THELEwala Indian Food Cart, MacDougal Street, New York

TheleWalaIf you are out in village and fancy a snack then the THELEwala Indian Food Cart is the place to go. THELEwala food in Hindi translates to a home-style delicious hearty meal, and this is exactly what THELEwala do so well. They are famous for their nizami rolls, which are filled with delicious spicy ingredients. One is really enough, but it is so tempting to get two!

My faves are the Chapli roll and the Achari Aloo Tikki roll. And they are only around $4-5 each. Fabulous!

Chill Out with People’s Pops

Peoples PopsImage from People’s Pops

This summer in New York has all been about the People’s Pops ice pops. Forget about the old fashioned sugary lollys of the past and imagine an ice pop that is made of pure fruit and comes in flavours like apricot lavender, strawberry rhubarb, sour cherry, cantaloupe mint, raspberry basil, strawberry balsamic and peach mint.

Plus they do shave ice too in equally yummy flavours. Found in locations across Manhattan. Roll up roll up!

Brunch at Cafe Cluny, West Village, New York

Cafe Cluny, West Village, New YorkIf you find yourself in New York and want to grab some brunch in a cute French place, then Cafe Cluny is your place. Nestled away in the West Village on West 4th street, brunch here is all about the eggs and the New York special – the mimosa.

Cafe Cluny, West Village, New York

So grab a partner in crime and settle down for some gossiping, New York brunch style. And then afterwards get an ice-cream at their outside cart and wander down West 4th street in the sunshine. What a perfect Sunday!

Dinner at Race Lane, East Hampton, New York

Last week we managed a quick trip to East Hampton and as it was all very last-minute, we didn’t have a dinner reservation. So I scrabbled around on Friday eve on OpenTable (you got to love them) and found Race Lane.

Race Lane, East HamptonImage: Race Lane

It looked cool, the reviews were good – so we hopped on it. And we managed to get a table in the backyard which is really pretty. A top tip is the bar in the yard looked the perfect place to have a post-beach cocktail.

The food was really good  – my faves were the lobster mac and cheese and the chocolate bread pudding. Yum!

So if you are looking for a relaxed spot for some dinner or a cocktail head here.

A Parisian Weekend: Part 4 – Marché des Enfants Rouges

Le Marché des Enfants Rouges

A visit to Paris isn’t complete without eating way too much delicious food. And what better way to do this than exploring a foodie market.

The Marché des Enfants Rouges is a traditional covered food market located in the Marais. This very old market began life in 1615 when it was created to supply food to the new neighbourhood. And to be honest not much has changed.

Le Marché des Enfants Rouges

It’s open from Tuesday to Sunday and filled with food from its residents including a fishmonger, a butcher, a greengrocer, a cheese specialist and a baker.

Marche des Enfants Rouges

And the best thing about the market is if you’re hungry you can take advantage of the small restaurants on site, who sell a variety of food including salads, anti-pasti, sushi and the popular Moroccan food from Le Traiteur Marocain. Expect to wait in a queue.

Le Marché des Enfants Rouges

This market has also been made famous by Rachel Khoo and her enthusiasm for cooking Parisian style. In episode 1 of her TV show, she learns the secrets of making the perfect thé à la menthe from the team at Le Traiteur Marocain.

For more information visit Marché des Enfants Rouges.

Images courtesy of Jackson Wang, M-Gem, Mitchell Hearns Bishop and Georgia Popplewell.

A Parisian Weekend: Part 3 – Brunch at Eggs & Co

Eggs and Co, Paris

We headed here for brunch on Saturday. Situated in Saint-Germain this place is all about the EGGS! A perfect brunch for me. It’s hidden on a back street and is just a small shop front. You enter to a coffee bar and take the stairs up to the first floor where there is more seating.

The floor is uneven and the walls were seriously wonky but it all adds to the charm of the place.

We had lots of Eggs Benedict and coffee –perfect.

For more info visit Eggs & Co.

Image courtesy of Seamus Walsh

A Parisian Weekend: Part 2 – Dinner at Chez Janou

I was looking for a stylish French bistro for our Friday night out. It had to be cute, be in the right part of town (Marais cool – but closer to edgier parts) and have a fabulous friendly vibe. With amazing French food. Enter Chez Janou!

Chez Janou, Paris
The outside of the restaurant is super cute with a green and white awning. You are greeted by a crowd of happy drinkers who are outside sharing a few drinks while waiting for a table. Push your way inside and you find a half-moon bar crowded with people.

Chez Janou, Paris

The restaurant tables are all hidden behind the bar façade. Chez Janou is a perfect small restaurant with tables not to close together but close enough to chat to your new friends if you need to. We did.

The food was delicious – with a hit of sunshine from Provence – think gambas in pastis while drinking rose wine. And the best way to finish off is with their famous chocolate mousse.

Go here and enjoy the super Paris vibe. And check out their cool mini film on Chez Janou.

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