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Come back on Wednesdays for more funny, informative videos documenting my inept food adventures. In Around the World in One City, I travel around the world and taste authentic dishes without ever leaving New York.

I have been sitting on this video for a while. A few things have gotten in the way and stalled me. First off, I am entrenched in another exciting project that took me to Europe this summer. The videos from that will be live soon. I’m excited to share them with you.

Secondly, one of the restaurants featured in this video closed due to rising rents in Greenwich Village. When I first learned the news, I wasn’t sure if I should re-film or edit it out or what. So I sat on it.

But when the political climate reached sweltering this past week with unconstitutional immigrant reform, I realized just how important these videos are. Especially since Iran was named as part of the Executive Order.

You’ll also note that in the video I decide to not discuss politics. That was well before this current situation. If filmed today, I would have taken a bigger stand about the importance of this culture and its gracious people here in the United States.

But I still do want to focus on the food because as Saeed Pourkay says in the video, it can “do nation building.” So enjoy this video about a sadly underepresented cuisine and a now opressed culture. If you have never tasted Persian food, you really don’t know what you’re missing and it’s more important now then ever before.

On this episode, I first meet Saeed Pourkay who has followed his passion and is running a successful steam table in the corner of a generic pizzeria in the Flatiron District. The food is homemade and you can taste it in every bite. Then I head downtown to meet Shiva Stein, a British-born woman of Iranian decent who resides with her family in Brooklyn. We have a lovely meal at the sadly closed Cafe Nadery, modeled after an all-day artist hangout in Tehran. Transport yourself to Iran and get to know the people and its food as I go Around the World in One City.

For those that would like to get a taste for themselves, my friends have organized a food crawl that visits the businesses owned by people from the countries affected from the ban. Donate to help and eat for a good cause by clicking here.


Category: Video

Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. In Around the World in One City, I travel around the world and taste authentic dishes without ever leaving New York.
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I first fell in love with Peruvian food like most people do, through tasting moist, tender rotisserie chicken. But that is such a small part of the wide variety this incredible cuisine has to offer.

On the second episode of Around the World in One City, I get as close to visiting Peru as possible. My friend Pedro Alarcon, who I met years ago when we both worked at Apiary, is from the rainforest areas of Peru and is the perfect guide to introduce me to such dellicacies as anticuchos, tiradito, and leche de tigre. We start with some hearty breakfast dishes at Broadway Bakery before finishing with a well-balanced feast at Urubamba.

From coast to mountains to jungle, the food of Peru is widely diverse and satisfyingly delicious. I was lucky enough to have a chance to visit the country itself this past year and I can assure you, if you don’t feel like hiking up Machu Picchu, hiking to Queens is the next best thing. Save yourself some calories and check out the adventures below.


Category: Video

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.

Of all the tours I lead, the one I have been giving more often than the others is the Tenements Tales and Tastes tour for Urban Adventures. It makes sense that this would be the one that people would want to take on their first visit to New York. Everyone can relate.

The tour, just like this city, is the story of the immigrants that came through to make this country what it is today. That includes customs, languages, but also food. And it’s the food that takes the focus on the newest episode of Locals Know. My guide Joe walks us through the Lower East Side from old Dutch New Amsterdam through Chinatown and Little Italy and then we end in Kleindeutschland with a German pretzel and beer.


Category: Travel, Video

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.

Last year, I helped design a tour for Urban Adventures that has been a huge success (if I do say so myself). It involves cocktails, so how could it be bad?

I lead the tour pretty regularly but we have about three other guides that also do a great job with it. So on the latest episode of Locals Know, I experience the New York Craft Cocktail tour from a brand new perspective thanks to Josh. Watch the video below to get a sense of the tour and watch us discover hidden bars, new speakeasies, and drink a whole lots of well-crafted cocktails.


Category: Travel, Video

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.

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This one has been a long time coming. I am so excited to finally unveil the first episode of a new webseries I have been working on.

It’s pretty obvious to anyone that lives in New York that you can travel around the world with just a Metrocard. There are so many immigrant enclaves in this city where the culture and food is as authentic as can be. So I thought I’d make it my mission to try to travel the world without ever leaving New York. It’s a lot cheaper than buying a plane ticket, believe me.

In each episode of Around the World in One City, I’ll visit another neighborhood, food shops, sites, and restaurants with someone who is originally from that particular country. Until I have a show that lets me travel the world, I’ll make do with the diverse resources I have available right here.

For my inaugural episode, I meet up with Nick Karagiorgos, a friend of mine who happens to be the owner of Uncle Gussy’s food truck in Midtown. His family is from Greece and he grew up in the very Greek neighborhood of Astoria. He takes me on a tour of Titan Foods, where we learn about traditional ingredients and dishes. And then we end the day with a blow-out Greek meal at Gregory’s 26 Corner Taverna.

Check out the adventure below and if you happen to live in New York, you can do it yourself. I love this city!!


Category: Video

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.

In New York, we have artsy and diverse neighborhoods like Williamsburg, Astoria, and the Lower East Side. They are incredible places. But I wish we had the colorful and food-centric enclave called Kensington Market. That one is in Toronto.

Since it’s adjacent to the city’s Chinatown, it makes sense that Toronto Urban Adventures hosts a tour of the two neighborhoods together – Kensington Market & Chinatown. It’s a great way to explore the awesome street art hidden down secret alleys, meet some of the locals who populate the bohemian area, and get a sense of which restaurants and food shops are the ones to visit.

Watch the newest episode of Locals Know to see what the tour is all about and then get more info about it by clicking here. Toronto is a very quick plane ride away and if you’ve never been or it’s been a while, you owe yourself at least a weekend away. It’s a really cool town!


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