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The Gastro-tourist

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Gastro-tourism : Recreational travel undertaken solely or primarily to experience the food and wine of a region.

I shopped, I slept and I also met up with a lot of friends and family. And I’m sure you’ve noticed, I also ate my way through my trip!

Yup, I’ve become a full-fledged gastro-tourist with the amount of research, planning and subsequent blog entries and food porn photos I’ve posted but I really think it’s fun.

I’m not a total food snob, I’d eat anything and anywhere as long as it’s good! Here are few more of my favorite meals from my vacation:

Katz’s Reuben Sandwich
I typically order the pastrami and chopped liver but Katz’s Reuben sandwich was relatively new and well, I love this sammich! Served on untoasted rye bread, three inches of soft, crumbly corned beef covered with sauerkraut, a blanket of swiss, and homemade Russian dressing.

Katz’s Deli
205 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 254-2246

The perfect stack of buttermilk pancakes from one of my favorites - IHOP. #IHOP #pancakes #foodporn #food #thisiswhyimfat #instafood #igfood ##igersbayarea #igersmanila
Don’t laugh but my must-stop for any trip to the US is IHOP(that’s the International House of Pancake). I grew up loving pancakes and IMHO, IHOP serves a consistent stack all-day, everyday.

Shake shack
NOMNOMNOM shake shack! #shakeshack #food #foodporn #igfood #instafood #ignyc #instanyc #igersnyc #igersmanila #instagram #instagood #instayum
Touristy? yes. Overhyped? Maybe but I think Shake shack is worth it. Cheap, quality and consistent burgers are what you get. The Madison Square Park’s line is too long, I suggest checking out the other branches like the one in the Upper East Side. Cecile and I were lucky enough to encounter short lines and well, cute preppy boys! LOL. I typically order a Shake shack burger, fries and a coke zero. I also love their Shroom burger – a panko-crusted portobello mushroom filled muenster and cheddar cheese. NOM!

Shake Shack Upper East Side
154 East 86th Street

Bi-rite Creamery’s Salted Caramel Ice Cream
THE standard for Salted Caramel ice cream everywhere! Bi-rite’s version is pretty complex – caramel is bitter and smokey rounded out by sweet cream. Nothing comes close! I also like the vibe of the Mission especially with “hipster” enclave Dolores Park around the corner which makes the community young, creative and fresh much like the ice cream you get from Bi-rite!

Bi-Rite Creamery
3692 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 626-5600

Restaurant Week at the Mercer Kitchen
Lucky to have caught this summer’s NYC resto week so my friends and I decided to have a mid-day catch up and lunch at Mercer Kitchen. Still kind of cool and kind of snooty, the Mercer Kitchen offers a more casual and relaxed setting for Jean-Georges Vongerichten cuisine. The resto week menu offers a good sampler of this SoHo institution’s specialities which consists of 3 courses for only US$24!. We picked all three including this one – a homey roast chicken(of course, this does not compare to NoMad‘s! :D)

The Mercer Kitchen
99 Prince St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-5454

Chipotle is ❤❤❤. Steak burrito with no rice and everything else on it. NOM. #chipotle #food #foodporn #thisiswhyimfat
I will stop the car for a Chipotle. Yup, I’ve done that many times. I reckon all the so-called tex-mex places that have been popping up in Metro Manila have Chipotle as inspiration. I love the fresh ingredients and taste-y meat! I really wish somebody brings this fast food place here!

Cherry and cream cheese strudel at Zabar’s
I used to live just a few blocks away from the fabled Zabar’s and I love that place so much. So much cheese variety and all that “kosher” delicacies – lox, franks, mini knishes, babka. Major NOMS! But my absolute favorite is their cherry and cream cheese strudel. Just thinking about it makes me hungry!

2245 Broadway
(between 80th St & 81st St)
New York, NY 10024
(212) 787-2000

Dim Sum at Yank Sing
Dimsum Sundays are the best #siomai #dimsum #food #foodporn #thisiswhyimfat #chinese #igfood #sanfrancisco #bayarea #igsf #igbayarea #instasf #instabayarea
I know this sounds weird coming from an Asian living in Asia – but I absolutely love the dim sum in North America! I don’t know if it’s the fresh seafood or stricter health departments (LOL) but dim sum in Vancouver, San Francisco and NYC are far superior than anything you can find in Manila. And one of the best yum cha places I’ve tried is Yank Sing in SF. This James Beard award-winning place has also gotten attention from the Michelin guide. I loved everything I’ve tried so far!

Yank Sing
49 Stevenson Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 541-4949

Brunch at Sarabeth’s
Let's do brunch! Salmon eggs Benedict at sarabeth's #brunch #food #foodporn #igfood #instafood #ignyc #instanyc #instagram #igtravel #instatravel #sarabeths #uws
Sarabeth’s is an institution in NYC’s Upper West Side. This traditional brunch spot consistently delivers cozy and homey food. Favorites are the eggs benedict and lemon ricotta pancakes as well as the four seasons juice! If you want grub that’ll leave you warm and fuzzy without the glitzy atmosphere of the more trendy downtown brunch places, Sarabeth’s is for you!

423 Amsterdam Avenue (80th Street)
New York, NY 10024

Buckhorn Grill’s Tri-tip
Well-priced and consistent! Buckhorn Grill’s tri-tip delivers best quality beef, grilled to perfection and nicely seasoned, dipped with the au jus. A meat-lover’s easy pick for a cheap lunch. NOM! Best bang for your buck meal in downtown SF!

Buckhorn Grill San Francisco Center
845 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Next stop? Hong Kong this weekend! Watch out!

countdown to new york – katz’s pastrami on rye

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