As I hinted in the end of my last post I was underaged last time I visited NYC. That said, Applebees, Planet Hollywood and every Diner you could find were my favourites. Basically you couldn’t go to a “normal”, “grown-up” restaurant, at least not in the evening, without being in the golden age.
This time I’ll stay here a bit over 5 weeks and I will crash at the same amount of friends. The week started out at my cute, French girlfriend who taught me everything about the West Village and the areas closeby. We tried out spicy cajun shrimps at a medioker pub I can’t even remember the name of (this was my first night and I was still hung over from a hen do the day before). The next day we had Mexican Food at El Cantinero (86 University Pl) that was more os less drowning in cheese. My friend even got a enchilda with ONLY cheese by mistake.. Food was all in all pretty good even though I expect I can find much better Mexican in this city!
While doing research on restaurants for work I found Westville (173 Ave A) and by coincidence that’s where my friend took me the same night! I had read they were awarded for their Mac and Cheese so I tried that while my company had amazing crab cakes. My dish was delicious but I feel like you always need something fresh it so we also ordered ‘Cauliflower Dijonaise’ which were with no doubt the favourite of the evening! Have to go back for them. I actually did go back to the restaurant yesterday for a Greek Salad-take away but it was such a disappointment! In my opinion Greek Salad should have no green leaves but only cucumber, tomatos, peppers, red onion, olives and feta cheese. This was like eating a forest and I don’t know why they destroyed the fresh taste from red onion by replacing it with pickled?! Westville definitely need a third visit from me in order to get a final grade.
Closer to the weekend I moved to a dear American friend of mine just a few blocks away from Westville. The first night we strolled around NoLita and found the place Public. The place was very trendy and urban and so was the menu. Every dish featured something unexpected and different. Parsnip soup with Espresso creme fraiche, Marinated white anchovies with spicy saffron aioli, Lavender cured ham and so on! Definitely a menu I will take a look at next time the inspiration is gone. We ended up having ‘Fried Hama Hama oysters with shiso, sansho pepper, and wasabi-yuzu dipping sauce’ and ‘Grilled scallops with sweet chili sauce, crème fraiche and green plantain crisps’ with asparagus and edamame beans on the side. My scallops were nothing but awesome! Perfectly prepared! The asparagus were nice and the bowl of edamames never wanted to be finish. We tried for a long time but still had to leave some. Even though we worked us through some really nice dishes we couldn’t resist trying a dessert. We shared a Ginger cheesecake with grapefruit sorbet (picture), which was the best dessert I’ve had in a loooong time! SO yummy! Wouldn’t say no to go back to Public even though a bit pricy for my student wallet!
My first week of food experiences has been interesting. Definitely some really nice elements but I still expect more! To be continued…
So. One week ago I arrived to New York. The City. The City where dreams become reality.
Four years ago I left the city with love and fascination. Now, I am returning with scepticism and a desire of letting this fantastic city overwhelm me once again. The period after my last NYC-visit has included a lot of travelling and exploring other cultures. All of a sudden America wasn’t that cool. All of a sudden I ate amazing gyros on a small island in Greece no one heard the name of before – and it tasted so much better than from the corner of a food court at a local Jersey mall. All of a sudden I began to like London where no building has more than 5 floors.
I want to be amazed by NYC once again. I know you have it in you Manhattan. This time I return with an even bigger appetite for life. And most importantly – I return with an ID stating I’m over 21.
I guess everyone loves those simple moments of happiness. When no effort is made and you experience pure enjoyment.
I found a place which brings me exactly that.
A couple of months ago me and my girlfriends met up central – Tottenham Court Road. As usual I found it difficult to find good and genuine places around that area so the google maps helped us to randomly suggest pubs. The Royal George caught my eyes as Ukulele was one of their tags and since the time my mom arranged a whole ukulele band to wake me up on my 18th bday the instrument has a special place in my heart.
A bit tricky to find (you would never just ‘pass by’) we stepped in to the basement of Royal George with big excitement. Emma was the first one down but the rest of us didn’t get far since she, extremely abrupt, rushed up again with fear in her eyes.
– There’s a sect down there.
– Yes they are very strange. Playing mini guitars. And they are all singing.
It proved to be pretty crowded downstairs by all those “strange” people so we decided to grab a table on the ground floor where we calmed Emma down over some bottles of wine. ‘It’s only a couple of ukulele playing somewhat-normal-somewhat-odd guys who’d like to share a pint over Bon Jovi´s Greatest Hits.’ And even though we didn’t join what actually went on in the basement (Except when we sneaked down to the loo, already one time too many to get an energy boost!) the whole pub got overflowed with a nice harmony. Whereas the food isn’t too much to cheer about and the service is absent we have tended to go back there. Only on Wednesdays of course.
Last week it was time again. On my way to the tube I felt happy not only to meet my friend but to actually go to this pub. In its simplicity it makes me feel good and I’m ridiculously grateful for the small things in life.
The new iPad got delivered to my house today and I am so excited! Let’s see if it can meet all my expectations. It is very interesting to see how the magazine industry will do now as they are getting more established online and can read the market better. There are so many opportunities.
I am about to launch an Ipad magazine myself as a uni project. More about that later!
2004 was the year when my grey-haired, very old, high school librarian preached about a new phenomenon – blogging! The questions were many; What is it? What to write? Who would read it? And first of all Why would I? and Why would anyone be interested in reading?! He clearly didn’t know what he was talking about so I forgot about it. (And even complained about this unmodern librarian)
2 years later, of course, I posted 5 times a day and kept on doing so for many years until life caught me and I got too busy living.
But I kind of missed it. I love to write and think it’s a nice habit to get your thoughts on paper. (Or screen). So, I tried to come up with a special niche – Traveling? Cooking? Student life? Naah, nothing seemed good enough and I have postponed this blog launch so many times. Until now.
Here it is. PourYou.