Canadian cuisine often doesn’t get the respect it so deserves. That sweet syrup on your morning pancakes is Canadian maple, many of the best wines in North America hail from the province of Quebec while we can thank Canada for the glorious gravy and cheese covered fries known as Poutine. The fact is that… [Read More]
I once read that it would take 15 years for someone to see every single item that is on display at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Similarly, with over 4,200 restaurants in New York City, there are ample options but (unlike art) not all may be worth a visit. Each week in… [Read More]
When I mention visiting New Orleans to people, many respond that they haven’t been back since Hurricane Katrina. Well, it’s been ten years and the city is back – and probably surpassing its earlier vibrancy. The city still has a trashy, sticky all-night party street called Bourbon but unless you are heading to… [Read More]
It’s mid afternoon in Jamaica and the weather witching hour is upon us as the once spotless sky shifts dramatically to stormy weather. I am driving up a dirt road that precariously wraps itself around Free Hill; it is the type of steep drive that seems to climb up forever past lush vegetation, colorful… [Read More]
I don’t have an office, rather I have a coffee shop where my co-workers are writers and artists who set up their laptops and fuel their craft with cappuccinos and French pastries. I simply adore the little flowers that dot my “office” and the music that seems to inspire my writing as much as the caffeine that fuels it. New York City is bursting with coffee houses; consider this your definitive guide to New York’s BEST ones to sit and relax a while.
Now, in my late twenties, I can tell the mark of a good ice cream when I don’t just pick out the best parts but actually finish the whole cone. The following spots in NYC have passed my own personal ice cream test as it would be a crime to simply pick apart these treats and not devour the whole thing.
I headed out to Flushing, Queens to visit one of Xi’an Famous Foods’ locations and to explore a part of New York I had yet to explore. New York is said to be home to the largest Chinese population outside China and while I had ventured to Chinatown in Manhattan, I hadn’t discovered Flushing– a vibrant Chinatown of its own.
As I write this I am picking shards of stray ice cream cone shamelessly out of my beige scarf and eating it. Sure, I may be strolling down the streets of New York but if the people around me had just eaten what I did, they might be picking every last bite off their… [Read More]
I imagined my one bite of cricket would prepare me for the stomach-churning menu prepared by chef David George Gordon, known as the “bug chef” for his culinary masterpieces and published book Eat-a-Bug Cookbook. Chef Gordon had prepared (brace yourself) cockroach canapés, tempura tarantulas, bacon-wrapped crickets from Cambodia and Oaxaca grasshopper kebabs.
If I close my eyes, I can still remember the first taste of that spoonful of freshly made dark chocolate. The subtle crunch of the sugar granules lending its sweetness, the slight bitter taste from the cocoa beans mixing with the smoothness of the whipped in milk. Moments ago I had seen all 3… [Read More]