Brunch at Cafeteria

Yum, yum. Cafeteria always has something surprising in their ever changing seasonal menu and has generous portions. It’s one of these bright places, which simple white walls and food that comes out presented in a way that makes your stomach growl loudly in anticipation.

There’s also a comfort to drinking out of a jar–here is their famous cranberry lemonade in a mason jar!

Brunch at Shopsin's General Store

I am continually on the hunt for a good brunch spot. One of the places that I have to mention is Shopsin’s General Store. It is in the Essex Market. I kept looking outside of it, walking up and down the street to no avail and finally figured out that you have to go inside and past the meat market to find this tiny little place full of vulgarity and the most delicious food you will ever encounter.

The menu has about 8 million items and it is very difficult to choose one meal. It is family owned and family run and if you adore spicy food, like I do, get a little kick by ordering an item with “hatch,” which is apparently a green chili. Also, another delicious item comes from “The Petes” section of the menu, called the “Repete.” Prepare to enter into pig heaven. Also, if you are a vegetarian (I only pay attention to this now because my husband became one about two years ago), there is plenty of food for you. Beware, you will get scorned for being one, but there are many items to choose from and you’ll still be enchanted by deliciousness.

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B Cup and Katy

There are so many great coffee shops in NYC, but my favorite is B Cup on Ave B and 13th St. It just grabs my fancy, perhaps it’s because we’re so attracted to bright colors and you almost feel like you’re on the set of “Friends”, except it’s a little grungier and the people behind the counter are way friendlier and more interesting.

Almost every time I have a visitor, (which has been a lot lately) I tend to gravitate toward B Cup. Not only does it have delicious treats fit for everyone’s tastes, it is comfy, in a great location (Alphabet City) and near an area of the city I love photographing and walking around.

Mmmm…I’m craving an Israeli salad as I write about it. Thanks to my Canadian friend, Katy (pictured above) who accompanied me, I had my fill of decaf herbal tea, while she drank some delicious coffee. We had one of those fabulous nights where we ate and walked our way through the East and West Village and talked for close to 7 hours.

I met Katy while traveling through Morocco a few months ago and was glad to have her visit. Many of my […read more…]