Like everyone else, Juan Vidal is trying to make sense of the world. “There’s just so much contradicting information out there,” he says. Not that he has too much free time to think about it: The writer and author of the memoir Rap Dad (which is now out in paperback) has four kids, a family dynamic that has, […]

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Padma Lakshmi, Scars and All

  • Jul 01, 2020

This story originally ran in January 2019. We’re republishing it today for the premiere of Taste the Nation With Padma Lakshmi on Hulu. “I don’t expect you to love this,” Padma Lakshmi warns as she slides a red, plastic tray onto the Formica tabletop. “It’s fermented lemon pickles, so it’s a little bitter. It’s a really funky […]

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As New York City enters phase two of its reopening, more tables are being put on sidewalks and the restaurant industry is, sort of, coming back. Nearly 3,200 restaurants qualified and are reopening for outdoor dining, reporter Katie Honan notes Mayor Bill de Blasio as saying, including Melba’s in Harlem and Le Crocodile in Williamsburg. Though for others, the reopening already unofficially happened. […]

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in February, six weeks before COVID-19 forced the city to shut down, Rawlston Williams moved his Crown Heights Caribbean restaurant, the Food Sermon, to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. We spoke to him by phone at the new space, where he’s been doing catering jobs while gearing up to reopen in mid-July. How did you end […]

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As New York City stumbles into phase two of its reopening, restaurants are returning for (legal) outdoor dining, though not exactly as you remember them. Tables are being spread out on sidewalks, with some places setting up partitions to divide tables. One gray area is physical menus, which multiple customers and workers may handle on any given day. For […]

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It is the summer of the picnic. It is always, to some degree, the summer of the picnic — picnics, after all, are a classic summertime activity, like eating lobster rolls, or getting severe sunburn — but this summer is even more picnicky than usual. This summer, the picnic is sort of all we have. […]

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Are you happy about the fact that, all around the country, restaurants are reopening for real? Are you surprised that outdoor dining has actually returned in New York City? Are you possibly more surprised to learn that indoor seating will come back in less than two weeks? Will you be able overlook the fact that if […]

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Ever since I first saw the recipe, I’ve been wondering what Weeknight Pad Thai is. Or Weeknight Mapo Tofu. For anyone familiar with these two iconic dishes of Thai and Sichuan cuisine, respectively, these titles are confounding. Both are tossed together quickly in a hot pan, and would be made worse by a longer cooking process. The weeknight modifier makes […]

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New York chef Leah Cohen opened her first restaurant Pig & Khao in 2012, pulling flavors and dishes from Thailand and her mother’s native Philippines. While the cooking was tied to her mother Dr. Nancy Oro-Cohen, Cohen says that her father, Dr. William “Bill” Cohen, was as essential to the restaurant. Not only as an investor, but […]

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Around the country, the headlines have been the same. Area bars ordered to shut down once again as coronavirus cases spike to record highs. Owners voluntarily close bars because of coronavirus cases. This was happening across the U.S. from Miami to Iowa City to Los Angeles, as 31 states saw a rise in cases and 15 states saw cases remain the […]

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