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The Cecil Harlem :: My Black Journey

Selfie with Chef Joseph "JJ" Johnson

Take the culinary pulse of Harlem, New York, and all indicators lead to The Cecil. The Afro-Asian American brasserie is a hangout for cocktail sipping and gandering at pretty faces as well as an avant-garde flavor experience. Led by a respected corporate magician, noted restaurateur and rising culinary master, the corner of St Nicholas Avenue and 118th Street is alive and kicking.

On the eve of spring, I chatted with Chef de Cuisine Joseph “JJ” Johnson about community, fried guinea hen and his culinary journey. 

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Weekly Rewind :: Andaz Wall Street, Spice Market NY & Hot Grease Radio

Bar Seven Five at Andaz Wall Street

Hello Friday, the week is over. Enjoy the rewind!

Let me tell you a secret, Andaz Wall Street Bar Se7en 5ive and Biergarten in Lower Manhattan are my new summer hang spots. The perfect locations to get outside of the Brooklyn bubble. 

Chef Anthony Ricco of Spice Market New York conducts his Master Class at the World Street Food Congress in Singapore :: Photo Courtesy of Spice Market NYI started following Spice Market NY on Instagram and feel in love with Chef Ricco's adventures in Singapore. 

Rodney Scott of Scott's BBQ-Hemingway, SC

I snagged a quick interview with Pitmaster Rodney Scott at the 11th Annual Big Apple BBQ Block Party (airing July 1).  

Also, I recorded an episode of Hot Grease, dedicated to Richmond, VA.


Bed-Stuy Crawl Series #1High on Hog lunch & Walking Tour w/ Jessica B Harris (The Red Rooster)