We're on a boat!
Ben, Max, and Vicky took a trip to Red Hook, Brooklyn for some Thai food research. The best part? Taking a ferry there!
Look how happy we are!
As three native New Yorkers, we're pretty pumped to be out "in nature," even if it's just the East River.
On the job
Look at Max snapping away.
We demolished everything on the table.
Khao Soi mess
So good, and so messy.
Sometimes Vicky's clothes match her food. This '80s fabric and Max's strawberry ice cream go hand in hand.
Speaking of delicious frozen treats...
Yea, we mention Osteria Morini a lot because it's one of our favorite places to go for lunch when we're feeling fancy, and it just so happens that they happen to have a ridiculous gelato and sorbet menu. Pictured here: olive oil lemon, apricot Bellini, chocolate hazelnut, and sour cherry chocolate.
Why so mad, Daniel?
Apparently that chicken pissed Daniel off so much, he's going to throw it in a vat of hot oil.
Anytime there is fried chicken in the office, you know everyone will run for it.
Cartagena's Old City
Kenji is on vacation this week in Cartagena, Colombia, with his wife, Adri. (For the record, it's ColOmbia, not ColUmbia, and Cartagena, not Cartageña). The old Spanish colonial walled city with its Crayola-colored buildings and cobblestone streets makes for some ideal wandering-and-eating-style adventures. Fried seafood may reign supreme when you head to restaurants and homes, but street snacks are as carb-and-cheese heavy as they are anywhere in the world.
Arepa Con Queso
Arepas are Colombia's staple dish, but the version of these corn cakes sold on the streets of Cartagena are particularly thick, moist, and buttery. Here a street vendor packs one up with butter and salty shredded cheese.
Dedos de Queso
Another cheese-and-carb street snack, dedos de queso (cheese fingers) are a cheese-stuffed, deep fried pastry. You can grab one for about 50¢.
Arepa de Huevo
Another arepa variant native to the Colombian coast, arepas de huevos are a yellow corn cake that's deep fried, split open, stuffed with raw eggs and meat, then fried again until the eggs are barely set. They come served with suero costeño (coastal-style sour cream) and ají (hot salsa). Arepas de huevos are one of the greatest breakfast foods of all time. Stay tuned for a full guide to the essential foods of Cartagena.
Lomo al Trapo
Back in Bogotá, Kenji hit up a restaurant that specializes in lomo al trapo, beef tenderloin in a salt crust that gets wrapped in damp towels and cooked directly on a bed of glowing embers. Stay tuned for a recipe!
Salt Mines in Nemecón
The towns of Nemecón and Zipaquirá outside of Bogotá have some of the oldest operating salt mines in the world. Here's what hundreds of years of salty water seeping through mountain rocks looks like.
The ramen craze has yet to hit cosmopolitan Bogotá, but restaurateur Daniel Castano is doing his best to change that by opening the city's first Japanese noodle shop, complete with homemade noodles and Japanese bar snacks. If you're in Bogotá and need a break from the heavy soups and roasted meats, Tomodachi Ramen is world class.
This May Be a Bad Idea
Aguardiente, Colombia's anise-flavored national firewater, comes from many brands. Kenji had an impromptu tasting of some of the most popular (double blind and everything!). Perhaps not the best idea when hangovers are already exacerbated by Bogotá's elevation of 8,000+ feet. (For the record, Antioqueño and Blanco are the bottles to reach for.)