Ahoy There, NYC Foodies!

I've lived in NYC now for 10 years. So trust me when I say, it's a wonderful, rare occasion where I can truly be a tourist for the day in my own city!

I was recently invited to take a food tour of Chinatown and Little Italy with Ahoy NY Tours & Tasting....

If you follow my Twitter feed, you would have seen a play-by-play of the tour.

If you didn't get a chance to see, PLEASE take a look at a fun and incredibly tasty idea to spend some time exploring this great city with Ahoy NY Tours & Tastings - they have a lot of different options to check out.

Oh! And know that I'm also working on a new PODCAST (which includes more info about my experiences with the tour!) for this website and am working on some technical issues - so stay tuned!

The One Place in NYC for the BEST Spices & Teas

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I really miss being closer to this treasure trove, but no matter where you're located in the city, it's worth a visit. (Even if you can't pronounce the name 100% correctly...!)

Kalustyan’s is located in Manhattan's "Curry Hill" area at 123 Lexington Avenue.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Kalustyan’s may just be **the** best international spice market -ever.

Operating out of the same shop since 1944, they seem to stock every spice, grain, cracker, tea and chutney IMAGINABLE in the world from India to Italy, along with just the right implements, whether it be a tagine, chai teapot or an incense burner.

It’s a certainly a foodie mecca, not just for the seemingly infinite varieties of foods and international kitchen tools, but for the outstanding middle-eastern/mediterranean nosh served at their cafe upstairs.

Once you get to Lex between 28th and 29th Streets, just follow your nose to that wonderful, wonderful aroma that is Kalustyan’s!

Top 5 Chocolates You Need for Valentine's Day

We have great chocolate options in NYC.
There are so many choices of chocolates - in different styles, sizes, and flavors appropriate for anyone and everyone -including just a selfish purchase just for yourself!

But if you're looking for some help with your sweet-toothed sweetie, here's a surefire way to make this a very delicious Valentine's Day!

The top 5 chocolate shops in the city:

Try their chocolate covered macadamia nuts or get some signature spiced Wicked Hot Chocolate any day of the week, but for the special day, check out the Happily Ever After! It's like a jewelry box full of chocolately surprises!

They literally have EVERYTHING I love right here - but those champagne truffles are the real deal.  For Valentine's Day 2018, they created three delicious new duo-filled heart shaped chocolates that pair sweet and spicy fillings: white chocolate strawberry with gingerbread herbs, milk chocolate raspberry with pink pepper, and dark chocolate cherry with anise seed.

The variety of flavors and interesting combos - a favorite is the Viola Truffle45% cacao dark milk chocolate + candied violet flower + mini purple floret. Check out the exotic truffle heart collection.

This is a NYC treasure. I have a penchant for the Nonpareils here -oh! And the seasonal chocolate covered strawberries: YES, please! They won't last long and I suggest contacting the store direct to get an order in ahead of time. 

Some would argue this is THE place for Champagne truffles! Directly from Switzerland, so be sure to ask about their freshness dates if visiting the store in person vs. ordering online. They are a little old school here, but you'll see why they are a city favorite. 

And if you have a favorite, let me know in the comments! I'm always open to new places - but not a "Chocolate Bar" in Union Square. Once was enough there. 

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