UNA SORPRESA COLORIDA: CAFÉ NADERY

Original article written by me for Moustique.

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Como ya les mencione en mi articulo previo, estar en Nueva York me ha permitido explorar distintos cafecitos donde, al igual que en Europa, uno puede ir a pasar una tarde agradable sin que nadie te bote. Hace como una semana necesitaba escribir unos artículos y decidí que el mejor lugar para hacerlo era en mi café favorito: Stumptown coffee (30 West 8th st.). Sin embargo, cuando llegué sufrí la gran decepción de que no había ninguna mesa disponible y si una cola larguísima de gente esperando para sentarse. Debe ser que muchos New Yorkers leyeron mi articulo acerca de mis cafés favoritos.

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En vista de que mi ida a Stumptown fue un poco fracasada, probé seguir caminando por la misma calle a ver que mas encontraba. Así fue que me topé con un colorido cafecito llamado Café Nadery (16 west 8th st.). Al principio cuando entre y vi los croissants pensé que era un café francés, pero después de fijarme en sus decoraciones y los escritos arabescos de las paredes pude darme cuenta que estaba equivocada. Café Nadery no es francés sino Irani, y su menú contiene sabores del medio oriente tales como dátiles, mermeladas, quesos y almendras, todos combinados con comidas de moda estilo kale gluten free crackers. Yo decidí no ser tan aventurera y opté por pedirme un croissant de almendras, pero mi amiga si se fue por un plato típico iraní de queso con miel y nueces.

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 Como buen sitio persa, tiene una gran variedad de tes importados del medio oriente, los cuales son servidos en tazas típicas de té turco. Por si fuera poco, Café Nadery abre todos los días hasta las 11 de la noche, y sirve un menú totalmente distinto los domingos para brunch.

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Otra cosa que me parecio muy simpática, es que todo el arte que uno ve en las paredes está a la venta, y generalmente exponen piezas de estudiantes de NYU(por su cercania a la Universidad) o bien de artistas emergentes  que quieren exhibir sus obras. Este café es una perfecta combinacion de oriente y occidente localizado en el ombligo del mundo: Nueva York.

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Pastry Shop Guide

Ass all my lovely followers know, I am a HUGE HUGE HUGE foodie. And this semester I had to do a video project for one of my journalism classes where I chose a topic and reported about it. Naturally I decided to make it about food (because it would be really immoral to turn in a video about how much I like going to clubs). I decided to concentrate on North End dining, and while you may be thinking, she already did a post about dining in the North End in february, this time I decided to focus on all the Italian pastry shops in this lovely area. Click on my video to see what I believe are the best Italian pastry shoppes in the North End. There is even a surprise appearance by me, making it the first time you will ever hear me talking!

Bon Apetit!

The Unmarked Door

When one walks through the North End-specifically Hanover street- it is impossible not to get distracted with the amount of restaurants, bars and pastry shops the neighborhood has to offer. It’s hard to believe that a place so small (is less than 1 sq mile big) can offer so many sources of entertainment. One particularly charming thing about this neighborhood is its European-style coffeehouses, where you buy your coffee and actually sit down to drink it. Does this not sound like a marvelous idea? Well in the north end you can find a wide range of cafes to do that, including the famous Caffe Vittoria (290 Hanover street) which was the first Italian coffee house to open in Boston.

However, before serving the best espresso in Boston, Caffe Vittoria was prohibition era’s biggest and most important speakeasy in the city. Here, for the nifty price of $2000, you could buy a key that represented a membership to the place. This gave you the right to booze and debate with your fellow members til’ the sun came up. Now how exactly did Caffe Vittoria work during prohibition? Well Stanza dei Sigari once used to be a part of Caffe Vittoria, and its members would walk in through the espresso bar and go through a narrow set of stairs to the basement of Sigari, which served as the Caffe’s speakeasy. Even today, when you visit Sigari you can see that it has multiple hidden exits that served as escape ways in case the police ever raided the place.

Although it is no longer prohibition and one can drink freely, both Caffe Vittoria and Stanza dei Sigari continue to exist. Caffe Vittoria is not one of Boston’s most popular coffeehouses which is really popular among local politicians, and Stanza dei Sigari is an cigar bar and one of the few places in Boston where you can still smoke indoors.

Party like Boston’s International Elite.

ANYONE WHO GOES to school in Boston has seen them, the fabulously dressed group of students, who speak really broken English and walk around in packs on Newbury Street. And as you see them in their designer outfits, you may wonder, where are they going?


Well it’s no secret that when the wealthy class of internationals arrive in Boston the first thing they do is take out daddy’s credit card out for a spin on a Friday at Venu Boston (100 Warrenton street) to dance the night away to a mix of House music as well as the adjacent Latin room, which plays Spanish songs for the students from the south of the border.
On Saturdays you can find this same crew at the infamous recess Saturday party at Splash Ultra Lounge (150 Kneeland Street) where Miami style pool parties meet the Boston chill in a party that goes on from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. During the summer they even open up their rooftop pool for those brave enough to ruin their outfit by jumping in. One may think that after all these hours of day drinking these students would be exhausted and go to bed early, but make no mistake, these hardcore party animals continue the party at Bijou Nightclub (51 Stuart street) where the expensive cover charges don’t prevent the Euros from partying it up as if they were on the other side of the pond. Complete with a huge line of V.I.P. tables, this relatively new club is an international student favorite because of its similarities to the clubs they frequent in their home countries.

Now Boston’s international elite students aren’t exclusively about partying and clubs, they eat too! You may find these Chanel clad kids curing their hangover at Paramount Beacon Hill (44 Charles street) every Sunday or during the week enjoying sangrias and outdoor patio dining (given that the weather allows it) at Scoozi Newbury (237 Newbury Street) or Cafeteria Boston (279 Newbury street) where on any random Friday afternoon the last language you are likely to hear is English.
Given their profound love for sangria you may also find them on a Thursday evening at BarLola Tapas Lounge (160 Commonwealth av.) where they wine and dine while listening to live music by Los Rumberos. As snobby as their lifestyle sounds, alcohol seems to be the great equalizer since the foreign kid’s drunk food of choice are oversized $3 pizzas from New York Pizza (224 Tremont street) which is conveniently located right by Bijou, Splash and Venu!

Hungry? There’s an App for that!

It seems like the popularity of food trucks and the love of street food is growing at a lightning bolt pace here in Boston. Every week we hear of a new food truck that has just opened its doors (or started its engines?) and is traveling around the city. What used to be reserved only for hot dogs and fast street food has now become a fad  that compiles a wide variety of foods ranging from  breakfast foods to health foods to a good old fashioned lobster roll (Lobsta Love anyone?) and even food trucks devoted exclusively to dessert.

 However time is scarce and no one wants to eat at a food truck that is out of the way, or waste time looking them up on Google. And since they are constantly moving around, you can only follow so many food trucks on twitter to know where they are located at that day. So in a city as fast paced as this one, how does one keep up with the locations of the aforementioned trucks? Well in a place where smart phones seem to be more of a necessity than a luxury, you can now download an app that allows you to follow your favorite and not so favorite food trucks around the city.

This app is called “Boston Street Food” and what it does is that it pinpoints your location and displays all the food trucks that are around your area. They are displayed either on your phone’s Google map or in a list format ordered either alphabetically or in order of which one is closer to you at the moment. But that’s not all, if you are especially fond of a certain truck you can click on it on your map and it will tell you where it will be parking within the next five days and, its hours of operation as well. If you are absolutely and madly in love with that truck you can also rate it for other people to see how much you love it. If you are a fan of trying new things this app also gives a detailed description of what each food truck serves and how other users have rated their food. So now you won’t only have a variety of gourmet food driven to a street close to you, but you will be able to “follow” them around from the comfort of your phone.

New York vs. Paris

Anyone and everyone who knows me knows that New York City is the love of my life. However I have always had an affair with Paris. In this little video you can see an animated comparison between my love and my lover. Who knows, maybe you too will fall in love with the bright lights of these big cities.

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Video Brought to you by Buzzfeed

Missing In Action

In case you have missed me and have been wondering why on earth have I stopped writing, well I can explain. Due to the fact that I finished school on May 1st I took advantage of my free time and decided to travel around. I went to Chicago, Puerto Rico and Connecticut. However I am now back and very happy to recommence. Here are a few pictures of what I have been up to all month long.

Chicago- Millennium Park.

Puerto Rico- The island paradise that always makes me wonder why I chose to go to school in the northeast.

See what I mean? Its glorious.

Paradise, this kills my eyes.

What is that big man doing in that little carrito? Memorial day parade at Trumbull, CT.

In search of NY’s best burger

In search of Ny’s Best Burger

In case you got lost in translation, here’s the English version of our article about NY’s Best burger!

Most New Yorkers love to eat, and many call themselves “foodies.” In this city you can find pretty much any type of cuisine from any part of the world and for every type of palled. However there are certain dishes that have become gastronomic icons of this city. One good example of this is the Hamburger.

Restaurant critics have argued endlessly about who makes New York’s best burger and no one seems to agree on a single one. I can assure you there is now New Yorker that doesn’t have his o her favorite burger joint. You cannot consider yourself a native of this city without claiming which one is your own.

Here at INstanative we have dedicated ourselves to rounding up what we believe are the top burgers of this city!

Time Out, Best Burgers 2012

Back Forty 190 Avenue B # 1, New York, NY‎ – (212) 388-1990‎
Market Table 54 Carmine Street New York, NY 10014- (212) 255-2100
Petey’s Burger 30-17 30th Avenue, ASTORIA, NY‎ – (718) 267-6300‎
Corner Bistro 331 West 4th Street, New York, NY‎ – (212) 242-9502‎
Paul’s 131 2nd Avenue, New York, NY‎ – (212) 529-3033‎

Zagat Guide, Best Burgers 2012

Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien 119 W. 56th St. (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.) 212-708-7414
B&B 25 W. Houston St. (bet. Greene & Mercer Sts.) 212-334-7320
DuMont/DuMont Burger 314 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn; 718-384-6127
Bare Burger 33-21 31st Ave. (34th St.) 718-777-7011
Corner Bistro 331 W. Fourth St.; 212-242-9502

According to us:

The Spotted Pig

This gastro pub is perfect for after-work drinks or to unwind after a long day of exploring the city. Around 5 o’clock the bar fills up and that’s when the good stuff happens. It’s really hard to find reservations here, however if you arrive early or during lunchtime you are likely to find a seat. The burger here comes with Roquefort cheese and French fries and the bread is soft but toasty. Don’t be surprised if you become addicted!!

314 W 11th St at Greenwich St (212-620-0393). Price: $17.

DBGB

There’s three types of burgers here: the “Yankee” the “Piggie” and the “Frenchie.” The three of them are delicious in their unique way and prepared with the finest meat. DBGB is the more casual Daniel Bouloud restaurant and it is considered a hybrid between a French “brasserie” and an American pub.

Price $11-17

Minetta Tavern

This tavern isn’t your typical “burger joint” but more like the New York version of a French Bistrot. Its style is very “downtown chic” which makes it a perfect place to see and be seen. Its food is very good but the hamburger is outstanding. Price $17-$26

113 MacDougal Street New York, NY 10012-1201 (212) 475-3850