Cooking through COVID
New York City used to be "The City that Never Sleeps". As a child, I would never have guessed that the subway would be closed for overnight cleaning. We, New Yorkers, used to take such privileges for granted. I remember my first trip to LA, and most restaurants closed by 11:00 PM. It was one of the reasons I chose not to relocate there. I need my 2:00 AM pizza delivery.
But COVID shut everything down. The world changed.
And with it we all realized some hard things. Number one: most of us suck at cooking.
And because of this void, new supply and demand was created, and home-cooked meals became delivery meals. The search for the best ube and cheese pan de sal became a new craze. Small businesses, like Ai's Kitchen, Mrs. Bernabe, Chef Cecile Lai, and Boondat Sarap, thrived through word-of-mouth and social media.
Ai Aromin, founder of Ai’s Kitchen, recalls how offices closed and how difficult it became to pay bills. “I needed income. I decided to pursue my passion and started to cook various dishes for friends and family. What has kept me motivated is discovering new recipes…along with meeting new people every day.” Ai’s specialty and best seller is her kare-kare (oxtail in a peanut-based sauce).
Even closer to home, some took it upon themselves to learn how to provide solid meals for their families.
For those still struggling with cooking, JCI Philippine-New York, in collaboration with Krizia Eats, is producing short video tutorials on how to cook some favorite meals. The first featured Christef Cook's Made from Scratch Pasta. Upcoming episodes include Elaine Schroeder's lumpiang shanghai, as well as surprise delicacies from Ai Aromin and Cecile Lai. These videos are available on the JCI Philippine-New York Facebook page, YouTube channel, and Instagram accounts.
Is the pandemic really almost over? At least we'll be able to cook through the next one.
By: Krizia Daya
Help, Hope and Stay Strong
Hello Beautiful People! March is a Kidney Month and JCI Philippine-New York in collaboration with JCI Alabang, Proudly Present “Help, Hope and Stay Strong.” A Concert for a Cause to Help Patients in need get ONE FREE DIALYSIS Session in Poblacion Muntinlupa City.
Winter Storm Uri Relief Fund
Jaycees and Friends,
The Houston International Jaycees were here for us last year when NYC was hit very badly with COVID-19 and there was a lack of face masks in hospitals. They sent 500 KN95 masks to our healthcare workers here in New York which were distributed by our chapter and JCI New Jersey. It’s time to give back!
We’re raising funds to support Houston International Jaycees to provide relief to the greater Houston area affected by Winter Storm.
It’s been said that the storm “may be the costliest winter weather event in the state’s history.” A lot have suffered income loss and property damage both in and out of their homes, and flooding and other water damage caused by frozen and broken pipes.
A little help from each of us will have a great impact to their recovery. We have a goal to reach $300 by March 13, which we’ve already sent them last night in advance. They needed the help weeks ago. Any money raised over $300 by March 13, 2021 will be forwarded to them as well. Help us support each other.
You can donate via PayPal or Venmo: @philnyjaycees.
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