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Dave Cook
I maintain a website called Eating In Translation about interesting, usually inexpensive food in and around New York.
Interests: Classic films, fiction, travel (even if it's an extended day trip), poker (friendly games only), collecting (mostly flat things, since my apartment is small), trivia (covers most everything else).
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From my photo archives: seen (and snacked with) during a November 2006 visit to Hanoi Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at Eating In Translation
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From my photo archives: drive-up service, Vietnam style, seen during a November 2006 visit to Ho Chi Minh City Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Eating In Translation
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On my first visit to this Mexico City-style taqueria, late on a Saturday afternoon, customers were elbow-to-elbow at the windowside seats; I nosed my way just far enough past the door to witness the rhythmic hand-pressing of tortillas behind the counter. My two tacos al pastor were the bounty of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Eating In Translation
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Darker and less creamy than most rice puddings, arroz zambito is sweetened with unrefined cane sugar that Peruvians call chancaca (aka panela, piloncillo). Typically it's laced with coconut as well as raisins; my bowl was dusted with cinnamon, too. El Mamut 91 Broadway (Grove St.-Gregory Ave.), Passaic, New Jersey 973-272-8222... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Eating In Translation
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Going Bananas! Food and Identity in the African Diaspora Thursday, July 12, 7:00-9:00 City Lore, 56 East 1st St. (First-Second Aves.), Manhattan www.CityLore.org/event/storytelling-cafe-going-bananas Tickets: $20 The Multitudes of Miso Thursday, July 12, 6:30-8:30 Museum of Food and Drink, 62 Bayard St. (Lorimer-Leonard Sts.), Williamsburg, Brooklyn www.MOFAD.org/events/2018/7/12/the-multitudes-of-miso-an-evening-with-bessou Tickets: $20 One in... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Eating In Translation
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The hand-painted menu board was more colorful than anything on the plates of my fellow customers, or on mine. No matter: I don't order tacos de cabeza — featuring fine-chopped beef from the animal's head, by default, cheeks — for their looks. J. Sazon 454 Monroe St. (Tulip-Montgomery Sts.), Passaic,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Eating In Translation
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Huevos revueltos — eggs hard-scrambled with tomato, onion, and (sparingly) chile pepper — are front and center in this desayuno típico, a "typical breakfast," Guatemala style. Pureed black beans, salty cheese, fried plantains, and a puddle of sour cream are standard; so are fat, soft tortillas (not shown). To fill... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at Eating In Translation
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Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Brooklyn Thursday through Monday, July 5-16, various evening and weekend hours In the streets surrounding Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 275 North 8th St. (Havemeyer St.-Meeker Ave.), Williamsburg, Brooklyn www.OLMCfeast.com Free admission Indonesian bazaar at St. James Episcopal Church Saturday, July 7, noon-5:00,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at Eating In Translation
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Pancakes and bacon (with maple syrup, albeit made in New England) served by Mile End for Canada Day. The host of this largely outdoor celebration apparently has organized other similar events: The backyard canopy (shown below, from the underside) seemed to be a holdover from Cinco de Mayo. Canada D'eh... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at Eating In Translation
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Perhaps the setting, a roadside stall catering to customers on the go, contributed to the appearance of Penang's most famous ice kacang (rm 1.50, or about 43 cents at the time). This combination of shaved ice with sweet corn, red beans, and attap chee (the pale, unripe seeds of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2018 at Eating In Translation
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"Cevichochos," like "brunch," is a portmanteau. For this Ecuadorian street food, the seasonings and accompaniments of ceviche are applied, not to fish, but to chochos — lupini beans — and hidden chunks of fried pork, too. The lady who served us, at a small makeshift stand where a young girl,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at Eating In Translation
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Brooklyn Eats Thursday, June 28, 10:00-4:00 Bklyn Studios at City Point, 445 Albee Sq. West (Willoughby-Fulton Sts.), Downtown Brooklyn www.BrooklynEats.com Admission: adults, $10; children under age 18, free Milk! A Food Fracas with Mark Kurlansky Thursday, June 28, 6:30-8:30 Museum of Food and Drink, 62 Bayard St. (Lorimer-Leonard Sts.), Williamsburg,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at Eating In Translation
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Everything-bagel seasoning, thick-cut bacon, scrambled egg (largely hidden), and a flourish of potato chips say "good morning" — or, perhaps, "morning after" — Taiwanese-American breakfast fried rice. H/T Peter Cuce, Bao and Butter Blog Fan Fried Rice Bar 525 Dekalb Ave. (Bedford Ave.-Skillman St.), Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn 929-234-9996 www.FanFriedRriceBar.com Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at Eating In Translation
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Nontraditional choking poster (the title is my invention) commissioned for La Lonchería 41 Wilson Ave. (George-Melrose Sts.), Bushwick, Brooklyn 212-729-4235 www.LaLoncheriaBK.com Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Eating In Translation
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Kashta, which evokes clotted cream, is the traditional flavor of the stretchy, chewy Middle Eastern ice cream called booza. The bounty of temperate lands, however, can also be transmuted into the same dense form. Shown: blackberry atop black walnut. Republic of Booza 76 North 4th St. (Wythe Ave.-Berry St.), Williamsburg,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2018 at Eating In Translation
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Worth lingering over: Jamaican stew pork and accompaniments. Cause to return: a breakfast sandwich featuring ackee. H/T Jackie (a recommendation made some time ago, over empty bowls of mohinga) Caribbean Connection 3969 Laconia Ave. (at East 225th St.), Wakefield, Bronx 718-655-5155 www.Facebook.com/Caribbean-Connection-Catering-Services-Restaurant-116275081789529 Closed Sunday Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2018 at Eating In Translation
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End-on, the Byggybeef is modest in appearance. It betrays little of its makings — among them, warm beef slow-braised in pomegranate juice, and a bespoke vegetable combo that includes pickled fennel, carrot, red cabbage, and currants — but fanciful culinary formulas, which decorate the dining area, hint at the underlying... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2018 at Eating In Translation
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Yoke gari (Yoh-keh Gah-ree), an elaboration on the Ghanaian bean stew called red red, adopts color from both palm oil and tomatoes. The stew is dressed with gari, grains of grated and fried cassava that add body and contrasting texture (but don't compare, in depth of flavor, to Brazilian farofa).... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at Eating In Translation
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Changing the Conversation Thursday, June 21, 6:30-9:00 100 Bogart, 100 Bogart St. (Johnson Ave.-Ingraham St.), East Williamsburg, Brooklyn www.Eventbrite.com/e/changing-the-conversation-tickets-46812053111 Free admission with online registration Swedish Midsummer Festival Friday, June 22, 5:00-8:00, rain or shine Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park and Pier A Plaza (near Battery Pl.), Manhattan www.SwedenAbroad.se/en/embassies/usa-new-york/about-us/midsummer-festival Previously: www.EatingInTranslation.com/2008/06/swedish-midsumm.html... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at Eating In Translation
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Perhaps the rich coloration of the hóngshāo ròu inspired the menu's translation. "Braised pork with cherry" has no cherries — but grapes, it turns out, are a nice touch. For more photos, see the EIT page on Facebook. Szechuan Mountain House 3916 Prince St. (Roosevelt-39th Aves., inside One Fulton Square,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2018 at Eating In Translation
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Despite the name, more like cucumber, perhaps for the best: pickle soft-serve ice cream. Lucky Pickle Dumpling Co. 513 Amsterdam Ave. (84th-85th Sts.), Manhattan www.LuckyPickle Dumpling.co Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at Eating In Translation
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Noted while passing through the easternmost reache... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2018 at Eating In Translation
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Timely chance encounter with a plate of pernil — roast pork shoulder, including generous slabs of crispy skin — with rice and beans, and green salad autographed in purple onion. A day later, on the same side street, I would have happened on a car-wash fundraiser instead. Family Fun Night... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2018 at Eating In Translation
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In a galaxy not so far, far away ... dumplings for dinner, dumplings for dessert, dumplings (and other good things) in between! Dumpling Galaxy 42-35 Main St. (Franklin-Maple Aves., inside the Arcadia Mall), Flushing, Queens 718-461-0808 www.Facebook.com/Dumpling-Galaxy-591436280965409 Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at Eating In Translation
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"New York's street food vendors usually ply their trade where potential customers congregate. On side streets in midtown Manhattan, they set up four and five abreast for the weekday lunch rush. During warm-weather weekends, they feed footballers and their fans outside ball fields in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Red Hook... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at Eating In Translation