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El Beit, Williamsburg

Preferred Office of 2014. It's true, the best part of being a food blogger is that you need not leave your house on a rainy day. But what about the days where it's finally so warm and so sunny, that the perfect way to work seems like your Ray Ban's … [Read More...]

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Back at Battery Harris, Williamsburg

I went back on Saturday Night after Night of Joy. The votes are in; it's still a really fun bar. Those of you who have read this blog for a bit know two things: One, I love when a bar my friends want to drink at has food that I want to eat. Why … [Read More...]

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Night of Joy, Williamsburg

Looking at the outside, and the corner that this bar sits on, you’d never know that inside the door on the corner was a bar like this. But isn’t that what makes the best places? Stepping inside, Night of Joy has an instantly comforting feel to it. … [Read More...]

New Recipes

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Look… Another Shrimp Dinner

Big Shrimpin'. No, seriously. I've been trying to, lately, spend exactly zero dollars, all of the time. Life is getting expensive and I'm realizing that I need to put a hold on things like manicures, Indian food, and draft beer... essentially all … [Read More...]

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Shrimp & Parsley Risotto

With brown butter, garlic, lemon & parmesan. A proper risotto takes about an hour, I'd say. However, if you want to do a quick and easy version, the good news is that it still turns out very deliciously. I don't know if that's a word, but I … [Read More...]

So, just what is it that so entices us about good food, good drinks, and good times with good friends? I suppose it’s a culmination of things; some more sentimental, like memories of family dinners or the certain way your great-grandma prepared her meatballs. Perhaps others more self-indulgent, like a good stiff drink to ease the chaos of every day life or to avoid delving into deeper matters of the heart. Or--maybe--it's just present-day comfort, a big bowl of mac and cheese to process the busy weeks ahead, the 9 to 5's, the pleasure of fleeting weekends. Beyond our primal instinct to put food in our stomachs; food is a beautiful thing.

All I know is that food--a good meal--is our home away from home. From the times of New Amsterdam and Old Gotham to current day N-Y-C, one thing has remained consistent. Here in New York City, many of us are far, far away from where we began our journey; some from Jakarta, Guangzhou or Ercolano, Stockholm or Conakry. Others, like myself, from just a quick train-ride’s away. Remarkably, we all bring the recipes and meals and flavors of our homes, our families, our cultures and traditions right here to this very place. We live in a major gathering point, a cultural hub. Queens is the most diverse place on the planet; every country is represented here in New York. At a time where differences are so prevalent--no matter where we are, no matter who we are or what we believe--at the end of the day, we all end up in the same place…at our table. We all end up sitting around a meal or whatever we can manage with our family, our friends, our roommates or loved ones.

So I suppose it’s food and cooking that can remind us of the common ground we can all stand on, of what's ultimately most important to each and every one of us. It's not just about the food, but it's what the food stands for; it's what happens while we cook or eat. It's when we talk about our day, it’s when we catch up with those we have not seen in a while, its how we celebrate any number of milestones or just the start of one more weekend. That… and it tastes so damn good.

All the same attitude, just more concise…