All posts tagged: Lunch

mexican corn chowder

Sitting at the corner table in Estia’s Little Kitchen with Connie, a spoonful of corn chowder in my mouth, I’m immediately taken back to my previous home in Queens. A burst of heat and plenty of cilantro in the broth is exactly how I enjoyed Momma Lupe’s soups. I called a gentleman over and asked in a single word, “tomatillos?” And in a single word returned,“poblanos.”Again I was back in a little kitchen of my own, in another time and place, where sounds of the blender filled the room as poblanos and cilantro became one, beautiful green. Gratitude to this garden-to-table restaurant where everyone was friendly and most likely family, for allowing me a taste of memory. Our waiting area was the best wait I’ve ever experienced in my life. They serve iced coffee in a truck out back where they are currently growing many lettuce greens and herbs, cucumbers, squash, tomatoes. Check out that dragonfly chillin’ on a garlic scape. We walked around til our names were called and we made sure we would …

my harlem lunch hour

slabs of seedless watermelon lush pink and bright yellow next door i’ve never had the yellow but i want yellow i want something close to sun heirloom tomatoes all the way from his garden in Jersey sit on storefront windowsills sunning til a red he is fond of blooms to then be chopped along with cucumbers and parsley a salad sold for simple souls at a shop called 7 Grains i order my usual no matter how hot of a day it is split pea unlike any other split pea with it’s ham-less, Moroccan flare. he takes out a bottle of all natural soy sauce and taps it over your legumes tap tap tap 3 times exactly. “we don’t use salt here.” but they sure use spice. i taste cumin. cayenne. garlic. paprika. “do you want a spoonful of brown rice with that?” yes. and then a final finishing tap of cayenne before it gets it’s lid and i hand over $4.50. back at work, i asked my boss’ son what he’s having for lunch. …