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2006 Stories by Nina Lalli

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  • Knife's Edge

    published November 21, 2006

    Not long after graduating from college, I found myself in my mother's kitchen, knee-deep in bread crumbs and ricotta. My own dishwasher-less,... More >>

  • Alt.Thanksgiving in Flushing, Queens

    published November 14, 2006

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  • You Say Tomato, I Say September

    published September 5, 2006

    Despite having been released from the grips of academic life for good a few years ago, I still find that the arrival of September always awakens a... More >>

  • Feast of Fungus

    published August 22, 2006

    Good news arrived in my inbox: "Rainy Season is Huitlacoche Season!" The Mexican restaurant La Palapa, on Saint Mark's, was proud to announce the... More >>

  • Pool of Rock

    published August 15, 2006

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  • Cold Comfort

    published August 1, 2006

    Walking around in New York in August, it feels like there's a bus driving about two inches in front of your face, blowing hot exhaust that never... More >>

  • Draw the Line

    published July 18, 2006

    "Isn't it funny how people don't like their profiles? Bumps, hooks—people hate those things," Roderick Anthony Perry says, baffled. He loves... More >>

  • International Ice Cream

    published July 18, 2006

    The idea that spicy food cools you down has always eluded me. Schvitzing over a bowl of goat curry in the sweltering humidity recently, I strove... More >>

  • Chewing the Pork Fat

    published July 4, 2006

    Recently, a friend called me up and ruined my day. He had just returned from a trip to Corsica, and described in great detail the salted pork... More >>

  • Chinese Barbecue?

    published June 27, 2006

    For years, I've kept quiet about something, confessing only to my closest friends and family: I don't like meat on a stick. I've tried to love... More >>

  • New Yorkers Are Americans, too

    published June 27, 2006

    Every year, Independence Day brings grill sales and specials on ground chuck, because every homegrown patriot is expected to host or attend at... More >>

  • When the Streets Are Paved With Snacks

    published June 20, 2006

    This time, I've practically swept myself off my very own feet. In celebration of the heat, I took a trip to East 116th street—and for... More >>

  • Lethal Fruit

    published June 13, 2006

    One summer during college, I returned home to find my father stooped over the kitchen table, carefully divvying up cherries among at least a... More >>

  • Fair Maidens

    published June 13, 2006

    It's hard to adequately describe the look that came over the face of the man behind the counter at More >>

  • The Naked Crustacean

    published June 6, 2006

    Molting does not sound like fun. Imagine, you're a crab—a blue one, probably—and in spring, while everyone else is picnicking and... More >>

  • Bliss Through Cheese

    published May 30, 2006

    A taste for the finer things in life can be acquired at any age. Anne Saxelby was in college by the time she realized there was more to cheese... More >>

  • Chocolate Chocolate Chic

    published May 30, 2006

    Summer is no time to be pretentious. Ice cream, of all things, should not be esoteric, brainy, or elitist. But alas, the world of sweets in... More >>

  • Chanel for Cheap

    published May 23, 2006

    In the past three weeks, Yanina Landsaat has sold clothing and accessories to a stylish 60-year-old, a Hasidic woman, a librarian, and a plenty of... More >>

  • Lunch, the Fair Way

    published May 16, 2006

    I went to Fairway and not a single schlubby husband challenged me to a round of rage carts. When old ladies left their groceries in the middle of... More >>

  • Fashion High

    published May 16, 2006

    Last Wednesday night in Chelsea, a group of high school students put on a talent show of sorts. But rather than a variety hour packed with the... More >>

  • It's All About the Brine

    published May 9, 2006

    "Every few years, I get sick of my office job and jump back into food," Jon Orren explained a few days after throwing a launch party for his... More >>

  • Dress Rehearsal

    published May 9, 2006

    Dress shopping can end up being more fun than the prom itself. Last Saturday, 1,219 teenage girls took part in this ritual, trying on bejeweled,... More >>

  • Eating Like El Vagabond

    published May 2, 2006

    "The food's good!" This endorsement is shouted directly into a cecina taco. The shouter is from Mexico, like the torta itself and many of the... More >>

  • Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

    published May 2, 2006

    Shane Coffey, the chef at Alias, a 44-seat restaurant on Clinton Street, has a... More >>

  • Dirtiest Bird

    published April 25, 2006

    In the eighties, my birthday parties were catered exclusively by Popeye's. Although my mother—a cookbook author—was available in the... More >>

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