News Roundup: Bx Bodegas Get Healthy, Food Pantries Had a Rough Month


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In an effort improve the overall health of Bronx people, some bodegas participated in a 2-day training session to learn how they can promote healthy food choices to customers without hurting their businesses. Organizers of the training program hope getting local bodegas to improve the availability of healthy food will eventually grow consumers’ demands for them. [Crain’s New York]

A Mott Haven Food Pantry that servers more than 300 residents a week is set to close. St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, which houses the pantry, was voted to be closed by a NYC council because it has been operating under a deficit for years. Community leaders are seeking support to save both the church and pantry. Simultaneously, Bronxites in another section of the borough recently rallied on Westchester Ave to save a food pantry operating out of Word of Life International church which they say was wrongly evicted from the house of worship. [News 12]


Bitter Melon Cooking Demo at Wave Hill Saturday, August 8th


Familiar with bitter melon? Don’t worry, neither are we. However, Wave Hill is ready to, not only introduce this strange fruit into your vocabulary, but also your kitchen.

“Bitter in taste and weird in appearance, the intriguing bitter melon (Momordica charantia) is a popular ingredient in Asian, African and Caribbean cuisine. Discover quick-cooking techniques for the tender young fruits with a creative chef from Great Performances, then join a walk to observe this warty fruit in the gardens. Be prepared—they are bit horrific-looking, especially when they burst open and drip gooey red seeds onto the ground!” — Bitter Melon—A Vengeful Vegetable, Wave Hill

Free with admission to the grounds.


News Roundup: Travesias Opens, The Bronx Hot Sauce is a Hot Seller


Only a few months old, new restaurant Travesias is already a hot spot. The Latin fusion restaurant with an Asian and Indian twist is located on East Tremont Ave. It’s open 7 days a week for dinner and will soon be open for lunch. The name Travesias literally means to travel, which is what owner Brian Martinez wants patrons to do with his unique combination of international flavors. [News 12]

New Yorker John Crotty had been donating serrano peppers to a Crotona Park community garden and buying back the harvested peppers in order to fund the garden and make the peppers into bottles of hot sauce. ‘The Bronx Hot Sauce‘ is currently sold at local farmers markets and Whole Foods around the city. At $6.99 a bottle, thousands of bottles have been sold so far and 22 Bronx community gardens have signed on for the venture next year. [CBS New York]

The High Bridge, which connects The Bronx to Manhattan, made headlines last month when it reopened after being closed for over 40 years. Some residents on the opposite side of the bridge haven’t been too happy about it, but that didn’t stop the New York Parks Department from celebrating the reopen this past Saturday, July 25th with a free festival, featuring activities and international food for attending New Yorkers. [News 12]



Lunch at The New York Botanical Gardens Hudson Grill

Lunch is probably the most overlooked meal when it comes to dining out. Brunch has made breakfast a star and dinner is an all out event. Lunch is just what breaks up the drudgery of the work day, assuming you even leave work to eat it since so many don’t. But the new full service, farm-to-table New York Botanical Gardens Hudson Grill will make you look at lunch differently.   It goes without.. Read More

Word of Mouth: Popsicles Are Summer 2015’s Cold Cure

Put down the ice cream cone. The cold cure everyone’s picking up to cool off this summer is the popsicle. And the best thing about this trend is that everyone is skipping those store bought boxed popsicles for fun DIY recipes. There’s even a new NYC rooftop bar, Loopy Doopy at the Concord New York Hotel, whose signature drink involves a big glass of prosecco and an alcohol infused “icepop”. We.. Read More

News Roundup: Gun Hill Brewing Canning It, Bx NeON Nutrition Opens


“For those who’ve missed it, [Gun Hill Brewing] is happy to announce that we intend to start canning some of our beer. Our plan is to can Void of Light first, followed shortly thereafter with the Gold and IPA. In order for us to start canning, however, we need to bring in a new fermentation tank so that we do not disrupt our regular production schedule. As such, we are running a kickstarter-esque campaign to try to raise money to bring in this tank by the end of August to begin canning in September.” To spread the word or donate click here. [Gun Hill Brewing Co.]

SoBro’s NeON Nutrition Kitchen celebrated it’s grand opening this Monday, July 13, 2015. The Neighborhood Opportunity Network Kitchen supplies the families of those on probation with nutritious, healthy foods. NeON will also offer nutrition education through seminars and food demonstrations by NYC’s top chefs. The program provides an alternative to soup kitchens and food pantries which often carry stigmas for many. [News 12]

SPECIAL INTEREST: A small protest outside of the old Bronx Courthouse at 878 Brook Ave, during the art opening of No Longer Empty’s “When We Cut Into The Past The Future Leaks Out” exhibit, left attendees clutching their cups of wine uncomfortably back in April. The protest addressed issues of gentrification, spurred by underlying real estate agendas arising from the partnership of No Longer Empty and brokers. It was visible in the art crowd which included little to no Bronxites. It has many upset and fearful for the boroughs future. Now the conversation continues as a recently published article analyzes the events surrounding the art show. [Hyperallergic]

A Guide to Brunch in The Bronx

When it’s 10AM on a Saturday or Sunday and you’re exhausted from going out the night before, you don’t want to lift a finger unless it’s wrapped around a glass at brunch. Brunch is the New Yorker’s weekend cure and queue in one order. Whether you’re a traditionalist who loves your eggs with a greasy side of bacon or the modernist who prefers them poached and wrapped in slice of.. Read More

8th Annual Allerton Ave Food Festival Saturday, July 18

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Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, Allerton Avenue Homeowners & Tenants Association, MAS Inc, and The Bronx Chamber of Commerce present the 8th Annual International Food Show happening on Saturday, July 18th from 12-5pm on Allerton Ave from Boston Road. This event will feature signature cuisines from all around the world. Free food sampling will be from 12:00pm-1:00pm

Attendees are welcome to enjoy free salsa lessons, balloon art, GIVEAWAYS and more!

Invite friends, family and enjoy this flavorful event!



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