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Mycobacterium marinum infection of the arm of a fish-tank worker.

An example of the infection in its earlier stages. These spots can grow into lesions and spread into the muscle tissue, making surgery necessary. (Source: CDC)

At least 30 people have been diagnosed with a bacterial skin infection after handling raw fish at Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens Chinese markets, spurring the New York City Department of Health to warn residents to take precautions.

The department is urging anyone who handles live or raw fish to wear waterproof gloves and to avoid direct contact with the seafood. There is no risk from consuming the food once it has been cooked, the agency notes.

The bacteria that causes the infection, Mycobacterium marinum, leads to symptoms including tender swelling and red bumps, as well as pain and difficulty moving fingers. It enters the body through cuts or injuries while handling live or raw seafood. Although easy to combat early on, if left untreated it could significantly worsen and require surgical treatment.

So far, cases have been linked to all three boroughs. The case found in Brooklyn was traced back to a Sunset Park market.

If you believe you have symptoms of the infection, you can call the Health Department’s Bureau of Communicable Disease at (347) 396-2600 and ask to speak to a physician.

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To say we’re late with this news would be an understatement. Vittoria Seafood and Grill opened a week before A Taste of Sheepshead Bay in January, so my mind was elsewhere and I forgot to report it. But, alas, Vittoria is here, it’s open, and so far I’m hearing good things.

Located at 3081 Emmons Avenue, Vittoria replaces Jumpin’ Bean, which closed in October. It’s owned by one of the former partners of the Avenue U staple La Trattoria, which he left to launch the new eatery, as well as a colleague one of the former partners of OPM further down Emmons.

Have you been to Vittoria? What did you think?

Correction: The second partner in the venture was not a partner in OPM, as previously reported.

The author of an upcoming cookbook took up temporary residence in Brighton Beach to work on the project, and her experience spurred her to declare the seaside neighborhood “one of the world’s best places to write a cookbook” in Food & Wine magazine.

Jill Donenfeld’s forthcoming cookbook is about toast, which she calls “the perfect meal,” making her immediately suspect in my book (c’mon, pizza is the perfect meal and toast is just the thing you shove in your facehole when you’re rushing to work). But I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt because she knows Southern Brooklyn is awesome.

Anyway, Donenfeld locked herself up in an apartment abutting the boardwalk for three months to write the book.

“I like the feeling of being a foreigner,” she told the magazine. “It’s very quiet within, even though there is so much new stimulation. It’s a great recipe for inspiration.”

Among the things unique to the area that helped her get work done was the proximity to the boardwalk, where she could run and clear her mind, and the accessibility and affordability of smoked fish, with all its “brain-boosting omega-3s.”

She also found inspiration exploring the Eastern European influence of the area, including discovering kvas and a vegan pate called mtsvane lobio (I’ll have to try that one – any recommendations?).

Oh, and banyas… where, post-sauna, she was stuffed with more smoked sturgeon.

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Today’s the big day! A Taste of Sheepshead Bay kicks off at 7 p.m. at the Baron DeKalb Knights of Columbus (3000 Emmons Avenue).

Sponsored by Coney Island Hospital and il Fornetto, the event is one of the neighborhood’s biggest highlights, and it’s not too late to join us.

For just $35 at the door, you’ll be served delicious food from 20 local establishments. It’s an all-you-can-eat affair, so make sure to come hungry.

Live music will be playing, and a fully-stocked cash bar will quench your thirst.

It’s too late to buy tickets online and save $5, but you can still get tickets at the door for $35. All sales at the door are cash only.

For the full list of restaurants, check the event website.

We can’t wait to see you in person!

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Can you believe it’s almost here? A Taste of Sheepshead Bay kicks off tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. at the Baron DeKalb Knights of Columbus!

Online registration for the event closes at noon tomorrow. Buying tickets online saves you $5 off the door price, and lets you get into the event a little quicker, so register online while you still can!

Otherwise, we’ll begin selling tickets at the door at 6:30 p.m. We urge you to show up on the early side to buy your tickets so you can also grab a seat. Door sales are cash only.

As for the weather, it’s a rain, shine, snow, fury-of-hell event, and goes on no matter how many fat ladies are singing. Because of the snow, our valet might be a little limited in parking options, so we ask you to walk, take public transportation or use car service to get to the venue (which is at 3000 Emmons Avenue, at the intersection of Nostrand Avenue).

Register online and save now!

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Coney Island Hospital’s A Taste of Sheepshead Bay is this Thursday, January 23, featuring another excellent roster of restaurants, cafes, bakeries, delis and caterers that capture the diverse flavor of Sheepshead Bay.

We’ve been working to pull together the menu from our restaurant participants, and so far we’re looking at a variety of tasty morsels, including handmade chocolates, steamy manti, savory plov, award-winning hot wings, Peking duck and much, much more! We’re already at approximately 30 dishes, and have only heard from about half of our participants!

Don’t miss out. Buy tickets online and save $5 off the door price. We will only accept cash at the door and we may sell out, so make sure to save your spot now!

Participants include:

Click on any of the above to learn more about the establishment.

The event will also have valet parking if you need to drive in, live music provided by Lucky Tones and a full-stocked cash bar (with just $3 beers!).

Coney Island Hospital, our title sponsor, will have a table at the event to inform you of some of their fantastic resources, as will Empower Sheepshead, a recovery organization who can help you out with any lingering Sandy-related issues.

BUY TICKETS NOW!

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BUY TICKETS NOW!

Kicking off on Thursday, January 23, A Taste of Sheepshead Bay will feature another excellent roster of 20 restaurants, cafes, bakeries, delis and caterers that capture the diverse flavor of Sheepshead Bay.

So come check out the event. Buy tickets online and save $5 off the door price. We will only accept cash at the door and we may sell out, so make sure to save your spot now!

Participants include:

Click on any of the above to learn more about the establishment.

The event will also have valet parking if you need to drive in, live music provided by Lucky Tones and a full-stocked cash bar (with just $3 beers!).

Coney Island Hospital, our title sponsor, will have a table at the event to inform you of some of their fantastic resources, as will Empower Sheepshead, a recovery organization who can help you out with any lingering Sandy-related issues.

BUY TICKETS NOW!

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It’s Thursday, January 16, which means exactly two things: it’s the anniversary of the ratification of the 18th Amendment, authorizing Prohibition (boo!) and it’s precisely one week left to buy tickets for Coney Island Hospital’s A Taste of Sheepsehad Bay, sponsored by il Fornetto (yay!)!

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Kicking off on Thursday, January 23, this year’s event will feature another excellent roster of 20 restaurants, cafes, bakeries, delis and caterers that capture the diverse flavor of Sheepshead Bay.

This year is more important than ever. It’s the first time we’ve organized A Taste of Sheepshead Bay since Superstorm Sandy walloped the neighborhood, and many of these eateries were affected by the flooding. But they’ve come back, and have a clear message to send to our neighbors throughout New York City: Sheepshead Bay is open for business and has a vibrant waterfront restaurant scene waiting for you!

So come check out the event. Buy tickets online and save $5 off the door price. We will only accept cash at the door and we may sell out, so make sure to save your spot now!

And also make sure to stop by these great restaurants before and after the event to thank them for their support of the community:

Click on any of the above to learn more about the establishment.

The event will also have valet parking if you need to drive in, live music provided by Lucky Tones and a full-stocked cash bar (with just $3 beers!).

Coney Island Hospital, our title sponsor, will have a table at the event to inform you of some of their fantastic resources, as will Empower Sheepshead, a recovery organization who can help you out with any lingering Sandy-related issues.

BUY TICKETS NOW!

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THE BITE: Today on The Bite, it’s seaweed time!

Seaweed comes in many varieties as it is an umbrella term for all species of ocean plants, and it can be prepared many ways. The one pictured here is Korean kim (or sometimes spelled gim, pronounced with a hard “g”), which is actually a type of red algae. It is harvested in cold waters usually during the winter, and is boiled and dried in big lumpy masses.

This is the same stuff that gets fried up to make Welsh laverbread, or left in big plain sheets as nori to roll Japanese sushi. The type we have here is a Korean side dish where paper-thin sheets are toasted with sesame oil, cut into little rectangles and seasoned with salt. Not only is kim a popular dish in Korea, it is also the last name of about 21 percent of the population there.

Some people, including myself at times, can be averse to seaweed because of its slimy coldness, but this is a whole different textural experience. Gim is super crispy at first bite, sometimes leaving little green flakes behind. If you eat it too slowly, the heat inside your mouth makes it seem to melt on your tongue, which can be counted as a point for or against it, depending on what you’re into.

In the same way that American bars sometimes serve free pretzels or peanuts to keep patrons thirsty, bars in Korea and Japan sometimes serve this kind of seaweed as a salty bar snack. Surprisingly delicious as it is with beer (or soda for the kids), I don’t really see this taking off as a trend at Southern Brooklyn watering holes any time soon, so if you’re interested in trying it, better to buy it at Sea Bay Seafood & Meat Market Inc. (1241 Avenue U, at East 13th Street) where this A+ brand kim comes in a 3-pack for $1.39. Crispy, sesame-flavored, and salty, this is filled with all the goodness I would expect from kim.

If the super saltiness of it gives you pause, know that it also contains a wealth of nutrients, including iodine, iron, amino acids, B vitamins, and protein, so acquiring a taste for it has some perks.

Cheers!

Sea Bay Seafood & Meat Market Inc., 1241 Avenue U at East 13th Street, (718) 382-8889.

– Sonia Rapaport

The Bite is Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.

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Any day now you should see posters like the one above in storefronts and on counter-tops all around the neighborhood. And that’s because Coney Island Hospital’s A Taste of Sheepshead Bay is coming back on January 23, giving you another opportunity to sample wares from the best eateries in the Sheepshead Bay area for one low price.

Why is it called the Coney Island Hospital A Taste of Sheepshead Bay this year? CIH provided generous support to ensure the event went through this year, recognizing its importance to building community and boosting the local economy, as did our sponsor il Fornetto. So make sure to stop by their tables at the event and thank them for their support. The event continues to be fully organized by Sheepshead Bites.

Aside from il Fornetto, we’ve put together another great lineup for the event, including the return of some amazing establishments like Chop Stix Restaurant, Jimmy’s Famous Heros, Anatolian Gyro, and many more. We’re also adding some new restaurants, cafes and bakeries to the list, so get ready to experience some new flavors.

For those who haven’t come in previous years, here’s how it works: You go pickup discounted tickets through our online sales site here, or buy tickets at the door. Show up on Thursday, January 23, at the Baron deKalb Knights of Columbus at 3000 Emmons Avenue… and then you stuff your face.

Seriously, come hungry. Our restaurant participants are known to serve more than just a taste, and you’ll get your fill.

Buy tickets now. 

Live music will be played, and a cash bar will be fully stocked.

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