Kuksu is a noodle soup whose name means "noodle soup" in Korean.
This week Counter Culture rolls into one of the city's most unique restaurants, Elza Fancy Foods. The menu represents the Uzbek-Korean-Russian cooking of Uzbekistan's Korean population. Much of the food is cheap, fascinating, and del ... More >>
Wait a minute. Do geriatric sheep lay eggs?
A few nights ago, some friends were sitting around Kavkaz, a restaurant on Coney Island Avenue specializing in the food of the Caucasus (that's a region in the former Soviet Union, not an electoral process), when we spied an unusual dish on the menu styl ... More >>
Three women received the Nobel Peace Prize today at a ceremony in Oslo. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, social worker Leymah Gbowee, and Yemeni journalist and activist Tawakkul Karman were all "chosen for their non-violent struggle against injustice, sexual violence and repression." ... More >>
Dating to 1849, the Golden Russet is a real New York apple.
Everyone has a favorite apple or two. Kids love Red Delicious for their sugary flavor and bright red color. Gourmands crave Granny Smiths because they have hard, tart flesh and can be used to make crisps that retain their apple-y texture. ... More >>
The boureka at Gazala Place, with a side of babaganoushA Reader Asks: Where can I get a Turkish burek? Not the little finger-shaped sigara bureka, but the kind my relatives in Turkey made -- little triangular ones made with filo dough.
Dear Reader: That's a good question. Throughout the Balk ... More >>
Anatoly Dobrynin, the cold-war era ambassador from the Soviet Union to Washington, dead this week at 90, loved American culture, they are saying this morning. Oh yes he did. The spring of 1962, newly arrived in town, he hosted a delegation of American Quakers. Worried about nuclear bombs, the ... More >>
Maybe by scaling back his demand for over $600 million in cuts to school aid by half was the fatal sign of weakness that invited the counterattack, but the state senators who have been remarkably slow about trimming the budget united against Paterson with great speed. Democratic leader John Sampson ... More >>
Crisp, greasy, garlicky, and resting counterintuitively in a pool of broth--chicken tabaka is the pride of Georgian cooking.
How apropos that fried chicken should be the centerpiece of the cooking of both Georgias. Chicken tabaka--sometimes facetiously called "road kill" chicken--fea ... More >>
No Billie Joel cameo this time, which is fine, fine, fine
Tuesday, July 21
I'd like to publicly thank the usher in section 314 for physically blocking my path to the bathroom during the opening strains of "Live and Let Die" because he didn't want me to miss the firewor ... More >>
Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power.
Public Health and Social Security in the USSRAuthor: Either an upbeat cadre of Soviet prop ... More >>
Graham Rayman has been following the "Fight Club" cooked up by Rikers Island guards for a couple of years, and the Bronx D.A. has started dishing out charges. Inmates used and rewarded as enforcers, beatings arranged so as not to leave marks, victims intimidated into silence (and a few killed) -- t ... More >>