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A Taste of Harlem

The holiday season had me tied to the kitchen and my laptop. I had a wonderful time, experimenting with ingredients and reviving old recipes so that I could share them with you. Now I need to get out and see what New York City restaurants’ winter menus have to offer. Hopefully I’ll get some inspiration to develop a recipe or two.

I didn’t venture very far this week, I decided to check out what was new in Harlem – a taste of Harlem, so I visited three newly opened restaurants:

  1. Sexy Taco Dirty Cash, 161 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10026
  2. Row House, 2128 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026
  3. Chaiwali, 274 Lenox Avenue, New York, NY 10027

All three opened their doors for business recently in the last couple of months.

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Blog Life Week 45

I look forward to the NYC Marathon every year, I have a birds eye view as the route goes by my apartment. Preparation for the NYC Marathon starts early every year on the Sunday morning of the marathon, if I don’t get enough rest the night before then it’s tough cheese for me. Tables are strategically placed for volunteers to hand out water and bananas, and throngs of people come to take their place to cheer on their family and friends, and well just anyone who is taking part.

Here’s three of the front runners surrounded by cameramen and police – isn’t this awesome?!

NYC Marathon 2015 (seven)

 

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Blog Life Week 41

Note to self: when traveling and blogging, make sure the wi-fi in the hotel provides enough bandwidth to allow you to do what is required!

Last week, I had great plans to add to my blog while in Miami for the 2015 Caribbean Carnival. I had some well thought out posts to create, all I needed was a comfortable room with a balcony and a view.

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Diverse Dinners Does Boston

I thought this weekend would be one where I would need to take shelter from the adverse weather conditions,  but thankfully, hurricane Joaquin is not a direct threat to the US. Sadly, it has hit parts of the Bahamas, and my thoughts are with those struggling to cope with the hurricane’s effects.  

The weather at the beginning of the week was great – sun-filled days in the seventies. But as the week moved along the temperature dropped and the sun was replaced with cloud and rain.

Unfortunately, I had to travel to Boston as the weather turned. I took the Delta Shuttle from La Guardia to Logan, and oh my, that was a bumpy ride.  The flight crew warned us that we would have to stay in our seats for the entire flight and asked that we use the bathroom before we take off rather than during the flight. The flight attendant, sped down the aisle and offered us bagels, but who could eat?! We took of, everything was good at first until we hit turbulence. I prayed a little and squeezed my eyes shut and didn’t open Blog Life Week 40them again until we were safely on the ground.

I was so glad to be on the ground that I felt compelled to take a pic to celebrate and share. You will notice that its difficult
to determine where the sky ends and the ground starts. Our flight did a great job in landing our plane in Boston safely.

My flight wasn’t too bad compared to others I spoke with some who were on a flight where passengers started to scream once they hit turbulence. Another group were almost on ground until their landing was aborted. Their plane was caught in the jet stream of another plane which had already landed. This caused the wings of their plane to dip rapidly, first on the left, then on the right. Yikes!

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Blog Life Week 39

People are always asking me “why do you use kosher salt?” Or “what’s the difference between Himalayan pink salt and sea salt?” Or “why do you use those fancy salts – just to be different?”

Salt is one of a few vital ingredients in cooking, and we have such a variety available to us that I thought it would be good to share my preferred cooking salts with you. I’m not what you’d call a ‘salt whisperer’ as such, I just like what I like. But if you’re looking to experiment with salts maybe this post might provide some guidance.

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Blog Life Week 36

It is so sad to see folks in Dominica struggle to get back on their feet after tropical Storm Erika. The storm damaged the infrastructure of the island. Roads and bridges were devastated, people lost their homes, and sadly others lost their lives.  Both my mother and father are from Dominica, and its a place I call home too, so I’m doing my best to help from afar by contributing to relief efforts. If you can help too that would be great. Click here to see the GoFundMe sites endorsed by the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica.

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