Chicago Style Hot Dogs & Hammond Organ Jazz

Good Hammond organ jazz oozes at mid tempo, like mustard out of a bottle. You can hear the instrument’s memory filling the room; the weeds growing through the sidewalk cracks of the industrial wasteland where it was born; the soundtrack it provided for games of kick the can played under a rattling L train; theContinue reading “Chicago Style Hot Dogs & Hammond Organ Jazz”

‘Aunt June’s Candied Yams’ Recipe & Little Richard

The music Little Richard Penniman made in the mid-fifties was a crazed jittering sugar rush—sweet candied yams with marshmallow eyeballs popping. Tutti Frutti, Lucille, and Rip it Up turned the heads of every would be flamboyant front man or woman to follow: James Brown, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Elton John; they all looked up atContinue reading “‘Aunt June’s Candied Yams’ Recipe & Little Richard”

Plan the Perfect Hudson Valley Picnic

*Written for Hudson Valley Magazine Picnics are deeply ingrained in the American psyche precisely because they pair perfectly with so many of our leisurely cultural touchstones; a road trip, a Little League game, or a date in the park would fall flat without time spent on a blanket in the grass with food. That beingContinue reading “Plan the Perfect Hudson Valley Picnic”

Guide to Latin Restaurants in Newburgh During the COVID-19 Crisis (and Beyond)

NOW OPEN: Zulimar, Honduran Cuisine,286 Washington Street, 845-569-4742, During COVID hours are in flux so call ahead. Usually hours are: Tues-Thu 6am-7pm, Fri-6am-10pm, Sat 7:30am-10pm, Sun 8:30am-9pm Tacos Uriel, 49 Mill Street, Newburgh, NY, (845-542-8112),Open for take out and delivery. during COVID hours are 10-10, normally hours are: 6am-10pm daily. Los Portales, 295, Broadway, Newburgh,Continue reading “Guide to Latin Restaurants in Newburgh During the COVID-19 Crisis (and Beyond)”

Special Report: Hardcore Punk Shows Are Happening at Denny’s

There is a dark horse in the race for best thing to happen in 2019. The kids from Wacko, a  Long Beach, CA hardcore band, booked a Denny’s recently and fully tore shit up. The event had all of the weird occurrences that make hardcore punk shows brilliant, beginning with the old man in theContinue reading “Special Report: Hardcore Punk Shows Are Happening at Denny’s”

Pataconas w/ Hogao & Gaby’s ‘El Meneaito’

Menaito Mania hit Colombia hard in 1992. By the time my family arrived for Christmas vacation that year the Reggae en Español thumper had the whole Magdalena River percolating. In Honda, Tolima at my Abuelita’s nochebuena party, young and old were sliding to it, at a friends hacienda my uncle was drinking aguardiente to it,Continue reading “Pataconas w/ Hogao & Gaby’s ‘El Meneaito’”

Iowa Cheese Sandwich Recipe & Bob Dylan’s New Morning

July 19, 2019 It’s my last day at the Iowa City Writing Festival. I’m inflamed—brain and gut—from seven days of suckling on Iowa City’s greasiest spoons and absorbing writing guidance till saturation. I arrived last Friday, July twelfth, and spent the evening searching for authentic Iowa City. There are nine central blocks with eighty-two placesContinue reading “Iowa Cheese Sandwich Recipe & Bob Dylan’s New Morning”

Youko Yamamoto Picks: Oyakadon Recipe & Eiichi Ohtaki

Youko Yamamoto is the chef/owner of the incoming TANMA! Ramen and Bar in Kingston and a radio DJ on her show Noodling with Youko; she recently came over and prepared her selection of Oyakodon w/Eiichi Ohtaki. She told us how this association was born out a moment of embarrassment in front of her best friend’sContinue reading “Youko Yamamoto Picks: Oyakadon Recipe & Eiichi Ohtaki”

Belgian Frites with Andalouse Sauce Recipe & Total Science

In 2001 I found myself in a swirling neon centrifuge of euro club-kid culture—the final act of separation between my mind and the rhythms of American teenage life as I knew it. My father and I moved to a quaint Belgian town named Waterloo (famous as the site where Napoleon had his final tantrum). IContinue reading “Belgian Frites with Andalouse Sauce Recipe & Total Science”