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The East Village is where I’ve spent the majority of my time in NYC, and while my more conservative angels would prefer to move to the relaxed Upper West or East Side, the East Village is home for now – despite the rubbish and the many nutters, it manages to slowly trap you with its wily charms.

I’ve posted before about some of my favourite places to eat in the neighbourhood, I haven’t found anymore gems, but thankfully I did find another great coffee spot.

As these pictures hopefully illustrate, much of the East Village’s charm lies in its eclectic architecture, however for me I think it’s the fact there is no one ‘typical’ resident, and the way everyone is accepted in spite of their perceived threat or psychosis, stemming from what I perceive to be a strong parochial tie and sense of ownership.

When you walk into a new block you can be presented with a quiet suburban street housing a colourful cow, a row of five or six Japanese, Indian, or Ukrainian restaurants dotted among colourful residential buildings, a strip of bars, a school – it’s a fantastic part of town to just walk around with a camera.

You may need to dodge the odd high hipster, drunk NYU student, food delivery bicycle – one evening I ended up in between an old lady wildly swinging her walking stick trying to belt some guy who’d accused her of stealing – but invariably the most life threatening aspect of East Village are the cab drivers.

The pizza place in the picture below is not bad if you’re hungry and like thick pizza, some of my good friends have developed an addiction so this has become a regular haunt.

Hopefully by early next month I’ll have a kitchen again and will be able to start some proper food posts – either that or I’m going to have to start a book on finding a place to live in NYC!

East 12th Street

2nd Ave Pizza

East 11th Public Baths, now a photography studio

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Still working on finding a new place, so here’s some more happy snaps, this time from Williamsburg.

By all accounts, this used to be a very dodgy neighbourhood – now it’s filled with dodgy beards, tattoos, Australians, and developers.

It’s also home to some pretty good coffee, shoe stores, and micro brewery’s, but the Burg is far from a cheap neighbourhood – housing and rental prices now mirror Manhattan.

I haven’t eaten at a lot of places there but I have visited the well known Meatball Shop and Peters, as well as a couple of small restaurants, but nothing amazing as yet!

I’ll just keep going for the coffee…

Williamsburg Bridge

North Williamsburg cherry farm

Williamsburg

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Abiento Sydney

March 12, 2013 — Leave a comment

In a few days I’m leaving Sydney’s summer again and heading back to New York for a year or so…emphasis on the ‘or so’…and I thought I’d post something a little nostalgic, (mostly for me to tap into on those bitterly cold days), namely some of my favourite summer eating places around Sydney.

Ash’s Table Manly

Ash’s Table is a busy cafe that sits in between the corso at Manly and North Steyne (where you go to avoid the tourists).

I often head down there mid morning to clear my head, grab a take away coffee, and enjoy views like this.

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P1010242It’s the weekend, you’re feeling a bit lazy, you have a few bits and pieces in the fridge, and a couple of beers…how hard can it be to make sausage rolls?

Not that easy apparently

If you want the really easy option just buy some sausages, take off the casings, and wrap them up in some pastry – but then you would miss out on the curiously satisfying sensation of plunging your hands into a messy combination of pork mince, herbs, and egg…maybe that’s just me Continue Reading…

Almond Banana and CocunutThis cake was a bit of an ad hoc experiment that surprisingly turned out well…after three failed attempts

I think it stemmed in part from my penchant for banana bread and probably from me being bored one afternoon and finding most of these ingredients in the pantry

The banana and almond flavours are quite subtle and it’s a sweet cake that ends up with a slightly chewy but soft shell

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and eating….

February 2, 2013 — 3 Comments

It’s probably unsurprising given my last post I’ve been craving some home cooking and something healthy, and thankfully I’ve managed to find a couple of places that serve up my kind of home-style food.

Bond Street is one of my favourite streets in NYC, I think it’s the architecture and cobble stones, but the restaurants and retail stores help – if I had a spare coupla million bucks I’d move there in a flash.

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Bond Street NYC

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So in light of still not having a kitchen yet, but nevertheless feeling guilty for not keeping the posts up, I’ve decided to post some of my favorite food places here in New York to date – obviously far from a comprehensive list and I intend to attempt to try every great place in all of the boroughs, but for now, these are some of my regulars.

Don’t judge me for my lack of healthy options though, I’m just attempting to blend in!

Fresco

Fresco Gelateria

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Let them eat cake

January 2, 2013 — 4 Comments

No posts from me for a while, I’ve extended my stay in New York for a few months and during that time I’m minus a kitchen…which is beginning to drive me a little nuts

Nevertheless, according to the WordPress people, the most popular post for Farbs Friday Research in 2012 was this cake

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So I’ll take that on board and devote more of 2013 to finishing some of the experimental cakes I started last year…and somehow manage to not eat most of them

Have a great year!

It could have been procrastination brought on by a looming theory essay, but a slow-cooked meal increased in appeal this week

Of course you don’t need to take the time to make this meal, you can use a sirloin or fillet cut, which take no cooking at all, but in my humble opinion, you should always slow cook! Continue Reading…

OK I’ll admit it, I tend to favour the Chorizo…

As for this salad, I can’t quite remember where the impetus for it came from, I think I was wondering if red-wine vinegar would go well with pork…everything goes well with Chorizo

Either way, this is a nice in-between-seasons kind of salad, and as my butcher schooled me this morning, the ingredients also make for a good BBQ skewer Continue Reading…