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Little-Italy/ Chinatown

I was excited to go on this tour more than any of the other tours. This was because I grew up in the Lower East Side which is close to Little-italy/ chinatown. If i can be honest i truly never dwelled or explored Little Italy/china town as i should have. This tour would give me the opportunity to do so. We visited Lombardi’s for some fresh Italian margarita pizza which put all other $1 pizza to shame. Next we visited the infamous Umberto’s clam house which was were mobster Joseph Gallo was gunned down by fellow mobsters. Lastly we visited chinatown to explore its rich history and visited its famous supermarket.

Flatiron Tour

The Flatiron district is mostly known for the famous Flatiron building. Flatiron gets its named from the triangular building which looks like an old school Flatiron. Besides the building Flatiron can also be known for their food selections. On our trip to the Flatiron district we visited Maison  Kayser, Eataly, and union square food market. I don’t think the area had a specific nationality but more of an influx of all different cultures but also with an upscale feel. Maison Kayser had a lot of French Pastries as the store was originally from France. Eataly which is a heavily Italian food market contains a little of everything from produce, dairy, meat, spices, and sauces.

Lamb Barbacao Tacos

Tacos and margaritas, the best duo since cereal and milk. But instead of your regular chicken or steak tacos how about Lamb Barbacao Tacos? This delicious creation located on 155 bleecker at Pig Bleecker is by far the best taco I’ve had. I say that because anybody who has had lamb before knows the meat is far different from chicken or steak. Not as tough as a steak the lamb is tender with flavor. This Lamb Barbacao Tacos included Smoked Lamb Neck, with a savory salsa verde, and pickled jalapeno. In other words it packs a punch!This image requires alt text, but the alt text is currently blank. Either add alt text or mark the image as decorative.

Shrimp buns

While walking through my neighborhood of the lower east side/ east village I happened to walk by a bar. Not the type of bar with a happy hour I mean a Noodle Bar. It’s called Momofuku Noodle Bar located at 171 first avenue. I decided to stop in on that cold day for some ramen or soup to warm me up. Instead I stumbled upon a shrimp bun which caught my attention and the attention of the line of people waiting to order it . Im not a huge fan of sushi or seafood but I decided to take a chance and join the line. But when i received my hot and steamy plate i saw a bun but no shrimp. But as i looked more closely the shrimp was in a square shape and fried. While the bun was soft and fluffy. These two components of the crunchy  shrimp and soft buns is a unique combination. Not one that i was a fan of. I took about 3 more bites and decided i couldn’t finish it. The flavors and texture weren’t a good combination to me. I felt as if if the buns should have been toasted to compliment the fried shrimp. But I do recommend this place to anyone who loves ramen or seafood.

Happy Bowls :)

This generation of foodies have been luckier then the previous generations. By that i mean the unique and different creations that have been coming out. For instance the Acai Bowl have been a popular food trend lately. More difficult than trying to pronounce it, is where did it come from? The Acai na tigela is a Brazilian cuisine made of mashed Acai palm fruit with your other choices of fruits. I visited Happy Bowls located on 61 4th ave which is famous for their Acai bowls or Happy bowls as they call it. I decided to go with the Beach Bowl. The beach bowl is served in a pineapple with bananas, acas, coconut shavings, strawberries, blueberries and apples. on my first bite i felt as if I was transported to a beach. The flavor and taste of the acai along with the other fruits were refreshing and cooling. I wasn’t too sure of how the Acai would taste due to the appearance but I was pleasantly surprised at how refreshing it tasted with almost a hint of chocolate as an aftertaste. Although I would recommend this as a dish for the summer or spring the Acai bowl is good for all seasons!


As absurd and embarassing as this sounds, I’ve never had a dumpling. I know what you’ll say have I been living under a rock or whats wrong with me. But I personally never found them to look or smell appealing. I was convinced by a friend to try these dumplings that would change my mind forever. He was right that it would change my mind. We tried the chicken and vegetable dumpling (mandu). I almost bailed out again because the appearance and smell but he forced me to try it and i did not regret it. The texture of the dumpling was soft and smooth without much flavor but the actual chicken or vegetables that were in the dumpling were packed with flavor. The chicken dumpling was very spicy but delicious with them using different types of spices from what i was use to. Also the vegetable dumpling barely tasted like vegetables at all. Which is good for me because it had creamy like texture. The results of this dumpling tasting now means that i often take weekly trips to china town to find these dumplings!

Let’s go to Italy!

Usually when people are in the mood for donuts their first go to place is Dunkin Donuts. But if you’re looking to switch things up Just Baked! has a treat for you from Italy. Just Baked! located at 88 W Broadway is a new and upcoming bakery which serves Bomboloni. Bomboloni is an Italian donut which is light and fluffy but filled with a creamy delicious filling. I was hesitant to try it at first due to the color but the worker ensured me it taste better than what it looked and it was made fresh everyday. I did not regret the decision because it was amazing. After trying a bomboloni It will be almost impossible for me to try a plain old american donut again.