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Laura Siciliano-Rosen

Family Travel North America

Greenwood Lake: Things to Do

September 2, 2020
View of Greenwood Lake from a lake house

Summer 2020 has been, among other things, the summer of local travel for many of us. We’ve explored parts of New York City, New Jersey, Long Island, Westchester, and Connecticut that we’ve never seen before, and rather than jet off to Europe for a big summer vacation, we booked an Airbnb in Greenwood Lake, New York—just 50 miles northwest, an hour and 10 minutes away, from Queens. We…

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Black-Owned Restaurants in Queens, NYC

June 4, 2020
Black-owned restaurants in Queens, NYC

Eds. note: This article currently covers 80 Black-owned eateries in Queens, NYC. It is by no means comprehensive. Please consult the spreadsheet referenced below for a more exhaustive list while we continue to add to this! Earlier this week, when thinking about what we can do specifically on this platform (beyond social media) to support racial equality and Black Lives Matter, we thought about local restaurants and were…

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10 Kitchen Tool Essentials, Quarantine Edition

May 27, 2020
A home kitchen food scale measuring flour

While we live for weekend takeout/delivery, most of the week I am cooking three meals a day for our family of four, like everyone else. We try to buy all the right groceries to get us through a week or more with no return visits to the store—and without wasting a thing. At the same time we want to cook a wide variety of foods that the whole…

North America NYC

Where to Get Takeout + Delivery in Queens Right Now

April 24, 2020
Chinese takeout containers from a Flushing, Queens, restaurant

Eds. note: This article currently covers 90 restaurants in Jackson Heights and Elmhurst and a handful in Flushing. Last update: June 14, 2020. Many of our friends and neighbors in Jackson Heights have asked us where to get delivery lately, so I started compiling the ones I know about here. If you’re like us, preparing three meals a day gets pretty old by Friday, so that’s the night…

Sustainability

Update: How to Eat + Cook Sustainably for Earth Day, and Beyond (Even During a Pandemic)

April 22, 2020

Updated for Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, here are some favorite tips, recipes, products, and ideas for a more sustainable plate and kitchen, including eating less meat and cutting back on plastic—even in pandemic times. Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in the U.S. Every year we try to organize a street cleanup with our kids and their friends in our Queens neighborhood, which feels great and…

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Grocery Shopping in Queens: The New Normal

April 1, 2020
A line of masked shoppers outside a Queens Foodtown during the coronavirus pandemic.

In light of these historic times, we want to document some bits of life in Queens during the pandemic. The mundane experience of grocery shopping has changed for billions of people. How has it changed or you? Are you braving the elements or getting groceries delivered for the first time? Let us know in the comments. Everything about it feels wrong. I’m standing on the sidewalk on 37th…

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Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for Food, Travel + Earth Lovers

December 16, 2019

Try as we might, it’s inevitable that we will be buying a last-minute gift for someone in the next nine days. So if you’re anything like us—and you’ve got friends and family who love to eat, travel, and cook, and in a sustainable way—we’ve got just the holiday gift guide for you, whether it’s a stocking stuffer or a showstopper you’re looking for. For the dinner party thrower…

Food Travel North America

What to Eat in Houston: 8 Iconic Foods

November 22, 2019
"I heart HTown sign" photographed in Houston, Texas

Houston is America’s most diverse city, and—in not unrelated news—it’s increasingly touted as one of the country’s best cities for food. And yet it still flies under the radar for many people. Perhaps the city sprawl frightens them away, or the prospect of having to drive (a minimum of) 20 minutes to get pretty much anywhere. But that’s a small price to pay to experience some of the…