over the long-awaited arrival of a Jollibee outlet. Jollibee is the big fast-food chain in the Philippines, and this will be its first East Coast location. “This is Filipino soul food,” says Natasha Starkey in Mark Foggin’s New York Times story.

Fast comfort food

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Another link to the Times: Leslie Kaufman writes about the everyday meals that New York’s immigrants make after a workday—homeland comfort food in a hurry, and what adaptations that requires.

With an audio slide show and recipes for Korean vegetable pancakes, laban makoud (Palestinian chicken with yogurt), Hungarian lentil stew, and egg tortilla soup from Ecuador. Which one should I make first?

Teenage immigrants starting school

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

The Times had a story last week about Ellis Preparatory School in the Bronx, which is dedicated to helping teenage immigrants who have had interrupted schooling—or, in some cases, no formal schooling at all.

Thousands of New York City teenagers are in school for the first time. Many of them, according to Jennifer Medina’s story, are from rural areas of the Dominican Republic, where they grew up far from schools and with the responsibility to help support their family. Others spent years in refugee camps in West Africa or fled persecution or poverty in Asia or Central America.

The challenges for the students and teachers are tremendous, but the kids are full of hope.

The Times story also links to video and some of the students’ memoirs. Check it out!