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.

Food carts and trucks have become increasingly dominant on Manhattan Streets. (DNAinfo/Jill Colvin)  Read more:

Latest Skirmish in Pushcart Wars: ‘Halal Mafia’ vs. Hot Dog Vendors

Business, Crime, Food June 15, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Street vendors made headlines in DNAinfo, this time with a bloody fight between halal and hot dog vendors at City Hall Park, and a SoHo meeting where residents voiced their frustration over what they see as lax enforcement of rules for food carts. Meanwhile, WNYC investigated the black market in street vendor licenses.

Latinas Forge Paths in Male-Dominated Kitchens

Latinas Forge Paths in Male-Dominated Kitchens

Business, Food June 12, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Many women rule their own kitchens at home, but professional kitchens have traditionally been unwelcoming places for women cooks. El Diario La Prensa spoke to two Latina cooks whose determination and passion helped them break through and find jobs in restaurant kitchens.

Baker Gilberto Sánchez, of the Bronx, worries that Mayor Bloomberg will prohibit bread as it has many calories. (Zaira Cortés/EDLP)

Praise and Derision Greet Mayor’s Proposed Large Soda Ban

Food, Health June 4, 2012 at 5:53 pm

In the city’s ethnic and community media, New Yorkers weigh in on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s latest effort to combat obesity, his proposed ban on sugar-sweetened drinks larger than 16 ounces in eateries across the city.

Ronald Glemaud in his kitchen preparing food. (Photo: Nadege Fleurimond/Feet in 2 Worlds)

Podcast: Immigration to the U.S. Draws Haitian Men into the Kitchen

Caribbean, Food, Immigration May 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Can immigration subvert traditional gender roles? Reporter Nadege Fleurimond of Feet in 2 Worlds found that for some Haitian men, living in the United States has meant stepping into the kitchen, a territory that they were raised to think of as a woman’s domain.

A Typical — and Atypical — Immigrant Entrepreneur

A Typical — and Atypical — Immigrant Entrepreneur

Business, Featured Posts, Food May 24, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Ariel Barbouth had no background in the culinary arts when he decided to bring authentic Argentinian empanadas to America. But his passion for the meat pies has paid off.