"The food is authentic; the vendors mostly sell the food at their home or [by] special order only," wrote the Eating In Translation fan who first sent me news of this bazaar, held several times during the summer outside Astoria's Al-Hikmah mosque. Though the food varies from month to month, the
coverage on my website will give you some idea of what to expect. We'll be meeting at the bazaar (specifically, in the small parking lot behind it) in the morning, partly to beat the heat and the crowds, and partly because at 1:00 p.m. I plan to head to Flushing Meadows Corona Park for a look at the immense Colombian Independence Festival. Anyone interested would be welcome to join me; others may prefer to arrive later, and linger in Astoria. This will be an informal event, so you're welcome to show or no-show, and come and go, as you please. However, I appreciate the courtesy of your up-to-date RSVP so I know who to look for (if you've added a recognizable photo to your Meetup profile, that is). The 46th street station on the R train is very close; coming from Manhattan, ride in the front car (or from Queens, the rear car), and when you take the nearest exit you'll surface at 48th St. Keep the sun at your back, walk five minutes north to 31st Ave., and you're there. Hope to see you at the bazaar!