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I went to Lower Eats Side for lunch, and I will not be needing dinner

small h | Jun 10, 2017 03:21 PM

I found out about this all-you-can-eat international extravaganza yesterday.


The first one was held in 2015 to commemorate the 110th anniversary of PS 110. And *that* one was way better than *this* one, according to the crabby (but informative) lady I sat next to for a while.

$10 buys a wrist band, which entitles you to unlimited food from 1-4pm. When I arrived - at 1pm, ‘cause I didn’t want to miss anything - there were about 15 stations, each staffed by school parents serving homemade food from their countries of origin: Panama, Ukraine, China, England, the Philippines, etc. A band played. We were reminded that everything was compostable. It was very pleasant. I ate a lot. Then, at 2:30, most of the booths switched over to different parents, from different countries. So I ate more!

A note to the non-omnivorous: trust your instincts, and beware of poor penmanship. No, that’s not a beet empanada. There’s no such thing as a beet empanada. Some people’s Fs look like Ts.

Some highlights, pictured below:

snow white salad and watermelon with feta from Bulgaria, guava & cheese skewers from Mexico, panipuri from India, borscht from Belarus (needed more lemon juice), spicy rice cakes from South Korea (needed less sugar), prebrenac from Serbia (it doesn’t photograph well, but it’s very good), ebelskivers from Denmark, varenyky from Ukraine and tuna casserole from the good old US of A

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