Roasted Butternut and Quinoa Salad

Beware of Quinoa! No, we’re kidding. Quinoa is prepared nearly the same as white rice, but as a whole grain it is highly nutritious, super high in protein and fiber, making it a lowglycemic top choice for those watching their blood sugar and/or weight. It is also, most importantly filling and satisfying.

Cabbage & Beet Stew To Warm Your Soul

Fall is one of the best times of the year, the leaves change color, the oppressive heat lifts. But now that it’s finally cooling off outside, we want to warm up. You may be daydreaming about a warm stove with something tasty simmering on top. It is also a time for celebration and gathering with loved ones. 

Persimmon and Butternut Squash Soup

And now for something totally unexpected – fruit in your soup! Don’t panic, we have not gone loopy. Soup is amazingly versatile and filling. Some soups are even meant to be served cold. This dish is rich and satisfying, and it will make you wonder what you ever saw in meat.  


Alejandro Meola is a professional musician, composer and performer and music director of music director of Astoria Rock Studio. Born in Miami, he grew up in Buenos Aires, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Guitar Performance from the Argentine Society of Musicians. 

Refuel At Joe’s Garage Bar

Looking for a new spot in the neighborhood? Check out Joe’s Garage Bar, located at 45-01 23rd Avenue in Astoria. 

The Horror In Our Midst: Get Troma-tized!

It’s Halloween-time and thoughts naturally turn to the morbid. 


areburger is an American success story. It officially begins in 2009 with the opening of the first organic Bareburger restaurant at this very location in Astoria. Then it moves full speed ahead to include over 40 more restaurants in just eight years. 

Fresco’s Cantina

Fresco’s Cantina is a welcome, breath of fresh air in the quiet, residential part of Astoria, near the water front. With the bonus of the new Ferry Service to Manhattan and the proximity to

Sweet Scene

Sweet Scene is a sweet escape from impersonal, large chain coffee shops and cafes. Sweet Scene is a lovely, motherdaughter operation run by Vera and Eleni, with the help of a sweet friend, Katie, who put their love, baking skills, and friend-making skills into everything they do here.

I Vant A Creepy Cocktail

In the spooky season, adults might like an alternative or break from the children’s activities that tend to dominate October’s landscape. If you’re an adult and want a quick guide to a boozy, enjoyable Halloween, I have the perfect shortcut that will make you say “hocus pocus” in no time.  
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