Mr. Coleman Can’t Compete With @momofuku Ramen

Mr. Coleman Can’t Compete With @momofuku Ramen

We recently discovered Mind of a Chef on Netflix. The show is great, but there’s one big downside of watching it — it leaves you wanting to eat food you may not have easy access too. We don’t all have a noodle shop down the street …

This is How You Fish Fry: Doug’s To Go

This is How You Fish Fry: Doug’s To Go

The New York fish fry tradition is strong enough to warrant a mention on Wikipedia. Upstate New Yorkers love their breaded and fried haddock sandwiches. Lisa’s favorite? Doug’s in Cortland. Problem is, we’re never in Cortland. Luckily, there’s Doug’s To Go, a traveling fish fry-mobile that sets …

Shake Shack vs. Five Guys (vs. In-N-Out and Culver’s)

Shake Shack vs. Five Guys (vs. In-N-Out and Culver’s)

In New York, we dined at Shake Shack, and when I say ‘dined,’ I mean we fought bitterly for a table to balance our drinks on while we shoved our food into our faces as fast as possible to escape the too-crowded restaurant. But some …

$70 Breakfast at the Station Diner with a Side of Free Hotel

$70 Breakfast at the Station Diner with a Side of Free Hotel

Things are expensive in New York. We spent $70 on breakfast one day in Brooklyn at the Station Diner, plus tip. Insane? Or the best deal ever? You decide. Breakfast included all-you-can-drink coffee and a cup of orange juice. Options were limited, but I opted …

Three Places to Stroll in New York

Three Places to Stroll in New York

We love walking around New York. Every time we visit, we probably cover 8 miles a day. Or more. Here’s where we strolled on our last visit: The High Line Park The way-western side of Manhattan is interesting. There are empty lots. There’s new construction. …

The Greatest Website in Queens

The Greatest Website in Queens

The greatest website in Queens is the Sunnyside Food blog maintained by our buddy Mikolaj. It’s so popular that there’s a Tumblr site that mocks it. Now, I can’t speak much about the rest of Queens, but I can testify that it exists as a …

Papaya King and the Tourism Hype Machine

Papaya King and the Tourism Hype Machine

Anthony Bourdain likes Papaya King. Kramer likes Papaya King. Ted from How I Met Your Mother likes Papaya King. Everybody likes Papaya King. But will I like Papaya King? I do like hot dogs. I liked the Mexican hot dogs I had in Tucson. I like …

The Dinnertime Dance in New York

The Dinnertime Dance in New York

It’s dinnertime in New York and we’ve got a plan. We’ll grab a glass of wine at Bar Jamón, then get dinner at either ABC Kitchen or Beecher’s or Cafe Mono. Easy. We jump in a cab and head to Gramercy Park. It’s still a …

The History of the Half Moon / Black and White Cookie

The History of the Half Moon / Black and White Cookie

I grew up eating Half Moon cookies. But I had never had a NYC-style Half Moon cookie (OK, OK: a Black and White cookie) until last weekend. NYC is so good at so many things: bagels, pizza, overwhelming crowds of people. How could it get the …

Three New York City Neighborhood Dive Bars

Three New York City Neighborhood Dive Bars

It’s been a while since we visited New York. We’ve missed it. New York is a really great city. Times Square, however, is terrible and crowded. We managed to get stuck walking through Times Square three times even though we were committed to avoiding it. …

We Spot the Seneca White Deer

We Spot the Seneca White Deer

We were just driving along, minding our own business, when I saw something out of the corner of my eye. Looked like a mountain goat. Couldn’t have been a mountain goat. The Finger Lakes region isn’t mountain goat country. “Did you see that?” I asked …

United States of Hot Sauce: Frank’s, Tapatio, and Tabasco

United States of Hot Sauce: Frank’s, Tapatio, and Tabasco

Two regional food things surprised me on the trip: beer and hot sauce. Beer is much more regionally varied than the Bud Light commercials suggest — try getting Kokanee in South Carolina … or Yuengling in Yosemite … or Dixie anywhere outside New Orleans. Same with hot sauces. …