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.

Voices in Focus: Raise Crops and Learn Yiddish

Voices in Focus: Raise Crops and Learn Yiddish

Food, Video August 1, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Today we have a delicious collection of food-themed articles: a Yiddish farm upstate; Colombian fruit juices and a new food court in Jackson Heights; the Korean-American inventor of a nifty new sushi container; and a Korean “food missionary.” All that, and a new survey on the sex lives of Hispanics.

Debra Scacco (left) and Theresa Loong, two of three recipients of a new artist-in-residence program, on Ellis Island. (Photo by Terese Loeb Kreuzer/Downtown Express)

Voices in Focus: Most New Yorkers Detained by ICE Are Deported

Food, Immigration July 25, 2012 at 5:14 pm

In today’s roundup: a new report on immigrant New Yorkers detained and deported; credit unions for taxi drivers; a profile of a beloved Bronx bakery; a visit to the Irish Hunger Memorial; an immigrant-themed art project; and a dispatch from the Bronx about how locals are reacting to President Barack Obama’s new immigration stance.

Prerna Lal is a third year law student at The George Washington University Law School. (Via New American Media)

Voices in Focus: Advice for Undocumented Immigrants

Food, Labor, Opinion July 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Today we found some great stories from the ethnic and community press, including an advice column for undocumented immigrants; a new report on promoting good jobs and good food for people of color; on op-ed on the difference between “undocumented” and “illegal”; and a profile of an “American Idol” finalist.

Poststickers from A-Pou's Taste, in Manhattan's Financial District. (Photo by Justin Chan)

In Land of Halal, a Dumpling Cart Stands Out

Business, Food July 9, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Our very own Justin Chan recently interviewed a Taiwanese dumpling vendor for the blog of chef Marcus Samuelsson, asking the owner of A-Pou’s Taste, Doris Yao, about the secrets of her success selling dumplings in Manhattan’s Financial District, as well as her thoughts on recent street vendor protests.

(Photo courtesy of Vikas Khanna)

Video: Immigrant Dishwasher to Presidential Chef

Culture, Featured Posts, Food, Video June 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm

The celebrity chef Vikas Khanna came to America 11 years ago with just a few hundred dollars in his pocket. After years washing dishes in hole-in-the-wall Indian restaurants and handing out flyers, he has risen to the pinnacle of his profession as executive chef at the Michelin-starred Junoon restaurant, and even cooked for the Obamas at a fund-raiser last month. But he hasn’t forgotten the tough times, when he sometimes relied on soup kitchens for sustenance. In the video, Khanna also demonstrates a quick and delicious recipe for a tamarind-spiked vegetable stir-fry.

A still from the YouTube video "Caffe Capri," by Casimir Nozkowski.

Video: Iced Coffee the Italian Way

Business, Featured Posts, Food, Video June 20, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Caffe Capri, run for almost 40 years by Sarah Devita and her brother-in-law Joseph Rinaldi, is an institution in the Italian immigrant community of East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Videographer Casimir Nozkowski offers a glimpse of the coffee shop, its regulars and the iced coffee it is famous for.