San Gennaro Begins Thursday!

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The legendary Lower Manhattan Feast of San Gennaro (Patron Saint of Naples, Italy) begins this Thursday, Sept 12 on Mulberry Street, NYC! Imagine enough zeppoles to fill a Zeppelin, craters of calamari, barrels of briaciole! If you’ve never been, you MUST go… Even if you’re not Italian!

From SanGennaro.org:

The 87th Annual Feast of San Gennaro will be held in Little Italy for 11 days from Thursday, September 12, through Sunday, September 22, 2013, on the streets of historic Little Italy, the lower Manhattan neighborhood which served as the first home in America for hundreds of thousands of Italian immigrants who came here seeking to improve their lives beginning in the early part of the 20th century…

Check out images from the 2012 Feast right here on Proof Pudding.

Indonesian Eats in Elmhurst

Indonesian eats at Mei Jakarta in Elmhurst, Queens!

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This small restaurant in a little corner of Queens is extremely reasonable and delicious. When in doubt, get more entrees I say. Especially when they are only 8 bucks! Pictured above, fried chicken with hot chili pepper sauce, succulent and flaky whole fish, and spicy noodles. DEELISH.

Mei Jakarta, 86-20 Whitney Ave Elmhurst, NY 11373

Tri-Lamb Trifecta at Kashkar Cafe in Brighton Beach

I experienced a tri-lamb trifecta at Kashkar Cafe.  Kashkar Cafe is is a Uyghur food destination in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn.  Visit their website, and definitely make sure to enable the media player so you can jam out to the tunes.  

As with any culture on the crossroads of various civilizations, (The Uyghurs lived on the ancient Silk road connecting China to Europe and the Middle East) the Uyghurs were gifted with a blending of Eastern and Western traditions.  Specifically represented here, halal lamb mixed with Chinese noodles.  This my good readers, is the original Asian fusion cuisine!! Knowing this fact, you can almost trace (and taste) how the noodle found its way to Italy, where it became such a staple.

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A nice little history lesson rom their website:
Kashgar or Kashi is an oasis city with approximately 350.000 residents in the western part of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. Kashgar is the administrative centre of Kashgar Prefecture which has an area of 162.000 km and a population
of approximately 3.5 million. The city covers an area of 15 km. The altitude averages 1.289 m/4.282 ft. above sea level. The city is located in the western extremity of China.
The earliest mention of Kashgar occurs when the Chinese Han Dynasty envoy traveled the Northern
Silk Road to explore lands to the west. Another early mention of Kashgar is during the Former Han (aslo known as the Western Han Dynasty), when in 76 BC the Chinese conquered the Xionganu, Yutian Lamb Stew(Khotan), Sulei (Kashgar), and a group of states in the Tarim Basin Almost up to the foot of the Tian Shan Mountains. The Uyghurs employed an alphabet based upon the Syriac and borrowed from the Nestorian, but after converting to Islam widely used also an Arabic script. They spoke a dialect of Turkic claimed to be preserved in the Kudatku Bilik, a moral treatise composed in 1065.

This place is all about the halal lamb and noodles, check out my Lamb stew (with noodles)!

Fried cumin lamb noodles !

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Absolutely succulent Lamb Kebabs! Yes, I roshambo’d three lamb dishes in a row. I dubbed this the Tri-Lamb, or Lambda Lambda Lambda. Only the hardiest lovers of halal lamb should attempt this.

Please keep in mind on your visit Kashkar cafe that it’s BYOB. Luckily, there’s a bodega full of Eastern European and Russian brews located directly next door. Make sure to wash those noodles down with an imported beer to make it that much more of an international feast. Proof!

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Kashkar Cafe 1141 Brighton Beach Ave (between Brighton 15th St & Brighton 14th St) Brooklyn, NY 11235