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

HOUSE OF INASAL, 65-14 Roosevelt Avenue (between 67th Street and 65th Place), Woodside, Queens

For most of us in this country, this has been a tough week. Half of the country is completely destroyed by the election results and all the anxiety leading up to it. This is not a political blog so I am not going to talk about all the ways to get involved and work on making changes – but those ideas are out there.

When I feel miserable, the first thing I do is indulge in food or drink. Makes me feel better. And I imagine that’s true for most people.

So this week, I recommend heading out to Queens for one of the most decadent and delcious desserts I’ve had in a long time.

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

MIKEY LIKES IT, 199 Avenue A (between East 12th and East 13th Street), East Village

I feel pretty bad about this review. I don’t loke criticizing small businesses that are doing their best to invest in and embrace the community.

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I like Mikey Likes It. The owner was on premises and thanked me for my support. I also like the concept – the ice cream and flavors are influenced by both Southern comfort food and pop culture. There is a flavor named Foxy Brown and another composed of Pecan Pie ice cream and praline pecans. The only thing I don’t like about the place is the ice cream. (more…)


Category: Ice Cream

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

img_0681 I’m doing something I’ve never done before on this blog. And that’s because I just came back from an adventure that was unlike anything I’ve ever done before in my life. For six weeks of the summer, I was travelling around Europe meeting wonderful locals and eating amazing food. And I got paid for it!!

The real reason I was there was to make videos on some Urban Adventure tours. Stay tuned for 14 new episodes of Locals Know. But until then, to whet your appetite (and for me to re-live my incredible dream-come-true journey), I’ve decided to document the food I ate in each city.

So instead of picking just one dish of the week this week, I’m going to pick 14 – one for each city I visited.

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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

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

DOUGH, 305 Franklin Avenue (at Lafayette Avenue), Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

If you’d asked me to tell you about Dough, the growing New York business from chef Fany Gerson, I would have told you that they make the absolute best doughnuts in the city. Big, yeasty, and inventive – they’re everything you want a doughnut to be.

But if you asked me to talk more about their food, I would have looked at you with confusion. What else could Dough possibly do? (more…)


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

ODDFELLOWS ICE CREAM CO., 175 Kent Avenue (between North 3rd and North 4th Street), Williamsburg, Brooklyn

We are in the midst of a very experimental time in ice cream. And I, for one, couldn’t be happier. I’ve always thought ice cream was one of the most diverse dishes in existence. If you can think of a flavor, odds are you can make it into ice cream.

In my days of making ice cream, I have experimented with all sorts of wacky combinations and flavors – everything from a very successful maple bacon to a horrifying turkey and candied sage. I have recently discovered that there is a shop in Los Angeles that makes Thanksgiving-inspired ice creams (including stuffing and mashed potatoes with gravy). Maybe they figured out how to make those flavors work.

So Hard to Decide

Here in New York, we have plenty of ice cream shops that shun vanilla and chocolate in favor of some exciting and innovative flavors. (more…)


Category: Ice Cream

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