NYC Snack Attacks

Posted on Tuesday 30 June 2015

watercress & baguette
from Union Square Green Market, a baguette and watercress and a tomato eaten out of hand.

heritage tomatoes
The Market was cash only but there was a central booth where you could buy tokens, wooded nickels worth $2 each.


a real donut
From the Smithsonian’s design museum, one of the better donuts I’ve had. A bigger turnaround on the food than the much touted, long closed exhibition space.

nearly solid chocolate orange fill
Serious dense bitter chocolate with orange flavouring.

And tomorrow, shall I do Canada Day break or Canada Day food. Hm, haw.

We’ll see.

One more post on NYC to come.

12:18 pm
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NYC Street Food

Posted on Monday 29 June 2015

In no particular order, some things noshed.
ice cream sandwiches

From the High Line, ice cream sandwiches, regular oatmeal and Chocolate and PB.

East Harlem
From East Harlem, a ice cream cart with Dominican tamarind ice cream. A dollar. Best deal.

halal falafel
Halal food carts were all around Broadway. Falafel. Messy, good.

12:10 pm
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Posted on Friday 26 June 2015

Who says I can’t moderate my chocolate. 3 months(!) to get most of the way into the Soma exploration box. They all are 70% cocoa but have a unique flavour.

My top pick is Peru Nacional. Pretty sure. It’s complex and surprises me with the range of unfolding flavours every time I sample it. Sweet but sharp without being harsh. It’s apt to knock up the goosebumps.

Second pick is harder. Probably it is Ecuador Verde with a balanced flavour without it being flat. There’s a nuttiness. It’s a luxury to savour.

Dominican Republic Elvesia, while better than most chocolate, any store brand, Lindt, Hummingbird, or commonly available ones, is a little chalky but intense like cappuccino. A fruitiness.

Papua New Guinea is odd but shows what bean is by soil, climate. One root species but so variable. The package calls it astringent and smoky. It wakes up the palate as a treat from more homogenized chocolate. It is definitely a small quantity one.

In a way it seems absurd to even pick a favourite. The flavours change by context of which is tried first or what bookends which.

I may just have to get another of the same box.

Have a great weekend. Can you believe it’s almost July? Stay tuned. Next week, a report from NYC eating.

12:18 pm
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Bella Via

Posted on Thursday 25 June 2015

We’re back to the new spot on Parkdale and Wellington to see the main course, if we have the willpower to overlook the extremely good gelato for the moment. A cold rain helps.

Bella Via
They had no non-meat options left but he said he could make us anything and we left him to it. He picked a bread, a swiss cheese, pickled artichokes, lettuce, hot peppers, and sweet peppers. Grilled it to perfection. The cheese off-setting the vinegar, the crisp balancing the soft, the base balancing the hot peppers. A pleasant burn of hot peppers. We had him make a second as soon as we finished the first.

That, folks, is how you do a sandwich. Even the olives were exceptional.

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Turnips Turn Out

Posted on Wednesday 24 June 2015

fried turnip, creamed spinach
I boiled the turnips until nearly tender then fried them in olive oil and rosemary until browned. That works. There’s not many vegetables that can stand up and duke it out with rosemary without being overpowered.

On the side, nayonnaise and green onion in cooked spinach to make it hot and creamy. Pasta filled with sweet potatoes and roasted garlic with salsa.

1:11 pm
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Dried Banana, Cooked Blueberries

Posted on Tuesday 23 June 2015

banan chips
On the side of blueberry pancakes.

Turbo-powered nutrient wash. Also, tasty.

12:05 pm
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A Thing for Chocolate

Posted on Monday 22 June 2015

A Thing for Chocolate
I should always just get the brie pecan one.

A Thing for Chocolate
Ice cream that is soft but dense and almost chewy like fudge but doesn’t melt quickly. I speculate there’s marshmallow fluff stuff folded into the cream. Very intense. Very chocolatey. Like no ice cream I’ve had before.

1:01 pm
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