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!

The Hester Concept Store, New York

The great thing about New York is you never have to go far to find something new, exciting and cool. And this time it was literally under my nose ( or a few blocks away). The Hester is a very cool retail concept store that has just opened at 29th street and 6th avenue under the Eventi Hotel.

The Hester

The Hester has been created by the crew from the Hester Street Fair, the super cool Lower East side market that runs every Saturday on the corner of Essex and Hester. If you have never been – the fair sells incredible food, fashion, interiors and gifts. It’s a must visit.

The Hester

The Hester retail store has some beautiful pieces from a number of innovative New York designers with new stock arriving all the time. I loved these soft beach pieces by Basta – perfect for lounging around in style.

The Hester

Plus every Thursday this summer they are hosting Hester Nights in the courtyard behind  the Eventi Hotel. A chance for us all to sample the delicious food from the Hester Street Fair sellers. It’s creating quite a buzz. More to follow on Friday!

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!

Cycling Around Manhattan Island

So in celebration of the team GB win in the Tour de France on Sunday, we decided to hold our own Tour de Manhattan, by cycling around the whole (yes I said whole) of the island. It took us 4 hours (not the fastest time) in the hot NYC sunshine, but we had a blast.

These are a few of things we saw on the way:

In the garage before we start!

In the garage before we start!

The view down 29th street looking east across 6th avenue

The view down 29th street looking east across 6th avenue

The view from Battery Park up to One World Trade Center

The view from Battery Park up to One World Trade Center

This would have made our journey a bit harder!

This would have made our journey a bit harder!

Williamsburg across the East River

Williamsburg across the East River

Cool airplane writing in the sky

Cool airplane writing in the sky

Just before the United Nations building

Just before the United Nations building. Taking a break.

My Bobbin

My Bobbin

Somewhere really high on the East River

Somewhere really high on the East River

George Washington Bridge over the Hudson River

George Washington Bridge over the Hudson River

Comme des Garçons, Chelsea, New York

Comme des Garcons, Chelsea, New York

Cycling around Chelsea today, I came across this amazing design store by Comme des Garçons on west 22nd street. It’s been here since 1999, so it’s definitely not news (!), but it was so cool I couldn’t resist going in to look around.

Comme des Garcons, Chelsea, New York

The outside of the building is called Heavenly Body Works which I am guessing was the original use of the building and is covered in graffiti which looks like it has been built up over many years.

Comme des Garcons, Chelsea, New YorkYou enter through a metal tunnel which takes you in to the middle of the store. Inside it is styled like a very cool contemporary space station inside a white gallery space. Think lots of curved futuristic shapes and a pod in the middle to make your payment. It’s all very super cool.

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!

Story Concept Store in Chelsea, New York

Story store, Chelsea, New YorkIs this New York’s coolest tourist shop? It is but only until the 19 August, when it will close and re-open with a new story-based theme. So at the moment the theme is New York, but the next one is yet to be released and previous themes have included subjects like colour and love.

Story store, Chelsea, New YorkThis ultimate concept shop named Story was the idea of Rachel Shechtman who wanted to create a theme around her retail space and bring products sold online back in to the retail environment for a limited amount of time. So every 4-8 weeks it all changes – the merchandising, design, fittings and fixtures to make way for a new theme.

Story store ChelseaThink of it like a magazine with a love issue for February, a colour issue for spring and now New York for the summer holidays. It’s a forever-changing space. The store sells a very cool selection of fashion, interiors, books and gifts. My fave highlight was these stunning hand-made leather pouches by Brooklyn based designer Tracey Tanner.

Story store, Chelsea, New York

Story is located on 10th avenue at 19th street. Check it out before the New York theme closes on 19 August 2012.