Archive for the ‘food & drink’ Category

Happy Year of the Ox

Monday, January 26th, 2009

The Lunar New Year starts today, but festivities continue through the week. The Queens Library in Flushing will host a free day of events on Saturday, Jan. 31.

From 10:30 am to 12:30 pm: Learn how to prepare Japche, a delicious noodle dish from Korea, or miniature spring rolls from China; learn how to make Chinese red envelope lanterns (first-come, first-served basis, supplies limited!). (I’m not sure whether these events will be conducted in Korean, Chinese, English, or a mixture.)

At 1 pm,there will be traditional Korean drum and dance with Vongku Pak; at 2:30 pm, a ribbon dance and song from China; and at 3:30 pm, the Chinese Lion Dance.

The library is located at 41-17 Main St, Flushing. The event is funded by The National Endowment for the Humanities.

What’s cooking in Corona

Friday, December 12th, 2008

A Healthy Taste of Corona is a new bilingual (English-Spanish) cookbook with more than 30 recipes from the neighborhood’s cultures. It’s a project of the Heart of Corona Initiative and focuses on nutritionally sound versions of traditional dishes, with photos and stories.

They’re having a book launch party, with tastings and cultural performances, from 3 to 5 pm Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park. Free!


Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Babka and friends from Greenpoint

Halloween inspired Seth Kugel’s Weekend in New York column of Oct. 26, where he talks about pastries and desserts from India, Pakistan, Greece, the Middle East, Puerto Rico, and Senegal. These treats are a good way to a get a taste of something different without spending a lot of money in these dire economic times.

Italian food

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum presents Food and the Italian-American Experience, a conversation with authors Laura Schenone (The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken: A Search for Food and Family), and Louise Fili (Italianissimo: The Quintessential Guide to What Italians Do Best) about their own roots and the role of food in Italian immigrant culture. The talk is at 6:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 23 at the museum bookstore, 108 Orchard St. RSVP to events(at) The talk is free; you’re on your own for dinner.

Panel on immigrant foods

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

“Emerging and Disappearing Immigrant Foodways” is the topic of a panel discussion at 4 pm Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Fales Library on the third floor of Bobst Library at NYU, 70 Washington Square South. Admission free for NYU students or employees; $10 donation suggested for the general public. Call (212) 992-9018 for more information.

Dancing, discussion, and dishes

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Folk Feet on Fifth, a demonstration—with food—celebrating the neighborhood dance traditions of Bay Ridge and Sunset Park (which encompasses a lot) will be held Thursday. Participants include:

  • Newyorican salsero Carlos Vasquez
  • Cliff Matias of Redhawk Native American Arts Council
  • Paul Busse, Norwegian Folkdance Society of New York
  • Benito Bravo, Mexican folkl√≥rico dancer
  • Greek dancer Chrisafo Madimenos
  • Lebanese debke hot stepper Jad Lebbos
  • Victoria Hofmo, Founder of the East Coast Scandinavian Museum
  • Arab youth dance group director Sheren Attal
  • Senior citizen folk dancers of Brooklyn Chinese American Association
  • and unspecified other Irish & Scandinavian contributions.

The event is from 6 to 9 pm Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Danish Athletic Club, 741 65th St, Brooklyn. (Not really 5th Avenue; it’s between 7th and 8th.) It’s free! To RSVP or learn more, call (718) 625-0080 or e-mail

More Asian food & art

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

A few weeks ago, Seth Kugel wrote another great Weekend in New York column, this one about where in New York you can experience the food, and sometimes art, of Bhutan, Nepal, Malaysia, Philippines, Cambodia, and Indonesia.

Anyone have other favorite places representing these countries? I was a big fan of Cambodian Cuisine when it was in Fort Greene, but I haven’t yet been to the Third Avenue location, which took a terribly long time to open. Here’s the Times review of it as well as Kampuchea on the Lower East Side.

Also this weekend

Friday, September 19th, 2008

The Korean Harvest Festival, or Chusok, will be from 10 am to 6 pm Saturday, Sept. 20, at Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Queens. On Sunday, there’s a free concert from 2:30 to 6. That’s all I know.

Also Saturday, Horacio Laguna performs Music of the Americas (Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Paraguay, Uruguay, Ecuador, Spain, and Italy [OK, not just the Americas]) at 2:30 pm at the Bayside Library, 214-20 Northern Blvd, Queens. Free.