Saturday, October 4, 2014

tomorrow night @ 9

Back in March 2011 we visited and sampled 
a Westchester Avenue cuchifritos shop.

Now Bourdain is getting into the act.


He visited a cuchifritos joint up on 188th Street.





He takes a look at hip-hop history, too.

Tune in CNN, Sunday night (tomorrow) at 9pm and watch one of culinary’s most entertaining dive into our local Caribbean specialties.

is spit-roasted pig...a fruit?

Italians like to eat and party with music, and they have had that reputation forever.

The Ferragosto Food Festival takes place in September in Italian neighborhoods, and our Arthur Avenue is no exception.

It goes back a hundred years here in the Bronx.

Arthur Then

Arthur Now, same view

The festival itself is derived from the Latin Feriae Augusti introduced by the emperor Augustus in 18 BC, about 2032 years ago.

That’s a lotta sausage.

They need it to feed the approximately 25,000 visitors this festival attracts each year. 
It was jammed.

Ferragosto signals the end of Summer and the harvest, a time to enjoy the fruits of Summer’s labors.

If you go next September bring a small cooler 
and bring home the best mozz in the whole city!

And eat your fruit!

Friday, October 3, 2014

they found little Annie all covered with ice

Now that winter's coming how about we start the weekend off with a swingin’ tune about a little girl who lost her parents at nine and then froze to death working in an unheated Bronx tenement?

Oh yeah! 

The song “Artificial Flowers” from 1960 climbed the charts all the way to #20 in a big band arrangement swung hard by the incomparable Bobby Darin, born right here in the Bronx!


And if you think I’m the odd one for posting a song about a child labor death, remember the millions of Americans who actually bought the record in 1960, spending three months on the charts!

Have a listen, and great weekend! 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

3rd down and no reception

The National Football League 
is going through a rough patch right now.

First, off-field violence is taking its toll on the players, to say nothing of Commissioner Goodell.

Second, almost 5000 players have consolidated lawsuits so that league liability to head injury may cost the NFL almost a billion dollars.

And third, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler just pulled the plug on a 40 year old black-out law.


The 1973 law was intended to force fans to buy tickets and fill the stadium before the game could be watched on tv.

No more.

Wheeler said:

For its part, the NFL claims the law is needed to fill stadiums and feed their $10 Billion in annual revenue.

Without a law to control their product, the NFL may likely move their feed to pay-per-view, ending half a century of free televised football.


Talk about dropping the ball.