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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Eat your way into luck in the new year: Alternatives to black-eyed peas

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 10:27 AM

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Sure, we're all going to hedge our bets with greens and black-eyed peas, but why not try and get a little bit luckier in 2015 with these alternative traditions? From noodles to fritters, here are four international good luck foods and where to find them in the city.

Japan: Soba noodles—especially length ones—are said to bring longevity.

AJ&J Asian Bistro
2240 Magazine St.
A cold soba noodle appetizer is simple and satisfying, tossed in a rich sesame seed dressing.

Holland: Any sort of "round" pastry (and, specifically, the apple fritter) is said to bring completeness.

Manhattanjack
4930 Prytania St.
Manhattanjack's mammoth, apple-speckled fritter is dense and ideal for starting off the new year on a sweet foot.

Turkey: The pomegranate donates abundance because of its many seeds.

Green Goddess
309 Exchange Place
The pomegranate beet hummus is festively jewel toned and topped with (hopefully) wealth-inducing pomegranate seeds.

Italy: Lentils not only are similar in appearance to coins, but they plump when cooked, indicating "growing" wealth in the new year.

Nile Ethiopian
2130 Magazine St.
Nile offers some of the most diverse and flavorful lentil preparations in the city, including a hearty split red lentil stew.

Of course, you could skip the superstition and attempt to walk the walk of sticking to healthy eating resolutions. Juice and raw food hub Raw Republic and LIFE Yoga are co-hosting a three day juice-focused cleanse as the start of a month long healthy eating and yoga challenge, and even Arnaud's is serving up a three course "menu resolution" focusing on healthy eating throughout the month of January.

Whichever direction you choose, here's to an auspicious new year (with or without a bowl of collards).


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