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Meet the farmers and artisans at Socrates Sculpture Park farmer’s market


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          A proper farmers market has finally set up in Astoria.  Even better, it’s at Socrates Sculpture Park, a favorite waterfront destination.  This market is not just produce.  One can also find raw cow milk cheeses, fresh slaughtered duck, breads and more.  What a pleasure to take a walk to the […]

Got my Sugarfreak in Astoria


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I first stumbled on SugarFreak in Astoria about a year ago. They were only a quirky interior then, but recently they opened their New Orleans-influenced culinary doors to the world. Here’s my story of a recent visit.

Film production boom in Queens


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In case you didn’t know it Astoria, not Hollywood, is the cradle of American cinema. Kaufman Astoria Studios began it all in 1920. Producing silent films, Marx Brothers, Valentino, WC Fields and many many more right up to today’s Sesame Street and Men In Black 3. SIlvercup Studios, built in an old baking factory in 1983, hosted Highlander as it’s first film (one of my personal favorites).They continue to grow and currently host some of the most famous television shows and feature films shot today.

The Socrates Sculpture Park Greenmarket opens this Saturday, June 25th!


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The Socrates Sculpture Park Greenmarket opens this Saturday, June 25th! One more reason Astoria is the food center of the universe! Now all we need is a butcher and fish market set up next to the farmers market. See you all there. I see some recipe fun happening on WLA.

“No Cook” Summer Menu


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Today’s post and video was inspired by a fantastic Spanish dinner we had courtesy of some new friends in Brooklyn Heights. See my take on it!

No Cook recipe: The Creamsicle Cup


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Today’s no-cook item is a new take on a childhood classic: the Creamsicle! Great for adults and kids and made with a whopping two ingredients. Check it out!

Heatwave birthday brunch


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It’s my 44th birthday today. It is also 91F and my little boy is off from daycare for a public holiday. So my big plans are canceled and it’s too hot to take him to the park. Time for despair? No. Time to celebrate? YES!

Chef on a diet: Peruvian green sauce


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Dieting is tough stuff. You want to eat good tasty foods but those calories and WW points get in the way. Here’s the recipe for one of my favorite recipes that’s tasty and diet-safe: a Peruvian green sauce.

Ugh, shut up already. All I want is a simple meal.


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Ok, enough already with the organic, my meat,veg,fruit,salt, oil, etc… comes from a hand crafted 17 generation farm that only raises rare breed so and so. I saw an acquaintance today.  She is not a great cook but has all the gadgets and goodies in her dream kitchen.  Loves talking food with me.  All about […]