Food Stuff

Ecuatoriana Restaurant Is a Link to Ecuador in Harlem

By March 25, 2015 no comments Permalink

On a high ridge in West Harlem, a steady wind from the bluffs of the Jersey Palisades reflects the swirling dynamics of the Sugar Hill area of Hamilton Heights, whose identity has been in steady flux since the days when Harlem was in vogue and Duke Ellington dispensed subway directions. One of the more recent…

How Clyde May’s Whiskey Became the Official Spirit of Alabama

By February 2, 2015 no comments Permalink

Mr. Clyde May returned to his beloved Alabama from World War II with a Purple Heart and Medal of Valor. The decorated war hero also returned to making Alabama moonshine. In the woods southeast of the state capital of Montgomery, in the hills and hollows of the Conecuh Ridge, using fresh spring water, local grains,…

Fort Greene Changes. Chez Oskar Doesn’t.

By January 23, 2015 4 comments Permalink

On a frigid Brooklyn night, a deep-red facade on the corner of DeKalb Avenue and Adelphi Street in Fort Greene’s historic district glows invitingly. A worn wooden door awaits under the weathered sign of Chez Oskar, and those who enter will join a convivial scene that has been in steady swing for 17 years. The…

Journey Back: Rediscovering Life and Love on the Open Road

By January 9, 2015 no comments Permalink

  In the midst of his grief after my mother died, my 72-year-old father began to ride a motorcycle again. He hadn’t been on a bike in over 40 years, since his first son—my brother, Chris—was born. But as he traveled rural Carolina roads on two wheels, whisking along at great speeds, carving turns into…

In Brooklyn, Racing Against the Shabbat Clock at Kings Highway Glatt

By December 19, 2014 11 comments Permalink

Shabbat is the weekly Jewish day of rest. It begins a few minutes before sundown every Friday and ends with the appearance of the first three stars on Saturday evening. During this interlude, Jews are encouraged to reflect and to remember, to appreciate family and to seek a sense of peace. And to eat. For…