After a series of natural disasters, small business owners are frustrated. (Reporter Chen Zhiyi / photography)

Chinatown Business Owners Blast Government Over Lack of Support

Business, East Asian, Environment, Food November 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Restaurant and small business owners gathered to vent their frustrations over a lack of help from government officials in the aftermath of Sandy, reported World Journal. The damage from the storm is done, the question now is how to get customers back.

What Was Your First Memorable Meal in America?

What Was Your First Memorable Meal in America?

Culture, Food, Immigration, In the News, New York November 13, 2012 at 10:58 am

For new arrivals in the United States, first meals are often memorable. What you ate, where you were, who you were with – we want the details. Tell us the story of that first meal for this special project for the Voices of New York web site.

María R. Martínez and her son Rubén improvised a tacon stand in front of their business on Avenue A in the Lower East Side. (Photo by Carolina Ledezma via El Diario)

Businesses Get Creative After Sandy

Business, Economy, Environment, Food November 3, 2012 at 1:40 am

Restaurant and store owners in the Lower East Side, a neighborhood hard hit by Hurricane Sandy, concocted ways to keeps business going, El Diario La Prensa reported.

Baza Roohi (left) getting ready to serve halal food at the FDR High School shelter in Midwood, Brooklyn. (Photo by Farhan Sheikh)

Small Group Steps Up to Bring Halal Food to Hundreds at Storm Shelter

Brooklyn, Environment, Food, South Asian November 2, 2012 at 6:58 pm

A small women’s rights group took on the big task of serving halal food to hundreds of Muslim victims of Hurricane Sandy at a Brooklyn high school.

Businesses in Chinatown remained open.  (Photo via World Journal)

Chinatown Restaurants Rescue Tourists

Asian, Business, Environment, Food November 1, 2012 at 1:20 am

The few Chinatown restaurants that remained open on Monday catered to tourists and business travelers who had nowhere else to go for a meal, the World Journal reported.

Web Series Scours NY for Taste of Sweden

Web Series Scours NY for Taste of Sweden

Culture, Featured Posts, Food, Health, Northern Europe October 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Tag along with New Yorker and Swedish reality show finalist Guy Clark as he visits restaurants, stores and institutions, and interviews cultural figures all related to the Nordic country in a series of videos featured on Nordstjernan.

Delfino Díaz sells tamales and hot drinks in East Harlem.

End of Summer Means Menu Switch for Street Vendors

Food, Latino September 25, 2012 at 10:45 am

As the autumn coolness settles in, mangoes and refreshing fruit juices are out for street vendors, giving way to warm tamales, coffee and churros, El Diario La Prensa reports.

At Ellis Island, Theresa Loong, far left, and Laura Nova speak with Kathy Tufaro, far right, about her family’s traditional recipe. On July 27, Loong and Nova spoke to many visitors to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum as part of their project, Feed Me a Story. (Photo: Justin Mitchell/Fi2W)

Briefs: Sharing Recipes, Immigrant Friends and a Love of Books

Culture, Food, Immigration September 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Feet in 2 Worlds reports on a multimedia project that lets people share recipes from their family’s heritage and on a social media site that works like Facebook for U.S. immigrants, while El Diario/La Prensa offers details on the upcoming Dominican Book Fair.

Current food allergy poster. (Photo via New York Department of Health)

Chinese Restaurant Owners Weary of New Food Allergy Bill

East Asian, Food September 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm

The New York City Council is considering a new bill that will require restaurants to put up posters about foods in their menus that may cause allergies. But Chinese restaurants owners believe the legislation is not needed and will become a financial burden to them, reports The World Journal.

At Staten Island Sikh Temple, a Meal For All

At Staten Island Sikh Temple, a Meal For All

Food, Religion, Video September 5, 2012 at 10:40 am

This mouth-watering video by City Spoonful exploring the Sikh tradition of the “langar meal” caught our eye this morning. City Spoonful’s Arpita Aneja visited the Staten Island Gurudwara, in Concord, to take part in the tradition of a free, communally prepared vegetarian meal following the religious service.

A still from the Jewish Daily Forward's profile of the "Jewish Mister Softee."

Brooklyn’s Orthodox Scream for Kosher Ice Cream

Culture, Food, Video September 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm

For the ultra-Orthodox Jewish children of Brooklyn, the familiar Mister Softee ice cream truck jingle holds less allure than the tune that booms from the Kosher L’Mehadrin Bazel Ice Cream Truck, inviting them to “make a bracha,” or blessing, and buy an icy treat, reports The Jewish Daily Forward.

Korean Food District

‘Korean Food District’ in the Works in Flushing

Food, Queens August 22, 2012 at 6:48 pm

The Queens neighborhood of Murray Hill is well-known for its Korean restaurants. Now Korean-Americans are seeking to designate the area a ‘Korean Food District,’ the Korea Times reported.

Orthodox Union rabbis sought DNA testing help from American Museum of Natural History researcher Sebastien Kvist (seated, right) to learn the origins of microscopic worms in capelin roe (below) and sardines.  (American Museum of Natural History via Jewish Daily Forward)

Voices in Focus: Kosher Worms and Duck Fetuses

Culture, Food August 22, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Some advice regarding a couple of today’s stories selected from New York’s ethnic and community press: don’t read these around dinnertime, or if you have a delicate stomach.

Jollibee serves purple yam flavored milkshakes. (Photo by Aurora Almendral/Fi2W)

Jollibee Restaurant Gives Fast Food a Filipino Flavor

Food, Southeast Asian August 9, 2012 at 11:40 am

The recently opened Filipino chain Jollibee in Jersey City serves more than just American-influenced fast food, it takes patrons back home to the Philippines with ube-flavored milkshakes and banana-made ketchup. But has the United States stepped too far into Filipino food culture?

Fi2W workshop participant Nina Agrawal conducting an interview in Union Square. (Photo: Jocelyn Gonzales/Fi2W)

Immigrants of Greenmarket Speak Out

Food, Immigration August 1, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Feet in 2 Worlds introduces us to immigrant vendors at the Union Square Greenmarket and takes us to Crown Heights, where a “Trinidad Chinese style” restaurant thrives in the local West Indian community.