SHOP local: Serengeti Teas & Spices

Finding myself walking down Eighth Avenue on a hot, hot summer day, I see the good people of Serengeti Teas & Spices offering samples of their wares—iced! Yes please!

Talking SCHOP! Sylvia’s Grill Skills contest

There is a new grill champion in Harlem! They are lean, mean grilling machines at the first Sylvia’s Grill Skills contest against some stiff competitors—their neighbors!

Talking SCHOP! Leaning back in the Rockaways

Where does the time go? No really, summer is waning. It is August, Halloween decorations are in stores and friends are posting pictures of their children with #backtoschool! I am not ready.

Talking SCHOP! Un rendezvous? Mai, oui!

I was recently invited to dinner at one of the newest restaurants to open on Eighth Avenue.

Talking SCHOP! Cooking up a long weekend

We know the best thing about a long weekend is, in fact, that it is a long weekend. Period. End of story. However, when you can add a respite from the city, marrying great friends and meeting new people, perfect ...

Talking SCHOP! Discovering Sahadi’s

was quickly hustling my way across (…up, down?) Atlantic Avenue when I walked by a store I heard of many times. I thought, “Well, I am here, just take a quick lookie-loo,” and into Sahadi’s I went.

Talking SCHOP! Arigat gozaimashita, Sushi Inoue!

One would think that as a Harlem child of the ’70s and early ’80s, the range of food I was exposed to was limited to the great food of Sherman’s, Reliable, Sylvia’s and the fried chicken sold in the back ...

Talking SCHOP! The Harlem EatUp! Dine In experience

Officially, I was invited to Streetbird Rotisserie to witness a collection of great New York City chefs—Jonathan Waxman, Jimmy Bradley, Joey Campanaro and Jason Giagrande of 4J Foods—and host Karl Franz Williams of Solomon & Kuff Rum Hall collaborate on ...

Talking SCHOP! Third year is a charm

I cannot think of a better gift today, on my birthday, than to not only have celebrated the successful third annual Harlem EatUp!

Talking SCHOP! Uptown crawlin’

No, nothing salacious to read here. Just some media folks checking out the upper Harlem restaurants participating in the Ultimate Grand Tasting of the third annual Harlem EatUp! festival, culminating in live jazz and even more food at Ginny’s Supper ...

Harlem EatUp! 2017

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Talking SCHOP! Eating up at The James Beard House!

For the second year, I was honored to attend the James Beard Foundation Harlem EatUp! dinner at the James Beard House. This year brought together another awesome collection and representation of Harlem’s culturally diverse community.

Talking SCHOP! Ramps it up!

For ultimate foodies, we know when spring has arrived when ramps show up in the supermarket and at farmers’ markets.

Talking SCHOP! Molded by Clay

For all of you old school Harlem heads who knew of, patronized, loved and respected Perk’s on the corner of 123rd street and Manhattan Avenue, the latest iteration will not disappoint. It is a modern homage to all of the ...

Talking SCHOP! Get ready to EatUp!

The third annual Harlem EatUp! festival is less than one month away! We are preparing our stomachs, ears, eyes and souls for all of the food, music, art and culture Harlem has to offer.