Tag Archives: New York

Amy Cook and Alejandro Escovedo at the Cactus Cafe, Austin

Amy Cook and Alejandro Escovedo at the Cactus Cafe, Austin

When we met Austin musicians Suzanna Choffel and Dan Dyer, and Dan’s girlfriend-cum-manager Mahshad Vakili (pictured here singing and dancing), Mahshad said she would keep us informed and let us know if there were any good gigs we should see while we’re in Austin. Well,...
A Taste of the Immigrant Experience of New York

A Taste of the Immigrant Experience of New York

At the end of two weeks of eating in New York City we still felt like we’d missed something. We’d had the gamut of food experiences, at all quality and price levels, from gastro-pubs to gastronomic fine-diners, hot dogs to hamburgers, from ‘ethnic’ to American,...
Dining in New York City

Dining in New York City

On the long flight to New York City from Tokyo, I drifted through an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations while lying comfortably horizontal in Cathay Pacific’s brilliant business class ‘coffin’. Lamenting his middle age (the former whippet-thin, ex-junkie chef Bourdain has put on a...
New York City, but Not for Tourists

New York City, but Not for Tourists

We may have decided not to use guidebooks as part of our local travel experiment, but we’re certainly not discarding the map, which, as far as we’re concerned, is often all you ever need to explore a city. We bought this cool little ‘Not For...
10 Tips to Enjoying the East Village Community Gardens

10 Tips to Enjoying the East Village Community Gardens

The East Village’s community gardens are a great place to meet locals and experience a side of New York generally not covered in the guidebooks. Here’s how to get the most out of the experience: 1. Do some background reading and preparation: see our story...
Lower East Side Immigrant Stories at the Tenement Museum

Lower East Side Immigrant Stories at the Tenement Museum

Each day as we walk through Alphabet City and the East Village, our ‘home’ for two weeks, the main language we hear on the streets and in the grocery stores is Spanish. A large percentage of the local population is from the Dominican Republic, Puerto...