Give me apizza pie

I’ve been working in Connecticut recently in the “city” of New Britain.  You heard that correctly, my old comrades from the UK, there’s a New Britain.  You’re old.  The US replaced you with a new one.  That’s what they do.  It’s a rather small and unnoteworthy place compared to the old Britain, but it’s a … Continue reading

Crazy Shake Craze

Everything has to be a craze these days, particularly in NYC.  The latest one that I heard about was Black Tap NYC’s shakes.  I’d been to Black Tap a few years ago, when it was an ordinary, quiet joint with decent burgers and craft beers.  But that was before the crazy shakes. They’re all the … Continue reading

A hoagie by any other name

I recently worked near Philadelphia, in a place called Chuck-Norristown.  The guys I worked with were locally raised and had that excellently rough attitude and accent that you expect of Philly.  They showed me around and made me try some of their local delicacies like: – TastyKakes – Packaged, little angel cakes that are surprisingly … Continue reading

Pizza in the far east

I finally got around to visiting Roberta’s, one of New York’s most hip pizza joints.  They’ve won michelin stars and plenty of awards but the thing that had kept me away until now was their location in the far east.  Not Asia; just Bushwick, but as a Manhattanite I can rarely be arsed to journey … Continue reading

Do the Harlem Shake

I finally paid a visit to a funky shake & burger place in Harlem called Harlem Shake.  It’s wonderfully retro and pays homage to black heritage with photos of local folk everywhere. Harlem Shake is also the name of a 2013 dance craze that you have to see to understand. Links below. My favourite Harlem … Continue reading

Tossing the dough babies

My close acquaintances know not to expect any culinary skills from me other than the ability to open the microwave or unscrew a bottle top.  I’ve probably never cooked a meal in my life except for pizza, which for some strange reason I learned how to make from scratch, by watching Jamie Oliver videos on … Continue reading

Scooby Doo burger

I finally had a chance to visit Las Vegas and the first thing on my list was a visit to the infamous Heart Attack Grill.  You may have heard of their Quadruple Bypass Burger, which won the Guinness World Record for the most calorific burger in 2012, weighing in at 1.4 kgs (3 lbs) and … Continue reading

Anything But Standard

Some weeks ago, I made the kind of journey that conjures fear and loathing in every real New Yorker.  No, it wasn’t New Jersey, but it was just as bad – Staten Island.  I didn’t just dip my toe off the ferry either, I went all the way and touched it with both feet.  My … Continue reading

Ommegosh

A few weeks ago, I took advantage of Albany’s central location and planned a weekend trip around the wider New York state, instead of heading back to NYC for the weekend like normal.  I drove around the famous finger lakes but it was still the end of the crazy long winter, so it wasn’t really … Continue reading

The art of the beer dinner

Last month, I attended an artisanal beer night at my favorite pub in the downtown Albany area, City Beer Hall. This pub has an ever-changing selection of interesting beers from around the country so I was keen to see what they would produce for a night like this. They’d arranged the tables to make a … Continue reading

Golden Gai time

Some of my favourite moments in Tokyo were when I found myself sitting in small bar-restaurants soaking up the local beer, food and culture.  And just to confirm the stereotype, yes these places are full of men in business suits.  After sampling a few in the downtown area, I learned of a fabled little shanty-town … Continue reading

A Turkish delight

I’ve always liked Turkey’s most popular foods – baklava, Turkish delight and kebabs – so it was natural that I would seek them out when I visited old Constantinople. While hunting down these tasty morsels, I saw all the most famous sites – the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofiya, the Grand Bazaar and the Galata Tower … Continue reading

The 3rd best city

I was recently working in Chicago and it really felt like a smaller New York. It has everything NYC has: fancy bars, classy museums, impressive architecture, distinct accent, notorious pizza, unique hotdogs, an old baseball stadium, a bike share system, a lengthy subway and skyscrapers. It has all of this but without the teeming swarms … Continue reading

Backwards pizza

Having recently spent 2 weeks in Chicago, I feel somewhat entitled to comment more deeply on their deep dish pizza. It tried it all kinds of ways: meaty, saucy, veggie, with beer, and with a meat crust. Food fads come and go all over the world, but Chicago’s backwards pizza seems to be a fad … Continue reading

Cheese’s Christ

East Village Cheese Shop, in NYC, is famous for its array of ridiculously cheap cheeses and its tacky paper prices covering the front window. It’s cash-only and crammed floor to ceiling with cheese, bread, crackers, olives and many other random party goodies. Apparently they just buy in bulk whatever happens to be cheapest from various … Continue reading

The cupcake had bacon

We all know that Americans are mad about bacon. Many earthlings enjoy bacon but being American is all about being big and extreme. You can’t just like something here; you have to love it with all your heart and make a statement about it. You have to put it in a can, buy it in … Continue reading

Beavers and curds in my way

While in Montreal, I made a concerted effort to seek out the stuff that locals eat, which of course is poutine – it was invented in Quebec, after all. I came in thinking that poutine was simply chips and gravy, but this was a gross underestimation. For a start, poutine usually comes with squeaky cheese … Continue reading

Eye of the Philly

Two weeks ago, I took a weekend trip to Philadelphia, the Pennsylvanian capital of cheesesteaks, hoagies and Rocky. As is my custom, I did my due diligence on the Friday night by watching Rocky so that I’d feel ready for the city on Saturday morning. I then timed my regular Saturday morning run to finish … Continue reading

No Soup Nazi for me

I never realised that the Soup Nazi (from the famed Sienfeld episode) was a real “thing” until I bumped into his shop in NYC, the other day. I did a little research at home to make sure it was legit (and to make sure that I clearly understood the 3 rules of ordering) before I … Continue reading

Red Cadillac

On the back-roads of New Jersey, I found an little gem of a Mexican restaurant/lounge, known as the Red Cadillac. It is named after the stylish car that the owner displays out the front, which provided the inspiration for everything inside the restaurant. The waiters and waitresses wear mechanics’ outfits, the water jugs are jerrycans, … Continue reading

Halls of Valhalla

Sometimes I return to the city on Friday nights and go looking for a new pub that I haven’t tried before. On those night, sometimes I find good beer, sometimes I find good atmosphere, sometimes I meet with gods, and just sometimes … all 3 of those intersect. Enter Valhalla. Valhalla was a long wooden … Continue reading

Burger Joint

My friend showed me an unusual burger joint which was hidden in the most unexpected place. To get there, you have to walk into the lobby of Le Parker Meridien in Midtown, then walk around behind the spiffy hotel staff and main desk area to a small, unassuming curtain that could easily pass for a … Continue reading

Strife of Pie

In case you missed it, Jon Stewart of The Daily Show ripped a new one on Chicago’s style of deep dish pizza a few weeks ago, causing an interstate feud that made all the headlines. A few days later, he made peace with the windy city by eating (and enjoying) a slice of Lou Malnati’s … Continue reading

Frozen Pints

Atlanta has introduced me to a few previously unheard of delicacies such as alligator spring rolls and fried cheesecake. But my best surprise came when I was visiting the local laundrette and discovered a fantastic little bodega with a remarkable selection of quality beers from around the world. They even had refillable growlers. I consider … Continue reading

Fogo Gaucho

Some work buddies took me to dinner at a Gaucho-style Brazilian steakhouse named Fogo de Chao. I’d never done Gaucho before, but I think I heard this word a lot in London and it basically means cowboy in South American. The cocktails were top shelf and the salad bar was exquisite, with salads, veggies and … Continue reading

World of Coke

Work took me to Atlanta, Georgia, the home of Coke, so I figured I should check out the World of Coca Cola while I was there. My most anticipated part was the taste room, where we could taste 60 international Coke products. I was expecting to taste Coke from all over the world, but instead … Continue reading

Carpe Cronut

Have you heard of the cronut? It’s the latest craze in NYC – a hybrid pastry that lies somewhere between a croissant and a doughnut. Since being released in May 2013 from the boutique Dominique Ansel Bakery in SoHo, people have been lining up early every morning to purchase a maximum of 2 cronuts per … Continue reading

The next cupcake

My buddy and I went to Mia Chef Gelateria for a short gelato making course.  I’m certainly not known for my kitchen skills, but dessert is one of the things I’ve been known to throw a little gusto into from time to time, so I was excited to try this out.  Our guide was very … Continue reading

Another Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise I attended a weekend bartending bootcamp, just for kicks.  For each session, our instructor explained a category of drinks, then proceeded to make each cocktail in front of us before unleashing us onto our practise stations to make fake drinks for each other.  The instructor was really quick at making them and knew … Continue reading

The Big Beef

Having personally destroyed the 1-pound Cheeburger Cheeburger Challenge a month ago, I decided last week that it was time to return and dish out punishment on its big brother, the 2-pounder. I warmed up with a beer and then headed to the site of my last victory, only to find that the restaurant was permanently … Continue reading

Black Forest

Half-way across the world, in the sprawls of Long Island, I stumbled onto a little Deutsch gem called the Black Forest Brew Haus. It sports some wonderful european-style ales and a plethora of manly-sized seemingly-German food. I use the word seemingly because every ethnic food around NYC has got very different styles, dishes and names … Continue reading

Cheeburger Cheeburger Challenge

Lately, I’ve been staying in Long Island for work, so I’ve checked out a few of the local restaurants, always in pursuit of something new and interesting. Last week, I stumbled into Cheeburger Cheeburger, which offers a tremendous variety of burgers, toppings and shakes – enough to keep any American on the last notch of … Continue reading

Slice o’ burger

I went out with some friends and found myself a slice of hamburger flavoured pizza at Ray’s Pizza.  Americans have this innate ability to take any normal food and then find a way to make it even fatter or sweeter.  Fat and sugar are definitely in excess here.  In this country, it seems that every … Continue reading

Katz’s with Kohnsey

An old work buddy from London called me out of the blue because he was in NYC for the weekend.  We hooked up yesterday and it was great to just chill out with an old friend.  It was the excuse that I needed to finally make my 1st visit to Katz’s Deli – a classic … Continue reading

A Salt & Battery

The best name ever for a fish and chipper.  I don’t like fish but I did London proud by having a chip butty.  It was much hot diggity.