Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. In Locals Know, I explore a new city through the tours of Urban Adventures.

Along the Danube River sits a great capital with stunning architecture and hidden surprises. I’m not talking about Vienna or Budapest. Everybody knows about those cities. Bratislava is a somewhat undiscovered gem that has all these things and more. And because it is much smaller than the others, it feels much more manageable and quaint.

But like most cities, the tourists gather in the main part of town. I got to see so much more of Bratislava than most visitors ever do because I met up with Lukas from Urban Adventures who let me in on the Local Secrets of Bratislava. We visited a modern brewery run by punk rockers, had a picnic with incredible sites, and took a trolley to a beautiful neighborhood that I never would have discovered if it wasn’t for my local guide.


Category: Travel, Video

My search for the best ice cream in New York continues ….

I want to say I would never spend $7 on a cup of ice cream. But I would be lying if I said that because I did spend that ridiculous amount of money on a single serving of ice cream.

When I walked by the window at Dominique Ansel Kitchen (an upscale dessert restaurant from the creator of the Cronut) selling ice cream, I knew I had to try it. I had been reading about the soft serve here for a year or so now but had yet to make it during opening hours (they are only open Wednesdays through Sundays).

I paused at the price tag. I actually walked on for about 20 minutes before returning and deciding we only live once. Thankfully for me $7 won’t break the bank and I wanted to try this intriguing ice cream, so there it is. $7 later and all I have to show for it are these less than professional photographs.

But now I’ve also had the experience of trying Dominique Ansel’s ice cream. Was it worth $7? Not sure I’d go that far. (more…)


Category: Ice Cream

Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

There are seven different businesses around Arthur Avenue in the Bronx that make their own mozzarella daily. That’s an insane number of places committed to quality cheese in a small block radius.

For those that don’t realize it, Arthur Avenue is the real Little Italy of New York – with more third generation owned businesses than any other neighborhood. This is the place to come for quality Italian sausage, cheese, sandwiches, and dinners. And it’s all ridiculously cheap.

At Urban Adventures, we just launched a new Arthur Avenue Food Tour (it’s run by a couple who grew up there and have strong connections to the neighborhood). I was fortunate enough to train on the tour so I can give it when they are out of town. And it might have been my favorite training for any tour ever.

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My search for the best beer in New York continues….
As much as I complain about the price, the cleanliness, the service, and the corporateness of Whole Foods (which might now be getting more corporate with the recent announcement that they have ben purchased by Amazon), I find myself there way too often. One good thing I will say about Whole Foods is they have a pretty good beer selection with a growing local focus.

For instance, a number of local breweries have done special exclusive beers just for the grocery store, Three Brewing in Gowanus is one such brewery and it was on the shelf at the Tribeca location where I picked up a solo can of the Categorical Error.

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Category: Beer

Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

After they opened their affordable sushi restaurant Sugarfish, this West Coast restaurant group brought another trendy Japanese-inspired bar to the city. KazuNori is a lot of fun, affordable, and quite delicious. Here they concentrate on hand rolls, where a chef takes warm rice, tops it with fresh fish, kisses it with some ponzu, and carefully wraps it around dried seaweed strips. Set menus come with chef’s selections of three up to six rolls.

Price: $13-$28

KAZUNORI
15 West 28th Street (between Broadway and Fifth Avenue)
Nomad
(347) 594-5940
kazunorisushi.com

My search for the best hot dog in New York continues….

This really authentic and delicious Basque tapas bar just celebrated their third year anniversary in April. And as a celebration, they had all sorts of ridiculously cheap specials. How could I not sit at the bar and order a glass of vermouth for $3 (tip included!)??
Huertas is an exciting place with great Happy Hour specials and a traditional but modern vibe. I definitely need to come back for dinner.
But this month-long anniversary special is finally what lured me in. Vermouth and sherry weren’t the only $3 items – they were also offering up their popular Basque hot dog for three bones.

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Category: Hot Dogs

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