The Iconc Rainbow Room in New York City Reopens Oct. 5


Credit Brian Harkin for The New York Times

The Rainbow Room was born with good bones, but that was 80 years ago. So when Tishman Speyer, the company that owns and manages Rockefeller Center, decided to reopen it after five years, the goal was to restore the glitter to one of New York’s most romantic settings.

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New York to hold Japan Week from March 1- March 3

Japan Week, a multi-part festival to be held in various locations in New York City, will kick off March 1. The key events of Japan Week—the Kickoff Event and Japan Pavilion—will specifically focus on the unique world of Japanese cuisine.

Sponsored by the Organization to Promote Japanese Restaurants Abroad (JRO), these events aim to promote a deeper understanding of Japan through a positive image of its food. Additional support is provided by the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) and Japan Tourism Agency (JTA).

Japan Week’s Kickoff Event will be held in Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal from March 1-3. Hosting a diverse array of vendors featuring distinct Japanese food and merchandise, the Kickoff Event will welcome the public to cultural performances as well as cooking demonstrations of Japanese dishes by renowned chefs. During the evening of March 1, an Opening Gala at Vanderbilt Hall will invite New York’s restaurant industry connoisseurs and major media to experience the latest in Japanese cuisine.

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Chef Kwame Onwuachi “The Gourmand”

Chef Kwame

Chef Kwame Onwuachi featured chef of Mangez Avec Coterie 11.11.11

Chef Kwame Onwuachi was born in The Bronx, New York, and raised by his mother and older sister. Kwame’s first experience with catering was as his mother’s employee. He helped with everything, from cooking preparation to setting up events. Too young to attend all of the events, Chef Kwame was left at home where he would rummage through the kitchen and experiment with the various ingredients leftover from the catering gigs.

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North America: Patriot Day

Patriot Day is held in memory of the nearly 3000+ people who died during terrorist attacks in New York, Washington DC and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. During this day of remembrance, flags are flown half-staffed and moments of silence are observed at 8:46 A.M EST. How are you recognizing Patriot Day?

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Food Meets Fashion at Global Street Food

Article from the Marcus Samuelsson website

As New York City gets ready for its fall fashion events, chefs everywhere are also gearing up for a change in menu to fit the fall season. While most food found during fashion events involve a few amuse-bouches at cocktail parties, I thought “Why not combine both food and fashion in celebration of this exciting time in New York City?” That’s why I and Restaurant Associates teamed up to bring you Global Street Food Pop-Up, a pop-up street food cafe where we’ll combine international comfort food while featuring a style meet-and-greet with up-and-coming designer Prajje Jean-Baptiste. From September 8th until September 15th, Street Food will feature an eclectic and affordable menu of a wide range of international foods from 10:30am to 11:00pm in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.

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Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade



On Sunday June 12th New Yorkers will celebrate the Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade.  The theme is “Celebrating the Natural Beauty of Puerto Rico.”

The National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP) takes place annually along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, on the second Sunday in June, in honor of the nearly 4 million inhabitants of Puerto Rico and nearly 4 million people of Puerto Rican birth or heritage residing in the United States.

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Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Mango Maple Glaze

Delicioius and sweet maple is associated with places such as Canada, Vermont and New York.


8 scallops
4 strips bacon
½ cup Pure New York State Maple Syrup
1 cup mango sauce


Preheat oven to 400°. Wrap each scallop with 1/2 strip of bacon. Place in a small baking dish. Mix the maple syrup and mango sauce well. Baste and bake the scallops for 20 minutes until nearly cooked. Re-baste well and then place under broiler for an additional 10 minutes or until bacon begins to crisp.

Yield: 2 servings

*Debbie Pilc, Williamson, NY

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The New York Food Scene from Fine Dining to Street Food

Photo by Multi Cultural Cooking Network

Once, I watched a documentary revealing the perception of  many people from all over the world in regards to the United States.  The conclusion is there is New York and then there is the rest of the United States. No place is quite like the fashion, food and cultural capital.    Those

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Yankees,  the smell of pretzels on the streets of Manhattan, bagels, pizza, the Appollo and course that accent help to make New York one of the stand out places in the world.

Street Food and Pizza Shops:

As a New Yorker who happens to live in Los Angeles, I fondly recollect some of the food of New York especially the street food and pizza shops.  The zeppola, jamaican beef pattie and thin crust pizza are classic New York to be found in Italian Pizza shops.  Shisk ka bobs, and hot roasted nuts add flavorful scent to brisk New York air.

Fine Dining:

Moreover, New York is known for having the best restaurants in the world such as Tavern on the Green, Union Square Cafe, The Russian Tea Room, The Rainbow Room and more.

Tavern on the Green

Best Neighborhoods for dining:

*The East Village and Williamsburg in Brooklyn are considered among the best neighborhoods to dine.

Article by Crystal A. Johnson

Belgium: Pomme Frites (French Fries)

Think you know about french fries? Maybe you do, but then maybe you don’t. Yes, it’s called french fries, but that only refers to the julienne cut, not the origin of the fast food. Believe it or not, the french fry or more appropriately named the “pomme frite” has its origins in Belgium where it’s twice-fried  and served  in a paper cone with a variety of toppings including mayo. Watch this clip from the Food Network about a little place in New York City that is home to this well-beloved Belgian snack.