Chinatown Chronicles-Volume Two

“Chinese food tries to engage the mind, not just the palate. To provoke the intellect.”  Nicole Mones If I said “who wants to drink tea and eat chicken feet, shrimp, sticky rice and dumplings for brunch”, I might not get many takers. If I say who wants “dim sum” it is pretty easy to gatherContinue reading “Chinatown Chronicles-Volume Two”

Spearfishing for Triggerfish in Hampton Bays

Triggerfish are a funny looking, fun to catch summer species in the New York/NJ bite. They usually swim up in the gulfstream as the waters warm and show up on the reefs in mid-July while party boats are targeting sea bass and porgies. The Ocean Eagle out of Sheepshead Bay is a great party boatContinue reading “Spearfishing for Triggerfish in Hampton Bays”

Fishing With My Brothers

Excerpts from “Hungry man. Tiny kitchen. Big city.”  by James K. Shaffer. ©2017 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED “Angling is somewhat like poetry, men are to be born so…” Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler (1653) The fickle nature of the the sea has brought surprising joy and tangible fear into my life down through my fishing years. LikeContinue reading “Fishing With My Brothers”

NYC Hot Dog Countdown- Number 5 DOMINICK’s HOT DOG TRUCK, Queens

DOMINICK’s HOT DOG TRUCK Woodhaven Blvd. at 65th or 67th Aves. (Right next to St. John`s Cemetary), Rego Park Cash Only Hours: Mon-Fri: 11am-5pm   No phone Get off the LIE and head to the Rockaways via Woodhaven Boulevard and, if you are a hot dog lover, you will see a very intriguing claim on aContinue reading “NYC Hot Dog Countdown- Number 5 DOMINICK’s HOT DOG TRUCK, Queens”

The Chinatown Chronicles- Volume One

I love Chinatown in NYC.  All three of them- Sunset Park in Brooklyn, Flushing in Queens and the original in downtown Manhattan. I hope this series provides you with some tips that will help you discover some true culinary treasures of your own in your Chinatown. My high school friends and I started coming intoContinue reading “The Chinatown Chronicles- Volume One”

The East Village That Remains

The East Village of my romantic youth when I moved to 7th Street in 1986- beat characters writing in tattered notebooks in sad cafés,  punk rockers jamming to reggae with Rastafarians in grungy Tompkins Square Park, worn out tenement buildings teaming with ethnic food smells, and true rebels on St Mark’s Place is nearly gone. All gone butContinue reading “The East Village That Remains”

Hungry man.☘️ Tiny kitchen.🍽 Big city.🗽

Hi. My name is Jim Shaffer.  I’m  an Irish American, native New Yorker and creative home cook. I know my way around NYC and I have a sense of adventure that has lead me to nearly every neighborhood of the five boroughs and beyond in search of authentic delicacies and culinary delights. ErinGoScratch strives toContinue reading “Hungry man.☘️ Tiny kitchen.🍽 Big city.🗽”