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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).
Recent Activity
Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar Saturday and Sunday, November 25-26, 11:00-6:00 501 Union, 501 Union St. (Bond-Nevins Sts.), Gowanus, Brooklyn Also, sames dates and times, at the nearby Green Building, 452 Union St. Free admission Opening weekend: Winter Flea + Holiday Market Saturday and Sunday, November 25-26, 10:00-6:00; continues weekends through... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Eating In Translation
The charming sign outside Schmidt's Candy speaks eloquently, especially when we look closer. The words "home" and "made" frame a tall glass candy jar; we notice the slight irregularity of the brushstrokes, and we see that the candy jar is a bit out of true, as are the colorful candies... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Eating In Translation
Hot and sour cassia root jelly, the restaurant calls it. The knotted bundle on top is merely decorative; below, what resemble buckwheat noodles are the namesake of the dish. As best as I can determine, these brown, slippery noodles are made from fern-root powder; cassia, the New World analog to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Eating In Translation
Politics of Food Conference Thursday, November 16, 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. NY Institute of Technology, 1871 Broadway (61st-62nd Sts.), Manhattan General admission: $45 Via Edible Manhattan Tastes of Brooklyn Thursday, November 16, 3:00-8:00 Various locations in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Tickets: four tastes, $22; eleven tastes, $54; proceeds benefit Seeds... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at Eating In Translation
Rfissa (ruh-Fee-sah) — a weekend special at this Moroccan restaurant, meaning that it's available Friday and Saturday only — boasts heaps of lentils, strips of onion, and a goodly portion of chicken meat. These long-simmered, turmeric-tinted ingredients are presented atop a layer of shredded bread (one protruding edge is shown... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Eating In Translation
From the broad stacked baskets on the bakery's streetside table: cabbage-and-wood-ear steamed buns (two for $1). As with many savory baozi like these, the recipe surely calls for a little sugar, too. Gaoming Bakery 5110 Eighth Ave. (51st-52nd Sts.), Sunset Park, Brooklyn 718-633-8865 Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at Eating In Translation
"Origami lucky star pack. Note: for decorations. Not candies." Crimped into shape by an owner with lots of empty wrappers, lots of spare time though never very much at once, and the modest desire to enliven a standard boxy kiosk with a personal touch. See also these handmade cozies. Chinatown... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at Eating In Translation
Looking back, and looking ahead, to weekend brunch: the duck egg sandwich with bacon, tomato jam, and hollandaise, and its side plate of tomato, cut potatoes, and hash browns ($14). The Fat Monk 949 Columbus Ave. (106th-107th Sts.), Manhattan 212-837-2334 Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Eating In Translation
Seen in passing: Very small clams for sale. Most likely these bean-size mollusks are Donax fossor, a less colorful, colder-water relative of the coquina, Donax variabilis. According to Seashells of North America, by R. Tucker Abbott, "a study showed that over 1,500 specimens may live in 1 sq. ft. of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Eating In Translation
Talking Brooklyn with Mimi Sheraton Thursday, November 9, 6:30-8:00 Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St. (at Clinton St.), Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn General admission: $10 Chocolate: A Complex Intersection Thursday, November 9, 6:30-8:30 Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy. (at Washington Ave.), Brooklyn Tickets: $30 St. Anthony's International Festival Thursday... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Eating In Translation
The first was nearly bare; the second was dressed in layers. You can think of pelmeni as Russian-style ravioli, a name sometimes applied to this restaurant by English speakers, since "Stolovaya" — "canteen" or "dining room" — is printed only in Cyrillic characters. These bite-sized dumplings, for this batch filled... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at Eating In Translation
Complement to morning coffee, with overtones of clove: ossi di morti, Sicilian "bones of the dead" ($2.25 for five, at $9 per pound). Like the Mexican pan de muerto and the Ecuadorian guagua de pan, these cookies are prepared for the Day of the Dead, which is celebrated throughout Italy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at Eating In Translation
Traditionally prepared with goat or lamb, the spicy Mexican soup called birria can also be made with beef, as shown here. My bowl, as a consequence, offered lean meat and a little skin but no chopped-to-order off-cuts — who can butcher a side of beef on the spot? — and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at Eating In Translation
Rice 'n' dice: Even on a weekday morning, the dining room was packed with Cantonese speakers, but no one was better supplied with the minimum daily requirement of iron, I'll wager. Steamed rice-noodle rolls with pork liver (three for $2.75). Han Wong 8510 20th Ave. (85th-86th Sts.), Bensonhurst, Brooklyn 718-714-1188 Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2017 at Eating In Translation
Honey straws: clover, sour apple, habanero (50 cents each). Honey Garden Farm 2115 East 15th St. (Aves. U-V), Homecrest, Brooklyn 718-676-6560 Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Eating In Translation
Recently unveiled: mansaf, the national dish of Jordan. Presented on a thin flatbread called markook — and covered by a second flatbread, which was lifted free by our server and set to one side, where it stood like a folded banquet-hall napkin — our mansaf also included rice, lamb, a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Eating In Translation
Food Insecurity: Feeding All the Food Insecure in New York City Thursday, November 2, 8:30-10:15 a.m. Hunter College, Silberman Building, 2180 Third Ave. (at 119th St., 2nd fl.), Manhattan Free admission France Is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child Thursday, November 2, 7:30-??? Greenlight Bookstore,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at Eating In Translation
Three of us, three "piatti della nonna" — that was the plan. Huddled in one corner of the menu, these traditional Neapolitan "grandmother's dishes" were well-suited to a brisk damp night. Two were prepared with elbow pasta; the third and best (below, $15) partnered cut spaghetti with egg, pancetta, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Eating In Translation
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at Eating In Translation
The spelling is uncommon — La Central has been home to many idiosyncratic hand-drawn signs — but the fruit is familiar. A Trinidadian fellow customer knew it as governor's plum and also noted the Jamaican name hog plum; I've encountered the fruit (or its close relatives) as jobo, trai coc,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2017 at Eating In Translation
Linzer cookies, raspberry (two for $1). Valerio Bakery Cafe 15-07 College Point Blvd. (15th-18th Aves.), College Point, Queens 718-886-2331 Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at Eating In Translation
The sign for "burek" lured me in, more out of curiosity than hunger, since I'd just polished off an Albanian-style smoked-meat pizza. The display case bade me stay — tiramisu ($3.95) became the cornerstone that completed my meal. Bainbridge Bakery 3109 Bainbridge Ave. (East 205th-East 206th Sts.), Norwood, Bronx 718-882-4409... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at Eating In Translation
Literally a "bread baby," Ecuador's guagua de pan is a sweet bread prepared in anticipation of Día de los Difuntos. This "Day of the Deceased," observed throughout the Andes on November 2, is less well-known in the United States than Día de Muertos, the Mexican "Day of the Dead." However,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at Eating In Translation
The Old Adventures of the Newtown Pippin Thursday, October 26, 6:00-8:30 100 Bogart Gallery, 100 Bogart St. (Johnson Ave.-Ingraham St.), East Williamsburg, Brooklyn Tickets: $20 Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food Thursday, October 26, 6:30-8:00 City Lore, 56 East 1st St. (First-Second Aves.), Manhattan Tickets: $10... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at Eating In Translation
At the end of Thailand's rainy season — in New York and other less tropical climes, figure on mid-autumn — lay Buddhists present the monks at their local temple with the saffron robes called kathin (sometimes, katin). The offering of respects to the monks, and to the temple, is accompanied... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at Eating In Translation