By Alison Roh Park

About Alison Roh Park

Alison is a writer and artist from Queens who grew up roaming the streets of NYC. She provides communications and strategic support for NYC local artists and businesses.

Green Hot Chile Peppers: Heatonist Rocks Out New Mexico Style

Roasted green chiles
Roasted green chiles

I first tried green chile on a trip to Albuquerque many moons ago. I devoured a whole plate of them with chilaquiles and eggs, looking out over a dry flat plain baking under that expansive blue sky that is particular to the southwest. The next morning I ate huevos rancheros smothered with green chile. I managed to eat green chile with at least every other meal during my trip.

As a native New Yorker and equal opportunity chile lover, I’ve come to view green chiles as a kind of mythical food that I could only truly enjoy amidst the red rocks of Jemez, or during a gem-toned desert twilight at the west end of Route 66. Perhaps it’s that mythical quality that inspired Noah Chaimberg, owner of Heatonist and fancy hot sauce purveyor, to put on the “Chiles & Chili” event last Sunday. Continue reading

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C#@R CANCER: Market Dishes Out Arctic Char for Breast Cancer Awareness

October is the busiest commemorative month of the year, and launches us into fall with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, LGBTQ History Month, Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and as you may already know, Breast Cancer Awareness month.

fishmongers
Fishmongers @gustavosalsas and @farinas_b putting in work (Instagram: @greenpointfish)

With almost 9,000 expected cases of breast cancer in Brooklyn alone, Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. sees this as an important month to commemorate. They’re joining the cause this month by donating 10% of the proceeds of their Arctic Char Crudo to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for the rest of October.

“Cancer has directly affected so many people, my own family included, and it’s important to us to support Breast Cancer Awareness month,” said Adam Geringer-Dunn, Executive Chef and co-owner of Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. along with Vinny Dunn. And what about the dish itself? “We love the arctic char crudo dish. It is so simple and yet is visually stunning and absolutely delicious.”

You’ll love it too: for $9, this fresh market fish is thinly sliced and served raw, dressed with extra virgin olive oil, citrus, Maldon sea salt, and microgreens. As tasty and buttery with Omega-3s as it is, arctic char is also a delicious choice for conscious diners. It’s one of the few farmed fish available that’s sustainably raised, and received the highest sustainability rating from the “Seafood Watch” program run by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Not to mention, Omega-3s have a ton of health benefits and may reduce risk of breast cancer.

The sea salt lightly cuts the tartness of the citrus, while the microgreens brings the freshness. Add the EEVO and natural richness of the delicately sliced char served crudo—in its simplest purest form—and you’re in for a crisp fall treat, all for a savory cause.

Arctic char (from finecooking.com)
Arctic char (from finecooking.com)
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Party Like It’s 1999: F.A.M. Shindig Hits North Brooklyn Tomorrow (8/9) at The Paper Box

Mural outside of The Paper Box by F.A.M. Shindig artists
Mural outside of The Paper Box by F.A.M. Shindig artists

“Do you remember what it was like? There was garbage everywhere.” AB and I are talking about New York City in the 80s, when he used to ride along with his father, who drove all over the city for work. I remember what it was like. It was the total antithesis of this sanitized college-town vibe that’s been creeping up and down the East River for the last decade or so. It was nasty and it was New York, and the denizens of that nastiness knew how to look for beauty in the rough. For AB and his boys, that beauty was graffiti art. Continue reading

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