Dish no. 2: Kothu roti from Sigiri (91 First Avenue, 212-614-9333)
Kale, chicken wings, deviled eggs. Yes, we're definitely in Brooklyn. But the sautéed kale is tossed with toasted coconut. The chicken wings? Glazed in chili, garlic, and palm sugar. And the deviled eggs dosed with sourness and spice from chiles and kaffir lime.
A Thai curry puff as served at Thai Market. You've encountered it in Thai restaurants before, a small braided pastry filled with chicken and potatoes called the curry puff. It's unlike any of the other apps on the menu, which run to papaya salads, tart sausages, steamed dumplings, fish cakes, and ... More >>
Kristopher Jansma PowerHouse Arena Thursday, 8 p.m., free Jansma, a New Jersey native and first-time novelist, seems to have constructed his debut around a pretty familiar and eye-twitchingly postmodern concept: namely, the curious propensity of writers to devote a whole lot more time to identifying ... More >>
[See More Gears 'n' Grub: Journey to the Goat Soup of Your Dreams | A Taste of Sri Lanka on Staten Island] On the way to Roberta's in Bushwick, it's worth taking a little time to bike around the neighborhood and see the street art (you'll probably run into even more when you're looking for a free s ... More >>
[See More Gears 'n' Grub: A Taste of Sri Lanka on Staten Island | A Ride to the Roll 'n' Roaster in Sheepshead Bay] Cinco de Mayo's goat soup is the soup of my dreams. Thin, but deep in flavor. The tomato-based broth has chunks of goat on the bone and nuggets of hominy. I usually add in a healthy s ... More >>
Skiz Fernando is a musician, journalist, and cook who spent a year in Sri Lanka studying regional cooking for his book Rice and Curry, Sri Lankan Home Cooking. It's a refreshingly low-key collection of stories and recipes, and it includes this one for fiery crab curry that I am particularly looking ... More >>
After years of working as a bartender and a marketing guy for Anheuser-Busch, Ted Kenny decided to test out his beer chops by opening up a store of his own on the Lower East Side, Top Hops Beer Shop (94 Orchard St., 212-254-4677), where you can grab a pint to stay or a growler to take home. Of cours ... More >>
A five-borough tour of winter warm-up meals
Celebrating new films from South Asia
ROSAT, the decommissioned German satellite that fell to Earth yesterday, broke up upon entering the atmosphere and probably scattered debris over Southeast Asia. We say, "probably," because no one really knows where the dang thing is. The Washington Post reports ROSAT entered the atmosphere b ... More >>
Fish bellies, that is, at a restaurant in Elmhurst
A new Sri Lankan restaurant slings hoppers, woodapples, and pittu
"Doughnut" over Sri LankaThe British National Archives just released about 8,500 pages of UFO reports that date back to the 1950s. What do these long-classified files tell us? Was Stonehenge planted by extraterrestrials? Is Dr. Who based on real events? Is Kate Middleton a Species-like creatu ... More >>
The lacy parabolic flatbread is beautiful, but what's that egg doing in the bottom? It is said that a feast of 100 dishes must begin with a single bite, and today we get that bite as we inaugurate a new feature. In 100 Days/100 Dishes, Fork in the Road traverses the culinary landscape of th ... More >>
If this was a regular sighting, you'd probably be happy too.Charities Aid Foundation has taken a look at countries doing charitable things -- giving money, helping a stranger, or volunteering time -- and guess where the U.S.A. ranked? Number five. Which is not horrible, but also maybe not as ... More >>
She released an incoherent polemic of a video featuring nudity (NSFW!) and some truly distasteful violence (child murder! landmines!). For some reason, Pitchfork handed her the keys to their Twitter feed; she's spent the day spewing out streams of "go egosurfing DRINK A SHOT OF TEQUILLA spamouflag ... More >>
Pretty sure M.I.A. has a legitimate point here. The New York Times's "The 31 Places to Go in 2010" article from the other day leads with an encomium to the possibilities of Sri Lanka as a tourist destination. Perhaps you'd heard something about a civil war going on over there, though? Don't w ... More >>
Hillary Clinton fell on her way to the White House and broke her elbow yesterday, and will require surgery. Condolences pour in from all over the internet. "It must be a vast right-wing conspiracy" -- Holy Coast. "Was she confused and disoriented?" -- Ann Althouse. "When reached for comment by Bu ... More >>
In the week that we thought maybe we had swine flu, ran frightened from our offices, wandered the East Village for hours looking for wireless or a good doctor, and eventually received an email with the subject line "It's NOT Swine Flu," we sheepishly came back to our desks, only to find an army of c ... More >>
The weird Time 100 fairy tale gets even weirder for M.I.A.. On Tuesday, she was invited to, and then attended--as this amazing picture to the left clearly shows--a gala at Lincoln Center in celebration of the most influential people list the mag just released. There, she apparently met not just Tavi ... More >>
Congratulations to M.I.A. for making Time's list of the 100 most influential people in 2009, two years after her last record, and three months after being nominated for her first Grammy. Spike Jonze, in his adulatory but perceptive ("She reacts to whatever's in front of her: 'Those are booming India ... More >>
Now that the majority Sinhalese government has nearly finished off a long-running civil war, confining the Tamil Tiger opposition to an ever shrinking parcel of land rife with a citizen population who've been dying in huge, indiscriminate numbers alongside militarized Tiger forces, Sri Lanka's gover ... More >>
Yesterday the Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary, Dr. Palitha Kohona, appeared on the Tavis Smiley show to refute what were allegedly "misinformed" remarks made by M.I.A. on Smiley's show in January. "Being the only Tamil in the Western media," she said then, "I have a really great opportunity to bring fo ... More >>
My lord this is a badly informed piece in the Times this morning. The lede: To many Americans, Maya Arulpragasam, known as M.I.A., is the very pregnant rapper who gyrated across the stage at Sunday's Grammy Awards. Tet in Sri Lanka, where she spent her childhood years, M.I.A. remains virtually unk ... More >>
Nor is it exactly a barrel of laughs
Staten Island gets its first South Indian spot
Starches steal the spotlight at Gramercy Sri Lankan
A global model competition that wobbles. Plus, the latest example of displaying shell-shocked beauties.
Do your friends make you chubby? Or is it that McFlurry in your hand?
EST's "First Light" science fare
Ibrahim Quraishi immerses us in his wisdom
Recipe Collections That Don't SuckAnd a Few That Do
The explosion of two novelty grenades outside the British Consulate this morning has all of New York wondering: Why would anyone bomb the British? I mean, they're so nice, Coldplay rocks, and "The Office" is really funny! But, dear Watson, it turns out we have more suspects than the British road n ... More >>
Let's think for just a moment about how much M.I.A. actually supports the Tamil Tigers
In Sri Lanka, mothers' breasts ache for phantom children. What will it take to rebuild?
The Voice's James Ridgeway reveals who controls what
The Realm of the Senses
How Should Theater Respond to September 11?
The Fight Over Zionism-Equals-Racism Pushed Aside Many Issues