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[30 Sep 2010 | 10 Comments | 3,479 views]
Hearty Vegetable Soup and Pressed Sandwiches

People sometimes ask me about ¬†my favorite restaurant. Lately Adam and I tell them, “at your house or my house.” We just love enjoying home-cooked meals with friends. For my birthday dinner, I asked my friend Jill if we could come over to her apartment in New York.
She made a delicious recipe from Ina Garten’s Back to Basics, “Pappa al Pomodoro,” a hearty vegetable soup.
Jillian and Paul have a sandwich press, and after enjoying wonderful pressed sandwiches made with pancetta, gruyere, and homemade aioli, I’m thinking we need one.

Jillian and …

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Tours, Travels »

[29 Sep 2010 | 15 Comments | 7,502 views]
NYC Food Trucks on Park Avenue

Thanks to Twitter, @??? (Tony ?), connected me to Perry from @nystfood, who e-mailed me a list of some of his favorite food trucks in the city. At the moment, Perry specializes in Manhattan food trucks, which served me just fine, since we would be spending most of the week in the city. Lunches were unplanned, due to my work schedule, so I was hoping to visit a handful of food trucks midday. Thanks to Perry and his wonderful site, that’s exactly what I did.
While the trucks park in various …

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Tasty Bits, Travels »

[27 Sep 2010 | 5 Comments | 4,077 views]
Foot (and Back) Heaven in New York’s Chinatown

From Joe’s Shanghai (see yesterday’s blog to read about my soup dumpling adventure in NYC), I walked across the street to Foot Heaven for a massage.
Earlier in the week, I sent out an email asking friends to recommend a cheap massage place, preferably in Chinatown, and Jillian recommended this spot. I made an appointment (although they take walk-ins as well) for an hour long acupressure back rub ($45).
For those accustomed to high-end massage experiences, Foot Heaven could be an unpleasant surprise. The atmosphere, while calm, is not stylish or particularly …

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Restaurants, Travels »

[27 Sep 2010 | 5 Comments | 4,050 views]
Soup Dumplings NYC

I spent my birthday last week in NYC — picking up coffee at Roasting Plant, going to a $5 community yoga class at Integral Yoga , and then taking the train down to Chinatown for soup dumplings and a massage.
When I asked folks on Twitter where to go for soup dumplings, the response was a resounding Joe’s Shanghai (thanks to @jenneraustin and @supertsai). Joe’s Shanghai has locations in Flushing, Queens, ¬†Chinatown, midtown Manhattan, and Tokyo.
Adam first turned me on to soup dumplings and has talked about us making them at …

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Tasty Tuesdays, Travels »

[20 Sep 2010 | 29 Comments | 4,909 views]
Tasty Tuesdays: A Taste of New York

I’m in New York City this week, so Tasty Tuesdays is coming with me. I actually lived in “The City” as many call it, for three years before I moved to Austin. I was up on the food scene back then but I’m now pretty much a run-of-the-mill tourist with no idea what has opened since then. When I visit, I rely on the kindness of strangers and friends.

Perry of New York Street Food made the following recommendations:
Of the trucks that move around, I love Schnitzel & Things, Frites ‘N’ …

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