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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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Buttermilk-brined, fried, North African spice-dusted chicken (by the piece, $2.50 to $4). Thin, snug crust, juicy meat. Flip Bird 590 Fulton St. (at Ashland Place, inside Gotham Market at The Ashland), Fort Greene, Brooklyn 718-624-7703 www.GothamMarketAshland.com /Vendor/Flip-Bird Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Eating In Translation
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Surviving signage, 580-584 Myrtle Ave. (at Classon Ave.), Clinton Hill, Brooklyn Designated a New York City Landmark, June 2015 Reflected in the third photo and shown more directly in the fourth: a non-landmarked Renken building across Myrtle Ave., at 172 Classon Ave. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Eating In Translation
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Sweet Sugar, Sultry Spice Thursday, April 20, noon-1:00 The Beard House, 167 West 12th St. (Sixth-Seventh Aves.), Manhattan www.JamesBeard.org/events/beard-on-books-71 Suggested donation: $20 for nonstudents; reserve seats by calling 212-627-2308 The Food Movement: Now What? Thursday, April 20, 4:00-6:00 New York University, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South (at... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Eating In Translation
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The textures were not dissimilar. As a chaser to my gulai otak sapi, or curry cow's brain ($10.99), the owner of this new Indonesian restaurant offered a jar of jus alpukat (regularly $3.99; comped). The menu calls it a milkshake, but the thick blend of avocado and condensed milk with... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Eating In Translation
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Springtime in Queens is a season of promise, particularly the promise that soon, very soon, your cold-weather wardrobe can be stored away till next winter. Often the weather is blustery and unpredictable, so it’s wise to be flexible with your outfit – dress in light layers, carry a mini-umbrella. Provided... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Eating In Translation
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On my recent visit to Mexico City, I ate precisely one Chinese meal, notable less for the food itself than for the Dongbei heritage of the cooks. Although I never set foot inside Kong Ming — typical for CDMX, the menu was Cantonese — I did add its likeness to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Eating In Translation
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Surviving signage, 102-03 Corona Ave. (102nd-104th Sts.), Corona, Queens Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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Surviving signage, 27-15 47th Ave. (27th-28th Sts.), Long Island City, Queens Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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(Updated with additional photos.) Judutu has two chief components; at this church event, it also entails a sharp division of labor along gender lines. Judutu — sometimes spelled hudutu, as it's pronounced, and also called machuca — features a wad of pounded plantain and a bowl of coconut-based soup. For... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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Streit's Matzo and the American Dream Thursday, April 13, 7:00-8:30 Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th St. (Fifth-Sixth Aves.), Manhattan www.AJHS.org/streit's-matzo-and-american-dream Tickets: general admission, $10 advance/$12 onsite; seniors, students, and AJHS members, $5/$12 Mofad Night Market Thursday, April 13, 10:30-1:30 City Winery, 155 Varick St. (at Vandam St.), Manhattan... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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Fanescas in Queens may be more diverse than finches in the Galapagos. My story on Ecuador's beloved Easter-season soup, and a list of restaurants, cafes, and food trucks where you can try it, appears on Culinary Backstreets. Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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Enjoy Coca-Cola, have a Sprite Surviving signage, Mexico City Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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Spread 'em: sopes de tuétano, or bone marrow (three for 90 pesos, about $4.50 at the time). Fonda Mayora Calle Campeche 322 (at Calle Ometusco), Hipódromo, Mexico City +52 55 6843 0595 www.FondaMayora.com Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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There's a wait, but there's no line. At lunchtime in Mexico City, this sort of huddle is common at street-food stalls and at storefronts that open onto the street. (It's a familiar formation at Mexican carts in Queens, too.) When the walkway is narrow and there's room only for a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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Hold the crema, hold the queso: chilaquiles with kosher salami in salsa verda (125 pesos, about $6.25 at the time). Friends Deli La Piazza Interlomas, Circuito Empresarial, Bosque de las Palmas, Huixquilucan, Mexico +52 55 5291 2272 Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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Garifuna Day at the Evangelical Garifuna Council of Churches Saturday, April 8, late morning-midafternoon 344 Brook Ave. (141st-142nd Sts.), Mott Haven, Bronx Previously: www.EatingInTranslation.com /2011/04/garifuna-day.html Free admission Via www.Facebook.com/BeingGarifuna New York City BBQ Cookoff Saturday, April 8, noon-4:00, rain or shine Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave. (at St. Patrick's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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No steam table in sight: Our huevos rancheros and enchiladas were prepared with care, to order, by the counter staff of this private-school cafeteria. But we missed a trick, a passing commentator suggested, by asking for a few shakes of Tajín only on our cup of cucumber, carrot, and jicama.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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The same fixings that decorate an ear of elote can also be applied to chayote (chy-Oh-tay, 10 pesos, about 50 cents at the time). Elote, or corn, is often grilled before condiments are applied; on this Mexico City sidewalk, both the elote and the chayote, a mildly flavored gourd, seem... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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Literally, "velador" denotes a pedestal, nightstand, or the like. Veladores (four pieces for 10 pesos, or about 50 cents at the time) resemble small, round tabletops made from shredded coconut; these tasted like macaroons flavored with pineapple, anise, lime, or orange. Note also the calculator, employed by many street and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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Corn smut doesn't make for a pretty picture, not even when called by its Mexican name, cuitlacoche (Qweet-lah-Coh-chay; often pronounced Weet- in accord with the other common spelling, huitlacoche). The fungus, which grows inside corn husks, is gray and bulbous when harvested, but when cooked appears black and tarlike. It's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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That was probably a spoon, partially submerged, in front of my torta ahogada (loosely, "drowned sandwich," with pork carnitas, 61 pesos, or about $3 at the time). But I never had reason to use it — my sandwich was already soaked through with spicy, peppery, tomatoey sauce. That's the whole... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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A "little engine that could" smokestack and a display atop the cart are the proprietor's only come-ons; he has no written signage. He wasn't a talkative fellow, either, except to quote the price of a roasted banana (10 pesos, about 50 cents at the time) and to ask if I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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African Culinary Traditions with Pierre Thiam Thursday, March 30, 6:30-8:00 Museum of Food and Drink, 62 Bayard St. (Lorimer-Leonard Sts.), Williamsburg, Brooklyn www.MOFAD.org/events/2017/3/30 /african-culinary-traditions-with-pierre-thiam Tickets: $30 One in a series presented by MOFAD Opening days Smorgasburg, Williamsburg, Saturday, April 1, 11:00-6:00 Smorgasburg, Prospect Park, Sunday, April 2, 11:00-6:00 Brooklyn Flea,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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Partially enclosed stands that sell packaged snacks and drinks (but not newspapers or magazines, which belong to another line of business altogether) sit on many street corners in Mexico City. Inside, the proprietor or proprietress has room enough for a seat and, often, a small entertainment system. The first photo... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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"No hay birria chica," the chalkboard menu declares. Most closely associated with the Mexican state of Jalisco, this goat soup — some call it a stew — is served at el Güero in a single hearty size (85 pesos, according to my sketchy notes, or about $4.25 at the time).... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Eating In Translation