USAdventure days 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 & 33: New York

Shop here: Strand Bookstore, New York, USAStayed at: Da Vinci Hotel

Ate at:
– Papaya King
– Momofuku Milk Bar
Levain Bakery
– Burger Joint
– Alice’s Tea Cup (Chapter II)
– Southern Hospitality BBQ
– Nippori (Japanese)
– vanilla bomboloni from Sullivan Street Bakery
5 Napkin Burger
– cream cheese & salmon everything bagel from Russ & Daughters
– pastrami and mustard on rye sandwich from Katz’s Deli
– New York cheesecake from Eileen’s Special Cheesecake
– Tuck Shop and Beyond Sushi at the Chelsea Market
– Nathan’s Hot Dogs at Coney Island
– Ramen Burger by Keizo Shimamoto, pulled pork, brisket and burnt ends by Mighty Quinns Barbeque and a dulce de leche and almond donut from Dough at Smorgasburg/Brooklyn Flea Market
pie from Four & Twenty Blackbirds
– the best pizza at Don Antonio
– Dominique Ansell Bakery
– Crif Dogs
The Halal Guys
– Pommes Frittes
(pretty much all of these will be blogged eventually so stay tuned!)

Got up to:
– Central Park.. Ran around in the snow like a maniac on the first morning in the city! I loved the Alice in Wonderland statue, Belvedere Castle, The Lake and Strawberry Fields!
– Top of the Strand rooftop bar
– Rockefeller Plaza
– Radio City Music Hall
– Times Square
– 37th Annual Three Kings Day Parade
– Bought some books at Kitchen Arts & Letters
– Queensboro Bridge
– Franklin D Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park
– saw Wicked on Broadway!
– looked out over the city from the Top of the Rock(efeller Center)
– Essex Street Market
– South Street Seaport
– saw the Statue of Liberty from Battery Park
– 9/11 Memorial
– bought more books at Strand Bookstore
– and Idlewild Books
– Grand Central Terminal
– The High Line
– Chelsea Market
– Flatiron Building
– Coney Island
– Smorgasburg Flea Market, Brooklyn
– crossed the Brooklyn Bridge back to Manhattan at sunset
– Washington Square Park
– West 4th Street Basketball Courts

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USAdventure days 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23: Toronto

Stayed at: Novotel Toronto Centre

Ate at:
– Momofuku Noodle Bar & Milk Bar
– peameal bacon sandwich at Carousel Bakery (St Lawrence Market)
– Wvrst
– Marchè
– Kanga

Got up to:
– St Lawrence Market
– Niagara Falls
– Hockey Hall of Fame
– Kensington Market
– one hell of a New Years Eve with a good, old friend who we haven’t seen in 5 years, and some fantastic new friends, who kindly invited us to their apartment overlooking the Air Canada Centre and the CN Tower!
– Toronto Island
– Nathan Phillips Square
– Eaton Centre

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Eat here: Momofuku Noodle Bar & Milk Bar, Toronto, Canada

Momofuku Noodle Bar & Milk Bar
190 University Ave, Toronto
http://momofuku.com/

Yes it’s been around forever and already been blogged about by every man and his dog, but we don’t have this in Melbourne so it’s new for me! I’m also a big David Chang fan. And crack pie has been in my dreams for too long.

Anyway, we arrived into Toronto around 3pm this afternoon, picked up our hire car and found our way to our hotel. I’m finally getting over this damn flu that’s been kicking my ass for the past week, and my stomach problems have temporarily eased up; I was pretty excited to realise I was actually genuinely really hungry for the first time in two weeks! Yay! So husband was kind enough to treat me to dinner at Monofuku!

We got the pork buns to start because pork belly is my favourite thing and I’d be happy to drown in a vat of it. I’ve eaten a decent amount of pork belly in my time, and this was easily the best belly I’ve ever had; Momofuku may be old news in the foodie world, but holy wow that was some good bao..

We also had the ramen – probably doesn’t need to be said that this was incredible too. Easy to see what all the fuss is about now!

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After dinner, I dragged us upstairs to the Milk Bar… Oh my… I know I’m gonna have more variety in New York, but I figured I may as well get a head start 😉 compost cookie and crack pie. I have to be honest, the cookie was nice without being amazing (could be because it was cold rather than a more pleasant room temperature), but that crack pie… …. !!!! It was everything.. All buttery and sugary with that oaty crust.. Similar to a coconut-free ANZAC cookie taste, but even more buttery!

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My stomach has taken a rapid turn downhill now that we’re back in the hotel and relaxing, but it was totally worth it – the food was amazing! Wish they’d bring the empire to Melbourne next!

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