New York Day 6, September 2013

Taking the Subway to Lower Manhattan, to the Financial District

Taking the Subway to Lower Manhattan, to the Financial District

Friday, Day 6, was a really fun day! Koen and I started with the Financial District, seeing Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange before having a delicious lunch at the Shake Shack. After our burgers, fries, and milkshakes, we walked off the calories along the Brooklyn Bridge enjoying the sun and clear skies. After walking to Brooklyn, we took the subway to Midtown because on Fridays from 4 to 8PM, the Moma is free! There is so much wonderful art at the Moma, and I could take photos, so there will be another post dedicated to the Museum of Modern Art. Afterwards, we headed back to Chinatown and induldged in cupcakes from Molly’s Cupcakes in Greenwich Village.

 

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New York Day 5, September 2013

Walking through Chinatown to Greenwich village - so NYC to me with the fire escapes

Walking through Chinatown to Greenwich village – so NYC to me with the fire escapes

Day 5 included a delicious lunch at the Spotted Pig, a picnic in Washington Square Park, and a walk through the Flat Iron District and Union Square. As you can see by the photos, we were really lucky with the warm, sunny weather!

 

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South American-Style Brunch

South American-style brunch

South American-style brunch

Yum! I am so happy I found Jamie Oliver’s recipe for a South American-style brunch. I had an avocado and cilantro at home, so I did a search on Jamie’s website and found this dish. The quinoa is topped with warm pan-fried black beans and eggs and cold diced avocado, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, self-pickled chilli peppers, cilantro, and mint!

 

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New York City Day 4, September 2013

Breakfast in Bryant Park

Breakfast in Bryant Park

This was my parents’ last day in New York. We had to part after breakfast, because they had tickets for the afternoon matches at the US Open. So we grabbed breakfast sandwiches from a street vendor to eat in Bryant Park. Afterwards we visited the New York Public Library, then met up with Christine and had lunch at the first pizzeria in America. Day 4 is also the day we transitioned from staying in Midtown with my parents to Chinatown with Christina!

 

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New York City Day 3, September 2013

Breakfast of champions! Cupcakes and iced coffee..yum!

Breakfast of champions! Cupcakes and iced coffee..yum!

My parents didn’t buy tickets for the US Open on Day 3, so we rented bikes and explored Central Park – so much bigger than I thought with a lot of hills! After a quick lunch, we explored a few shops while making our way to Mood Fabrics. After buying new fabric, my parents left to get ready for Wicked while Koen and I went back to Nintendo World and then to Chinatown to have dinner with Christina.

 

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New York City Day 2, September 2013

Walking through Midtown, on our way to eat real New York bagels

Walking through Midtown, on our way to eat real New York bagels

Day 2 was a busy one! First bagels at Ess-a-bagel, and then exploring Grand Central Station, Bryant Park, Fashion Avenue, the Garment District, the Highline, and then the US Open – my birthday present from my parents!

 

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New York City Day 1, September 2013

Warwick Hotel on 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) in Midtown, our home for the first 4 days!

Warwick Hotel on 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) in Midtown, our home for the first 4 days!

Koen and I are back from our 14 day vacation in New York City! Over the next week or so, I’ll be doing a day-by-day post of our trip. Day One includes seeing my parents and Christina, the 29th Annual Brazilian Day Festival, that happened to take place right next to our hotel, Rockefeller Plaza, Times Square, burgers, and cupcakes!

 

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Pirashki Stuffed with Ground Beef

Pirashki!

Pirashki!

Although I have been experimenting with many different regional cuisines, it was pointed out to me that I’ve yet to make any Persian food. After reviewing a list of Persian dishes, the Persian Pirashki caught my eye. But I was a little confused because pirashki sounds really Russian. So of course I looked it up and it turns out that there are many dishes in Iran that have roots in Russia. I had to brush up a bit on my geography and realized that the two countries are really close together, so it isn’t really that surprising that a few dishes overlap.

This was my first time making bread dough! Luckily I have seen Koen make it millions of times so I had an idea of what I had to do and what to expect my dough to look like. The result was a bit like naan, because it’s yogurt based. The combination of the yogurt dough and ground beef filling – yellow from the tumeric, was so delicious! From the recipe I was able to make 10 pirashkis, so Koen and I are having the rest for lunch today! Yum! Continue reading

Grayson and Tamar Visit Antwerp, August 2013

Grayson and Tamar in Antwerp's Central Station, fresh off of the train!

Grayson and Tamar in Antwerp’s Central Station, fresh off of the train!

Before I can start posting my photos from New York City, I first want to make a post about Grayson and Tamar’s (my brother and sister-in-law’s) first trip to Antwerp! In early August they were traveling around Western Europe and made sure to stop over in Antwerp. Not only was it their first time visiting me in Antwerp, but also their first time in Belgium. We drank plenty of Belgian beer and ate a lot of Belgian chocolates and fries.

 

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Quinoa Lettuce Wraps with Easy Peanut Sauce

All of the ingredients laid out and ready to be combined! Quinoa, basil, carrots, lettuce leaves, peanut sauce, radishes, and cucumber.

All of the ingredients laid out and ready to be combined! Quinoa, basil, carrots, lettuce leaves, peanut sauce, radishes, and cucumber.

Koen and I are back from New York, so now I’m back in the kitchen trying new recipes. For this evening I wanted a recipe that was fresh and easy to make. On the plane I watched an episode from one of Jamie Oliver’s cooking shows, and was inspired to make lettuce wraps! I did a Google-search and found this recipe for Quinoa Lettuce Wraps with Easy Peanut Sauce. Really delicious and crunchy!

 

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