Favorite NYC Culinary Delights

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I recently went to NYC over the Labor Day weekend to visit some friends. I also took the opportunity to revisit some of my favourite food haunts whilst I was there.

20130924-155911.jpgBest Coffee: Almond milk mocha from Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee in the West Village

20130924-155948.jpgBest Brunch: White polenta mushroom ragu and bottomless mimosa from Lido in Harlem

20130924-160012.jpgBest Drinks Hangout: Blue Moon (can’t get that in Canada) from Harlem Tavern in Harlem

20130924-160044.jpgBest Sushi: A variety of rolls from Beyond Sushi in the East Village (all vegan)

20130924-160108.jpgBest Slice: Artichoke slice from Artichoke Pizza in the East Village

20130924-160138.jpgBest Lethal, Gigantic Margarita: Caliente Cab in the East Village (even more lethal with an extra shot of tequila)

Honourableย Mentions (as no time to visit)

Best Cheesecake: Junior’s in Grand Central Station/Times Square/Brooklyn

Best Famous Cupcakes: Magnolia Bakery/Georgetown Cupcakes

Best Sports Bar: Stout NYC near MSG

Best Mexican: Blockheads UWS/El Cantinero at University Place/El Paso Taqueria UES (Yes…I like Mexican)

Best Toastie/Grilled Cheese: Murrays in the West Village/Puck Fare in Soho

Best Aussie Fare: The Tuck Shop in Chelsea Market

Best Vegan/Vego: Blossom on Carmine in the West Village

Fall is Back

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You know fall is back when Starbucks starts selling their seasonal pumpkin spice and gingerbread lattes. It is pumpkin season so we can prepare again for all sorts of crazy things with pumpkin. Pumpkin lattes, pies, milk, muffins, bread, ale and cheesecake. This is an extra novelty for me because in Australia pumpkin is just your stock standard savoury vegetable and autumn (fall) is in the middle of the year and not the lead up to the holiday season. Maybe some pumpkin ale would soften the blow of heading into the winter, mid year abyss?

So below is my first pumpkin spice latte of the season. It is not from Stsrbucks but my favourite Toronto coffee shop: Seven Grams Espresso Bar in Yorkville and it comes complete with almond milk in true hipster, vegan style.

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