May 7, 2008

Until recently, I have not ventured into Latin American/South American cuisine. I’ve always equated their food with the typical TexMex/Taco Bell pu pu platter of bland meat, rice, and beans wrapped into a┬átortilla or taco shell. I like being able to taste my food and not having to douse it with hot sauce for flavor.

Apparently, I have been mistaken. True Latin/South American food is full of flavors ranging from their buttery white rice to their fried sweet plantains. Now I come to the main reason for my post: to explain my current obsession with plantains and why you should try them too.

Plantains are usually mistaken for unripened bananas, however, they are similar and yet vastly different from their cousin fruit. My personal fixation with plantains comes from their dexterity through cooking and preparation. Green plantains can be sliced and fried into delicious and crispy plantain chips, rivaling any bag of FritoLay concoction. Overripe plantains can be sliced and pan-fried into a syrupy, sugary dessert sweeter than any banana you’ve ever had. My personal favorite is the fried sweet plantains which can easily prepared in your kitchen or ordered at a local Latin restaurant. There are plenty of other good dishes on those menus, but I definitely guarantee you won’t be disappointed with the plantains.

Harold Hunter Day II

May 7, 2008

harold-hunter-web.jpgLike many perhaps, my first introduction to Harold Hunter was through Larry Clark’s controversial film Kids, in which he played a character by the same name. I got the impression that Hunter wasn’t really acting at all, that it was how he really lived his day-to-day life. This is what made him stick out; it didn’t matter if he was in a movie or skating with his boys, he was who he was. Then I gradually caught him in various skate films and came to view him as a powerful and talented skater, but more so as a funny, likable and rambunctious personality.

From what I’ve read, Hunter was well-known and well-liked throughout the city and across the world. It comes as no surprise then, that those who knew him best organized a day in his remembrance following his passing in February, 2006.

Saturday, May 17th will mark the second anniversary of Harold Hunter Day, established to honor the memory of the New York City legend. The event will include a skate jam and live music from 12-6PM at the Manhattan Bridge Skate Park followed by an after party at KCDC Skateshop in Williamsburg. I can’t think of a better way to honor a dude who seemed to epitomize the New York State of Mind.

Check out the official press release for the event HERE.