Yummy Food Stores in NYC

New York is well-known for its shopping but the shops that I find myself frequenting the most are the food shops in NYC. I love that you can find a shop that specializes in pretty much anything you feel like eating. Here are some of the best:

Pickle Guys (49 Essex St) – this place has been around since I was a little kid. I loved running around the corner and picking a freshly pickled pickle from one of the giant vats. They have salty or garlicky or spicy and the owners are so friendly!

The Pickle Guys
photo by Jay Mandel

Murray’s Cheese Shop (254 Bleecker St) – so much cheese and they have their famous cave for aging the cheeses. You can get soft cheese, bleu cheese, French cheese, Spanish cheese, all kinds of cheese! Continue reading “Yummy Food Stores in NYC”


Coca, Chocolate, and Chicha in Cusco

We went on a GAdventures tour through the southern part of Peru and it was awesome. After getting some churros (con chocolate, crema, and dulce de leche) at Manolo in Lima, we flew to Cusco to begin our acclimation to the high altitude. A good way of checking if you have altitude sickness is to drink a pisco sour once you are in Cusco and see if you immediately become intoxicated. If so, drink as much coca tea as possible because it really helps a lot (whether this is a placebo effect or actual effect, I have no idea). There was a tour day scheduled in Cusco but we kind of wanted to explore on our own so we wandered away from the group for the day. We decided to do a chocolate making workshop at ChocomuseoWe went through the entire process from roasting the beans to grinding the beans down to a paste (so hard to do by hand!) to making our own chocolate bars with lots of different flavorings. It was a lot of fun and pretty cheap at 70 soles.

All of our chocolate flavoring options (Mint, Pepper, Coca, Crackle, Ginger,…)

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Thanksgiving in Geneva

I went to visit my sister in Geneva for Thanksgiving and it’s a very lovely city for exploring on foot. Before going, I asked her to take me to a good chocolate shop and her response was: “you can get a good chocolate bar here for $.45 dude.” Truth! But I still found a favorite shop: La Bonbonniere on Rue de Rive, which sells the most amazing pistachio chocolates I have ever eaten. I don’t have many other food recommendations since we ate Thanksgiving dinner with my sister’s study abroad program but what I can recommend is checking out the UN and the Parc des Bastions where you’ll find life size chess boards (and people concentrating very hard on them). I also found some random cool looking cars while we were walking around.

The Broken Chair at the entrance to the UN
Guardians of the Parc des Bastions (actually Reformation figures Farel, Calvin, Beza, and Knox)

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