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Street Food: It’s here, people.

Food trucks, food carts, street vendors; why are they a thing y’all? The trendy version of street food (that’s the one we’ll be talking about today, not roadkill) really started on the West Coast. The constant good weather and the laid back people were probably the perfect climate for this food movement. But why did it take NY by storm? New York where the most brutal restaurant goers and food writers can take an eatery down in days and your competition is probably eating at your place right now, studying your menu. Well, here’s my theory.

Although we do like the occasional breath of fresh air, the biggest reason is probably that we don’t like to wait. As shiny as that celebrity chef’s new restaurant is, I’m hungry NOW, and don’t always want to wait for the tabel to be set. Sometimes restaurants are out of the question, and yet the idea of going to McDonalds again makes you puke sad. What to do? Food trucks are first come, first serve and sometimes quite gourmet. No reservations, no favoritism, no waiter talking on his cell phone while you wave like a fool.

The second reason (only second by a little) is that street food is cool. These days, many of these mobile eateries have a cult following, a pop following, or a zagat rating. New Yorkers love to be on the cutting edge of everything. Let’s face it what’s more indie than yummy nomadic food establishments that can only be found by loyal followers and savvy gourmands? So let’s get with it guys! Every chance I get I will write the best trucks or carts into my ‘Been There’ section for you. If you have any favorites you’d like to share then please let me know about them. I can’t wait to hear from you. In the meantime my twitter feed will tell the locations of the best trucks daily. Because I care about your taste buds, that’s why.

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Posted by on June 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Posted by on June 22, 2011 in Chocolate

 

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Too Hot In NYC? Then Split!

Waffle Banana Split at Cafeteria

Hey all! Ran into the city today, did some shopping for a few hours and got super hungry. Almost went to Pop Burger, but some scary construction debris fell on the car while we were en route and we took that as a sign haha. Instead, we hopped on the westside highway and ended up in Chelsea. And guess what’s in Chelsea?

Cafeteria! A great eatery that always leaves me wanting more. Why? Well, there are two sides to the Cafeteria coin. On the one hand they serve amazing comfort foods like their mac ‘n’ cheese which is to die for (or at least fight the waiter when he tries to take your plate). You could almost call the place cozy. Then you realize it is so packed with happy tourists and hipster waiters (all of whom add a level of excitement) that you can’t hear yourself making yummy noises. I guess if you think about it, Cafeteria has it all. But don’t take my word for it; check out Cafeteria for yourself. There’s a reason I’ve been there more than once.

This time around, I ordered the waffle banana split up top. She consists of one sturdy Belgian waffle, two caramelized bananas, vanilla and strawberry ice cream, walnuts, chocolate and butterscotch sauce, roasted marshmallows, whipped cream and two cherries on top. She made me smile for a looong time : )

If you get a chance to go, or have been there before. Let me know if you get that warm ‘grandma’s kitchen’ feeling, or that “whoops, should have worn my hipster shades” feeling. Friends of mine have also tried this red velvet cake.

Red Velvet Cake at Cafeteria

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2011 in Desserts

 

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