My hometown. I am a rare breed, a born and raised New Yorker from lower Manhattan. As much as I like to travel around the world, it was here where I first started becoming fascinated by food, and the global variety of it. Here in NYC, you can find traditional food from around the world, surrounded by people of that culture, in their neighborhood. It is from being exposed to so many types of cuisine that I developed the understanding that there is a lot of good food in the world! Chinese, Indian, Russian, Italian, French, Modern American, and Spanish are just some of the cuisines that are represented accurately and with integrity here in NYC. Besides traditional cultures, there are food countercultures like the underground restaurant scene in Brooklyn, Food Truck parking lots, immense farmers markets, modern American fusion cuisines, and of course the locals who remember those crappy and amazing hole in the wall bagel joints. Come here to find funky coffee shops, three star restaurants,...

On a whim, I decided to fly down south for the winter, literally. Here in Asheville my cousins and friends brought me to one restaurant after another. This is totally a foodie town. Nestled in a fertile valley surrounded by green mountains, this city has become a hot spot for green restaurants. One of the great things about green restaurants is that they usually use local ingredients. Because of the fresh produce and animal products, this town can whip up some amazing southern cuisine. Besides grits n gravy, the American need for novelty has attracted many amazing chefs from around the world, to bring this town a little of everything. One rainy day last week I decided to go with my friend down to South Carolina for some Crabbing, Shrimping, and Oyster hunting! Before you get too excited, we did not catch any crabs or shrimp, but I did manage to harvest a ton of amazing oysters in a kayak at low tide, check it out from start to finish below!

Without a plan, we decided to move to Maui. We ended up staying for four and a half months! What a paradise. There are abundant amounts of tropical fruit falling around your feet as you walk. Bananas, guava, avocado, starfruit, passion fruit, and bread fruit just to name a few. In our little town of Hana, there were a few wonderful restaurants to choose from. My favorite foods from the traditional Hawaiian culture were Poke (marinated cubes of raw fish with veggies) and Lao Lao (meat steamed in banana leaf). We caught fresh fish on the beach and cooked them over an open campfire…and I learned about how good simple seafood can be. There is honestly not much more that can be expressed in words, life was simple, there were good friends, and good food. Notable experiences include: Going underwater volcanic bubble cave diving, swiming on a black massage stone pebble beach, a red sand beach, and the world famous Hamoa beach. There was an amazing truck turned restaurant on the side of the roa...

   Truly a magical place. Of all the places I visited in Greece, the island of Crete was my favorite. There is so much good food being grown on this island, to the point where they don’t even know what organic means because its just the way they have always done things. The markets are fantastic, I still clearly remember walking through the densely packed rows of vendors all selling locally grown produce like homemade yogurt, raw cheeses, veggies, and of course the best olive oil. The oil is so good in fact that you can drink a half a cup of it without your thought burning. We worked as head chefs and restaurant consultants for a really cool restaurant called “Soul Kitchen” making Greek vegetarian, raw, and vegan food. There we were blessed to learn hands on some great local dishes, as well as learning though eating around town. If you are here, go to Stella’s Kitchen! Best food I had in Greece, and such a wonderful person, I learned so much from her little restaurant.

  Of all the stories you hear about Italy, the food, the people, and how generally amazing the food is, its all true. With open arms families will invite you in and take care of you. We first flew into Rome and stayed for a week, where we over indulged ourselves in fresh pasta, pizza, ice cream, seasonally fresh vegetables, all prepared simply with integrity. Sure, not everywhere you go in Italy will you find sad violin players, enthusiastic waiters pouring wine, and warm atmosphere, it has its share of general Tso’s and the like. That being said, there is a special energy in Rome, it is very sexy and mischievous. The architecture here is beautiful.

 After searching the city for the best local joints we discovered one that is still to this day one of my most amazing food memories. Because Eve did not feel like eating meat that night she told the owner (who was also the server) Dino (and co-owner Toni) that she would prefer a vegetarian option. They promptly brought her something magical...

It is always a pleasure to visit the hometown of my father, and my grandmother. Here, stooped upon a steep hill along the rim of the outer districts that look down on the city, my grandmother is cooking. I was always impressed by her food, simple yet absolutely perfect. Wienershnitzel, potatoes with butter and parsley, and Sachertorte cake are some of the traditional gems of Austria. Here you may also find plentiful amounts of sour kraut, sausage, beer, and of course singing.We visited my grandma, ate some pastries that are better then from Paris, and of course some amazing food. No complaints.

The second time I came here was in 2015, and Eve and I had an amazing time. We went to the Opera, ate lots of traditional Viennese foods, and stayed with a good friend of my dad’s, Rieni. He owns a few eastern furniture stores in Vienna, and we stayed up on the hills surrounding the city. It was beautiful to be in the countryside but still go into the city, I recommend that for anyone thinking of...

We arrived in Bangkok and stayed there for four days, sampling the local cuisine, before we headed north to Chaing Mai. For a week, we explored the area on our mopeds seeking out authentic Thai food, and riding elephants. From there we flied to the island of Koh Phagnan, and after visiting its neighboring islands of Koh Tao and Koh Samui, we settled in Koh Phagnan for the next three weeks.

Where we settled was at a wonderful retreat center called The sanctuary, which was a health and detox restaurant, hotel, and oasis on the south side of the island, only accessible by boat. I ended up working as a restaurant consultant for this place, shaping up the kitchen, service, and food for the coming busy season. Overall, our experience in Thailand was amazing. The food is incredible and like no other in the world. The flavors are bold and competing, sour and spicy, with lots of fresh herbs and veggies.

Wow. What an incredible journey. After arriving in Delhi from Katmandu, Nepal, we flew to Varanasi. Besides drifting along the ganges, and weaving our way through traffic in a flimsy rickshaw, we ate, and ate a lot. Among my favorite dishes was saag paneer, chana dal, and jeera rice. It was good to taste authentic Indian foods and experience the dense culture. From there we went to Rishikesh where good food, ex pats, and Yoga was plentiful. We hopped from one restaurant to another trying to find the best of a few of my favorite Indian dishes, chana dall, and saag paneer. Finally, we found the restaurant that we would satisfy my quest for the best, where we would eat at for the next couple weeks, Nirvana Cafe. I interned here and learned a wealth of knowledge about fresh Indian breads, curries, and much more. I exchanged some knowledge about American food as I typically do in these situations, brushing up their french fry, pizza, and omelette abilities for the benefit of the weary touri...

 

We flew from Barcelona into Katmandu, and from there went into the mountains. We traveled from town to town trying the many local dishes like “mo mo’s” which are basically chinese dumplings. Finally we arrived to a special mountain farm run by a woman Judith and her husband Jim. They run an eco farm dedicated to researching new organic growing methods and how they compare to more common growing practices. They receive funding for this project and teach the local Nepal people how to grow different veggies. It was here that was to be my playground for the next couple weeks. Each day we would go into their vast garden and pick some fresh veggies to create experimental dishes. Sometimes we would just go for the traditional like a good Dal fry or french vanilla eclairs. It turns out that at the local home-stay nearby where we were staying was the best food we would ever eat in Nepal. Usually that is how it is, no matter how fancy the restaurant is, the home cooking is usually the best....

This was a very intense and interesting trip. From Tarifa Spain we took a boat to Morocco and for nine days we explored. Overall a very eye opening experience and cultural shock. I learned a lot about vegetable tagines, cous cous, and some other traditional dishes. We went on a three day desert trip via camel…and it turned out that the best food we had in Morocco was cooked by our desert guides! We traveled from Tangir to Marrakesh, then to Ouarzazate and from there out to the desert. In morocco you must be ready to haggle for everything, and getting busses can be tricky so plan ahead!

  Oh what a pleasure Spain has been. After coming from Amsterdam I traveled all around the south of Spain and eventually met up with my girlfriend. We then ate Tapas non stop for weeks in Tarifa, where the quality of meat and produce in general is outstanding. I have been learning a lot about the culture and about how to make all the traditional Tapas. My favorite is the local ham sliced super thin. The cheese, bread, and well almost everything they make is exceptional. They really care about their food. My other favorite is Patatas Bravas! These are boiled then baked potato chunks smothered in two sauces, a spicy tomato and a homemade aioli! YUM. Next we went to Barcelona. What a beautiful city, a real mix of old and new. The most common type of restaurant I would eat in here sold something called “Pinchos” which are a type of tapas. These are ready made one bites, which is usually something on a piece of bread. Most of the places sold one euro Pinchos and 2 euro glasses of wine, so y...

Amsterdam had many amazing things, including food, to offer. I learned about local cheeses and fish. I really love a good sardine! Little did I know that later when I would go to spain, one of their favorite tapas are marinated sardines in oil. I love to connect different cultures through food. Also, there is a big organic food movement in Amsterdam, and very good Belgain frites! You eat them in a cone with homemade aioli. Other notable things to eat here is the bread, pastries, and also the tea, which is often just a big sprig of mint in a mug. I met some amazing people, and because of the laid back attitude here and certain local habits, everyone is always hungry! 

Bonjour! I am now in Paris learning and eating the best French food I have ever had. I am thrilled to experience the pastry, cheese, bread, coffee, fine meats and veggies of France. I am also now working for la belle Assiette in Paris as a private chef. It is a lot of fun to explore the different markets to find the best ingredients! I will be here until the 8th of October, and then its off to Spain, then India! So far most notably has been the cheese. You eat your meal, then dessert, then after an amazing cheese plate with four or five cheeses. The brie melts in your mouth. I had an amazing experience eating with my new french friends in a local joint. The food was cooked right in front of us on a straw burning grill. We ate a beef stew with green beans and potatoes. Simple. Elegant. Perfect. Afterwards we strolled around going into each and every bakery that looked good…which was two on every block. The thing about French food is, it is not complicated, it is precise. Everything is d...

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