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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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Overhanging the sidewalk within easy reach, but not yet ripe Woodside, Queens Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Eating In Translation
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Tacos de carnitas (24 pesos, about $1.20 at the time) and de costillas (35 pesos, about $1.75). My photos don't adequately capture the volume of carnitas, which, pending salsa, was sufficient to distribute between a pair of hand-pressed tortillas. Likewise for the ribs: two costillas, two tortillas. Rincón Tarasco Av.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Eating In Translation
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Pumpernickel-onion bagel encrusted with sesame seeds: Black Russian ($1.25). Bo's Bagels 235 West 116th St. (Frederick Douglass-Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvds.), Manhattan 917-902-8345 www.BosBagels.com Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Eating In Translation
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Shades of brown: still hot-to-the-touch falafel (sampler, $5). Color, and Israeli bona fides, provided by a countertop display of imported amba, hot peppers, pickles in brine, and tahini. Kulushkat 446 Dean St. (Fifth-Flatbush Aves.), Park Slope, Brooklyn 347-799-1972 Also at 1137 Washington Ave. (Lefferts Ave.-Lincoln Rd.), Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Eating In Translation
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American Food and Immigration Policy, Past, Present, and Future Thursday, July 20, 6:30-8:00 Museum of Food and Drink, 62 Bayard St. (Lorimer-Leonard Sts.), Williamsburg, Brooklyn www.MOFAD.org/events/2017/7/20 /american-food-and-immigration-policy-past-present-and-future Tickets: general admission, $20; students with I.D. and seniors ages 65 and over, $10 One in a series presented by MOFAD St. Ann's... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Eating In Translation
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Rocky may be its namesake, but Philadelphia is not its birthplace. By all accounts the Balboa ($11.95) first appeared in Westchester County, New York, in the late 1970s, and under that name the sandwich is still largely confined to the Northeast. In addition to swiss cheese melted over roast beef,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Eating In Translation
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"Canela?" My arroz con leche (10 pesos, about 50 cents at the time) was already decorated as you see it, but when a lady holds a shaker of powdered cinnamon over a cup of rice pudding, what's a man to say? Postres Mary Mercado de San Juan No. 78 Av.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Eating In Translation
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If you can lift it to your lips without spilling a single tomato, maybe pizza just doesn't turn you on! Sicilian-style marinara-and-tomato slice ($3.50). Famous Ben's Pizza of Soho 177 Spring St. (at Thompson St.), Manhattan 212-966-4494 www.Facebook.com/Famous-Bens-Pizza-of-SoHo-241136589338311 Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Brooklyn Concludes Thursday through Sunday, July 13-16, 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 Midnight Market: Foodie Nightlife Friday, July 14, 6:30-midnight; repeats monthly... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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Zapote negro nieve (25 pesos, about $1.25 at the time), made from the "chocolate pudding fruit." Nevería Roxy Av. Fernando Montes de Oca 89 (at Av. Mazatlán), Cuauhtémoc, Condesa, Mexico City +52 55 5286 1258 (one of many locations) www.NeveriaRoxy.com.mx (From a March 2017 visit) Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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In Hunan, the waiter said, we would use a lake fish. He'd already confirmed that our sliced fish with red pepper soup ($22.95) featured long li, a name that in local Chinese restaurants seems to denote a flatfish of any sort. Most species, however, confine themselves to ocean water; Hunan... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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Dinner was a half-hour distant, and my tank was running low. I'd had a taste for something sweet until the counterwoman pointed me to a tray, fresh from the oven of the Medellín-born baker, filled with his springy Colombian cheese breads. One was just enough to fuel me till my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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Peng's chef hails from Hebei, the Chinese province that surrounds Beijing and Tianjin, but menu categories such as ramen, donburi, and sake by the bottle point farther east, to Japan. Perhaps this culinary connection explains the name of the noodles in sesame paste cold banmen ($12). At Chinese restaurants, "banmian"... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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"Have you been to Bahía, Donald?" José Carioca, a dapper, green-and-gold, happy-go-lucky parrot, poses this question to Donald Duck in the (mostly) animated 1944 film The Three Caballeros. For its beauty and charm — and, oh, the food! — José insists that Bahía (buy-EE-ah), a coastal state in northeastern Brazil,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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In late April the street was abloom with signs; two months later it had been stripped nearly bare. Shortly before taking the second photo, I enjoyed a meal on this very block; it's possible that the changes are only cosmetic, and temporary. Fingers crossed. Colorfully chaotic Chinatown signage North side... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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Gone Fishin' Thursday, July 6, 6:30-??? Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St. (at Clinton St.), Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn www.Eventbrite.com/e/gone-fishin-brooklyns-favorite-forgotten-pastime-tickets-33277741621 General admission: $5 Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Brooklyn Continues Thursday through Sunday, July 6-16, various evening and weekend hours In the streets surrounding Our Lady of Mount Carmel,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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Circle gets the square: scrambled egg grilled cheese with bacon ($4.75), brown butter key lime donut ($3.50). With a special guest appearance by coffee milk. Du's Donuts and Coffee 107 North 12th St. (Wythe Ave.-Berry St.), Williamsburg, Brooklyn 718-215-8770 www.DusDonuts.com Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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PB&J ring ding, with peanut butter cream and raspberry jam ($5). Ring Ding Bar At Smorgasburg, Saturdays during the warmer months 90 Kent Ave. (North 7th-North 8th Sts.), Williamsburg, Brooklyn Daily, inside Duane Park Patisserie 179 Duane St. (Greenwich-Hudson Sts.), Manhattan 212-274-8447 www.Facebook.com/pg/RingDingBar Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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Land-based arthropods, chiefly insects, made up most of this lady's stock in trade. The most eye-catching exceptions were these acociles (ah-co-See-lays), a Mexican variety of crayfish whose older, Náhuatl name, cuitzilli, means "crooked one of the water" or "squirms in the water." Boiled to a deep scarlet, my small bagful... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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First griddled, then torched, these Indonesian coconut-rice cakes can be brightly decorated, but except on special occasions, most wear modest dress. My kue pancong (Kway pan-Chong, $4.50) was caparisoned simply in shredded coconut and palm sugar. Behold! Moon Man Various pop-up locations www.Facebook.com/HelloMoonMan Shown here at the "Taste the World"... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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International African Arts Festival Saturday through Tuesday, July 1-4, 10:00-9:00, rain or shine Commodore Barry Park, main entrance on Navy St. between Park and Flushing Aves., Fort Greene, Brooklyn www.IAAFestival.org Previously: www.EatingInTranslation .com/2007/07/comida-divina.html Donation: adults, $5; children, $2 Royal Bengal Street Fair Sunday, July 2, noon-7:00 East 204th St. between... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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Strawberry "baosil" pudding ($5) abundant with crumbled wafers and little bits of banana. Baonanas Various pop-up locations 201-205-2152 www.Baonanas.com At the Project: Eats Street Festival City Hall Plaza, 280 Grove St. (Mercer-Montgomery Sts.), Jersey City www.Facebook.com/events/1454290544621153 (The 2017 festival was held on June 24-25) Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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Half-eaten brunch, sidewalk table, Upper West Side, Manhattan Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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Although the leaves of maca, an Andean vegetable, "are eaten in salads and are used to fatten guinea pigs, it is most valued for its swollen roots. Resembling brown radishes, the roots are rich in sugars and starches and have a sweet, tangy flavor. Dried, they can be stored for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2017 at Eating In Translation
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Courtesy of the grill man, a sample of super-tender anticuchos (grilled beef-heart skewers) was a prelude to several further tastes from the stall of Passaic, New Jersey's La Casa de Rosita. For more photos — mainly of meats but also of my eventual devil-may-care pachamanca for one — see the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at Eating In Translation