What an amazing foodie day!
My husband Billy's friend Lily Lee is visiting NYC from Los Angeles, California.
It was already our plan to visit her in NYC, since I have never met her in person, only through social media.
Lily and Billy met when he was working as a singer on celebrity cruises and lily was a passenger. Lilly is a very smart, well travelled beautiful woman, who loves to go on cruise ships.
However, we did not want to do the "typical" day in NYC, walking, shopping, theater and what not. So last night, when planning our trip, we came up with the idea to make it into a food trip!
Not a better place, New York City1 EVerything is here!
We really wanted to honor our friend and have some sort of a different day.
We decided to take a trip through three different areas of the world, Beautiful Asia in honor to Lily, Romantic Italy, in my Husband's honor, and of course Venezuela!!!!
Our first stop was Chinatown. Thanks to my new friend lily, I learned today what Dim Sum is all about. Lily chose this amazing restaurant by feelings. Yes, just like I said. Feelings!. We would be walking around Chinatown, stopping at different restaurants I suggested, and she would explained to me what kind of restaurant and food it was, Chinese, Thailandese, Cantonese and pekin were some of the words she used to describe this places, she would also say something like: "nope, not here, this one is cheesy". Or this one is not the right one.
Suddenly we walked by this place and she goes:
"This is the right place, lets go" Delight 28 seafood restaurant, in Chinatown
Entering the place was an experience on its own. Billy and I were the only non-Asian people there. It was beautiful to see how entire families sit together and enjoy the amazing food and tea they serve. Lily explained to us that the place is actually used for Chinese weddings (then she proceeded to show us we're they perform the ceremonies) Picture below with the 2 dragons on the wall)
Then she starting speaking Chinese to the server.
Suddenly this waitress with a trolley cart full of small metal steamers approaches our table and started showing us all the goods. Delicious prawns dumplings, chicken wrapped in rice dough, pork ones. Oh my! Every one was better than the next.
The freshness and simplicity of the food and the combination of dipping sauces and the home made tea made my first Dim sum experience, unforgettable!
Lilly also explained dim sum is a Chinese form of breakfast/brunch
Next stop was EATALY (200 Fith ave)
An amazing market where great wines and good italian food are all gathered in this great building downtown manhattan.
Fresh bread, meats and vegetables can be found everywhere along with fresh pastas and charcuterie.
We walked around the place and I felt like a kid in a candy store. Fresh truffles, mushrooms of all kinds, Pameggiano cheese, mozzarellas and more were the stars of this beautiful place
After walking around trying to digest the dim sum, We ended up going to
La piazza, ordered a cheese and meats plate and I ordered a glass of vino Rosso. One of the best I have ever tried.
The prosciutto de Parma was everything I wanted and of course the cheese with the caramelized figs were to die for.
Then a little food shopping was in order before going to our next destination VENEZUELA.
Chinese broccoli, dragon fruit, and leeches were among some of the products I bought.
I love the fresh and inexpensive products you can find in this city
Last stop VENEZUELA.
Now it was my turn to host this dinner. Our friend Michael Avila also joined us at this last leg of my foodie tour. We went to a Venezuelan restaurant called el cocotero.
Among the dishes I order for everyone to try were:
Tequeños: cheese wrapped in puff pastry
Tripe soup (Not one of my husband's favorites, LOL!
Tajadas (sweet plantains)
Another amazing feast to end our tour.
It was the perfect day today. The weather was great, the company even better. I can't wait to do this again.