Memories on Ice

Parts Unknown 

June 4, 2017

"For God’s sake, look after our people,” Captain Robert Falcon Scott wrote in a final diary entry, dated Mar. 29, 1912, after a failed attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole. The British Royal Navy officer was beaten by a Norwegian expedition party that had arrived five weeks earlier. He and his crew perished on their journey back from the South Pole, leaving behind a small wooden hut on Cape Evans that would yield historical riches a century later.

In 2014 the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust announced it had found 22 photo negatives inside the hut.

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America in 40 Years: a Q&A with Gene Wu

Roads & Kingdoms

May 5, 2017

The 85th Texas Legislative Session in Austin created an unlikely video star: Rep. Gene Wu (D-Houston), who stood at the podium—voice breaking, eyes welling—and urgently denounced SB4, a bill that would give law enforcement unprecedented powers to demand immigration papers based only on “reasonable suspicion.”

News outlets around the state and beyond picked up the video of Wu’s emotional speech. “Some are here as citizens. Some are here without papers,” he said. “But they are all my people.” La emotiva defensa, as Univision called it, was fitting for Wu, who moved from China as a child and now represents Houston’s District 137, one of the most diverse districts in the country. SB4 ultimately passed the House in a party-line vote in the early hours of April 30. Wu talked to R&K from his office in Austin.

Roads & Kingdoms: What’s the emotional climate in Houston right now?

Gene Wu: When we started out that day, we had known it had been coming down the line for a while. I think a lot of us had been dreading that day for a while. Most legislation is merely about policy—in my state it’s all about tax dollars. It’s usually not something members would take personally. This bill was something that members took personally. 

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Alimentation Station

West Side Spirit

City’s best truck grub makes a stop to benefit local public schools

MAR 14, 2017

BY Emily Ziemski

To a New Yorker, a long line is the sign of something worth waiting for. This proved true Sunday afternoon, when below-freezing temperatures and long waits couldn’t deter the masses waiting to get a taste of some of the best food trucks in New York.

The NYC Food Truck Fest, hosted by Grand Bazaar NYC and The New York Food Truck Association, showcased a dozen colorful trucks on the school playground at West 77th Street and Columbus Avenue. The playground is usually devoted on Sundays to the white tents, haphazard collections of antiques, ornamental rugs and vibrant costume jewelry of Grand Bazaar NYC, an Upper West Side staple that moved all of its artisan flea market finds inside the school building, so the moveable feast could take over the playground.


#NoshTheVote: Registration With a Snack

NYCity News Service

Houston’s #GuacTheVote voter registration campaign proved so successful this year that Mayor Bill de Blasio adopted the idea with a New York accent, launching #NoshTheVote with a fleet of food truck vendors across the city.

The four-day event, which used 12 local food trucks to bring registration forms to eligible voters, took place from Oct. 11 until Oct. 14, the registration deadline for New York.

“I think we can safely say this presidential election is very dramatic,” said DeBlasio in front of Amdo Tibet Momo Truck in Jackson Heights, Queens. “It has huge consequences for the future and it’s so important that people participate.”

The New York and Houston Twitter-based initiatives were aimed to drive a boost in registered voters ahead of the presidential election on November 8. While #GuacTheVote employed taco trucks to spread its message, #NoshTheVote, a nod to the Yiddish phrase that means to snack, enlisted a variety of ethnic food trucks to represent the diversity of New York City.

One of the trucks represented NY Dosas, an award-winning vendor based in Washington Square Park for the last 15 years. The truck serves samosas, chickpea-filled savory pastries, and dosas, fermented rice pancakes stuffed with lentils.

Thiru Kumar, owner of NY Dosas, watched approvingly as 20 of his regular customers picked up registration forms on the first day. “I know a lot of people don’t like to register because they’re embarrassed they can’t read the form or they just don’t know how [to register],” said Kumar.

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November 9, 2015

The editors behind Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn created this filling roasted squash dish that’ll satisfy even the pickiest of vegetarians and delight meat-loving guests.

What You’ll Need:
1 winter squash (acorn, kabocha, or delicata) halved and de-seeded
Olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup barley
1 cup vegetable or chicken stock
1/2 cup pepitas
1 small celery root, sliced into small rounds
1 Bosc pear, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1 small red onion, sliced
2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
Grated parmesan, to taste
Sage leaves, for garnish

What to Do:
Drizzle squash halves with oil and roast in a cast iron or on a baking sheet for 45 minutes at 350*. Set aside and leave the oven on.

For the barley salad, in a small saucepan, combine barley and stock. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. While barley cooks, place pepitas on a sheet tray and roast in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until slightly brown. Set aside.