Top 4 Food Trucks in New York

One of the best ways to go food tripping in New York is to try our the different food trucks!

 Here are my top 4 food trucks in New York:

 The Halal Guys

Halal Guys New York

Halal Guys New York

As my good friend said, you cannot say you’ve been to New York until you’ve tried the Halal Guys and this for me is the best!  You can find them in Midtown New York near MoMa (West 53rd and 6th Avenue) from 10:00 AM – 3:00 AM. The line is always long so I suggest you go around 11:30 AM or 2:00PM to beat those who are taking their lunch break. However, it is worth the wait and the service is pretty quick. They can serve about 2 people in less than one minute.

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Halal Guys New York

Price per meal is less than $10 and with that big of a serving,  you won’t even have to eat dinner anymore :) I personally love the chicken with gyro and rice but my sister loved the combination of chicken and lamb.

This is also the perfect meal after happy hour or a long night at the club. Last 4th of July, my friends and I had some $5 margaritas while watching a football match. After a couple of drinks we decided to see if the truck was open and it was. The rain was pouring badly so the hot sauce was such a welcome addition to the meal. One of my best moments in NY :)

The Morris Truck: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

The Morris Food Truck New York

The Morris Truck

If you’re craving for the comforting grilled cheese sandwich then The Morris Truck is your best bet! The staff is incredibly friendly too!

On Mondays, you can find them at West 52nd and 6th Avenue (near the Halal Guys) and on Thursdays they’re located at 51st between Park and Madison.

The Morris Truck New York

The Morris Truck

When the sign is on, they’re cooking! I remember seeing the truck around 2:30PM and they already ran out of stocks!

Grilled Cheese Sandwich by The Morris Truck

Grilled Cheese Sandwich by The Morris Truck

The price varies depending on the kind of sandwich you want. I tried their Delicate Cheese – Truffle Butter, Truffle Cheese & Caramelized Shallots ($10.00) and their homemade Blueberry Soda. You can really taste the truffle but I think they forgot to put in the shallots. Overall – craving satisfied!

Rouge Tomate

Rouge Tomate

Rouge Tomate New York

I was looking for lunch while spending a leisurely afternoon at the Central Park. I didn’t want to settle for the hotdog carts so I was very happy to stumble upon Rouge Tomate. They used to be located at 64th & 5th Upper East Side New York but they recently posted that they’ll be transferring to a new location.

Unfortunately and probably due to extreme hunger, I forgot to take a photo of my Portobello Mushroom Burger but it is a MUST TRY! I am always hesitant to try vegetarian burgers but this was surprisingly really good! The patty was tender and juicy and it didn’t feel like I was eating mushrooms. If healthy food always came this way, I’d be so happy!

Wafels & Dinges

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Wafels & Dinges New York #dessertcomesfirst

From a distance, you can already smell the sweet, inviting scent of the wafels. It will surely wake up your senses and brighten your mood. It’s like seeing a rainbow on a gloomy day.

You can find them at the City Hall Park every Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

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de Bom by Wafels & Dinges #dessertcomesfirst

After surviving half of my  Digital Analytics class, I decided to indulge on the de Bom as my lunch. It is wafel drizzled with chocolate and hazelnut syrup and then topped with a scoop of classic vanilla ice cream.  Yes, in my world #dessertcomesfirst. ;) And the best thing about this moment was that I got to indulge it while looking at this amazing view of the City Hall Park. There is something so refreshing about eating lunch outdoors.

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0825 Pensieri de Lunedi: Appreciation

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Appreciation is essential to any person.  Never be complacent. Never get stuck in your own world you forget what matters to the person you love….what makes her happy.  She might forget your love when you stop appreciating and making her feel special. 

Think Coffee New York

People say, life is too short to drink cheap coffee. I say, “life is too special to drink bad coffee.” It’s not really about the price. It is about the quality of coffee you’re drinking and the overall experience you get from it.

In my first few weeks in New York, I asked my acquaintances where I can find great coffee and they always led me to Starbucks. Don’t get me wrong, I love Starbucks but it is already too commercialised. When I travel, I am always in search of quaint coffee shops that offer a great cup of coffee that gets your day started or comforts you after a long day.

Pardon the photos because I didn’t really think I would blog about my search for great coffee. I just realised that someone might be experiencing the same feeling I had on my first day in New York – being literally lost and clueless as to where to find great coffee.

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Think Coffee, the first coffee shop I tried was a place I just stumbled upon as I was looking for NYU 7 East 12. What makes them unique is that sustainability is at their core. Not only do they support and practice Fair Trade, they also make sure that the way they run their business has minimal impact on the environment.

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Think Coffee #thelionessandhercoffee

This sign was what enticed me to enter and try their coffee. :)
From the glass window you will notice how cozy the cafe us. Students and professionals frequent the shop and since they don’t have wifi, conversations are encouraged. When you enter the baristas greet you and they take time to ask you what you really want so you will have an awesome experience.
Location: 123 4th Avenue (Between 12th and 13th Streets)
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Think Coffee #thelionessandhercoffee

On my first visit, I tried their Cappuccino and it was fairly good. Their Think Blend is bold and bitter but the creaminess of the cappuccino was just right.

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Think Coffee #thelionessandhercoffee

The back part of the coffee shop is more quiet and suitable for working. The interiors are simple, straightforward, and comfortable.

Think Coffee New York

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 I love this idea because it creates engagement with customers and baristas.

Think Coffee

Think Coffee #thelionessandhercoffee

On my 2nd visit, I tried their Spanish Latte. I was having a slow morning and I told the barista I wanted something  comforting and on the sweet side so he recommended this. It is espresso with textured milk and a dose of sweet condensed milk. I would gladly come back to order this! :)

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Enjoying coffee and books at The Strand

|Blue Chiffon Top: Forever 21| Black Leggings: Stradivarius| Black Ballet Flats: Dexflex by Payless| Red Bag: Micheal Kors Selma Studded Bag| Gold Necklace: Forever21|

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After spending a few weeks in the area, I realised that the East Village has so many neighbourhood cafes that make you feel at home at 8:00 AM on a Saturday morning when everyone is still sleeping and you’re getting ready for class.

Till my next coffee blog :)

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0804: Meeting Myself in New York

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The New York Skyline from Brooklyn Bridge

Travel far enough that you conquer your fears and dreams. Travel with no expectations and see yourself through others’ eyes. Travel and meet yourself….that part of you that was once broken….that part of you that is waiting to be realised. 

As I sit here outside our patio, I chase after the sun. Time flew too fast. My journey went by too fast but I am grateful.

When I packed my suitcase to come to New York, my heart was filled with anxiousness. My decision to study at NYU was an impulse decision driven by my subconscious but as I say, the best decisions are those you take bravely.

It is not so much about the excellent education and training I got. It is about the people I met who made me see myself in a different and beautiful light. It  is about the streets that made me feel I was so much more braver than I thought.  It is about the moments of solitude in the park that made me realise than being alone makes you realise what matters

I can feel it…myself coming back….my spirit on greater heights. 

New York, I will miss you for everything that you are. 

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0728 Pensieri De Lunedi: Rituals

 

 

 

Rituals.

Rituals.

 

Simple routines can turn into meaningful rituals. They can reflect affect how you feel and how your day will go. Find happiness in them. You are doing them for a reason.

0714 Pensieri de Lunedi: Change.


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My best friend had a great message for me when the year started. She lent me one of her favourite quotes by Rainer Rilke, “Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.” 

And she’s right. No feeling is final. There were so many broken promises and unfulfilled dreams last 2013 and a part of my spirit was broken. It was time for change. So I cut my hair, boarded my plane, and started my search for the great perhaps. I was scared but as I got closer to New York, courage embraced me. It’s been three weeks and New York has changed me.

This was a journey I had to take alone. And everyday, as I lose and find my way around the city, create friendships with strangers, lose myself in desserts, and learn something outside my expertise, my spirit is renewed.

0616 Pensieri de Lunedi: Work on a Goal.

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Because if we really want something…if we want our dreams to ever come true, we must work on a timeline. You see, time has a funny way of showing us what truly matters and when you don’t show up when you say you will, your fate might just turn its back on you. Perfect timing might not always apply. All you have is now.  Go ahead, take a leap of faith and stop giving up what you can already have now.

0602: Pensieri de Lunedi: My Grandmother’s Grace

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In a few days, my grandmother will be celebrating her 84th birthday and all I can wish for her are strength and peace. 

My grandmother has been a great influence to me. She is the epitome a great woman – strong but kind, simple, graceful, and unwavering. She is our source of inspiration, light, and wisdom. Always primp and proper, I fondly call her the “Jackie O” of the family.  Her elegance and grace are something to look up to. For her, being well-dressed is a beautiful form of politeness. Even until now that she’s in the hospital, she demands that her eyebrows are lined and her dress always fixed.  But her grace goes beyond the physical aspect. 

Suffering from both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s is not in any way close to easy. In fact, it is unimaginable – to live in a shaking world filled with spaces and lost memories. But she will make you proud because truthfully, the only way to gracefully battle with pain is to stay silent. So she carries her cross in silence and when it is too heavy to bear, she reaches out for a hand to hold. And in those moments when it is my hand she reaches for and holds, my heart cries out to God that he gives her some of my strength so we can carry her cross together. 

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To my dearest Grandmother Primitiva, I know you will not be able to read this and most of the time, I am no longer part of your “present” but I want you to know that I love you. I will continue to live a life of grace and simple elegance like you’ve taught me to. I will stay by your side and hold your hand until you need me to.  

Always, your granddaughter. 

Surprising Commencement Speech from Jim Carrey

One of the things I look forward to every year are commencement speeches. They give me a fresh take on life and they keep me grounded. We can easily get so lost in our everyday tasks that we forget our purpose and we forget to live.

Not in a million years did I expect such a beautiful speech from Jim Carrey. It is truly mind-blowing and enlightening.

Here are some of my favourite lines:

You can spend your whole life imagining ghosts but all there will ever be is what’s happening here and the decisions we make which can either be based on fear or love. So many choose our path based on fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossible out of reach so we never dared to ask the universe for it.  
 
You can fail at what you don’t want so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love. 
 
Your effect on people is the most valuable currency there is. 
 
That peace that we’re after lies somewhere beyond personality. Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world. Don’t let anything stand in the way of that light that shines through this form. Risk being seen in all of your glory. 
 
As far as I can tell it’s just about letting the universe know what you want and working toward it while letting go on how it comes to pass. 
 
After you walk through those doors, you will only ever have 2 choices – love or fear. Choose love and don’t ever let fear turn you against your playful heart.

 

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