January 2013

Café Habana: Bringing the Sabor to Soho

January 27, 2013

Snowflakes in Cuba? 

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When I’m starving and looking to gorge on something delicious, I don’t immediately think to go to the one place in New York known for trendy boutiques and skinny people. You know where I’m talking about: Soho.

But between the clothing racks and expensive labels, there’s actually a lot of really tasty (and surprisingly hearty) food in Soho. Café Habana, a little Mexican-Cuban diner on the corner of Prince and Elizabeth, is the perfect example of this.

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Not Your Mama's Fruit Plate

January 20, 2013 

As much as I love the entirety of the food pyramid, my favorite food group is probably fruit. I think it's because fruits have so many varying flavors, fragrances and textures - eating them never bores me.

One of the best places to get fresh fruit is Flushing, Queens. This Asia-away-from-Asia has some of the most exotic fruit I've seen in the United States. And in recent years, the produce quality just keeps getting better and better.

This time, I picked a few things to make myself a proper fruit plate.

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Not Your Mama's Fruit Plate

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Ichimura at Brushstroke: Precision, Brilliance and Transcendence

January 14, 2012

For a quick recap of the meal, check out the slide show at the bottom of the post. 

Symbolic lighting, no?

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Once in a while, something will come along and knock the wind right out of you. Whether it's a person, a place or an experience, it touches you so intensely that you find yourself irrevocably altered and deeply humbled by its arrival.

I had such an experience when I met Eiji Ichimura.

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Economy Candy: A Real-Life Candyland

January 5, 2012

Just when I thought I finally had the Lower East Side all figured out, I visited Economy Candy and had my mind blown all over again.

Since 1937, Economy Candy has been supplying Manhattan (and other boroughs, I suspect) with endless amounts of sugar-highs and nostalgia. This massive candy store literally has over a thousand varieties of sweets, ranging from the common Halloween fun-size bags of chocolate to rare and discontinued candies from abroad.

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