WASHINGTON -- No one was happier with the election results than Virginia Ali, who has continued--with her sons--the legacy her husband began with Ben's Chili Bowl in 1958 on U Street.
Just before the Inauguration four years ago, the President-elect Barack Obama came into the restaurant with the mayor of the nation's capital, ordered its signature half-smoke and paid with a $20 bill, telling the cashier "We straight."
SAN FRANCISCO -- Planning for the holidays is simpler and much tastier by counting on thousands of African-American restaurants to make your meal or gathering a real feast. It is also a great way to generate economic development and jobs.
Healthy Soul Choice. The problem of food deserts, vast stretches of black neighborhoods without access to fresh produce and fruit, is causing a number of activists to spring into action. The restoration of New Orleans' Circle Food Market, which served the lower 9th Ward for 60 years, is being aided by business students at Tulane University. Indianapolis' Kerry Cowden has organized Healthy Living Urban Grocery to design new grocery formats. Treme' actor Wendell Phillips is seeking to launch new groceries in New Orleans.
Healthy Soul Choice. Researchers think the watermelon originated in what is now Namibia before spreading across the African continent. There is archeological evidence of watermelon seeds in ancient Egypt, including the tomb of King Tut, 2,000 years before the Common Era. So don't be offended if someone asks if you like watermelon. It's in your genes. On a warm day, the 90 percent water content is quite refreshing. There's also vitamins A and C and beta carotene inside.
Dishes of the Day. Keven Parker's Ms. Tootsies pays homage to the heritage of the watermelon by garnishing dinner plates with a large slice. Atop the smothered pork chops with cabbage and stewed okra in corn and tomatoes was a piece of watermelon. Another slice is stuck into the tropical tea. Ms. Tootsies is at 1314 South St. in Philadelphia.
At Daddy's Soul Food, 637 Washington St. in Miami Beach, they smother their pork chops with onion.
MIAMI -- The 15th Annual International African American Hotel Ownership & Investment Summit & Trade Show takes place on July 20-23, 2011 at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Miami, Florida. The theme is “Together We Will Make A Difference”.