The itinerary includes lots of fun wandering, writing and eating:
Friday, Oct. 29, 4:30-10 p.m.
Meet at Grand Central for a drink. Then we'll hop a train to Jackson Heights, Queens, home to a wealth of ethnic treats with an emphasis on Indian and Pakistani. We'll visit the food markets, have a dosa dinner, and write.
Saturday Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Meet at Grand Central. We're off to Flushing, Queens, a neighborhood of 65 Asian communities. We'll tour the food malls and food supermarkets, meeting with merchants and cooks, sampling, and discovering one of the country's most dynamic immigrant communities.For lunch: an Asian seafood buffet. We've uncovered the tastiest place in Flushing all picked out for you! Followed by writing at a Tea Parlor. What did we just eat and experience? Let's put on paper what our bellies, brains, and imaginations are churning.
You'll have a couple of hours free to shop, get a foot rub (we'll show you where, cheap and great!), or scribble some more on your own. Then dinner at a little-known Chinese restaurant. The only place in the country with food from this obscure part of China. A major surprise and treat. After dinner, we'll write our good nights then take the train back to Manhattan.
Sunday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Today we're in Manhattan, and we'll meet downtown at a small museum devoted to Chinese culture in the United States. More time for writing. Then a dim sum lunch at a little-known restaurant run by Peruvian Chinese. After lunch, a reading by all of you. (We'll read something, too.) Then we'll bid farewell with heads, hearts, and appetites full.
If this this sounds like your cup of oolong, email the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org to hold your spot. The tour is limited to 15 people, and will be first come, first served. But, boy, will you be served well! Your $750 fee is due by Sept. 20 and includes:
· Walking Tour
· Writing Workshop
· Food artisans & Chef meetings
· All meals
For even more info, check out the Alimentum website at www.alimentumjournal.com/eat-these-words. I can't leave my home unattended on Halloween for fear of being assaulted by salmonella-laden eggs, but report back here if you go!