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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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Pambazo de papa y chorizo, a potato-and-pork-sausage sandwich dipped in chili sauce, and griddled (15 pesos, about 75 cents at the time). Church-social food stand Courtyard of the Parroquia de los Santos Cosme y Damian Calle Serapio Rendón 5 (Av. Ribera de San Cosme-Calle Alfonso Herrera), Mexico City Sunday, 8:30ish... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Eating In Translation
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Guanabana now! Pint of soursop pulp in go-cup (20 pesos, about $1 at the time). Fruit stand (one of many) Tianguis Sullivan Open-air market on Calle James Sullivan between Calles Manuel María Contreras and Jose Rosas Moreno, Mexico City Sunday, mid-morning till late afternoon (Saturday's market reportedly offers much less... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Eating In Translation
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At first reveal, this is a tamal like many other tamales. A little heftier than most, perhaps, and wrapped not in a corn husk but — a faint scent catches the breeze — a banana leaf. Spoon your way beneath the surface of the masa, however, and memories of lesser... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Eating In Translation
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Halal Food Fest Friday, March 24, 6:00-8:00 New York University, Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South (LaGuardia Pl.-Thompson St.), Manhattan www.Facebook.com/events /1784129518517664 General admission: $5 Indonesian bazaar at St. James Episcopal Church Saturday, March 25, noon-5:00; repeats periodically 84-07 Broadway (St. James-Corona Aves.), Elmhurst, Queens www.Facebook.com/events/1877049065848807 Previously: www.EatingInTranslation.com/2016/12/indonesian-bazaar-at-st-james-episcopal-church.html Free admission... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Eating In Translation
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Two-buck tostada de pulpo (octopus). Not shown: equally well-loaded, equally delicious tostadas de camaron (shrimp) and jaiba (crab), and a flotilla of other options not ventured this day — each about 40 pesos. H/T Culinary Backstreets Tostadas Coyoacán +52 55 5659 8774 www.Facebook.com/Tostadas-Coyoacán-105356546180976 Mercado de Coyoacán, stalls 181 and 182... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Eating In Translation
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Loosely translated, "This restaurant does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, physical or socioeconomic condition, or for any other reason." It's a common sign throughout the city. No se discrimina Fabio's Restaurante Ignacio Allende 15, Coyoacán, Mexico City Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Eating In Translation
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Frutas en almíbar, or fruits preserved in syrup, can be tooth-achingly sweet. Of the four shown here — naranjas Chinas, duraznos (probably), tejocotes, and camotes — the first is best at bucking that trend. Duraznos and camotes, that is, peaches and sweet potatoes, might qualify as dulces without the intervention... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Eating In Translation
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The coarse-bristled, dramatically curved broom is typical; so are the bags and sorted refuse hanging from the sides of the cart. In and around the villagelike center of Coyoacán, in southern Mexico City, carts such as this are a not uncommon sight. The men and women who push them hither... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Eating In Translation
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An unripe zapote negro (sah-Poe-tay Nay-grow, or black sapote) resembles a large, firm green tomato. It is inedible until the skin turns a wrinkled, mottled olive green and the underlying flesh seems almost too soft to handle. At another display, to improve a photo, I gently repositioned a specimen in... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Eating In Translation
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Human-powered work cycles are not uncommon in Cuauhtémoc (kwow-Tay-muk), the borough that comprises the oldest parts of Mexico City. Itinerant street vendors park them beside the curb or, when the passage is wide enough, on the sidewalk. Delivery people use them to nimbly circumvent the city's notorious traffic congestion. Usually... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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This advertisement overlooks the plaza fronting the Parroquia Santo Tomas Apostal la Palma, immediately to the west of Mexico City's sprawling Mercado de la Merced. From beneath the faded and peeling pack of goma de mascar (that is, chewing gum) other, older signage has begun to emerge. An unknown brand... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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St. Patty's Day Midnight Market Friday, March 17, 7:30-midnight 147 Harborside Financial Center Platform (at Hudson St.), Jersey City www.Universe.com/events/midnight-market-jersey-city-st-pattys-day-tickets-ZH5F3B Tickets: $5.50, or $10 for hour-earlier admission; ages 21 and over only Via Jersey City Independent James Beard Foundation Cookbook Sale Saturday, March 18, 10:00-2:00 The Beard House, 167 West... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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Special note: Rather than the usual one week of event listings, this roundup covers two. During that time I'll be traveling and eating but not adding new posts to Eating In Translation. (For the occasional update while I'm on the road, follow EIT on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.) Eating In... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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Korbro I've discussed before; Montrose, though reportedly a family-owned business for some 60 years, has left little trace other than this sign. Korchin, whose sign is the most faded, has the most celebrated legacy. The successor business, Marshall Smoked Fish, was acquired by an out-of-state company in 2003; it's unclear... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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Shown not for the food (haven't tried it) but only for the easy fit of 1930s gambrel roofs to current commercial tenants. Related: "When the breadth of religious practice in Queens, a product of the borough's diverse ethnography, meets its pre-existing building stock, you end up with an unexpected architectural... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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Short-order breakfast, Dongbei style: green onion pancake with egg ($2). Or skip the egg, save a buck. Other breakfast items — including congee, salted douhua, stuffed steamed buns, fried leek dumplings, a pork-filled shaobing — are pretty much all in that same price range. Ma's Food Market 43-07 Main St.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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Founded in 1897, the empire of Bronx-born Jahn's (rhymes with Chan's) once numbered more than two dozen ice cream shops, most of them in the greater New York area. Odd-sounding sundaes were a specialty. But the 2007 closure of the Richmond Hill location (shown in the first photo below) left... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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Good Fortune, a supermarket chain that took over several Hong Kong Supermarkets in recent years, is renovating the Flushing and Elmhurst locations and bringing two new food courts to Queens. An announcement in Chinese, English, and Spanish of "food court space for rent" accompanies the floor plans shown here. The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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The President's Kitchen Cabinet Thursday, February 23, 6:30-8:30 Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd. (West 135th-West 136th Sts.), Manhattan www.Eventbrite.com/e/between-the-lines-adrian-miller-and-tonya-hopkins-tickets-30231548375 Free admission with online registration Restaurant Tech Innovation Thursday, February 23, 6:30-??? Primary, 26 Broadway (at Beaver St., 8th fl.), Manhattan www.Meetup.com/food-tech/events/237620229 Tickets: $25 NYC... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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A first look offered little clue: No name, no menu, and for the moment no one in sight. Only a roll of paper towels, and the bagged outline of stacked disposable cups, suggested that this cycle belonged to a street vendor and not, say, to an urban forager. I imagine,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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Your first choice is your most important choice: Which noodle? Chong Qing Xiao Mian offers two varieties, the wispy sort also served by a similarly named but unaffiliated Flushing stall and the "peeled" style shown here. True, these have unaccountably smooth edges and regular proportions for noodles that, traditionally, are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at Eating In Translation
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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The tea serves as a social lubricant, as much for the proprietress who prepares it as for the customers who drink it. I imagine that this sweet, minty Moroccan variety entails some nominal charge when taken on its own; in concert with a plate of hot food from the small... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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My eyes are still open for particularly worthy bo zai fan. That slowly steamed Southern Chinese claypot rice was a specialty of A-Wah, which closed in 2016; I still haven't found a fitting successor in New York. Though the wall menu at Luscious truthfully stated that "the wait for clay... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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The Lifestyle of Food: Building a Food Brand Thursday, February 16, 6:30 Distilled, 211 West Broadway (at Franklin St.), Manhattan www.CityMeals.org/get-involved/events/lifestyle-food-building-food-brand Tickets: $75, or $125 for half-hour-earlier VIP entry Indonesian bazaar at St. James Episcopal Church Saturday, February 18, noon-5:00; repeats periodically 84-07 Broadway (St. James-Corona Aves.), Elmhurst, Queens www.Facebook.com/events/1099887713471467... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Eating In Translation