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

One of my favorite cities in the world recently suffered a horrific terrorist attack. When these terrible things happen, sometimes tourism dips. But we have to resist giving into fear and letting the terrorists win. That’s why it’s more important than ever to go visit Barcelona. They need us and if you didn’t know, we need them.

The latest episode of Locals Know explores this beautiful city through its world-famous cuisine. Dago from Barcelona Urban Adventures knows the traditional tapas bars in areas like Poble Sec and the Raval that are away from the tourist heavy neighborhoods. From pintxos to tinto de verano to croquetas, we take a tasty and eye-opening Tapas Tour “en el Barrio”.


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

KAFANA, 116 Avenue C (between East 7th and East 8th Street), East Village

This summer I spent a few weeks travelling around Eastern Europe and I learned that the king of food in most countries is beer and sausage. Here in New York, I’ve only experienced a bit of the true Eastern European food at places in Astoria many years ago.  It’s a cuisine that is prevalent here, but it’s just a little more difficult to find.

And while Kafana is right in the heart of Alphabet City, few people know it outside of Serbians and Bosnians looking for a taste of home. For everyone else, it’s a hidden gem worth uncovering. (more…)


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

UKRAINIAN EAST VILLAGE RESTAURANT, 140 Second Avenue (between East 9th Street and St. Marks Place), East Village

When you think of borscht, you probably think of a bowl of dark red liquid, but do you think of a hot or cold soup? Think about it. Turns out borscht can be served at either temperature. And this time of year, there’s no question how I want my borscht. Hot and steamy.

That’s just what I found at the old-school Ukrainian East Village Restaurant. This neighborhood, which has lately become over-run with NYU students, used to be the home to a large group of Eastern European immigrants. Some of them are still in the neighborhood and thankfully, there is a handful of classic restaurants left

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My search for the best corned beef/pastrami in New York continues….

SADLY, CAFE EDISON IS NOW CLOSED.

CAFE EDISON, 228 West 47th Street (between Broadway and Eighth Avenue), Theater District

I was amazed at how little Cafe Edison has changed in ten years. I used to frequent this old-school diner in the heart of Times Square quite a bit when I first moved to New York. It was near all my auditions and the hearty Eastern European Jewish food was affordable and nostalgic.

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My food adventures of late have taken me much further downtown to some of the hipper restaurant offerings and to the outer boroughs for some exciting and unexplored ethnic cuisines. But rarely do I get to eat an actual meal in the heart of Times Square. Nor would I want to, to be perfectly honest.

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For the third year in a row, I’m going to attempt to eat every single item on Time Out New York’s annual 100 Best Dishes list. In no particular order, here’s my take on their Top 100. Let the gluttony continue…

Most of the reviews for Hospoda warn that the portion sizes are quite small. I’ve been burned one too many times before at fancy restaurants in the city where I’ve spent lots of money and left hungrier than when I arrived. So since I was determined to not be the hungry fool one more time, I picked up a small appetizer before dinner at Hospoda. Luke’s Lobster has a location close by and a small lobster roll is the perfect start to any meal.

Hospoda was an odd looking place. It had an air of fine dining, an industrial Bohemian beer hall feeling, and wallpaper that hinted at modern gastronomy. It was all these things together and amazingly, they all worked. The food is elevated Eastern European. That makes me think of hearty meats and stews with pickled cabbage and lots and lots of beer. I was not disappointed here.

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