SLIDE SHOW: A Culinary Walking Tour of Brooklyn

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Right by the corner of Fifth Avenue and 77th Street there is a restaurant: La Maison du Couscous , "Seafood --Tagines--Grill."


Alfa-Betty Olsen surveys multi-ethnic food offerings as she takes
A Culinary Walking Tour of Brooklyn .

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On the corner is a fruit/vegetable market. Fruits and vegetables are displayed on the street. The message: Amish Fruit and Vegetable Farm, Free Delivery is painted large on the building wall above.

Alfa-Betty Olsen surveys multi-ethnic food offerings as she takes
A Culinary Walking Tour of Brooklyn .

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Heading towards 76 th Street you will see, on the East side of Fifth Avenue: Mejlander and Mulgannon Delicatessen , "All Cooking Done On the Premises." Mejlander is a Norwegian name and Mulgannon, Irish. There is Norwegian cod liver oil for sale, marzipan candy imported from Norway, and Irish oatmeal for sale.

Alfa-Betty Olsen surveys multi-ethnic food offerings as she takes
A Culinary Walking Tour of Brooklyn .

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Across the Avenue on the West side Leske's Norwegian Bakery keeps the Nordic ovens going.


Alfa-Betty Olsen surveys multi-ethnic food offerings as she takes
A Culinary Walking Tour of Brooklyn .

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On the East side corner of Fifth Avenue there is another Bakery, Jean Danet , French Pastries . Jean Danet provides tables and chairs and people sit eating French pastries and drinking coffee.


Alfa-Betty Olsen surveys multi-ethnic food offerings as she takes
A Culinary Walking Tour of Brooklyn .

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Across the Avenue you will see the Bean Post Pub , which does not sell beans of any kind but you can get burgers and other kinds of pub food, and you can order beer from several different countries.


Alfa-Betty Olsen surveys multi-ethnic food offerings as she takes
A Culinary Walking Tour of Brooklyn .

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On the East side of Fifth you will see Schnitzel Haus , "Authentic German Restaurant," which is seriously committed to authentic German foods.

Alfa-Betty Olsen surveys multi-ethnic food offerings as she takes
A Culinary Walking Tour of Brooklyn .

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On the same block is China One Fresh Taco , Inc. where you will find Chinese and Mexican food side by side.

Alfa-Betty Olsen surveys multi-ethnic food offerings as she takes
A Culinary Walking Tour of Brooklyn .

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On the West side of Fifth there is a bar called Ski Bar , "Est. 2007" and apparently committed to following ice hockey on television.

Alfa-Betty Olsen surveys multi-ethnic food offerings as she takes
A Culinary Walking Tour of Brooklyn .

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On the next block, 73rd to 72nd, resides the Bay Ridge Sushi Kebab and Gyro , "entrees served with rice or French fries". Their name says it all.


Alfa-Betty Olsen surveys multi-ethnic food offerings as she takes
A Culinary Walking Tour of Brooklyn .

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Across the Avenue you will notice the Bagel Villa , whose name also says it all.


Alfa-Betty Olsen surveys multi-ethnic food offerings as she takes
A Culinary Walking Tour of Brooklyn .

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Turning your attention back to the West side and proceeding on you will pass Tarboosh Café , a Turkish Restaurant featuring live Middle Eastern music. A tarboosh, by the way is another word for the hat sometimes known as a fez.

Alfa-Betty Olsen surveys multi-ethnic food offerings as she takes
A Culinary Walking Tour of Brooklyn .

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Across Ovington Avenue you will see Killarney's Pub , which is hard to miss because it has four flags stationed on the pavement in front of it--the Stars and Stripes, an Irish flag, the Norwegian Flag, and the POW Flag.


Alfa-Betty Olsen surveys multi-ethnic food offerings as she takes
A Culinary Walking Tour of Brooklyn .

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Next to Killarney's Pub, you will see the China Pagoda Chinese Halal Restaurant.


Alfa-Betty Olsen surveys multi-ethnic food offerings as she takes
A Culinary Walking Tour of Brooklyn .

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Yianni's is on the corner of 69 th Street and Fourth Avenue and is proud to announce above the front windows, "So Much Flavor Under One Roof." Yianni is a Greek name and Yianni's is a diner in the front and a white tablecloth restaurant in the back, serving Greek specialities among other viands. A sign in the window of the diner section reads: "Featuring: Irish Soda Bread." Another sign reads: "Yappuccino [sic], Colatta, Latte, Panini." Learn more here .


Alfa-Betty Olsen surveys multi-ethnic food offerings as she takes
A Culinary Walking Tour of Brooklyn .

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Alfa-Betty Olsen is an award-winning author, screenwriter, and television writer. After graduating from The State University of Iowa in Iowa City, Olsen returned to New York and worked with Mel Brooks on The Producers and was the casting director of that film. She then worked with Marshall Efron on the landmark PBS series The Great American Dream Machine followed by an Emmy-winning career writing for television with Efron. They have also written many film scripts. Other Olsen-Efron collaborations have appeared in The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Esquire, National Lampoon and Spy. Their seven published books include several children's books, most recently Gabby The Shrew (Random House), illustrated by celebrated New Yorker cartoonist, Roz Chast.

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