Dining With Miss Lil: Just Food is Transforming NYers and Our Food Pt. #2

just-food-conf-2014-logo4By Lil Nickelson

The article below is part #2 of the article, to read part #1 please click here.

Last week I outlined how Just Food, a non-profit organization, is building a just and sustainable food system for NYC via CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), farmers’ markets, community chefs and supplying fresh, locally grown food to food pantries.  Continue Reading →

Dining With Miss Lil: Custom Fuel Pizza

Custom Fuel Pizza PartnersBy Lil Nickelson

Custom Fuel Pizza, located at 2288 Frederick Douglass Blvd on the Southeast corner of 123rd Street, held a launch party on the evening of Tuesday, March 4th, 2014.  Continue Reading →

Dining With Miss Lil: Minton’s Playhouse is a Must

Wide_Shot_of_Mintons_Dining_RoomThe last time I was in Minton’s Playhouse was in May 2012.  With the permission of the owner of the space New York businessman Richard Parsons, Jazzmobile, Inc. hosted jazz music here as part of their contribution to the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival 2012. Continue Reading →

Dining With Miss Lil: Healthy vs.Non-Healthy Eater, You Decide!

EatThe_Rainbow_ChartBy Lil Nickelson

Lara Rondinelli, RD, LDN, CDE wrote an article about an insider’s look at the secrets to sticking with healthy eating this past November 2013.  Continue Reading →

Dining with Miss Lil: December 2013 Tis The Season

Josiah_Lewis_Jeniyah_Lewis_Asherie_Wilson_n_Miss_LilBy Lil Nickelson

From Thanksgiving through Kwanzaa I try to focus my attention on sharing the holiday season with people I love while we eat great meals that are prepared with love.  Continue Reading →

Dining with Miss Lil: Keep or Create Family Traditions

TurkeyBy Lil Nickelson

Thanksgiving is a great time to teach your kids about cooking and entertaining with your style.  Make them play different roles throughout the process so that they can observe and learn.  Continue Reading →

Dining with Miss Lil: Caring For the Elders That Once Cared for Us

Daddy_n_JJ_at_JHS_GraduationBy Lil Nickelson

Have you been blessed to have loved ones to live to be 70 years old or older?  If so, somewhere in between the late 70s and beyond our roles begin reversing and you will be given the opportunity to care for the elders who once cared for you.  Continue Reading →

In Memory Of Albert Murray

Albert Murrays Memorial ServiceBy Lil Nickelson

As I mature I’m starting to get more like my late maternal grandmother, Mrs. Lola Jackson, by going to services for people I didn’t personally know and it is getting spooky folks.  Continue Reading →

Dining with Miss Lil: Amali Restaurant Review

By Lil Nickelson

James Mallios and his fellow partners have designed Amali as a very comfortable, yet cozy and relaxing atmosphere for their guests to partake in some great tasting Mediterranean inspired food. Continue Reading →

Dining With Miss Lil: The Hudson River Café Review

The Hudson River Café is a gem that a lot of people within the Harlem community have yet to discover, but it shines brightly never the less. For one, its “Nuevo Latino” cuisine is helping to diversify our choices within the Harlem community. Two, the presentation of its dishes makes it stand out as “Nuevo Latino” versus traditional Latin cuisine.

Three, they have two outdoor patios within the restaurant space like no other restaurant within Harlem’s borders. Four, the service we received was up to par with any other fine dining establishment located in the city. And lastly, their prices have been slightly reduced, making the restaurant more affordable for even senior citizens looking for a nice place to eat within the Harlem community. Continue Reading →

Dining with Miss Lil: You Are What You Eat

By Lil Nickelson

One Saturday morning in March I picked up the March/April 2011 edition of Edible Manhattan, The Good Meat Issue on the Greenmarkets information table at the Isham Street Farmer’s Market (a year round market located up in the Inwood section of Manhattan).

I almost missed my stop coming back to Harlem on the A train because I was so mesmerized by the articles. I have attached two links for this issue.

First, so you can read it for yourself here , and second, so you can receive that issue as a free trial subscription as I did here. Continue Reading →

Dining With Miss Lil: How The Black Church Is Nourishing The Souls Of Harlem

Happy 2nd anniversary to my column and I want to thank God and my readers for this culinary journey. During this holy time of the year I want to reflect on the pivotal role that the black church has played in establishing Harlem as the “Mecca” of black life in America. It is around the time when the black church began its “dual role” of nourishing the spiritual and physical souls of Harlem.

Spiritually speaking black churches started nourishing us in 1904 when blacks began migrating from the South to New York fueled by their desire to seek better jobs, education for their children, and to leave Jim Crow policies and lynching violence in the South behind.

Redevelopment forced blacks out of the original NYC neighborhoods we inhabited from the west 30s to the west 60s. At that time we couldn’t vote, and had no political clout to speak of so our religious leaders represented us.

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