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

When I talk about falafel, I usually say if I was forced into becoming a vegetarian, this is the food I would eat all the time. But I realize that is a false statement. As much as I love falafel, I would end up being even healthier. Because my vegetarian food of choice would almost always be mushrooms.

It’s funny too because as a kid I couldn’t even stand the sight of mushrooms. Granted, I was only exposed to the soft bland white button mushrooms. As an adult, I’ve had the opportunity to try all sorts of wild mushrooms from chanterelles to porcini to morels. And I’ll take any one of them, especially when a chef knows how to bring out their delicate flavors.

And Chef Luis Jaramillo from Fifty seems to certainly know what he’s doing.

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

My least favorite time to go food shopping are the days leading up to the holidays – most notably the week of Thanksgiving. Food markets are a zoo with long lines and shops running out of inventory.

This was the first year that I was up in the Bronx along Arthur Avenue (the real Little Italy) giving a tour on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. And it was just as crowded as anywhere else.

In fact, it felt even more crowded since many of the shops are teeny tiny. Some had lines out the door starting as early as 10:30am (and probably earlier) when I arrived.

None of these businesses sold turkey (except maybe the two butchers on the street), but many Italians who live nearby were stocking up on other ingredients like cheese, salami, olives, and cookies.

And as I brought my group from one shop to another, I got a knowing smile from some of the other customers in line who recognized us from the previous stop. We ran into one guy from New Jersey at Egidio Pastry who jokingly accused us of following him. He then assured the four people I was leading around that I was bringing them to all the best spots.

Well, that’s certainly true of Egidio. Dating from 1912, it’s the oldest pastry shop in Arthur Avenue (one of the oldest in the city, in fact). The current owner is using the original recipes and oven. And she makes the absolute best pignoli cookies I have ever tasted.  (more…)


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

As I talked to the friendly guy behind the counter at Golda (perhaps the owner of this breezy Bed-Stuy café), he asked if I lived in the neighborhood. When I told him that I lived quite a bit away. I think he was pretty surprised and confused as to why I came all this way to eat an egg sandwich at a new local joint.

But that’s what I do. I think I may be one of the few that fully take advantage of the city and try to become a local everywhere.

And that includes this gentrifying part of Bedford-Stuyvesant. The last time I was out here things looked very different. There was certainly not a brunch-friendly spot with cold brewed coffee.

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

I generally don’t go in for gimmicks – and there are a lot of them in the food world. Granted, I’d be happy to try them but I usually see through them as gimmicks. I was planning to write off the de-constructed latte at the hip and crowded Coffee Project New York as just that, but after I sat and tasted it, I have to admit that it worked.

Although they will serve you a shot of espresso, a cold brew, or cappuccino, the general concept here are different “coffee projects.” As far as I know, since they opened two years ago, they’ve only had two projects. One is a Nitro Flight where they prepare one nitro cold brew black and one nitro cold brew with milk. I didn’t try that one.

The “project” that I tried is the one that has gotten them a lot of press and Instagram fame: the de-constructed latte.

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

Years ago, a modest little food truck called Souvlaki GR was all the rage. It won the Vendy Award (two years in a row) and we started including them regularly on our Financial District Food Cart Tours.

I got to know both the food and the owners (there were three of them to begin with). As time went on, two of the owners (husband and wife Paul and Abby) split with the other and they went on to open their own restaurants deep in the heart of hipster Lower East Side.

We continued visiting the truck until they stopped parking in that area and now I miss their impeccable pita bread, grilled souvlaki sticks, and homemade tzatziki.

Just recently, Abby and Paul added another restaurant to their growing family (they also own Forgetmenot, Kiki’s, and Monroe). This one is called Sherman’s because the shoe store that used to be in this space bared that name. And of all their new restaurants, it’s the one that comes closest to the superb casual street food of Souvlaki GR. (more…)


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

I meet a lot of Australians – probably more than most Americans. One of the things about Australians is that they travel a lot and on almost every tour I lead, I find there are at least two (often more). And we get to talking and over the years I have learned so much about Australian culture I feel like I should be an honorary Aussie.

One thing I have heard about (mostly on my food cart tours comparing it to a Belgian waffle) but never had the pleasure to taste was an Anzac Biscuit. I learned that these were first created for troops overseas during World War I as a cookie to travel the long distance and not spoil.

So when I saw something called an Anzac Bikkie at an Australian-run coffee shop in Midtown, I immediately knew what it was and what I had to do. I also knew that Bikkie is one of the common Australian abbreviations (this one for biscuit). They love to abbreviate everything – check out this video.

Taylor St. Baristas opened in Midtown a few years ago and sort of lays low in the NYC coffee scene. It’s the first US outpost of a London coffee company started by some Australian friends (they also take their coffee very seriously!!)

The coffee was as good as expected, but I was most excited about the Anzac cookie. I mean, I had waited all this time.

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