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24 Hours in New York City: Foodie Tour


Jacob's Pickle: simplelivingeating.com

My kids' and I foodie adventure began on the Upper West Side of Manhattan at Jacob's Pickle a soul food pub that makes it's own pickles. You have to order the pickle sampler... sweet, spicy, dill, sour... they were outstanding. Our favorite was the Special Sour Cukes. 

Jacob's Pickle: simplelivingeating.com

If you are wise you'll order lunch with the idea that each dish is a family size portion. We ordered the Chicken and Pancakes, Leek Country Sausage and Mushroom Mac n Cheese not realizing that we had ordered enough food for 6 not 3. It was delicious but way too much food!

We walked over to the Hayden Planetarium to check out their space exhibit before the 4 pm showing of Dark Universe. My kids and myself are lovers of science fiction and real world space exploration. The exhibits are thought provocative and interactive. 

After we watched the IMAX show we decide to take a stroll. It was a beautiful Spring day so we headed across the street to Central Park. New York was in bloom both people and nature were sites to see. We headed out of the park through Strawberry Fields the area dedicated to the memory of John Lennon. It is located on 72St not far from The Dakota where John lived and was killed. 

We headed downtown to 40th St near Bryant Park where our hotel was located. The plan was to relax for a little while and then check out a Korean BBQ restaurant in Little Korean Town which is in walking distance from our hotel. Being teens they were pooped, and we were all still full from our huge lunch. We decided to enjoy the comfy beds at the hotel, watch Night At the Museum and buy some snacks from the gourmet deli next door.

The next morning we ate breakfast at La Pain Quotidien which had a wonderful selection of French pastries and hot breakfasts like Belgian waffles and steel cut oatmeal. After breakfast we headed to the Lower East Side to check out two candy stores. Our first stop was The Sweet Life which was a treasure trove of every type of candy imaginable. They had homemade chocolates and other specialties along with imported candies from all over Europe. Papabubble was our next stop. Their hard candy is crafted in the store and is as delicious too eat as it is beautiful to behold. It was hard not to eat all the great sweets we selected, but we held off and went to lunch first. 

I was really looking forward to eating at Balaboosta because I own Einat Admony cookbook and I love it. We were not disappointed. My daughter had the Shakshouka which is an egg baked in a spicy tomato sauce with spinach and served with grilled sourdough. I had the Moroccan Fish Cazuela which was a lemony fish in a red pepper paprika sauce. My son had the Grilled Skirt Steak which had an outrageously delicious marinade. Both my daughter and I are not steak eaters and we kept asking for bites. 

After this fantastic lunch we strolled around the East Side and headed into Nolita and then boarded the subway back to Grand Central Station and hopped on the train home after picking up our luggage at the hotel.  

This post is shared on the following food/craft parties:

Tuesday Food:
Hearth & Soul Blog Hop @ 21st Century Housewife
Totally Tasty Tuesday @ Mandy's Recipe Box
Show Me What You Got @ Our Delightful Home
In & Out of the Kitchen @ Feeding Big & More
Tuesday's Table @ Love in the Kitchen
Tasty Tuesday #Anyonita Nibbles
Share your Stuff Tuesday @ Table for Seven
Simple Supper Tuesday @Hun...What's for Dinner?

Wednesday Food:
From Dream to Reality @ DYI Dreamer
 Wednesday Whatsit @White Lights on Wednesday 
Fresh Foods Wednesdays @ Gastronomical Sovereignty
Wonderful Food Wednesdays at @ All She Cooks
What's Cooking Wednesday @Buns in My Oven 
Lovely Ladies Linky @This Silly Girl's Life

Thursday Food:
Full Plate Thursday @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Thriving on Thursdays @ Domesblissity

Friday Food:

Foodie Friday @ Home Maid Simple
Foodie Friday @ Rattlebridge Farm 
Friday Linky Party @ The Pin Junkie 
Freedom Fridays @ Love Bakes Good Cakes
Inspiration Spotlight @ Dear Creatives
Eat Create Party @I Want Crazy
Foodtastic Friday@ Voice Blok
Family Fun Friday @ Happy and Blessed Home
Let's Get Real @ Juggling Real Food and Real Life
Get Him Feed @ Bakewell Junction

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  1. I have two things to say: 1) E-N-V-I-O-U-S. 2) WHAT A MOM!!!!!

    1. If you can get yourself to NYC I would customize a tour to your tastes too.

  2. I visit NYC every year and love every minute of it. Next time I will try to stop at some of the restaurants you've mentioned and if you could add any more places to eat I would appreciate it too!

    1. What kind of food are you interested in? There are so many.

  3. I have always wanted to go to New York City! One of these days I will make it there. What an awesome trip, your kids are so lucky to have so much culture that close to home. That first lunch, would have filled me up for the whole weekend....wow!! Your son the Taurus is the beef lover? Shocking, LOL. ;)

    1. If you can get yourself to NYC Lisa a will give you a personalized tour... I'll even bring you to a steak house (Peter Luger) if you want.

  4. Love this post, Diane! Such a fun few days with your kids! That candy store looks amazing! Can’t wait till we meet-up in July!

    1. Yes, it is going to be fun going around NYC with people who are into food.

  5. That sounds like such a fun time! My 10 year old would love the pickle shop. He always asks to make our own pickles every year.

    1. This was a great little trip because it really can appeal to any age. We love pickles!

  6. I am an hour from the city and my kids would love this! What hotel did you stay in?

  7. How fun :-) look forward to meeting up this summer

    I love day trips into the city. Our last trip there was museum based but I made sure we hit up Milk Bar for some treats.

    1. Me too... it's going to be terrific meeting everyone.


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