NARVA, ESTONIA 🇪🇪: THE PLUM MEANING OF LIFE

I walked past two elderly ladies sitting in the rain with their small selection of fruits & veggies and no customers. I turned around because I just wanted to give them a little money, even if it was for just one bulb of garlic 🧄or something. I knew it was going to be a hard transaction with my non-existent Russian, but I went for it, anyway. I handed the lady 2 euro and gestured to ‘whatever she could give me for that amount.’ I pointed to the garlic and made a kind of gesture like ‘How about some of that?’ And I pointed at the cucumbers & the aubergines…and she went straight for the plums. And never left the plums. Her cohort kept trying to tell her to give me some garlic but the woman didn’t understand and even tried to hand me my money back and I laughed and said “No, no, for you!” And back to the plums she went. I’d never seen so many plums. I thought I’d need a truck 🛻 home. She finally stopped, showed me the scale like I cared, and handed me the bag. I swear my arm dropped as I wasn’t expecting it to be so heavy. I asked them if I could eat one right there and they gestured to do so…I wiped it off, took a bite, and was like “Hot damn. I’m a plum lover now.” Estonian plums are so freaking good! Moral of the story: You may think you want one bulb of garlic, one cucumber, one aubergine, and one plum for 2 euro, but god will give you 10 lbs. of plums instead. That’s the meaning of life.

How about some garlic? No? Ok. Plums and more plums, then. Cool.

Narva, Estonia 🇪🇪 12sep21

AUSTIN, TEXAS FOOD: TEN TACOS !

Walton’s Fancy & Staple, W. 6th St. – Breakfast Tacos $9
Zombie Taco, 2552 Guadalupe St. – Grilled Adobe BBQ Chicken $4.33
One Taco, Brazos & 4th St. – “El Jefé” $5.50
Taco Shack, 2825 Guadalupe St. – Bacon, Egg, & Black Beans on Corn Tortilla $3.24
Torchy’s Taco – 2801 Guadalupe St. – Baja Shrimp Taco $5.36
Kesos Tacos, 600 W. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Surf ‘n Turf Diablo – $4.95
Tacodeli, Congress & 3rd St. – Frontera Fundido Sirloin $4.87
Café Medici, 2222 Guadalupe St. – Bacon, Egg, & Cheese $4.50
Kerbey Lane Café, 2606 Guadalupe St. – Bacon, Egg, & Cheese $3.99
Dos Amigos Taco Truck – Stopped at 3500 Guadalupe – Chicken Fajita Taco $2.75

June & July 2021

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK PIZZA: “IN PIZZA WE CRUST” ~ 11 TOP PIZZA SLICES IN NYC

 $ 2 ~ Cheese Slice at Artistic Pizza, W. 3rd St., West Village https://www.instagram.com/artisticpizzanyc/?hl=en
 $4.90 ~ Buffalo Chicken Slice at iPizzaNY, 705 W. 9th, Hell’s Kitchen https://www.instagram.com/ipizzany/?hl=en
$4.25 ~ “Fuzzy Dunlop Slice” , sausage slice at Upside Pizza, 598 8th Ave. https://www.instagram.com/upsidepizza/?hl=en
$5.44 ~ Grandma Slice at Lexington Pizza Parlour, 1590 Lexington Ave. https://www.instagram.com/lexpizzaparlour/?hl=en
Frank Ape in Williamsburg, Brooklyn https://www.instagram.com/frank_ape/?hl=en
$5 ~ Margherita Slice at NY Pizza Suprema, 413 8th Ave. https://www.instagram.com/nypizzasuprema/?hl=en
$3.27 ~ Cheese Slice at Famous Original Ray’s Pizza, 204 9th Ave. http://Cheese Slice at Famous Original Ray’s Pizza, 204 9th Ave.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
$5.66 ~ White Slice at Zazzy’s, 201 W. 11th St., Greenwich Village https://www.instagram.com/zazzyspizza/?hl=en
$1 ~ Cheese Slice, at 99¢ Fresh Pizza, 390 6th Ave., West Village
Frank Ape ~ Williamsburg, Brooklyn
$4.25 ~ BBQ Chicken Slice at Bleecker Street Pizza, 69 Seventh Ave., West Village https://www.instagram.com/bleeckerstreetpizza/?hl=en
$3 ~ Buffalo Chicken Slice – http://Buffalo Chicken Slice at $1 Pizza Slice, 23rd & 7th
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
$1 ~ Cheese Slice – 2 Bros. Pizza, 755 6th Ave. https://www.instagram.com/2_brospizza/?hl=en

May & June 2021

COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA: 6 TOP EATS IN COCOA BEACH 2021!

There are some great restaurants with delicious and reasonably priced food, right here in Cocoa Beach. I highly recommend all featured below. (Prices may vary.)

SQUID LIPS ~ Thai Peanut Sauce Burger & Fries ($14) ~ Location: 2200 S. Orlando Avenue ~ Ph: 321-783-1350 https://www.squidlipsgrill.com/
THE SKINNY MERMAID ~ Buddha Bowl w/ Shrimp ($14) ~ 66 South Orlando Ave . ~ Ph: 321-613-5079
THE SKINNY MERMAID ~ Buddha Bowl w/ Chicken ($14) https://theskinnymermaid.com/
THE TINY TURTLE ~ (CARIBBEAN FUSION) ~ Chicken Sofrito Burrito ($14) ~ 249 Minutemen Causeway ~ Ph: 321.446.7361
THE TINY TURTLE ~ Chicken Sofrito Burrito http://thetinyturtlecocoabeach.com/index.htm
JUICE-N-JAVA CAFE ~ Tuna Melt & Chips ($11) ~ 75 N Orlando Ave. ~ Ph: 321-784-4044 https://juicenjavacafe.com/
THE FAT DONKEY ~ Medium Soft Twist Cone ($3.20) ~ 247 Minutemen Cswy. ~ (321) 652-3126 https://www.thefatdonkey.com/locations-storefronts/ko0tzmxlpgm9jaq9hsrhzxe0ynr4gq
CAFÉ SURFINISTA ~ THE STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK & a Cappuccino = Melted Havarti Cheese w/ a Side of Strawberry Jam ($9) ~ 86 N. Orlando Ave. ~ Ph: 321-327-4570 https://www.cafesurfinista.com/cocoa-beach/menu

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA: TOP 8 FOODS (& DRINK)

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Chifrijo: bowl of rice and beans topped with fried pork meat and avocado, pico de gallo, chimichurri, and lime. Mine was served with plantain chips. Tortilla chips are also an option.

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Gallo Pinto: traditionally served with breakfast, it is a slowly blended dish of rice, beans, onions, red peppers, and cilantro.

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Pork Casado

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Arepa con pollo, queso, y huevos.

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Pancakes, eggs, and papaya with coffee.

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Arroz con mixto y puré

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Ice Cold Imperial at Rayuela’s on Avenida 2

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feb-apr2019 San Jose, Costa Rica.

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA FOOD: SODA RIVERA

A soda is a traditional “Mom and Pop” Costa Rican restaurant where the food is cheap and delicious. Soon after I arrived to the city in mid-February, I was on one of my explorative jaunts which always, never rarely, find me lost. But, lost is good for me. It’s how I find the unique things cities have to offer. Soda Rivera is so off-the-beaten path, that it doesn’t have a website or any mentions I could find on the internet, so I can’t even give you the address. 

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I wasn’t necessarily looking for a place to eat yet. Wasn’t actually hungry. What drew me to the place was this image of this man painting. The street art documenter in me was intrigued. I was just going to get a couple of shots and move on.

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I must’ve stood out like a sore thumb, because this man, I think the manager, came out to greet me and usher me inside. Look at his sweet smile. I couldn’t tell him no. 

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He sat me down and then said some things to his staff, who then came over to help me and take my order. 

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Some Ticos (Costa Ricans) enjoying their lunches. 

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My first Chicken Casado in Costa Rica! And I was not disappointed. The plate was HUGE and it cost about $3.50 (usd) = 2100-2300 colones, if I remember correctly. A casado (Spanish, “married man”) is a Costa Rican meal using rice, black beans, plantains, salad, a tortilla, and an optional entrée that may include chicken, beef, pork, fish and so on. The term may have originated when restaurant customers asked to be treated as casados, since married men ate such meals at home. Another theory is that the rice and beans and/or the grouping of dishes are married, since they are always together. (wiki)

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Close-up because…damn! Salad, Red beans, Plantains, chicken, rice, diced potatoes, onions…what a happy marriage!

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It was amazing to eat in a full-on Tico establishment, with no other foreigners around. My seat was the open one you see across the counter between the man in the baseball cap and the (only other) woman. 

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I happened upon it again a couple of weeks later, but I still don’t know where it is. But, you can see the sign has been finished. 

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Fresh melon juice included with your meal. Ticos tend to drink juices with their meals, rather than water. 

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I like to see big jugs of picante sauce. 

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More sauces.

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I highly recommend this place if you can find it. It’s total pura vida.

FEB/MAR2019. San Jose, Costa Rica.

LAHORE , PAKISTAN : MAKIN’ JALEBI !

Jalebi, also known as zulbia and zalabia, is a sweet made by deep-frying maida flour batter in pretzel or circular shapes, which are then soaked in sugar syrup.

This kind Jalebi maker invited me to take pictures of his process. Awesome. And the Jalebi was delicious, too!

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14jul18. Lahore, Pakistan.