Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

  Here in New York we are about to hit summer harvest critical mass. Farmers Market is stuffed with so many colorful fruits and vegetables at peak freshness that I often can’t carry everything that I want home (so, of course, I pick up way too much and hail a cab home).  My canvas bags are always overflowing with…

Breakfast for Dinner for Breakfast? Meet the Kitchen Sink Frittata

When it comes to eating certain foods for particular meals, I’m not picky.   I’m happy to have pasta for breakfast or cereal for dinner, it doesn’t much matter to me.  As a kid it was my responsibility to make dinner for the family on Wednesday nights and I often made crepes stuffed with ricotta and…

Oregano Chicken & Greek Lentil Salad

I think I have been suffering from cold weather blog writing block. It’s the middle of March. I should be writing about Spring and Sunshine and longer days that end with late night walks around the neighborhood just so we can enjoy the fresh air for a few more minutes. Though we have more daylight…

Top Five Harlem Restaurant Week Picks for 2014

Even though the weeks leading up to Harlem Restaurant Week this year have been swallowed by an unprecedented and unrelenting deep freeze, I have been looking forward to the last two of February since the beginning of the year.   If these past few warm days have coaxed you out of winter hibernation, then you’ve…

Cheating On Harlem: NYC’s First Ever Gluten Free Eat-Up

When we rolled up to NYC’s First Annual Gluten Free Eat Up at Freddy’s Bar and Backroom in South Slope (Brooklyn) on Sunday, February 9th, we weren’t ready.  Steph (@GFFoodGuide and glutenfreesteph.com) and I knew that going Gluten Free has become wildly popular over the last few years, but we were not expecting Freddy’s Back Room…

Cheating on Harlem: Astoria Seafood

Astoria Seafood occupies a piece of corner real estate at 33rd St and 37th Ave. The block, despite being right off of the 36th Ave thoroughfare and the N train line, is so lowly lit that I didn’t know we were there until our hosts and dear friends, Romon and Saya, announced our arrival. This…

Raw Kale and Roasted Garlic Pretend Pesto

Even though this mess of ingredients looks and tastes a lot like a pesto, since I’m Italian, I can’t, in good conscience, claim that it actually is pesto (my family would never let me get away with calling this concoction of raw goodness ‘pesto’ because it doesn’t have any nuts).  But, for those of you…

Ginger Chili Cashews

So it’s the beginning of the new year and you’ve recommitted to that workout grind that you let fall by the wayside sometime in late November.  You’re trying to be committed to your post-workout healthy snack, but you’re already bored with the standard options.  Trail mix?  Been doing that for 20+ yrs.  Kale chips?  Yeah,…

Silvana Harlem: My New (mostly) #GlutenFree Paradise

Middle Eastern Food has always been a favorite for me.  There is something about the fresh, earthy flavors and the variety of textures that makes me want tabouli, or falafel, or schwarma almost every day.  During our sophomore year of Undergrad, Audrey (the best roomie ever with some hot photo taking skiills–check her on instagram,…

Cheating On Harlem: Mercado Central in San Jose, Costa Rica

We spent the beginning of November in Costa Rica.  While most of New York was suffering through a less than smooth transition into winter, Keith and I were walking, driving, and tanning in San Jose, La Fortuna, and Santa Teresa in flimsy clothes and flip flops. Because this was our second time visiting Costa Rica, we felt…

Grilled Summer Vegetables

This is one of those lazy non-recipe recipes that I love about the summertime. Because the vegetables this time of year are so flavorful all on their own, you really don’t need to do much to to turn any Farmers’ Market find into a stunner side dish, or pair with some fresh mozzarella for light…

Cheating on Harlem: Sushi Dojo (East Village)

It has been a year in the making that I have been thinking about writing a “Cheating On Harlem” section for Harlem Food Local.  Though my goal has always been to spotlight the hyper local food trends in my own backyard, the truth is that New York has amazing food happening on almost every corner,…

My (Newly) Gluten Free Life

If you’ve been paying attention, you may have noticed that I’ve been hanging with a slightly different crowd for the past few months.  I’ve been spotted at Red Rooster asking my waiter if he’s sure that those tasty looking wings are roasted, I’ve been seen hording boxes of organic quinoa pasta whenever it goes on…

125th Street Farmers Market

I am happy to say that this is the Summer of Farmers Markets for Harlem.  What used to be a few Markets scattered throughout Harlem with limited weekday access have now reached a critical mass and you can find a market almost any day of the week above 96th Street. Before the 125th St Farmers…