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How do you like your oatmeal?

I eat it every day. My goal is to have a healthy breakfast that tastes good.
I use 5 minute Quaker Oats and find that I need add neither milk nor added sugar. For sweetness, I add an assortment of fresh fruits (banana, pear or apple, and whatever is in season: strawberries, blackberries, cherries, peaches, etc.) in addition to dried fruits (raisin and figs). I vary the combination based on availability.

Jan 16, 2011
iraperelson in Home Cooking

Chatham is back

I tried them right away on Friday the day of reopening. They are the same as before. I was so elated that I didn't notice the individual prices. I had two cups of coffee, three char siu bao (of which one was to take out), an order of turnip cakes and an order of shrimp and chive dumplings. The bill came to $7.50.

Jan 15, 2011
iraperelson in Manhattan

Jewish Rye “Cornbread”

Teena's Cake Fair is an old-style Jewish bakery in East Flatbush, which was formerly a Jewish neighborhood (today it is mostly West Indian). Miraculously, they continue to make the same type of baked goods they made years ago augmented by newer cakes that appeal to the changing tastes of the neighborhood. Excellent corn bread. Chewy and dense with a great crust. Call before visiting to make sure there are still some available. Best to go early (AM). They also make good pumpernickel and rye breads in addition to old-style Jewish pastries.

Jan 15, 2011
iraperelson in Manhattan

Chatham is back

The Chatham is back! Today, January 14th 2011, should go down in the history of Chinatown as a Day of Resurrection, the Second Coming of the Chatham. How often does something like this happen? I had passed by the shuttered facade of the Chatham a number of times in the past few months and looked in sadly, yearning for another cha shew bao and a coffee with light cream. I wondered about all the people who had worked there and the many people who hung out there. One of the signs in Chinese in the window talked about a "renovation". But with all the news about rising rents and stores going out of business, it seemed unlikely that a restaurant with simple, affordable food serving mainly to locals in Chinatown had much of a chance. Especially with the closing of the OTB parlor right next door which provided a lot of customers.

However, it is true. The Chatham has been renovated, really just spruced up a bit: the tables in the front removed, a new counter, more tables in the back. Many of the staff are still there, too. A customers told me that the former owner who was in this eighties retired and the workers bought the restaurant from him.

The char shew bao (roast pork buns) are the best. No place in any of New York's many Chinatowns offers a more freshly baked version. Dim sum are served from carts every day at lunch. The food is very reasonably priced. And where can you still get good old school Cantonese food? The atmosphere is also very warm and neighborly.

Go soon and celebrate the Year of the Rabbit. Best wishes to all the staff of the Chatham. Best Wishes for a prosperous future for the Chatham Restaurant.

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Hop Shing
9 Chatham Square, New York, NY 10038

Jan 14, 2011
iraperelson in Manhattan

what happened to Chinatown in NYC

Arriving at the Chatham Restaurant and seeing the "Lost our lease" notice, I felt like a much loved relation had passed away. There are two notices: one on the door and one on the window which is in Chinese. The one on the door says "Lost our lease" in English. The one on the window says in Chinese something like "Temporarily closed for renovation", a faint glimmer of hope, However, I asked a Chinese man who was seated at the OTB information booth (which is next door to the Chatham) and he also said that it was closed due losing the lease.
One of their roast pork buns and a cup of java (with cream) was a passport to paradise. And the hugest coffee urns and convivial atmosphere with so many local residents enjoying a coffee break. It was a "neighborhood place" where people gathered to talk and relax and read a newspaper.
What a price we pay for "development".

Jun 22, 2010
iraperelson in Manhattan