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!
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…
Hi all, I decided to participate in an organic farm-share this year in beautiful McGolrick Park in Greenpoint. The Greenpoint CSA or “Community Supported Agriculture” is a organic farm-share that occurs in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
McGolrick Park in the Spring
Simply put, locally grown organic vegatables will be available to me weekly at a local drop off, from “farm to table.” Most vegetables and come from farms in Long Island as well as New York State and New Jersey. Here is a link to the Greenpoint CSA.
The purchase options are either weekly or bi-weekly. Being a busy New Yorker that has to dine out often, I can’t commit to the weekly share, but bi-weekly should provide enough roughage for the summer. (It would be a shame to throw out anything I am not able to use).
I did the Bi-weekly vegetable/fruit/egg share which ran me about 517 dollars. Also, on top of that you have to volunteer to work some shifts assisting the CSA, either driving extra food to soup kitchens, unloading trucks, or working shifts at the farm stand on Saturdays. A small price to pay for delicious local produce.
I will let you all know how it works out! Stay tuned.
While Autumn apple-picking at Wilkens Farm in Yorktown Heights NY, I encountered this animatronic doughnut-making device. Before it becomes self-aware and destroys all humans, I believe it enjoys serving mankind by making delicious deep-fried cake goo. Yum.
I was lucky enough to catch the very last night of the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy in 2012 this past Sunday! This world-famous Italian feast, featured in such movies as Mean Streets and The Godfather Part II commerates the patron Saint of Naples (where my maternal family originates) Saint Januarius.
Saint Janaurius was an early Christian who was allegedly martyred by the Romans by being thrown to wild bears in a public amphitheater (the bears refused to eat him) than burned in a furnace (his body wouldn’t burn), and then finally beheaded (apparently this did the trick). Today, the feast of San Gennaro celebrates his rather gruesome martyrdom with oodles of fried sausages and zeppoles for two weeks!! Even Lobster rolls make an appearance alongside freshly shucked oysters and clams.
My favorite treat in the festival, flame-grilled pork braciole. Braciole is pounded pork filet, wrapped around a mixture of cheese, bread, and spices and cooked over hot coals. Served on a roll with peppers and onions. Yum.
Here is a closeup!
This guy’s folksy shirt made me giggle.
Below is a typical street scene full of food, folks and fun. Not pictured are the Dominican cigar rollers, I highly recommend gamboling down the street with a freshly rolled stogie. It really gets you into that Tony Soprano kind of mood.
Fried shrimp and fried calamari smothered in spicy marinara sauce. SO good.
And of course, one must cap off this Southern Italian bacchanal with an espresso and a cannoli. Happy 2012 San Gennaro! Proof!
As many of you know, my favorite intrepid travelers Mark and Molly have been conducting a series of web-log travel videos and blog posts. Here is their latest and final blog installment, from Northern Vietnam.
It describes in detail how on a recent trip to Vietnam Mark chows down on a still-beating cobra heart from a “juicy” three pound, five foot long cobra! Then M&M enjoyed the grilled snake meat tossed with some lemon grass. Sounds delightful no?