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The Elixir SOUL Food Series: Get BERRY Healthy This Summer

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@theSPEACHgal) Photography by Briana E. Heard Happy Summer Uptown! For those unfamiliar with my SOUL food series, please note that it stands for: Seasonal, Organic, Unprocessed and Local! When we are on a quest for good health, it isn’t always easy. There are so many obstacles in our path. However, the summertime […]

The Elixir SOUL Food Series: Papaya

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@theSPEACHgal) Back by popular demand, the Uptown SOUL food series is happy to introduce to you one of my favorite warm weather delights, the precious papaya. Before I proceed, I’d like to clarify that SOUL food is not exactly what you think… at least not coming from the Uptown Collective’s wellness […]

The Elixir SOUL Food Series: Glorious Greens

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@theSPEACHgal) Do you know what is the #1 missing item on the American plate? Would you like to eat healthy but say you can’t because it is too expensive? Do you believe eating healthy takes too much time and effort? Well, I am here to give you the green light and […]

The Elixir: Must-See – Soul Food Junkies on PBS Tonight

The Elixir: Must-See - Soul Food Junkies on PBS Tonight

Tonight at 10 pm, Independent Lens on PBS will premiere the documentary titled: Soul Food Junkies. Bryon Hurt, award-winning documentary filmmaker, published writer, anti-sexism activist and lecturer, sets out on a historical and culinary journey to learn more about the soul food tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity. Through candid interviews with soul […]


BY Eileen Z. Fuentes I was reminded that fall had made its prompt arrival when I stepped outside this week and had to turn back in to get my jacket. The air has now become crisp and the leaves are beginning to change colors. I am excited because while I love the summer, I do […]


BY Eileen Z. Fuentes Up to this point, The Elixir: Uptown SOUL (Seasonal, Organic, Unprocessed, Local) Food series has introduced its readers to the highly visible mangos and avocadoes. While these fruits are locally abundant they are not grown nearby. It is for this reason that I sought to highlight an item that will appease […]

The Elixir – Uptown Soul Food: Avocados

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@theSPEACHgal) My first SOUL food article was such a hit that I am super excited to feature another of many more articles in this series. My aim is to get you more familiarized with the foods that are available in our neighborhood and more importantly to encourage you to go out and […]


BY Eileen Z. Fuentes Have you ever gone to the Doctor and been recommended a diet of SOUL food?  Well, I am here to give you the green light and encourage you to do this as much as possible.  So what is SOUL food?  It might not be exactly what you think…SOUL food can be […]

The Elixir Eats: Chipotle Is Now In The Heights & That’s A Good Thing

The Elixir Eats: Chipotle Is Now In The Heights & That’s A Good Thing

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@theSPEACHgal) September 16th is National Guacamole Day! So to honor this event, I invite you to head over to Chipotle located at 4009 Broadway (between St Nicholas Ave & West 170th St) and order yourself some of the tastiest guacamole in the neighborhood. Recently a well-known company, Naked Juice owned by PepsiCo, […]

The Elixir: From the Farm to the Heights

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@theSPEACHgal) Last year I just missed joining the local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) chapter in Washington Heights so I was excited when Sara Martinez, my friend and fellow UC contributor, mentioned that she had joined and that there were still more spots available. So what is a CSA? And what are […]

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