About Town: Apple Trees, Street Art, Stoner Sandwiches and Gourmet Popcorn


One of my favorite things to do in New York City is to walk.  I walk everywhere and only take the subway or a taxi if I absolutely must.  One of the benefits of using your own two feet as transportation is how many thing you happen upon you wouldn’t have seen in a car or on a subway train.


The doorways, scaffoldings, walls, fences and sidewalks are an ongoing constantly rotating exhibit of street art.  Around every corner is a surprise.

This tree filled with large green apples  is growing unattended on a boulevard at Delancey and Chrystie streets, right next to it was a Ginkgo tree heavy with cluster of ripe ginkgo nuts.  NYC is a foragers dream.  It always surprises me how many fruit trees grow on this island and how many produce perfect fruit without an ounce of pesticide.  In our community garden the Peach tree bares a huge amount of perfect, sweet, peaches each year and the only thing I have ever seen anyone do to that tree is, well, pick the ripe peaches.

Joe Dough started out as a restaurant (Joe Doe) on First Street between First and Second Avenues and this past year opened up a sandwich shop on First Ave near St Marks.

It hard to read the sign in this picture, but Joe obviously has a sense of humor and a great sense of what tastes great, most apparent in his sandwich called, The Conflicted Jew, the ingredients:  Liver, Bacon, Onions on Challah. Yum.

In the old Il Labratorio del Gelato Space on Orchard street has opened up a gourmet popcorn store called: Pop Karma.

They use only organic corn (meaning not GMO) and has many flavors to choose from.  I got BBQ it was great the small bag above was $4.50

It was a great snack to walk with and I felt like I was eating something healthy.

Tomorrow recipes for Cucumber Agua Fresca and Peach Basil Sangria and much more. We have a two night stretch without any house guests so I’m hoping to get caught up here! Fingers crossed.

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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1 Response to About Town: Apple Trees, Street Art, Stoner Sandwiches and Gourmet Popcorn

  1. Gosh I so need to move there for reals. Sigh.

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