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Government Shutdown and Our Food

How will the government shutdown affect our food supply?  Well, it looks like the USDA will still be doing meat and grain inspectionsDairy grading and poultry and egg inspections will still go on since they’re not funded by appropriations.  The same article mentions that country-of-origin labeling as well as some other functions that sound important are funded through appropriations and will stop.  The USDA website is down.  What’s more scary is the FDA shutdown.  The FDA will be able to handle emergencies for consumer protection like “high-risk recalls” and “critical public health issues.”  However, it’s stopping its “routine establishment inspections, some compliance and enforcement activities, monitoring of imports, notification programs (e.g., food contact substances, infant formula), and the majority of the laboratory research necessary to inform public health decision-making.”  Not monitoring imports?  

My takeaway:  More than usual, it’s probably best to stick to buying local.

 

 

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Neighborhood Watch: Arthur Avenue in the Bronx

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Arthur Avenue, the Little Italy of the Bronx, is the only real Italian neighborhood left in NYC.  If you’re looking for an authentic Italian American experience, this is the place to be.  However, it’s not so easy to get to.  It’s a long, hilly walk from the subway.  Or if you take a cab, the cab driver will not know where it is.  I know cab drivers are supposed to know where to go in the boroughs, but they don’t, especially in the Bronx and Queens and sometimes, Brooklyn.  I suggest you have directions or your phone GPS on hand to assist the driver.

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The main strip is Arthur Avenue from East 184th Street to East 187th Street.  On East 187th Street, there’s Artuso’s Pastry, the home of the famous Pope cookies.  In case you are looking for them, the Pope cookies were made for Pope Benedict’s visit to New York and his recent resignation, but they do not have Pope cookies now.

Visit Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

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Walk west to Egidio Pastry and admire the case full of beautiful pastries.

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The history of the building is evident with its tin ceiling.

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Here, we tried a mini cannoli and a mini sfogliatelle. They were both very good, but the sfogliatelle was particularly well crafted with flaky layers.

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DeLillo Pastry has outdoor seating and a mighty fine cannoli with creamy ricotta filling.

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There are a lot of bakeries on this small strip, so if you are doing a tasting, be prepared to eat a lot or to take some home. I brought my rolling backpack so that I could easily bring things home with me.

In addition to bakeries, there are ravioli/pasta shops, seafood markets, meat markets, cheese shops, pizzerias, Italian restaurants and kitchen stores. At Marie’s, you can get dinnerware and housewares, as well as coffee, from Italy.
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OK, vegetarians in the crowd will not want to look at the next photo–the body of a sheep hanging in the window of a meat market.

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Teitel Brothers is an Italian grocery store owned by a Jewish family that has been in the neighborhood since 1915.

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Now this is something you don’t see anymore–a bread bakery.  Zito’s and Vesuvio’s in the city closed awhile ago.  Thank goodness Addeo’s is still here in the Bronx.

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Look at that bread.

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At Biancardi’s meat market, you can still get capuzelle, or sheep’s head.

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Madonia Bakery has beautiful bread and also fills cannoli to order.

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I got some yummy cookies for the road.

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In the middle of the block, there’s an indoor market, the Arthur Avenue Retail Market, with a butcher, fish and produce market as well as products from Italy and Arthur Avenue T-shirts and souvenirs.

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The butcher here had beef feet.  I’ve never seen these before and am not sure how Italians use them.

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If you’re into offal, this is the place to be.  Here’s cotenne, the pig skin I’ve written about, in the rear of this photo.

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Brains, anyone?

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OK, I definitely share the sentiment with these T-shirts.

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Check out Cerini Coffee, a fun store with housewares from Italy.

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At Morrone Pastry Shop & Café, I got a rainbow cookie cake slice and a tortoni.  Both were delicious.  (I also bought a rainbow cookie cake for my aunt’s birthday.  I froze it the day I bought it and thawed it a week later.  It was fresh, moist and delicious.)

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In case you thought I just had sweets, I did stop for a slice of pizza at Catania’s.

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What to Eat:  pastries and bread from Artuso’s, Egidio’s, DeLillo’s, Madonia’s, Addeo’s or Morrone’s; pizza from Catania’s.

Where to Shop:  Marie’s and Cerini’s for kitchen wares; the Arthur Avenue Retail Market for souvenirs, produce and Italian goods; Borgatti’s for ravioli; Randazzo’s for seafood.

What to See:  Columbus statue at East 183rd Street and Arthur Avenue, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on East 187th Street.

Weekend Whets 6/14

Newark Small Business Week 2013, June 14-21, 2013, Newark, New Jersey:  Support local restaurants and other businesses in Newark with discounts.

Chocolate Bar Brownie Eating Contest, Saturday, June 15, 2013, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Manasquan, New Jersey:  Presented by SquanStrong during their Tailgate on the Square event benefits efforts to rebuild the shore.

Danielle Gould, Monday, June 17, 2013, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., NYU Chemistry Department, room 1003, 31 Washington Place between Washington Square Park and Greene Street, Village:  Founder of Food+Tech Connect discusses technology in the food industry as part of NYU’s Experimental Cuisine Collective.

Born with a Junk Food Deficiency, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street, Manhattan:  Writer Martha Rosenberg discusses what goes on behind the scenes at large food companies.

The Food Truck Handbook, Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street, Manhattan: Food truck owner David Weber discusses New York’s food trucks.

National Dine Out Day, Wednesday, June 19, 2013:  Eat at participating restaurants and a portion goes to Hurricane Sandy New Jersey relief.

Union Square Wine’s Summer Tapas Party, Saturday, June 22, 2013, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Union Square Wines, Union Square:  Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Galicia, Montsant, Jumilla and aged cheese, cured meats, and prepared dishes.  Free.

Southern Cuisine Dinner, Sunday, June 23, 2013, 7:30 p.m., La Casita de Porres, Brooklyn:  Dinner of pickled pigs’ feet and okra, buttermilk biscuits, fish dipped in cornmeal, Broadbent Kentucky country ham, poundcake with strawberries and whipped cream and she-crab soup.  $70.

Sunday Brunch, Sunday, June 23, 2013, Noon, Chopsticks or a Fork, Bushwick, Brooklyn:  Join other foodies for brunch.  $52.

MDA’s 20th Annual A Taste of Down Under, Monday, June 24, 2013, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tribeca Rooftop, 2 Desbrosses Street, Manhattan:  Food tastings by NYC chefs and wine and beer from Australia to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Farmhouse Fest, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Alewife, Long Island City, Queens:  Farmhouse style beers, wines and food like cheeses, breads, meats & gourmet pickles.  Tickets $65.

Spina’s “Rosato Amato” Dinner Party, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., 175 Avenue B, East Village:  Five-course dinner with pairings of rose wines from upstate New York to Greece.  $65.

Vosges Haut Chocolate Tasting, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, New York:  Waitlist $25.

On the Chocolate Trail, Monday, July 15, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street, Manhattan:  Author Deborah R. Prinz discusses the history of the chocolate trade.