United Nations of Food: Afghan in New York City

Afghan at Bamiyan

I tick off Afghanistan and Pakistan in my quest to eat food from every country in the United Nations. When you think of Afghanistan, food is not what springs to mind for most people. But if you get the opportunity to try Afghan food, you should – it’s quite delicious! So what is Afghan food […]

Photo Friday: Amish road sign in New York


Western New York; July 2010 Now this is about as far as you can get from Manhattan and still be in New York! You could call it the opposite of Sex and the City. After my trip to New York City in June I visited a little-known part of New York State – the Cassadaga […]

Chocolate martini at Ayza in Manhattan

Chocolate martini

Cocktails and chocolate in Midtown Manhattan. When I planned my trip to New York, I genuinely thought eight days would be enough time. After all, it wasn’t like I was visiting the city for the first time. I figured the TBEX travel bloggers conference would take two days, so that would leave six days to […]

Photo Friday: Bears in New York City

Three Bears

New York City; June 2010 I promised that I would have some animal-themed posts from my trip to New York City and I don’t plan to disappoint. So far I’ve shared photos of gorillas from Bronx Zoo, now it’s time for some bear action. Central Park is full of fun statues. Earlier in the day […]

UN of food: Colombian and Uruguayan food in Queens


My culinary adventures in New York City continued in Queens. My Brooklyn-based host Mike was keen for a Queens outing so I met up with him after work and we caught the F train out to Jackson Heights. I had originally intended to go to Queens earlier in the day so I could visit some […]

Behind the scenes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

A rare glimpse at how one of the world’s top museums does its restoration work on art and artifacts. On the Thursday before the TBEX travel blogging conference, I joined a small group of travel bloggers on a special tour with Context Travel. Context offers walking tours in a few cities around the world – […]

Cajun food in Staten Island – yes, really

The St George Parish Grill and Staten Island Museum. When I decided to visit all five boroughs of New York City on my recent trip, I didn’t have much of a plan for Staten Island. I knew I’d be staying in Brooklyn and making regular trips to Manhattan. The Bronx had the zoo and the […]

Video: Street pianos in New York

New York street piano

Manhattan, NY; June 2010 I can’t help myself – when I see a piano, I want to play with it. I say with because my rudimentary skills mean that I am not really playing the piano, just fooling around. I can peck out part of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy with my right hand and that’s […]

Best of the Web: New York in the blogosphere

New York skyline

A collection of links about New York City and Long Island. It isn’t long to go before a host of travel bloggers is due to descend on New York City for the TBEX conference. Thanks to the generosity of my readers, I’ll be among them. After spending some time in the city, I’m heading to […]

The ninth day of Christmas

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me… Nine ladies dancing, eight maids a milking, seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying, five gold rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree. Today was clear and blue but a cold change […]