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Jim Leff

Writer, jazz trombonist, and
co-founder of
(currently owned by CBS)

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Some articles I've written (a good place to start)

A list of early press quote excerpts about

My Glossaries of Filipino and Oaxacan Food

My pretty weirdo DVD collection.
Note that none of the text on that page was written by's culled by a program called DVDpedia
that catalogs and adds information about DVD collections.

Not that I'm necessarily the hugest Charlie Rose fan ...
but his website offers ALL his interviews. They're streaming only, and in a tiny window,
but you can grab the "FLV" video file for downloading, and play at any size you'd like.
In Safari, do this by starting the video, opening the "Activity" window (from the "Window" menu),
watching for the huge loading file, and double clicking it. The video should start downloading,
so close the browser window with the streaming video. is a great source of Asian DVDs, with US editions much cheaper than Amazon,
and Asian editions at a fraction of the cost (most play in any DVD region).
Shipping's a flat $2.95, and free over $50. Plus: instant $3 savings for new customers.
I just ordered three faves: The King Of Masks (HK Version...US edition is resized for TV, ugh),
Yi Yi (A One And A Two) (Criterion Collection edition) and Cafe Lumiere (US Version).

My Google Map of Obscure Street food in Eastern Jackson Heights

African Watering Hole Cam is the single most addictive thing I've ever found on the Internet.
Sunrise is around 1am EST, and overnight they use the blurry infrared black/white camera.

Make A Wish and Make A Wish International make dreams come true for terminally ill kids.
And Charity Navigator ranks the latter extremely highly for their efficiency and legitimacy (the American foundation rates merely very well).
So what are you waiting for? There's simply no excuse not to donate now.

Soon to head up to Toronto for another of my chowhounding escapades
for the Toronto Star, I'm thinking back on my last trip,
which included one particularly amazing day.

Classical Music Giant Busks in Subway
(the situation is so much worse than this reporter could ever imagine).

Natural By Nature Organic Grass-fed Milk
is the only milk I've ever found in this country that has zero ickiness,
and that doesn't leave a moldy aftertaste a few minutes later.
Use scroll menu at upper right to find a local distributor.

Flash Face

Kashi's Cinnamon Harvest


Rooibos Tea

...and recovering from my Chow Tour (8000 miles driven, 600 eateries sampled).
Don't miss the slide show