Tuesday, June 21, 2011
NYC – I’m coming and I’m hungry
Things have been all a flutter here at Casa PC as I plan for my very first trip to New York City. I’m very excited and making all kinds of plans to sight-see and go to Broadway shows, but one of the things I’m most looking forward to is the food.
I love food. All kinds of food. I’ll try pretty much anything at least once (except bugs. I draw the line at eating bugs.). And when I travel, I always want to try the local cuisine. No, I will not be eating at McDonald’s in NYC.* I can eat that here. I want to eat at out-of-the-way places that only the locals know about. I want to eat at the places I see on TV. If there’s a specialty of the area, I want to try it. I think it’s important to the experience to eat the way the locals do. (When folks come south, I feed them BBQ, biscuits, and sweet tea. It’s part of the experience!)
So, for the last couple of weeks, I’ve been emailing the folks I know in NYC and asking for recommendations. And, boy, do I have a list. Pizza in Brooklyn, dim sum in Chinatown, kosher delis, an Ethiopian place, a Turkish place. This is the kind of stuff I can’t get here, and I’m so hungry just thinking about it.
I also intend to break every rule I have about hygiene and get a hot dog from a street vendor. It just seems like the right thing to do while in NY.
Are you an adventurous eater? When you travel, what do you consider important to the experience?
*Although I did eat at a McDonald’s in Paris. I’d been there a week on a student budget and limited French skills, so I wanted food that I knew what the heck it was. That was the best Big Mac ever.