And so, I sit awaiting my flight to North America’s food Mecca; New York City. I love Manhattan. I go once a year to visit my sister, hang out and eat really, really good food. Now, I’m fortunate that, when it comes to accommodations, I need not worry- big sis has my back. So essentially, my ‘spending money’ when I go on these trips are on food, booze and the like.
As I mentioned, food is a serious thing for me, and since there are over 5000 restaurants/cafes/bars ect, in Manhattan, I have to do my research. If there are certain ‘Special Nights’, a dish that makes my head spin, or a brunch menu with endless options (brunch is, after all, my favorite meal), then I make note, so that I remember my reason for needing to go there. Also, when you’re dealing with the landscape/maze of Manhattan, addresses are key, maps are even better and for some spots, reservations must be made weeks/months in advance.
Yes, I’m aware that I have a delicate mental state over food, but when you have limited time and you’re on a limited budget, you have to do your research. For example; Allegretti, a NY Times rated 4 star resto, is waiving their corkage fee for the entire month of August. And Ciao Bella Gelato has a location in FAO Schwatz, meaning that I can eat my icy treats while playing the huge piano as seen in BIG!
So there you have it folks, a glimpse into the mind of a serious foodie. But as you can see, when it comes to getting the most bang for your buck, it pays to do your research!