People are fascinated with African culture and cuisine—as well as the West Indies. African culture and dress has become popular around the world, and at Breakthrough African Market you will find a plethora of Dashikis, Laces (materials for making African clothing), hard to find spices, palm oils and coconut oils, dried poultry and smoked catfish and other smoked and dried fish, and smoke-dried poultry, and bones for soups and stews, frozen fish: poultry, and fresh-frozen goat meat, goat meat with skin, tripe, cow foot, meaty oxtails, dried fish flakes and dried West African various leaves, etc., etc. This issue is dedicated to the world of African and Caribbean cooking that has never been featured at length in any of the magazines and newspapers in our region. Check out the recipes and panoply of dishes that you can make to savor the flavor of this ancient and rich cuisine that has shaped civilizations, empires, culture, home cooking, and the world's palate for all things food.
14 tasteofschenectady.com • Vol. 3 • No. 1 Mami’s Spanish-American .”..across from the old Mt. Pleasant Diner, where Rich D’Ellisis, Marc Miele, Jeff LaRosa, Frank Gallo, I and others, used to raise holy hell after football games.” By David Long Visit Mami’s and start with 2 for $1.00 chicken wings, and $2 beef or chicken pasteles...Yummy Spanish chicken soup, etc.” Don’t get me wrong, I like my little restaurant spots downtown Schenectady, like; Centre St. Pub, Ambition Bistro for breakfast and lunch, or More Perecca’s (simply for their “breakfast panini”). However, we promote ALL of Sch’dy and beyond! Sometimes, you have to venture to the old neighborhoods like; Mount Pleasant...This section of town is undergoing a revival by the merchants themselves, who have imported hard to find Caribbean foods to the area... When I grew up on Lansing Street, the block was mostly Italian and Polish. Combo’s Fish Fry is still there going strong, and so is the bakery. Nowadays, the best Latin-American food close to downtown can be found at San Francisco restaurant on Albany Street (across from David Louis Floor Covering); Tropics Restaurant, located at S. Brandywine Ave; and Mami’s Restaurant, located at 911 Crane St in Mt Pleasant (across from the old diner), which is now Caribbean Taste at 920 Crane St. Visit Mami’s, and start with the 2 for $1.00 breaded chicken wings, 2 beef or chicken pasteles and homemade Spanish-style chicken soup. Next try the Pernil (succulent roast shoulder of pork), and more- -there are tons of tasty Spanish dishes on the menu daily! The sign on the building reads Junnaylee Restaurant, but rest assured it’s Mami’s Restaurant inside.... The best food places with the fairest prices, simple service, and authentic tastes, are often the little known places--it’s worth the trip!
15 tasteofschenectady.com • Vol. 3 • No. 1 SATURDAY BREAKFAST Check out those huge pancakes— we couldn’t finish them. We each had eggs ($1.50) on the side, and bacon and sausage ($1 an order). RUTH’S & JACOB’S Adjoining the building is Ruth’s Place, a thrift store that sells donated and recycled clothing and keepsake housewares. Jacob’s Well for Fellowship relatively new café has a mission to serve up great grub & refuge! Jacob’s Well • 1914 Broadway • Sch’dy NY 12306 • (518) 631-6488 Jacob’s Well, located at 1914 Broadway, opened its doors in September, 2015 in Sch’dy’s Bellevue section— welcoming patrons from all over. Bellevue Reformed Church (BRC) purchased the building in May 2013, and launched Ruth’s Place, a thrift store in December 2013. To construct Jacob’s Well, the church took 18 months to gut and rehab the space into a restaurant. Alan Tygert, a local carpenter, donated his time and resources to install a new hardwood floor in the eatery—and the walls were replaced and beautifully painted with a Jack Fruit faux finish. The original tin ceiling that is grandfathered in was painted with a flame retardant coating that resembles pastry cream. All of the cafe’s windows were replaced, and the spot now looks amazing! At Jacob’s Well, the staff are all volunteer. Tim, a home cook turned professional, leads the galley kitchen staff. Tim says that he was inspired to donate his time to cooking at Jacob’s Well by watching Food Network’s Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Laura, handles the front of the house and customer relations. On Thursdays, the top celebrity visiting chef is none other than the church’s pastor, Richard Scheenstra- -accompanied by his sous chef and helpmate in life, Sharon. The morning that I dined at Jacob’s Well for Saturday Breakfast, we were amazed at the prices—just $3 for pancakes or French toast & beverage—and $1 extra for sausage or bacon ($2 for both). Jacob’s Well is open Wed. 4:30- 7:30pm; Thur. 11:30-7:30pm; Fri. 11:30-3:30pm and Sat. 9am-1pm, serving breakfast & lunch.