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.

The popular restaurant Delhi Heights is planning a sidewalk cafe in the controversial Jackson Heights pedestrian plaza. (Photo by Smriti Rao)

Update: Sidewalk Cafe Planned For Controversial Jackson Heights Plaza

Food, Transportation May 17, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Business owners have complained that a pedestrian plaza in the heart of Jackson Heights’ bustling South Asian shopping district has hurt business, caused traffic jams, attracted homeless people, and generated trash. But one restaurant has decided to turn the problem into an asset and open a sidewalk cafe.

Tandoori Flavor in Your Own Backyard

Food, In the News, South Asian May 16, 2012 at 3:25 pm

For centuries, barrel-shaped clay tandoor ovens in Indian restaurants have turned out perfectly browned, puffy naan bread and smokey tandoori chicken. Now a tandoor oven designed for home cooks is showing up in the backyards of Americans, especially immigrants from India, according to a report in The South Asian Times.

Residents have been battling a food truck on West 68th Street and Broadway for more than a year. (Photo by DNAinfo/Leslie Albrecht)

The Latest Weapon in Battle Over Street Vending: Parking Meters

Food, Manhattan May 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Finding a meter-free parking spot is the holy grail for New York City drivers. Yet on an Upper West Side block, residents are willing to give up a rare stretch of meter-free parking, and are asking the city to install parking meters — all to get rid of one food truck, DNAinfo reported.

This green olive tapenade is the product of a co-operative effort by Israelis and Palestinians. (Photo by Leah Koenig)

Voices in Focus: Tapenade, Tamales, Jerk Chicken and Wage Theft

Food, Labor May 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm

We found plenty of food stories from the ethnic and community press this Wednesday: a postscript to the Park Slope Food Co-op’s Israel boycott battle; an award for NYC’s “Queen of Tamales”; a Jamaican jerk destination in upper Manhattan; and a chef apprenticeship gone sour in the Lower East Side.

Keeping Kosher: Rabbi Sholom Lipskar wraps tefillin with a prisoner in a Florida jail. (Photo courtesy of aleph institute)

Prisons Grapple With Costs as Non-Jewish Inmates Eat Kosher

Food, Religion April 30, 2012 at 6:08 pm

The popularity of a kosher diet among non-Jewish inmates in prisons across the country is costing taxpayers millions of dollars, The Jewish Daily Forward reports. Only a sixth of the 24,000 inmates who eat kosher are Jewish, and kosher meals cost more than double the normal prison meal.

photo by Jeff Mays

A Harlem Cafe Asks its Community for Help

Business, Food April 23, 2012 at 6:17 pm

In a neighborhood that is changing rapidly, the East Harlem Cafe has styled itself as a kind of informal community center, DNAinfo reported. That’s why the owner, Michelle Cruz, is asking her patrons and supporters to help her raise $10,000 for improvements to the cafe.

Jessica Sanchez (Photo via the FilAm)

Voices in Focus: Updates Galore and a ‘Chinese Food Crisis’ in Brooklyn

Culture, Food April 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Updates on the investigation into a controversial circumcision practice, the allegations of anti-Semitism at Brooklyn College, and the Chinatown newsstand declared illegal after 35 years; Filipino-American outrage over the near-ouster of Jessica Sanchez from American Idol; and a “Chinese food crisis” in Brooklyn.