Author Archive: Alana Al-Hatlani

The Autopsy of a Dead Food Trend

The Autopsy of a Dead Food Trend

By ALANA AL-HATLANI A stream of Park Slope families, girls with selfie sticks, and man buns with skateboards trickle into Prospect Park at 11a.m. on a Sunday—a congregation of urban foodies on their way to a fast-food ‘service.’ Everyone stakes their claim at a handful of benches or optimal shady […]

 
 

Fully Booked: Managing Both a Restaurant and GPA

Fully Booked: Managing Both a Restaurant and GPA

By ALANA AL-HATLANI At Hakkasan in Times Square, a heavy steel door opens to an electric blue bar right out of “Bladerunner.”  The upscale Cantonese restaurant has the familiar wood paneling of a Dim Sum spot, but much like the food, a refined edge. This is Arnold Byun’s classroom with […]

 
 

Fermentation: Coming to a Kitchen Near You

Fermentation: Coming to a Kitchen Near You

By ALANA AL-HATLANI The Sunrise Market, hidden on the second floor of a non-descript building in the East Village, is packed on a Sunday morning. A steady buzz of afternoon shoppers crowd the tight aisles lined with shelves displaying imported Asian foods. Many of the imports are fermented products, whose […]

 
 

Not So Seamless

Not So Seamless

By ALANA AL-HATLANI  Seamless delivers restaurant-quality food without the hassle.  No shopping, no cooking, no standing in line for takeout or a seat.  But in less than the two hours it takes to decide what to order and waiting for delivery, you can have the same meal at home and […]

 
 

Alternative “Reads” During The Trump Presidency

Alternative “Reads” During The Trump Presidency

By ALANA AL-HATLANI The Trump presidency has converted some Americans into ravenous readers of the dystopian classic, 1984 by George Orwell, sending it to the top of Amazon’s best-seller list last week and out of stock. The novel’s renewed popularity coincides with the rise of fake news and “alternative facts,” […]

 
 

Sydney Brason

Sydney Brason

By ALANA AL-HATLANI  Twenty-one-year-old Sydney Brason ascends five flights of stairs each time she comes back to the New York apartment she now calls home. But Soul Cycle four times a week has prepped her well for a few stairs. Not a Manhattan native, you would never know, as her […]