The Last Fishing Trip

“The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions of hope.”    John Buchan “The Last Fishing Trip” and “Fishing With My Brothers” are Excerpts from “Hook It & Cook It: Fishing, Dishing and Reminiscing with an Urban Angler” by James K. ShafferContinue reading “The Last Fishing Trip”

Superbowl Antipasto, Staten Island Style

Superbowl Sunday is like a second Thanksgiving for snackers. My name is Jim and I am a confessed snacker. I always enjoy the appetizer round of any meal.   I am usually charged with the appetizers for big gatherings. I make a cheese/antipasto platter that mixes fun with flavor and really gets the tastebuds going.Continue reading “Superbowl Antipasto, Staten Island Style”

I Started Cookin’ in Brooklyn

  An except from HOOK IT & COOK IT available on Amazon. A New York Foodie’s Bonafides and Particulars Hi, I’m Jim. I am a big man, recreational fisherman, home cook in a tiny kitchen in my native New York. I hook it and cook it, buy it and fry it and I know myContinue reading “I Started Cookin’ in Brooklyn”

UPDATED- New York City Through Native Eyes

“…as I walk those familiarly choked streets at dusk and see the old women sitting in front of the tenements, past and present become each other’s faces; I am back where I began.” “A Walker In The City” Alfred Kazin, 1978 I have left my shoe leather over thousands of miles of city streets throughout the five boroughs inContinue reading “UPDATED- New York City Through Native Eyes”

ADVENTURES OF AN URBAN ANGLER

“There’s a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot.”     Steven Wright “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” Henry David Thoreau As a kid growing up in New York City, it was difficult to find clean, safe placesContinue reading “ADVENTURES OF AN URBAN ANGLER”

Park the Hate, Pass the Plates

We don’t do politics on ErinGoScatch. There are plenty of places you can get coverage of all that hibiddy jibiddy elsewhere, no matter what side of the table you are sitting on. From our vantage point here in New York City, the ultimate melting pot for the cuisine of so many cultures, we talk aboutContinue reading “Park the Hate, Pass the Plates”

Brooklyn Bridge Park- Oasis Under the Bridge and Beyond

A once rundown section of Brooklyn’s storied waterfront with dilapidated piers and empty lots has been transformed into one of New York City’s most interesting parks. Brooklyn Bridge Park includes a manmade green belt, saltwater marshlands, state of the art public sports facilities, several great dining options, a pool, a picnic section with grills for use andContinue reading “Brooklyn Bridge Park- Oasis Under the Bridge and Beyond”

Nat Geo ENCOUNTER: Ocean Odyssey

National Geographic has a strong reputation for quality content and fantastic imagery. The Nat Geo ENCOUNTER: Ocean Odyssey delivers on the brand’s promise with an immersive experience that takes you on a journey across the Pacific Ocean. The combination of stunning underwater film and interactive CGI images makes for a fun day at the virtualContinue reading “Nat Geo ENCOUNTER: Ocean Odyssey”