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.
Katz Kafé is where your Order is always a “Daily Special” Enjoy the freedom of having it your way without the smirk and attitude you find at the chain restaurant Bradley Katz gives all the credit to his customers, because he feels they are the reason why he’s still in business B radley Katz is the owner of Katz Kafé, a chic little open kitchen eatery, located at 160 Jay Street in downtown Schenectady. Take a stroll down the brick road, and you’ll find Katz Kafé open Monday through Friday 7am-3pm and Saturday 9am-2pm. It’s the place to dine, meet for coffee drinks and relax. Katz Kafé fits into the emerging downtown restaurant scene—with its diverse spots and menus featuring creative concepts, like “build your own breakfast sandwich and/or burrito,” made fresh on the spot—directly in front of you. Katz Kafé offers good quality at a fair price, and the vibe is a welcoming, friendly and satisfying oasis from reality—that arranges three different seating experiences—counter, bistro tables or relax in the cushioned lounge area with its love seats and coffee tables. By Arthur Logan The breakfast and lunch hot spot displays art work on the walls from local artists, and the menus change like the seasons—offering breakfast all day long. All types of people—from all walks of life—frequent Katz Kafé. Come and enjoy having a creative control over how your food is prepared. Even so, Brad knows each of his regular customers’ by name. Bradley Katz gives all credit to his customers, because he feels that they are the reason why he is still in business. He says, “it’s not just work, it is a lifestyle” Katz Kafé also offers “Soup of the Day,” Lattés and Brunch specials on the menu. I asked Brad to show me his creative ability, and not to hold back and he just smiled. I could see the enthusiasm and passion going on behind the exterior of his smile. Immediately he pulled out a cinnamon raisin bagel, which he began to lightly butter and grill. Next, he added to the bagel a fried egg with a little cracked pepper—then topped that with a grilled sausage patty and caramelized onions. Once the bagel, sausage, onions and egg was assembled, he stacked it with Swiss cheese to my delight. The dish provided a perfect marriage of sweet and salty. The dining experience at Katz Kafé epitomizes the key to life: balance, balance, balance. Call (518) 377-0320, or visit their web site at: katzkafe.org Katz Kafé 160 Jay Street • Sch’dy, (518) 377-0320 katzkafe.org