12 Post/s by location: America

It’s pizza in New York but New York Pizza it may not be

23 Jul 2011

Pizza was definitely on my “must eat” list on my trip to New York. But oddly I don’t think I actually managed to eat anything that might be considered a genuine New York-style pizza. Regardless, I still enjoyed some mighty fine pizza from the likes of Nice Pizza, Motorino and some dodgy place that was still open at 3am.

Cremini & spicy sauage: mozzarella / garlic / thyme / pecorino

Cremini & spicy sauage: mozzarella / garlic / thyme / pecorino

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The joys of feeding your soul at The Brooklyn Star

19 Jul 2011

Williamsburg in Brooklyn has a number of great places to eat Southern/soul food. One of these joints, The Brooklyn Star had come recommended by my friend Robyn (also known as The Girl Who Ate Everything) and was right on the street where we were staying. Opened by Joaquin Baca, (a protégé of Momofuku’s David Chang) I was more than happy to have yet another encounter with some good rib sticking soul food so we decided to pay a visit one evening.

Half Rack Dr. Pepper Ribs

Half Rack Dr. Pepper Ribs

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Brunching with the New York Hipsters at Egg

16 Jul 2011

I had never really grasped the concept of the hipster scene until I visited New York for the first time. All I knew then was that Shoreditch represented something of the London equivalent. We were staying in Williamsburg, Brooklyn where years of urban gentrification had done it’s deed; hipster culture was in full swing and there it smacked me in the face like a geek pie to the head of Nathan Barley. This was Hipsterville, a town where Ray Bans, massive glasses, American Apparel and vintage footwear clad kids ruled the roost.

Organic cheese grits and poached eggs with a side of candied bacon

Organic cheese grits and poached eggs with a side of candied bacon

We walked amongst them, ate with them in their trendy cafes, drank with them with their trendy bars. There seems to be a certain rage generated with certain people when it comes to hipster culture. But from my perspective if there’s candied bacon involved, what’s not to like?! (more…)

The great New York City coffee hunt!

13 Jun 2011

I realise it was naive of me but it never occurred to me that there would be good coffee in America. From what I’d been told, I didn’t even think of it as an option. But I was proved wrong. So very wrong. Coming across as a veritable treasure map, this amazing map was drawn by the very talented and lovely LeeAnne, a friend who I met through my New York-dwelling pal Robyn.

Le(e)anne Sandwich/Robyn Burger

Too Cute!

Incidentally LeeAnne also drew this adorable sketch of the three of us as a sandwich.

We had a great time bringing out the coffee map at any given moment during our trip, checking to see if we were near one of the listed venues, treating every cup as a prize, like black gold. It seemed to capture everyone’s imagination. We had people clambering for photos of it for their own reference. A nice guy we met in the subway one late evening even drew us a map of his own recommendation.

We didn’t make to every place on the map, but we tried damn hard. And of the one’s we visited, I found them all to be amazing with one exception – those are pretty good odds! Here’s photo evidence of our efforts. (more…)

“I’ll have what she’s having!” at Katz’s Deli

9 Jun 2011

No tourist circuit of New York is complete without a visit to Katz’s Deli, famous for being the location of Meg Ryan’s notorious scene (you know the one), in the film When Harry Met Sally. And when you check out the size of the meat, why not?

Just a lil' old pastrami sandwich

Just a lil' old pastrami sandwich

Situated in the Lower East Side since it’s founding in 1888, serving up kosher-style food, Katz’s Deli has become a symbol of the neighbourhood’s Jewish history. (more…)