Chef Ian Kittichai’s Guide to Eating and Drinking in Bangkok

2018-12-17T16:57:02+00:00By |

Chef Ian Kittichai, celebrity chef, Thailand’s Iron Chef, and a global ambassador for Thai cuisine, has restaurants in Bangkok, Mumbai, Hong Kong, and New York City, and does a weekly television cooking show Chef Mue Thong, which has been broadcast since 2001 in 70 countries around the world. Somewhat surprisingly, Chef Ian Kittichai (whose full Thai name is …

Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

2018-11-26T16:21:29+00:00By |

Aimed at helping travellers staying in holiday rentals and settling into a place for a while, Price Check is a series of posts in which we reported every two weeks on the prices of groceries (no, not only beer) at each destination we stayed on our yearlong grand tour. This post is a comparison of …

A Taste of the Immigrant Experience of New York

2018-11-27T17:04:23+00:00By |

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, from gastro-pubs to gastronomic fine-diners, hot dogs to hamburgers, from ‘ethnic’ to American, but we still didn’t quite ‘get’ New York food. And don’t get us wrong. We had …

Dining in New York City: What we ate and where we ate it

2018-05-15T11:52:17+00:00By |

This is the second part of our ‘what we ate in NYC’ series; see Part 1 here. We did try to keep it local-ish. Did we make mistakes? Yep. Did we get bad advice? Yep. Who do we trust? No-one, unfortunately. Dining in New York City and making the right choices isn't easy. I think it’s …

New York’s Speakeasies. You didn’t hear this from us.

2018-05-09T14:00:07+00:00By |

We kept hearing that PDT (Please Don’t Tell) was one of the best cocktail bars in the East Village, so one afternoon, as we were walking right by the address where the bar was meant to be, we thought we'd take a look. There was an apartment block with what looked like a closed business …

New York City, but Not for Tourists

2018-11-26T11:27:12+00:00By |

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. Well a guide 'Not for Tourists', was one guide with great mapping, but also one that helped …

10 Tips to Enjoying the East Village Community Gardens

2018-11-26T11:29:39+00:00By |

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. How to get the most out of the The East Village Community Gardens Do some background reading and preparation See our story on 'New York's Secret Gardens - Urban Oases …

New York’s Secret Gardens — Urban Oases in the East Village

2018-11-26T14:21:07+00:00By |

Strolling through the steamy streets of the East Village — it’s been a scorching couple of weeks here in New York — we occasionally stumble across a lush sanctuary, a luxuriant community garden offering refuge from the heat. These are New York’s secret gardens. Sometimes the community gardens come as a wonderful surprise — we feel a welcoming breeze …

10 Things You Should Know About the East Village

2018-05-09T14:01:29+00:00By |

“How many East Villagers does it take to screw in a light bulb?” Rob Hollander, an East Village resident of some 31 years, asks us as we settle onto a bench in Tompkins Square Park. “Two,” he tells us. “One to screw it in, and one to tell you how it used to be better!” …

Local Knowledge: Rob from the East Village, New York City

2017-10-02T22:01:58+00:00By |

Connecting with locals in New York hasn’t been hard at all — we’ve used the same strategies we apply in every place we visit and we've found New Yorkers to be really responsive. They’ve been friendly, accessible and easygoing, and have been happy to meet for a drink to divulge their favourite spots and share advice …

Lower East Side Immigrant Stories at the Tenement Museum

2015-10-20T11:48:50+00:00By |

We visit the Tenement Museum in the Lower East Side of New York to learn more about the immigrant stories that have shaped the East Village and Alphabet City neighbourhoods where we're spending our time. The multicultural make-up of the East Village and Alphabet City, our ‘home’ for two weeks on New York's Lower East Side, is …

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