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Where to Get Takeout + Delivery in Queens Right Now

January 22, 2021
Thai takeout from Queens, NYC

Eds. note: This article currently covers 120+ restaurants in Jackson Heights and Elmhurst. Last update: Jan. 2021. If you’re like us, preparing three meals a day gets pretty old by Friday, so every weekend we support local restaurants in Queens via takeout or delivery. For us it also injects a bit of normalcy into our week—Friday night has always been delivery night; Saturdays are for takeout. More than…

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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…

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 how to eat and cook more sustainably, including consuming less meat and cutting back on plastic—even in pandemic times. 2020 marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in the U.S. Every year in April we try to organize a street cleanup with our kids and their friends in our Queens neighborhood, which…

North America NYC

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…