On this chilly late-winter morning, a group of women from the NYU Food & Culture Studies program set out on a cultural eating tour in Harlem. The objective was to feed on the flavors of Senegal and Soul–in three hours! The mission was accomplished with gastric ease.
Following is a visual-twitter essay of the event. The original tweets were posted as the morning’s feeding progressed.
Harlem walk & eat’a’bout of a bakers dozen ladies from NYU food & culture studies. . .
First stop is Mannas on 125th near Lenox Blvd. . .
Family style eats include:
sweet potatos, corn bread, mac’n’cheese, stewed & roast chicken, collards, okra, bread & banana pudding. . .
I think that covered most of the menu, there… now onto Young Spring Farm market two doors down. . .
Ah, so sweet fried plantains to snack & walk & drinks: coconut water, peanut carbonated something, Jamaican vanilla soda, and a 4th-something. . .
the 4th is confirmed, tamarind. . .
Heading down Lenox towards Little Senegal on 116th. . .
checking out Under D Tree, closed, for next time. . .
Portions are massive at Sea & Sea–fried catfish (x2), clams (x2) a 1 conch on the way, 1 ea would suffice. . .
Even for 13 food studies feeders. . .
Daily Prandium does not imply that my Harlem eat-a-bouters are cold fish, I simply love fish packed on ice. Well, it makes me sad to see fish dead, but I love the aesthetic of it.
Ah, clever, take a bowl, pick your fish & veg & they’ll steam it for you. . .
Mmm, the conch does go well with the butter & Old Bay seasoning–a fine ‘vehicle’. . .
And the food hens are on back on the street hoofing it to our next feeding. . .
Amy Ruth’s, a friendly rival of the more famously known Sylvia’s. . .
Reviewing the menu to decide on two dishes. . .
One fried & one smothered chicken & waffles please. . .
I’m opting not to brave the sunny chilly not-so-mean Harlem streets waiting for our to go. . .
No photos allowed at the warm lightly spicy smelling shop where they butcher their own Hallal meats. . .
Three more tamarind juices while we wait. . .
(Halal) Sunugaal Meat & Poultry is at 119 West 116th Street. . .
Ok. This eat’a’bout is no yolk!. . .
A loud, definitive smothered wins it in the chick’n’waffles-off. . .
Now it’s cupcake madness at Make My Cake @ 121st & Adam Clayton Powell blvd. . .
In the spirit of Harlem-ese, It’s off da’hook YoO!
Red velvet w cream ch frosting-1 w a 1 w/o nuts, 1 coconut, 1 choco-choco, 1 lemon, & 1 strawberry. . .
the latter-est, strawberry, wasn’t very good, but the red velvet unofficially wins it. . .
These cupcakes are rich! Fat, starch & four bones a pop!
But the rent’s probably re-di-cu-lous for this pink frosted oasis in Harlem. . .
Ah, more too-cuteness @ Lee Lee’s bakery near Frederick Douglass Blvd & 118th street. . .
The decor sports an early 0’90s Laura Ashley floral & lace in reds roses pinks & white. . .
The rugelach would make any Bubby verklempt. . .
Sadly, my afternoon eat’a’bouting ends early–traffic court in Roscoe later. . .
A belly full of Harlem yumness, $12. . .
Sharing is caring with a bunch of great food studies friends, priceless. . .
(Sorry, couldn’t help myself!)
See you rolling on 17. . . Until then, buen provecho..