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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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Tacos al pastor, with pineapple, and de carnitas, largely hidden beneath onion and cilantro, by a New Jersey visitor to this annual New York festival. Guelaguetza NYC Socrates Sculpture Park, 3201 Vernon Blvd. (at Broadway), Astoria, Queens www.Facebook.com/events/262698332282852 (The 2021 festival was held on July 25) Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Eating In Translation
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St. Irene Chrysovalantou Festival and Bazaar Thursday through Sunday, July 22-25, 5:00-11:00 Vicinity of the Sacred Patriarchal and Stavropegial Orthodox Monastery of St. Irene Chrysovalantou, 3607 23rd Ave. (at 36th St.), Astoria, Queens www.StIrene.org Free admission St. Ann's Italian Festival Thursday through Monday, July 22-26, various hours Vicinity of the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Eating In Translation
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Thinner, crisper, and perhaps a tad tangier than Philly tomato pie: a square of olive-adorned Algerian-style pizza. H/T Queens Qustodian and Food and Footprints Merguez & Frites 4006 25th Ave. (Steinway-41st Sts.), Astoria, Queens 718-255-6253 www.RestaurantAstoria.com Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Eating In Translation
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Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Newark Friday through Sunday, July 16-18, 6:00-10:00 "Down Neck, Ironbound," vicinity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 259 Oliver St. (Adams-Van Buren Sts.), Newark, New Jersey https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-j7fNnVxKmdw/YNzwvv2m6MI/AAAAAAAAuGg/JP7_1mSz3CscSiXLe_2eb91drFcoNbmxwCLcBGAsYHQ/s1301/OLMC.jpg Free admission Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Jersey City Friday, July 16, 7:00-???, after... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2021 at Eating In Translation
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An oyster omelette, Xiamen style, thinner and crisper than the typical Taiwanese version. Minnan Xiaochi 133-35 Roosevelt Ave. (Prince St.-College Point Blvd., inside the New York Food Court, stall 13), Flushing, Queens 917-908-0919 Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2021 at Eating In Translation
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Surviving signage, 2472 Webster Ave. (at East 189th St.), Fordham Heights, Bronx Also shown below in January 2009; this location closed sometime after the summer of 2014 www.Carvel.com Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2021 at Eating In Translation
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Pig ear salad and crispy spicy fish at a recent Burmese fundraiser. Flattened dried filets and crumbly pungent balachaung became that day's chips and dip. SDMB Spring Fundraising Bazaar Parish hall of St. James Episcopal Church 8407 Broadway (at St. James Ave.), Elmhurst, Queens www.Facebook.com/DemocracyInBurma/photos/pcb.965717920854552/191129049683634 (The spring 2021 bazaar was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2021 at Eating In Translation
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Even for Guyanese cassava pone, this rendition is not only dense and sticky but generously spiced as well. Also shown (and comped): beef and chicken pies; coconut-rich salara. Bakewell Bakery & Restaurant 12708 Liberty Ave. (127th-128th Sts.), Richmond Hill, Queens 718-322-5600 www.Instagram.com/Bakewell_Bakery_and_Restaurant Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2021 at Eating In Translation
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Uptown Night Market Thursday, July 8, 4:00-10:00; repeats monthly "Under the arches," Twelfth Ave. at West 133rd St., Manhattan www.UptownNightMarket.com Free admission with online registration: www.Eventbrite.com/e/uptown-night-market-tickets-156010492583 Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Brooklyn Wednesday through Sunday, July 7-18, various evening and weekend hours In the streets surrounding Our Lady... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2021 at Eating In Translation
This website began as a collection of field notes on interesting food I'd tried, or planned to try, in and around New York. Since its launch, in January 2005, I've visited thousands of venues, from white-linen restaurants to elbows-on-the-table eateries, as well as street vendors, fairs, festivals, grocers, and greenmarkets... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2021 at Eating In Translation
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A cherry dip cone after a long afternoon's walk, and just before oppressive humidity gave way to rain showers, in the northern Bronx. Also shown: the Perry Arms, a prominent location for Stanley Kubrick's early film Killer's Kiss, still standing just up the block; another cone, set against a bygone... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2021 at Eating In Translation
By email, Ed Harstead writes: I saw this concert. I recall being amazed by the drummer, who later played in The Surreal McCoys.
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Some are rings, perhaps lightly kissed by sour cherry syrup. Others are golden orbs, fully loaded in many possible combinations. Both styles are delicious. But at Cafe Boulis and Gold N Honey, two Queens shops whose loukoumades look as different as can be, a sense of community is just as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2021 at Eating In Translation
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When life gives you mangos ... ... you'll be hard-pressed to do better than peel them, slice them, and pair them with sticky rice. Ours, compliments of the house, are also shown in the final photo. Earlier, at that same group meal: yum naem khao tod, beef goy (tartare), larb... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2021 at Eating In Translation
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Saturday, April 26, 1980 In small print at the bottom: "On April 12, the entire Jazz Band music collection and numerous instruments were stolen, leaving the Jazz Band inoperable and on the verge of demise. A $100 reward is posted for the return of the music. No questions asked." Flyer... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2021 at Columbia Bands
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Friday, October 9, 1981 Flyer courtesy of Bill Seeley Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2021 at Columbia Bands
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Pão de ló (sponge cake), a bola de Berlim, and — of all the items at the counter of this Portuguese bakery, market, and cafe, what might be the sweetest — a spaghetti squash tart. Eira 24 Mercer St. (Grove St.-Marin Blvd.), Jersey City www.EiraCafe.com Closed Monday Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2021 at Eating In Translation
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Sweet and savory grilled dango, Japanese rice-flour dumplings. Oh, Dango! At the Queens Night Market Behind the New York Hall of Science, 4701 111th St. (inside Flushing Meadows Corona Park), Queens www.QueensNightMarket.com Saturday evenings in warmer weather Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2021 at Eating In Translation
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Friday, March 4, 1983 Flyer courtesy of Bill Seeley (Sloppy from the Grease Monkeys) Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2021 at Columbia Bands
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Crispy fish tacos, a special — but, in summer, a recurring special, I'll bet. Carlito's Barbecue Taqueria Various locations; on this afternoon, at the Smorgasburg outpost in Jersey City www.CarlitosTacos.com Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2021 at Eating In Translation
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One-buck bites: a fried taro cake, and an apparently seafood-free but nevertheless lip-smacking version of a Fujianese "oyster" cake. Food stand beneath the Manhattan Bridge East Broadway at the southeast corner with Market St., Manhattan Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2021 at Eating In Translation
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Mango in a plastic bag — sliced, with lime and salt — is a popular street-vendor snack in New York. Swap out the bag for an ice-pop mold, give the contents time to chill, and you can carry off a mango-lime-salt paleta instead. Two bucks, for this and many other... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2021 at Eating In Translation
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From this "kind of Chinese, also vegan" restaurant: a cold, Sichuan-spiced "fun guy" mushroom salad. Also shown: my school-lunch placemat, without a trace of green. Fat Choy 250 Broome St. (Orchard-Ludlow Sts.), Manhattan 347-778-5889 www.FatChoyNYC.com Closed Monday Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2021 at Eating In Translation
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Limited-edition strawberry shortcake pampushky, brioche donuts coated with a sour cream glaze and a shortbread cookie crumble and filled with strawberry jam. Dacha 46 Pop-up at 657 Washington Ave. (Bergen St.-St. Mark's Ave.), Prospect Heights, Brooklyn www.Instagram.com/Dacha_1946 Closed Monday and Tuesday Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2021 at Eating In Translation
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Over morning coffee, planning for the afternoon: a coffee float, Manhattan Special espresso soda over soft-serve vanilla ice cream (at an air-conditioned table indoors). Mama's Backyard Cafe 4610 104th St. (46th-47th Aves.), Corona, Queens 718-565-9104 www.Facebook.com /pages/Mamas %20Backyard%20Cafe /113928861972120 Closed Monday Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2021 at Eating In Translation