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Old Food Is Good Food

Schimmel Yogurt 3
Yogurt from a 104-year-old yogurt culture at Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery, 173 E. Houston, Manhattan, NY 10002

Don’t throw out that old food-keep it and it just might become an heirloom. Jennifer Weiss takes a look at various foods of varying ages, some edible, some not. While my accompanying video looks at at classic NY institution that uses a very old yogurt culture.

Yonah Schimmel has much more to offer than yogurt. Their speciality is the knish-a huge potato pastry incapsulated in an incredibly thin crust. My favorite is the jalapino and cheese combination-Ellen, the manager, works had to constantly innovate while maintaing the bakery’s 104 year old traditions.

Joe’s Pizza-My Second Most Favorite Place in NYC for Pizza

Iconic NY Pizza
Iconic NY Pizza

Pizza is synonymous with the City-and why not? After all, what most of the world considers pizza was practically invented here (sorry, Italy). Nothing is more authentic than a slice from that most iconic of NYC pizzerias, Joe’s Pizza in Greenwich Village. I have to say, however, it’s my second favorite pizza place in NYC. Check out the video.

Citibikes Take Manhattan

Citibikes All in a Row
Citibikes All in a Row

New York has admitted that other cities might have the right idea. This came with the start of the Citibike program, a shared bike systems that allows members to pick up a bike at any one of hundreds of locations throughout the city and return the bike when they are finished. I’ve seen similar programs used successfully in several cities that I have visited all over the world including Paris, London, Zurich, Munich and Dublin. Most of these programs only require a credit or debt card and no type of membership. You just put your card in at one kioske and at a kioske at the point of pick up, and when you return the bike to the same or different kiosks, your time is recorded and you are charged accordingly.

This is not the case in NY. Citibikes require a membership  at $95 per year, which give you unlimited 45-min rides,  then a charge based on time of use.  There are a couple of special rates for 24hr rental and 7-day rental, but the average price comes up to about $9.00 per hour.

Does this mean the end of bike rental companies like the ones in Central Park? I don’t think so. These companies start at about $15 per hour. If you do the math, you would have to ride about 6.33hrs, in 45-min increments, to make the membership pay for itself. If you’re a visitor, do you really think you’re going to spend a day on a Citibike? And if you live here, you can buy a bike for the cost of the membership fee plus a little more.

A Citibike awaits its next customer.
In Battery Park, a Citibike awaits its next customer.

Is it worth it? Well, maybe, if you are cycling enthusiast and you just happen to be without your bike. But then again, I’m not sure a real cycling enthusiast would enjoy riding these bikes. They are not exactly the kind of bikes I see “enthusiasts” weaving in and out of traffic on, so these bikes might be a little too clunky for a true cyclist.

There are people who like the idea of using a bike to commute to work, but don’t have the space to store a bike.

For me, someone who usually prefers moving through the city on two feet rather than two wheels, I will probably pass. I’m not sure it’s worth the membership fee for the occasional cruse.

What about you?

The Empanada Lady of 5th Ave.

The Empanada LadyOn any given day, rain or shine, cold or summer’s heat, she can be found selling spicy, crescent-moon shaped packages of goodness. If ever find yourself hungry on the corner of 5th Ave and 13th in Park Slope, she is the person you want to know. Grab a chicken or beef or, what the heck, one of each and enjoy!

Empanada Lady Cart
You can find her cart at the corner of 5th Ave and 13th Street in Park Slope.

Thank You, Shiner, TX.

shinerbockAfter years of hope and desperation, my favorite beer has finally made it to NYC. Shiner Amber Bock, from the Spoetzl Brewery in the town of Shiner Texas, has been around since 1909 and is the oldest brewery in the Lone Star State. I think of Shiner as an ‘everyday’ beer, much like you would have a go-to wine. Extraordinarily crisp and refreshing, I have never found another beer like it. It’s now available all across the NY area.  Try one today!

Chinese New Year: Year of the Serpent

NYC's Chinatown celebrates the Year of the Serpent.
NYC’s Chinatown celebrates the Year of the Serpent. Click on the image to watch the video.

Chinatown is one of the best places to visit in New York. If your lucky, your visit will coincide with the celebration of the Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the Serpent.  According the the Chinese Zodiac, personality traits of those born under the snake’s auspices include intelligence, gracefulness, and materialism. They are excellent problem-solvers and thrive under tight deadlines.  They also are excellent seducers and have no problem attracting others. Sounds like the cast of “Madmen.”

I attended this year’s Lunar Parade and spoke with Danielle Tin, Marketing Consultant for the Better Chinatown Society. The Society is dedicated to help everyone, visitors and New Yorker’s alike, in discovering all the wonders of Chinatown.