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Capizzi

Capizzi

Howdy everybody!  Figured its time for a post to those anxiously waiting.  Both of you.  First things first tho.  We are fine.  Thank you to those asking via email and social media.  I’ve been pretty much holed up in my house in Staten Island with my family for over 6 weeks.  But with the spouse being a health worker its been quite the hectic ride.  To reduce risk we severely limited our interaction with the outside world even before the stay at home order was issued.  I dont get scared easily, but this has become a strange probabilities game we couldnt afford losing.

As for food, your answer whether I’ve been eating well lies in the previous paragraph.  Not only its been tough to get ingredients, but Staten Island is a food desert compared to the rest of the city.  In fact I’m considering changing the site tagline to “Spelling Well, Eating Pourly”.  Yes, pourly is misspelled on purpose here, as is “Tho” in the previous paragraph.  I just dont care much for the rest of the letters.  When everyone knows what you mean, whats the point of spelling the rest. Like que vs queue.

Last Saturday we finally ordered food after about 6 weeks.  While I never cared for the newer Joe and Pats in East Village, the original in Staten Island is still possibly the best thing you can eat on the island.  Normally getting pizza delivered or picked up in NYC is as routine as doing your laundry.  But bringing this pie home this time was like bringing your first born home from the hospital (sorry second born).  I cried a little, ran two red lights, and reduced our deer population in the process.  SI has a deer a problem and its massive vasectomy effort didnt do much as the deer simply started cheating with New Jersey deer.  Since we dont have sports anymore, at the very least let New Yorkers go out there and hunt for deer.  Win win!

I do have an idea though (oops) that I thought about this morning.  You know who can use a slice of pizza right about now?  The elderly.  While the young(er) are in a position to move around freely, or get pizza delivered to us, many elderly simply cant or dont do this for many reasons.  In the case of my in-laws for example, the better pizzerias dont deliver to them, nor would they even know where to get the good stuff.  I dont know if its going to work or not as I dont have the kind of reach as some of the other influencers but how about this #PiesForSeniors plan:

This Monday, bring your favorite pizza to your favorite elder.  Even if your elder is perfectly capable of ordering pizza him/herself, this should bring a smile  #PiesForSeniors

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Quarantining With Ziggy

ReasonDear readers, both of you, or whoever is left.  Not many according to my stat team.  I hope this blog post finds you well wherever you are in this crazy world.  Much has changed since my last post two weeks ago.  Its fitting that it was about Green-Wood Cemetery in more ways than you may think.  In NYC at the moment Green-Wood is the safest place to be outside of your residence.  Imagine Central Park without the crowds (I was there last Friday).  Its a world that even days ago none of us could imagine.  Something as simple as a quick milk run to the deli requires careful planning.

I also want to take this opportunity to inform you that Food Tour guides, and restaurant bloggers turns out considered non-essential personnel in NYC.  While some professions like barbers and sex workers are in sort of a gray area right now, my occupation is in what the city calls “Oh, God No” group.  I even got a certificate that I must carry with me at all times while outside and it just has a giant red cross on it.  It basically means that I can get heavily fined, and anyone with a proper certificate (without a red cross) is allowed to use physical violence on me and confiscate all my toilet paper and baby wipes.  There’s a list of what they can take in the back.

In other words, no food tours for a while.  I’ve been home on and off pretty much for two weeks now.  No symptoms for any of us, but this has been quite an adjustment for my family (as for pretty much any family).  The whole experience feels like a super long flight.  You are just sitting there, waiting for the next meh meal, while looking aimlessly at the screen in front of you.  And the people next to you are starting to get annoying.  You are forced to do things you never do like watch CNBC, look at old shutterfly albums, and have conversations with your spouse.

Anywho, unless you’ve been on an isolated, disconnected retreat for the past two weeks with Jared Leto, you probably know that our NYC restaurant universe is in shambles at the moment.  Restaurants essentially turned into charities overnight, and some are doing things they’ve never done before, like deliveries.  Hard to imagine Rezdora, a tough table a month ago turn into a glorified Domino’s.  Its a weird time to ask for help.  So many people are hurting right now, and there’s so much uncertainty at the moment that restaurants and their employees are on the back-burner for most Americans.  We are all trying to survive right now.

But restaurants, not airlines, are the backbone of our economy.  Some New Yorkers are hurting more than others.  While most still have jobs and many even can work from home, restaurant workers in NYC are scrambling.  The way it often works in the food business is this.  Food workers meet other food workers.  They make babies.  And now both parents are unemployed.  Food workers often work paycheck to paycheck and dont save much.  Ever met a wealthy waiter, or even a restaurant owner.  Its a tough business to begin with.

Anyway, these are just a few ways you can help right now besides the obvious (deliveries, ask the gov’t for help, etc).  But feel free to list more.

  1. Buy a gift card.  Its a win-win for everyone.  Some, like Pig and Khao are offering gift cards at a discount. ie $100 for $75.  I purchased one yesterday
  2. Donate to an employee relief fund like Momofuku who employ(ed) hundreds of workers.
  3. Buy online from distributors and stores like Despana.  While we focus on our stressful supermarket and Costco visits, there’s a lot of goodies out there available.

Thanks for reading.  I’ll have more soon.  Stay in, stay safe, stay strong.

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