The Astoria Flea & Food kicked of this past Sunday on May 4th, 2014 and of course I was there to be a part of it.
Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the Holiday Markets of New York City are here and in good cheer.
These markets set in outdoor and indoor spaces transform the landscape into a winter wonderful gifts and goodies.
I love trolling through interesting booths of beautiful artisan wares that are truly delightful and supporting small local artists.
The place to be on Saturday, Sept. 28th, was Tang’s Natural NYC Dumpling Festival at Sara D. Roosevelt Park in Manhattan’s Lower East Side
I was invited as press to witness and taste a large array of dumplings from various cultures around the world.
There was more than just aircrafts and space shuttles to experience at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum last night.
Pier 86 was pulsating with colorful food trucks, fervent foodies and a general mood of revelery as everyone was having the time of their life at The Village Voice Choice Streets – The Second Annual Food Truck Event.
This event was a one-stop shop to sample offerings from over 25 of the most popular food trucks in New York City. I was thrilled to represent Voice Places where any of you can review places and experiences. Do check it out at http://www.voiceplaces.com/new-york/
Food: ☆☆☆ ½
Service: ☆☆ ½
Must try: Tokri Chaat, Samosa Chaat, Onion Rava Dosa
Dilli Haat is an Indian crafts and food bazaar located in the heart of the city. There are many stalls here that showcase the great variety of handicrafts from all over India.
The idea behind Dilli Haat is to promote the rural craftsmen and artisans and facilitate them selling their handicrafts directly to the buyers. A few of the stalls are permanent but many or there on a rotational basis changing every fifteen days or so. There are on going festivals and performing arts from all over the country that keep this place quite abuzz.
The name Nizam’s is almost synonymous with kathi rolls in India. They were one of the first ones to popularize this food that has its historic origins in cuisine from the princely states of North Eastern India.
A kathi roll is a very popular fast food in India. The meats used in these rolls are traditionally cooked in a charcoal pit using wooden skewers, which are called “Kathi’s”; hence the name Kathi Kababs or Kathi rolls.
Last night, I was invited to attend a media reception organized to celebrate the opening of The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park.
Every holiday season, Bryant Park is transformed into a vibrant hubbub of activity. This tree-lined space comes alive with twinkling lights, a skating rink and unique vendor booths. This holiday fair features more than 120 artisans and merchants selling one-of-a-kind merchandise that promises to make for exciting holiday gifts.
The Lower East Side was really hopping today with New York Magazines Grub Street Food Festival at the Hester Street Fair. This food festival offered up a smorgasbord of some 70-plus-food vendors who were selling everything from lobster rolls to lollipop cupcakes.
Along with all the great food there were some amazing vendors selling their merchandise. Of course my very favorite booth was Pages of My Life Journal , where we were selling our beautiful gratitude journals for women and children.
Mumbai was the birthplace of the extremely popular street snack known as a Frankie, which is somewhat like a kati roll. It is a chapatti roll with or without egg that has options of different filling such as mutton, potato, chicken, and so on. Read the rest of this entry
MY RATINGS FOR THIS MEAL
I recommend: Falafel
And the winner of this years Vendy Awards is……….
Farez “Freddy” Zeideia’s – the King of Falafel and Shawarma.
I really do agree with the king of falafel part. Freddy fries up an unbeatable, oblong shaped falafel, which is absolutely delicious. Its crisp on the outside and the filling is perfectly spiced.
The best part is that you get to try a free falafel while you wait for your order to be cooked up.
Freddy’s halal cart serves up quite a variety of shawarma, falafel and chicken rice combinations.
I really liked the basmati rice that comes with their rice platters. It is very nicely flavored and the pickled turnips that they add to their salad really adds great bite.
All the people working at the King of Falafel and Shawarma cart are super friendly and even though it is a food cart, it has a nice homey, community feel to it.
So if you are in and around Astoria, do make sure that you go and pay homage to the king!
Here is some of what we ate:
As a foodie, I find the Lower East Side so charming. Quaint little food shops and restaurants are popping up all over the place and I for one just love to explore it all.
One of my most interesting recent finds was the Hester Street Fair located at Hester and Essex Street.
The Hester Street Fair is a brand new street fair, which is modeled on the Brooklyn Flea. At this hip little market one can find everything from macarons to men’s shirts!