One can’t live on tamales alone, you also needs tacos, empanadas, and orange juice. No fear, the carts on Benito Juarez have that as well. In the mornings, Benito Juarez between 5th Avenue and the beach is lined with carts ready to serve hungry tourists and locals who work in the area. It’s a wonderful little spot, where a very good breakfast can be had for just a few dollars. MORE »
After five fun food-filled days in Cancun, David and I headed off to Playa del Carmen on the search for more fun and food. I’m happy to report, both were found. Playa del Carmen, a small resort town on the Mayan Riviera, is very different to Cancun in that it’s very walkable. The main street — Quinta Avenida or 5th Avenue — is pedestrian-only as is Benito Juarez east of 5th Avenue. The great thing about that, besides the convenience of course, is that it make it perfect for food vendors. On 5th Avenue it’s mostly restaurants with a fresh juice cart early in the morning, but on the corner of Benito Juarez and 5th Avenue, it’s street eats galore! In the morning there are taco and empanada carts, and in the afternoon there are tamal, taco, and churro carts. All were good, but one of my favorites (and David’s ultimate favorite) was the tamal cart which had the best tamales I’ve ever eaten. MORE »
One thing sorely missing in New York is a hodduk (also spelled hotteok) cart. In Seoul, hodduk carts are everywhere (there’s even a truck), but in NYC, nada. Sure you can make it at home, but it’s not the same as grabbing one as you’re walking around. Or in the case of Los Angeles, driving around. MORE »
Korean people love to snack. It’s a snacking culture. You eat not because you’re hungry, but your mouth is bored. Walking around in Seoul, there’s a vendor or two on every street. (Remember the bbopki post?) I love it! The most popular, and most well-known, street food is probably ddukbokki (떡복기, rice cakes in a spicy sauce), but I’ll be posting about that next time. This post will concentrate on some of my other favorite street snacks: roasted chestnuts, hodduk (호떡, sweet pancakes), jeepoh (쥐포, dried file fish), and gohguma mattang (고구마맛탕, candied sweet potatoes), oh my! MORE »
It’s 5 a.m., but since I’m jet-lagged, I’m writing my last summer NYC post so I can get started on the Hong Kong, Seoul, and Beijing entries later on this week. I was trying to get it done while I was in Asia, but there was absolutely no time. Sight-seeing and eating takes a lot of work, and I have the blisters — but fortunately no abdominal woes — to prove it.
At the height of the summer, what seems like ages ago, David and I set sail on a ferry to Governors Island (Ferries leave on the weekends from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street. See schedule for times.) for a little island fun, New York style. There were no gentle ocean breezes or white sandy beaches (the man-made beach at the Water Taxi Beach doesn’t count), but we did get our spicy Caribbean fix courtesy of Veronica’s Kitchen. MORE »