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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.


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I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2015…

Anticuchos at EL ANZUELO FINO

This was the year of the heart for me. I’ve enjoyed veal heart in a few different ways and while at one time I might have been hesitant to eat it, now I’m a seasoned pro. The Peruvians do it all the time. They’re called anticuchos and the marinated veal hearts are skewered and grilled. At El Anzuelo Fino, they are smoky and meaty. Honestly, you’d never know these were internal organs if I didn’t tell you. So sorry, but also, you’re welcome. Price: $10

EL ANZUELO FINO
86-01 Northern Boulevard (at 86th Street),
Jackson Heights, Queens
(718) 426-8660
98-01 Jamaica Avenue (at 78th Street),
Woodhaven, Queens
(718) 846-0909
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Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

BROADWAY BAKERY, 89-52 Elmhurst Avenue (at Case Street), Jackson Heights, Queens

You’d walk by Broadway Bakery without giving it a second glance. Maybe you’d run in for coffee or a slice of pizza, but you certainly wouldn’t think it was a place full of culinary delights. It doesn’t even have a single review on Yelp. Imagine that!

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

LHASA FAST FOOD, Inside TibetMobile, 37-50 74th Street (between 37th Avenue and 37th Road), Jackson Heights, QueensToday begins the Year of the Sheep in the Chinese New Year. But it’s also the first day of Losar, the 15 day Tibetan New Year celebration. It doesn’t get as much press in this country, but it’s a good excuse to eat tasty Tibetan food.

The dish traditionally eaten on Losar is called guthuk, a fascinating noodle soup dish that features dumplings stuffed with symbolic ingredients, like chiles, coal or cotton (not all edible). Sort of like an interactive dumpling version of fortune cookies.

More common than that special dish are the everyday momos that have become very popular in New York, especially around Jackson Heights. So many Tibetan or Nepalese restaurants have opened within a short block radius of each other that my friend Jeff Orlick has even organized a momo crawl for the last two years.

Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to the official crawl this past year, but I was eager to taste some of the competition, especially the winner. I found myself in Queens and I convinced Jeff to join me at Lhasa Fast Food.

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Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures.

When it comes to sugary childhood treats, I like to seek out the homemade versions made the “right” way without all the preservatives and sugar. And so I did that for the most famous childhood treat of Valentine’s Day! No more chalky, blue and pink hearts with generic love quotes. I’ve gone back to basics and found a restaurant doing the real thing.

Have A Heart!


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

LETY BAKERY & CAFE, 77-07 37th Avenue (between 77th and 78th Street), Jackson Heights, QueensJackson Heights is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the entire world. So why was I so surprised to find a legitimate Italian bakery in its heart?

I guess I think of it more as a neighborhood of Latin American and diverse Asian cultures. No question this is the best place for Indian, Himalayan, and Peruvian food. But Italian food? It just struck me as a surprise.

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