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"It’s consistent even when you’re not here

"It’s consistent even when you’re not here

Down Home Flavor Meets Fine Dining in Harlem

Minton'ssleek bar combines vibrant hues and sleek accents.(Photograph by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn) The stage atMinton's, where jazz greats play to canadian goose jacket intimate crowds nightly. (Photograph byLaylah Amatullah Barrayn) Black and white photographs pay homage to jazz legends. (Photograph byLaylah Amatullah Barrayn) Wild Arugula and Black Eyed Pea Salad, $15 (Photograph byLaylah Amatullah Barrayn) Smothered Lobster and Shrimp Casserole, $44 (Photograph by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn) Crispy canada goose clearance sale Skate Wing, $39 (Photograph by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn) Banks White, Chef de Cuisine atMinton's(Photograph by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn) <>I was once told that hospitality is a hug. The Canada Goose Online best way to receive a hug is to give one first. There are plenty of restaurants which offer diverse menus and good ambiance; or, exquisite food and exemplary service. The truly great restaurants deliver in every category, providing guests with unsurpassed service, impeccable fare and memorable surroundings. Minton’s–the newest offering from restaurateur Alexander Smalls–delivers on all fronts, Canada Goose Parka leaving guests feeling downright “warm and tingly” from all the love.Occupying the restored canada goose outlet space of famed 1940’s jazz club Minton’s Playhouse, guests are greeted by colorful murals boasting spirited images of jazz greats. The experience at the intimate 70-seat dining room is enhanced by the intoxicating melodies of the venue's house band–many of whose members played at the original Minton's Playhouse many years ago. This standout addition to the Harlem restaurant scene reinforces all the buzz around the neighborhood's burgeoning reputation as a Mecca for nightlife and dining. Chef de Cuisine Banks White is responsible for the multitude of ornate dishes on the menu that combine traditional ingredients found in southern cuisine with unique gourmet touches. We caught up with Banks and got him to dish on his journey to Harlem's newest hot spot.EBONY: How did you approach the task of creating the menu for Minton’s?BANKS: Alexander Smalls brought me in from California–where I had been working at a couple of Michelin Star restaurants–to be a part of the restoration of this legendary jazz club. The food is rooted in "Low Country" cuisine, which is a southern regional cuisine coming from the Gullah Islands of South Carolina and Georgia. A lot of the food is kind of wild game, seafood specific. But buy canada goose jacket cheap what we wanted to do with the menu was to update this brand of "Low Country" cuisine to parallel with traditional white tablecloth fine dining. Our goal was to elevate the food and also the dining experience to something that was completely unique for Harlem.EBONY: It’s very interesting how you bring the two worlds together.BANKS: We wanted to be comfortable and familiar, but we also wanted to deliver food that you probably wouldn’t be able to create at home. Pairing luxury items like seared Hudson Valley foie gras and Canada Goose sale matching it with your grandmother’s recipe for buttermilk pecan biscuits, topped with vidalia marmalade to tie in the southern regional flair that we wanted to get across for the menu.EBONY: So what are some of the more popular dishes at the restaurant?BANKS: Well, I’m from Texas,so I have a lot of smoked items on the menu. One of those items canada goose is our Berkshire Pork Chop, which we smoke over apple wood for 90 minutes. It’s served over a yam hominy grit cake and braised canada goose clearance collard greens canada goose deals with house-smoked bacon. So the smoked pork is definitely canada goose black friday sale our #1 seller. I think our shrimp and lobster grits come in second The foie gras is also a favorite on the menu–we see those in pretty heavy rotation constantly.EBONY: In regards to the recent boom of new restaurants opening up in Harlem, what is the impact Minton’s has had on the local community?BANKS: Harlem restaurants have had a little bit of a bad rap as far as delivering higher end product & service. I think with the addition of Cecil our sister restaurant, and Minton’s we're just trying to serve great food and amazing service–providing an experience that you wouldn’t find in Manhattan, let alone Harlem. We're very happy with the support we’ve gotten in the community. We are big on community outreach donating meals to the community for holidays and just doing our part to make sure that the community tie-in is there.EBONY: If you had to use three words to describe your style of cooking, what would they be?BANKS: Simple, elegant, and comforting.EBONY: Nice! As all jacketstock great food should be right?BANKS: Yes, definitely comforting. The food has to look beautiful, but bottom line it has to taste good and provide a sense of comfort.EBONY: If you had to name four must-have ingredients in your kitchen, what would they be?BANKS: Wow, well for me it’s about balance so I need sweet, salty, bitter and crunchy. So I would have to have roasted garlic puree, acid of some sort (vinegar or citrus), salt and canada goose coats on sale something sweet, maybe cane syrup, which I love. Those four things definitely.EBONY: What made you decide to become a chef?BANKS: I love cooking; it’s one of those things that give me great joy. Especially when I’m able to go out in the dining room and talk to people. Just to canada goose coats hear people Canada Goose Outlet not just giving lip service, but giving honest feedback on what they love about the food. That’s what got me into cooking. I started cooking for family and friends, buy canada goose jacket which led to choosing it as a career, then moving my career throughout that path up to here.EBONY: What were some of the experiences or difficulties that you faced along the way to becoming head chef at Minton’s?BANKS: I feel like my steps have been measured, Canada Goose Jackets typically choosing unique properties to work at. Then just following the steps of line cook, to lead line cook, to sous chef and then getting the Canada Goose online opportunity to become an executive sous chef in San Francisco. Canada Goose Coats On Sale New York was still on my culinary bucket list as a chef, then I got the opportunity with Minton’s and here I am.EBONY: What advice would you give to young chefs?BANKS: Definitely put your time in at each restaurant you work at. Don’t do anything for less than a year, so you can learn. Bouncing around too much is an automatic turnoff in canada goose store the hiring process. Take the time to understand the craft and get the most you can get out of each establishment you work at. EBONY: Have you had any specific challenges as a Black chef?BANKS: Just shattering the stereotype that if you are a Black chef, you cook soul food and that’s all you can cook. The reality is that my entire career has in been French, Italian and so much more than that. Soul food is not a negative connotation and I would never disrespect that. But being blanketed under just soul food has been most challenging in changing people's minds.EBONY: If you could make a meal for one special person, who would it be?BANKS: Cooking for the president would be a dream for meEBONY: What is the greatest compliment you can receive as a chef?BANKS: The greatest compliment I’ve received was from a chef that I worked with cheap Canada Goose in the past, who once told me that my food is consistent. "It’s consistent even when you’re not here," he said. That means you are developing your cooks everyday and instilling consistency and excellence into your kitchen.Minton's is located at 206 West 118th Street, New York, canada goose replica NY 10026. Please call 212-243-2222 or visit for more information.-Jean-Pierre Bobo.

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China ‘Silk Road’ project in Sri Lanka delayed as Beijing toughens stance

COLOMBO (Reuters) China will delay a planned $1.1 billion investment in a port on its modern day Road until Sri Lanka clears legal and political obstacles to a related project, sources familiar with the talks said, piling more pressure on the island nation.

FILE PHOTO: Police used tear gas at demonstrators during a protest against the launching of a $5 buy canada goose jacket cheap billion 2018 canada goose outlet Chinese investment zone by China Merchants Port Holdings Company, in Mirijjawila, Sri Lanka January 7, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

Heavily Canada Goose Coats On Sale indebted Sri Lanka needs the money, but payment for China interests in Hambantota port could be held up by several weeks or months, the sources added. 7.

Beijing also has a separate understanding with Colombo to develop a 15,000 acre industrial zone buy canada goose jacket in the same area, a deal that Sri Lanka was hoping to finalize later.

But Colombo plans to sell the stake and acquire land for the industrial zone have run into stiff domestic opposition, backed by trade unions and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

A legislator close to Rajapaksa is also challenging Canada Goose Jackets the government plans in court.

Now Beijing has linked the signing of the port deal with an agreement to develop the industrial zone, saying it would hold off on both until Colombo resolved domestic issues, canada goose replica officials on both sides of the talks said.

has said that when they start the port, they want the land also, Sri Lankan Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said, although he added that China had not made it a precondition.

Yi Xianliang, Chinese ambassador to Sri Lanka, said the two deals were related.

we just have the port and no industrial zone, what is the use of the port? So you must have the port and canada goose coats you must have the industrial zone, he said.

A source familiar with China thinking said it may wait until May, when Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe visits Beijing, to sign both canada goose clearance deals.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the Hambantota project was important for both countries.

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far as we understand, at present the project is still progressing steadily, he canada goose black friday sale told Canada Goose sale reporters in Beijing.

The previously unreported setback for Sri Lanka suggests Beijing is digging in its heels canada goose store as it negotiates its global Belt, One Road initiative to Canada Goose canadagoose-online-shop Parka open up new land and sea routes for Chinese goods.

SPEED BUMPS, MOUNTING DEBTS President Maithripala Sirisena is struggling to contain popular opposition to land acquisition for Canada Goose Outlet the huge Chinese industrial zone, including from Rajapaksa, who remains an influential opposition legislator.

The deal for the port development and industrial canada goose coats on sale zone has also been challenged in court, which means it is stuck at least until the next hearing on canada goose clearance sale March 3.

Asked whether the agreement would be delayed until the court had ruled, Yi, the Chinese ambassador, said: yes. We will follow the rule of law. We have the patience to wait.

Rajapaksa role, the court case and violent protests by people afraid they could be evicted from Canada Goose online their land underlined how Beijing does not always get its own Canada Goose Online way even in countries that badly need investment. Sri Lanka wants Chinese money to help alleviate its debt burden; the canada goose deals government had expected to have the proceeds from the stake sale within six months of signing the agreement before Jan. 7.

Sri Lanka has been under pressure from the International Monetary Fund to cut its deficit, shore up foreign canada goose exchange reserves and increase cheap Canada Goose tax revenues as part of a $1.5 billion loan agreement struck in 2016. At least part of the money from the port deal would have gone toward paying down some of the more expensive loans on the canadian goose jacket government books, some of which are from China, a senior Sri Lankan government official said.

Hambantota port and a nearby canada goose outlet store locations airport were built from 2008 by the Rajapaksa government with the help of $1.7 billion in Chinese loans.

When Sirisena unseated Rajapaksa in an upset victory in 2015, he froze all Chinese investments, alleging unfair dealings by his predecessor.

Sirisena eventually negotiated a new deal with the Chinese government that involved the stake sale and further plans for the Chinese to develop an industrial zone.

The Chinese government expects to invest about $5 billion to develop the area within 3 5 years. canada goose black friday Sirisena also agreed to give land to the Chinese on a 99 year lease. The terms did not canada goose outlet toronto factory go down well with port trade unions, which have asked the government to reduce the Chinese stake to 65 percent and lease period to 50 years.

Additional reporting by Ranga Sirilal, and Ben Blanchard in BEIJING; Editing by Mike Collett White and Paritosh Bansal.

May 8, 2012 at 7:04 pm Report abuse canada goose clearance sale

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Jonah Goldberg on The Piers Morgan Interview

On the heels of Barack Obama recently released campaign advertisement, Piers canada goose outlet toronto factory Morgan reviewed using the strike on Osama bin Laden for political gain:of all, your characterization of what Mitt Romney said, I think, is off, declared the guest. That not what Barack Obama did when he got Osama bin Laden. It was a pretty cheap operation. Morgan urging, Goldberg estimated the cost of the canada goose replica mission to be in the neighborhood of $50 million.That cheap in the Republican world? responded the Morgan Tonight host. wonder the country got into the mess it did. the insinuation that his flippant figure was precisely the type of cliched ideology he references in his newest book, Goldberg defended his response:pried it out of me. You begged me for answer. good journalism, isn it?, replied Morgan. that the point of an interview? characterized the sit down differently: cross examining me. You not interviewing. I just loved watching Goldberg squirm. Piers is THE ONLY journalist who has been willing to really give it to GOP types who just can stand that Bin Laden was killed on Obama watch. Had it happened while a Canada Goose sale Republican Canada Goose Coats On Sale was a in power, of course Romney would be using it as a canada goose coats on sale point in this election. I am really sick of all the feigned moral outrage the Republicans have spewed about Obama questioning whether canada goose coats Romney would have gone after Bin Laden. He canada goose based that comment on Romney own words and lets face it, there were no limits to what Romney was willing to say about his fellow GOP running mates during the campaign. He is a hypocrite (as are his supporters) for trying to make it seem like they are above using the same tactics Obama is using.May 1, 2012 at 1:26 pm Report abuse the GOP goobers are fake americans no doubt why? because they do not care about american people, only about GOP power. they manipulate the media they say they hate; they vote against the people over and over; they are clearly against women democratic rights and equality; they are hawks and want to send other children Canada Goose Jackets to war; they stoop to feigned americanism by appealing to the far right evangelicals and racists. If I had time, I cite every claim. I have never seen such anti americanism as this current GOP. Shame shame shame.June 18, 2012 at 10:27 pm Report abuse Nonsense, Piers is a fair minded man who can stand listening to the crap that comes out of people mouth. George canada goose deals Zimmerman brother, Robert) and the journalist just lets them rant. I applaud Piers Canada Goose Outlet for taking Goldberg to task. Republicans just have to get over the fact that Bin Laden was killed on Obama watch. President Bush Canada Goose Online had 8 years to accomplish this and failed. One more reason why Obama should be re canadian goose jacket elected.May 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm The with Mr. Goldberg looked more like a verbal water boarding. Canada Goose Parka The extremes of American political culture are sadly reflected in this low brow, Harry Brit carpet bagger who was very fortunate to be one step ahead of the Britiish Government cheap Canada Goose enquiry into the corrupt phone hacking scandal of which Mr. Morgan was a part. I enjoy the fact that his ratings has dropped 14% this month and, hopefully, this will continue.May buy canada goose jacket 1, 2012 at 9:28 pm Report abuse Beth, what precisely came out of Jonah mouth that was crap? For that matter, what came out of his mouth that was even a complete thought? Piers method seems to be Ask question Allow 75% of an answer Interrupt with another (possibly related) question Continue till time is up. Certainly there were little things Jonah was canada goose store able to answer, but his big points were interrupted every time, before they canada goose outlet store locations were able to have an impact on the audience. And forget a decent look at what the book was even about, which was why Jonah was there. Certainly you can agree that anyone can throw out rapid fire questions, without having to know what they are talking about. This is all Piers did. Combined with his claim that he unbiased, he ended up proving Jonah point (liberals rarely admit their bias) without even knowing he was doing it.May 8, 2012 at 7:04 pm Report abuse canada goose clearance sale First time I have ever seen or heard of Jonah G.; came here to see who he was because of a comment translated from Russian on a funny 2018 canada goose outlet Sam Seder bit from June 26th (check it out). The humor here is that P. Morgan was trying to bait Jonah G into the same behavior that Jonah G is apparently lambasting the LiberAls for. I would say that it appears that he is just trying to irritate Jonah G, but he went in canada goose black friday sale with that plan and was trying to think fast buy canada goose jacket cheap enough to locate the line he could use to illustrate that point. (That his book premise can be challenged.) I could have done better, now that I have hours to think about it, but Morgan was on the line and had milliseconds to think through his choices, and so no, I could not have done better. But we have the chance to listen thru this and think it over. Conservatives often write books about this topic, and it goes to their point that EvIl LiBerAls don have any ideas on public policy worthy of a thoughtful Canada Goose online discussion, and possible better consequences, so we just officialcanadagoosesoutlet pull around about on side issues and avoid thinking lest the thinking public come to realize that the canada goose clearance corporate monied interests and theirs are not the same.August 3, 2013 at 8:40 pm Report abuse Paul, Nonsense, Piers is the only TV journalist who has the parts to take some of these GOP types to task. George Zimmerman brother Robert). Goldberg was trying to do the same and Piers wouldn allow it. I think he gets sick of all the canada goose clearance BS too. The GOP just can stand the fact that Bin Laden was killed on Obama watch. Bush had 8 years to accomplish this and failed. Had he succeeded, you can bet that Romney would be throwing this in Obama face at every opportunity. Obama foreign policy experience was deemed lacking by the GOP in 2008. Well how do they like him now.

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MAPUTO, June 1 (Reuters) Canada Goose Parka Italian energy company Eni signed an $8 billion deal canada goose outlet toronto factory on Thursday to develop a gas field off the coast Canada Goose online of Mozambique, the first of a series of projects that could transform canada goose outlet store locations the poor African nation into a major Canada Goose Jackets energy supplier to Asia.

Developing the Coral South field, discovered in May 2012 and operated by Eni, requires building six subsea canada goose deals wells connected to a floating facility capable of producing about 3.4 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) Canada Goose Online per year, Eni said.

The project would cost $8 billion and LNG exports were expected to start in 2022, 2018 canada goose Eni said.

Coral South Project will deliver a reliable source of energy while contributing to Mozambique economic development, Eni chief executive Claudio Descalzi said in cheap Canada Goose a statement.

The Coral South field contains about 450 billion cubic metres, or canada goose coats 16 trillion canada goose black friday sale cubic feet (tcf) of gas. The field canada goose coats on sale lies in the Rovuma Basin, with estimated reserves of about 85 tcf, enough to supply Germany, Britain, France and Italy for nearly canada goose clearance two buy canada goose jacket cheap decades.

Mozambique, which lies on Africa eastern seaboard, is well placed to supply growing Asian economies with gas, analysts Canada Goose Coats On Sale say.

The floating LNG platform will be built in South Korea by a consortium led by Samsung Heavy. The group includes France Technip and Japan JGC.

Partners in the field development include China National Petroleum Co (CNPC), Korea Gas Corp (Kogas) and Mozambique state run Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH). energy major Exxon Mobil Corp agreed this year canada goose clearance sale to pay Eni $2.8 billion for a 25 percent stake in its huge Area 4 concession off the coast of Mozambique, which includes the buy canada goose jacket Coral South field. firm Anadarko is planning a separate onshore LNG project in northern Mozambique.

Eni said project finance would fund 60 percent of the cost of building the floating LNG facility, while the financing agreement 2018 canada goose outlet has been subscribed by 15 major international Canada Goose Outlet banks and guaranteed by five export credit agencies.

Eni long delayed final investment decision will be a relief for the Mozambican government following a high profile debt scandal that emerged last Canada Goose sale year.

The International Monetary Fund and Western donors cut budget support when $2 billion in hidden loans were exposed, plunging the country into economic canada goose crisis.

LNG exports are seen as the only likely long term solution to the country deep financial problems.

is really good news for the government of Mozambique, said Alasdair Reid, Africa expert at energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie. demonstrates that, despite ongoing credit issues, canadian goose jacket there is still enough belief in the investment climate for partners to raise finance and move projects forward.

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