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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

My search for the best pizza in New York continues….

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There are old-school pizzerias and then there are old-school pizzerias. Scarr’s harkens back to a different time than the city’s oldest pizzeria Lombardi’s when Italian immigrants were cooking tomato pies in old coal ovens.
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Scarr’s is reminiscent of a time not that long ago (I hope) when I was a child – the 1980’s and it’s crazy to use that in the same sentence as the world old.

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Category: Pizza

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

BRUNO, 204 East 13th Street (between Second and Third Avenue), East Village

I love when a restaurant comes along and totally reconstructs something that we are all too familiar with. People deconstruct macaroni and cheese, s’mores, and steak tartare all the time. But I was shocked and elated to see someone try something innovative when it comes to margherita pizza.

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BIRRERIA, 200 Fifth Avenue (between 23rd and 24th Street), 14th Floor

It’s been a while since I’ve visited Manhattan’s most centrally located brewery. It’s also a beer destination that many never think about. That’s because Birreria is hidden on the rooftop of the very popular Italian mega-grocer Eataly. But up here, a handful of brewers make some really unique cask-conditioned ales to pair with the restaurant’s seasonal menu.

Most of their beers feature surprising herbs, fruits, or vegetables in the brew and it makes for a refreshing and culinary-focused experience.

At any given time, they only have three housemade beers on tap. Two are usually seasonal and the other is one of their “flagship” beers. One that has been floating around for a while, but I never got a taste of is the Gina. (more…)


Category: Beer

My search for the best pizza in New York continues….

00 + CO., 65 Second Avenue (between East 4th and East 3rd Street), East Village

Everybody loves pizza. So it’s in chefs’ best interests to try to make the dish accessible to everyone – especially in this day and age of allergies and dietary restrictions.

Pizza Spotlight

But I’ve tried raw and gluten-free pizza and they’re never quite the same as the real thing. Perhaps the easiest of those changes is to make the pizza vegan. After all, the original Italian pizza was just tomato and bread – no animal products at all. But it’s that tricky, much-loved cheese addition that throws things for a loop. (more…)


Category: Pizza

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