I woke up early this morning, (having fallen asleep with the television on) to an episode of Toni on New York featuring our beloved Harlem. I thoroughly enjoyed the vivacious Toni’s exploration of our neighborhood – its important and colorful past and its vibrant present. I am a native and long time resident of Harlem and I learned a few things I did not know about this amazing neighborhood. The visit to the Schomburg and the backstage tour of Apollo with Billy Mitchell were
particularly interesting, It was also great fun to see Toni sample some of Harlem’s favorite foods, escorted on her “Taste of Harlem” tour by Neal Shoemaker, the founder of Harlem Heritage Tours, which ran the gamut from wings & waffles at Amy Ruth’s to to red velvet cake at one of my personal favorites, Make My Cake.. I had not previously seen this show, which is both hosted and executive produced by Toni Senecal, but I am now definitely a fan. You can check out the segment online or on Toni’s Facebook page.
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My husband, daughter and I recently had lunch at Frederick Café Bistro located at 2104 Frederick Douglass Boulevard and enjoyed it very much. I had the lentil soup and the Norwegian Smoked Salmon Panini. My husband had the chicken soup and the Ham and Cheese Croissant. The service was attentive and the place has a nice casual vibe. My daughter was in a stroller and they accommodated it. We will be back to enjoy some more delicious food and to try out their brunch.
Please check out their website for their full menu and more information.
Frederick Café Bistro
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For the last time this summer, you can go west coast swing dancing in Harlem. West coast swing is one of my favorite dances – sort of a cross between Lindy-style swing and salsa. It is danced to all kinds of music – R & B, pop, blues, rock, even hip-hop and country.
The event is run by Paula Wilson - an amazing dancer, in partnership with Riverside Park as part of their Summer on the Hudson programming. I saw Paula & her partner Ken Kreshtool perform at a party a couple of weeks ago at Stepping Out Studios. What a treat! I was lucky enough to get a dance with Ken, who is a terrific leader with a lot of musicality and some very smooth moves. The dancing goes from 6 pm – 9 pm this Saturday, September 28th at West Harlem Piers Park (West 125th St. and the Hudson River). Paula will teach a lesson at about 7 pm and the entire event is free. If you know West Coast, come and show your stuff; if you’ve never done the dance, come out and give it a try!
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