News Roundup: “Wellness Wednesdays”, New Dining Hall Coming Soon

Sabra expands Plants with a Purpose, a community engagement initiative dedicated to helping alleviate the impact of food deserts in the United States. (PRNewsfoto/Sabra Dipping Company, LLC)

A new dining hall next to Bruckner Expressway is planned for The Bronx. Bronx-based developer and advocate Majora Carter—who is also responsible for Boogie Down Grind Cafe Powered by StartUp Box (formerly known as Birch Coffee Powered by StartUp Box)—is partnering with Slayton Ventures to renovate an old 4,500-square-foot Amtrak railway station on Hunts Point Ave into an affordable, multi-vendor dining destination. Development is expected to start this summer and conclude in the fall. Another new food location was planned north of the upcoming food court, however, no developments have started on it as of yet. [6SQFT]

Food producer Sabra Dipping Company, LLC is partnering with The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) to bring “Wellness Wednesdays” to The Bronx in 2018. The partnership will give Bronx students, teachers, and families free access to hands-on gardening, nutrition education, cooking demos, and health screenings among other things at NYBG. “Wellness Wednesdays” is part of Sabra’s larger initiative “Plants with a Purpose” which aims to empower communities in food desserts through local organizations. [PRNewswire]

Another food retailer is increasing its presence in The Bronx as Snap Dog introduces a hot dog cart outside of Yankee Stadium. The vendor will be stationed at 850 River Ave during every home game because you can’t have baseball without hot dogs. [Snap Dog]

 

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Sweet Water Dance & Yoga Kickstarter Launch Party Monday, March 27!

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“We’re launching a one week “All in One” Kickstarter Campaign! The funds raised will go towards including a “History of Hip Hop” component to our Roots & River Kids Summer Cultural Arts Program. Hip Hop, a musical form – and way of life – born in the Bronx, has become a powerful force of social justice around the world. We are committed to empowering our Bronx youth by educating them on the rich history of this movement – and sharing with them the skills to perform. The funds raised will specifically go towards purchasing turntables and an instructor, so the children can create their own music and perform at our end of summer recital.” – Sweet Water Dance & Yoga

When: Monday, March 27 at 6:30 PM

Where: (the orange door ) 876 Gerard Avenue, 2nd Floor

Admission: FREE

 

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I Tried Bronx-Based Zone Manhattan Meal Delivery and Here’s How It Went

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We’ve introduced meal delivery services on the site before for their convenience and nutritional value. Zone Manhattan wants to add one more benefit to the list: weight loss (or maintenance depending on your personal goals). The Bronx-based business operates out of Hunts Point in The Bronx. Unlike other food subscriptions that have risen in popularity, Zone Manhattan doesn’t deliver a pre-measured list of ingredients for cooking to your door because it does the work.. Read More

News Round Up: Use SNAP Online, Lotus Flame Closed, Get a Food Prescription

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A new nationwide pilot program will allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to buy groceries online. Lobbying efforts by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and federal lawmakers persuaded the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) to widen the businesses that accept SNAP. SNAP holders can now purchase food online from FreshDirect and Amazon. However, some supermarket workers are worried it could hurt supermarket businesses. Today, Diaz will meet with Representative Sean Patrick Maloney and hunger advocates at 10:30 at Part of the Solution to discuss New York State’s participation in the program. [Norwood News] [Crain’s New York Business]

Two Bronx eateries are participating in New York City Restaurant Week for the first time. Artie’s Steak & Seafood on City Island and Hudson Garden Grill at the New York Botanical Garden will be offering three-course lunches for $29 and dinners for $42 along with 373 other restaurants from January 23 to February 10. [Bronx News 12]

A fire damaged Indo-Caribbean and Chinese restaurant Lotus Flame, located at 866 Morris Park Avenue. On Friday January 6, a fire started in the restaurant’s basement. It escalated to a third alarm fire, spreading to the roof and damaging the two apartments above the eatery. The FDNY is investigating the cause. According to Bronx Times, Lotus Flame co-owner Savitri McCrea said the restaurant is closed indefinitely. [Bronx Times]

Some doctors are prescribing food instead of medications, reports a CBS New York article. Doctors and patients have cited the high co-pays and side effects of medication as reasons for preferring food prescriptions. Patients also reported feeling better on their doc diets. St. Barnabas Hospital in The Bronx will be prescribing food, and also plans to open a new wellness, culinary, and food garden next year. [CBS New York]

 

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New Gadget, Ride, Health Spot & More To Try in 2017

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New Year, new you. Whether that means deleting unflattering photos (or followers) because you’re not the same person you were six minutes ago let alone one year ago or you’re under reconstruction complete with a new body, new job, and new goals, the new you might want new places to go, things to buy, and tastes to sample. So here are our picks for what the new you should be up on.. Read More

Meet the Vendors of the 2016 South Bronx Farmer’s Market

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On 138th street, between Willis Avenue and Alexander Avenue, a string of vendors have laid out farm-picked herbs and vegetables, and baked goods. Even if they can’t tell the difference between broccoli rabe and callaloo amaranth, the bright greens and reds are enough to attract passersby’s to further inspect the tables and crates under the tents at the South Bronx Farmer’s Market. The market is only in its third year, but it opened.. Read More

Yoga & Chill: Outdoor Fitness Events to Attend & Where to Eat Healthy After

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July is here even though a lot of our summer bodies aren’t. However, now that the temps in New York are hitting a high for the summer, it’s time to start wearing less and going out more, which is probably the best reason to do outdoor fitness. You’re gonna sweat anyway. You might as well earn it by burning a couple calories, and enjoying the open air, greenery, and company of new friends at.. Read More

Bronx Food Blog x KRAVE National Jerky Day Giveaway!

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When we hear jerky we automatically think of the ones that are always at supermarket checkouts and gas stations since we were kids. But we’ve grown up and so has jerky. Meet KRAVE. KRAVE is jerky reimagined. It led the jerky renaissance by revolutionizing a traditionally low-brow snack with a unique, culinary approach. It’s resulted in a signature moist and tender jerky that has disrupted the entire game. It’s all-natural, gluten-free, and lower.. Read More

Chock Full o’ (Pine) Nuts Cooking Demo Saturday, April 30

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“Celebrate Arbor Day and sample some tree-derived delicacies! From pesto to pastries, pine nuts add delectable flavor and a nutritional boost to a variety of dishes. Horticultural Interpreter Charles Day explains how these noble and ancient “nuts” (seeds, actually) get from their lofty perch atop towering pine trees to your local grocery store. A chef from Wave Hill exclusive caterer Great Performances inspires with some freshly prepared recipes. Arbor Week event.” – Wave Hill

When: Saturday, April 30 at 2:00pm

Admission: Free with admission to the grounds.

 

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