Vinateria!

Brunch at Vinateria Restaurant in Harlem, NY. New Yorkers are serious about their brunch.  It’s our last love session with the weekend before heading back to work, our hoorah before the purge that is ‘Meatless Monday’ and the meal that combats the hangover from Saturday night’s endless amounts of tequila shots.  And here in the…

Seasonal spread, all year round

I don’t know which I like more–bread, butter or buttered bread.  Some buy shoes or clothes to release tension built up and to be happier from professional and personal woes, I buy butter.  Like, ‘good’ butter as Ina Garten would say as she cooks up absolute deliciousness using the churned cream for husband Jeffrey to…

Cajun Channa

“Fry Channa” a common savory snack eaten in Trinbago is chickpeas fried to a golden brown and flavored with crushed garlic, hot scotch bonnet peppers, culantro or bandania and chadon beni as it’s locally called, salt and black pepper.  We had no cause to buy snacks back then.  Ma made this crunchy, inexpensive snack for…