Chinatown Fruit Stands

IMG_2080The Lower East Side of Manhattan at its southerly end merges with Chinatown to the point where it’s really hard to tell when you’ve left one neighborhood and enter another.  now that Spring has arrived full force all the fruit vendors have returned with a vengeance to the sidewalks to sell their exotic wares.  Regularly I do photo essays of the Union Square market so I figured it was time I did one of the fruit venders of Chinatown.IMG_2079Durians/Jackfruit have a creamy texture and a, um, unique flavor that not everyone is into.  I once had Durian Ice Cream in Phenom Penh and I thought I was going to have to spit it out.  The thing about Durians is that when you cuit them open they stink, and I mean really stink.  We checked into a hotel once  that was mostly frequented by Thai tourist, in Chiang Mai, and at reception was a big picture of a Durian with a red line through it – NO DURIANS in the hotel room!  I guess all the glad in the world couldn’t get rid of that smell!IMG_2081 IMG_2082 IMG_2078

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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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2 Responses to Chinatown Fruit Stands

  1. Frank Canino says:

    Caro Marco

    Looks so good, wish I could be there… Bloody reading is done, and I’m recouping..and longing to be in NYC in springtime

    Luv

    Ciao

    Frank

    _____

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