Last month, I had the opportunity to visit New York City with my brother and attend a personal transformation workshop hosted by authors Ariel and Shya Kane. The topic of the workshop was “The Freedom to Breathe and the Art of Being a Healer.” I found it to be a very interesting and positive experience with a lot of good takeaways, however, for me, there was an element of weird, almost cult-like sub-tones (sorry guys, ha). My brother has been attending Ariel and Shya Kane’s workshops for a couple of years now, and has recently recruited my other brother into the ‘following’. They both have made massive personal changes for the better and I commend them for that. To each his own, I suppose. Maybe it’s something I’ll be interested in doing again, maybe not. I haven’t fully made up my mind about that yet. The most important takeaway from this experience is to try to fully live in this moment. You can't affect anything else in your life other then how you are in this moment.
Besides attending the workshop, my brother and I went on a food rage during four days in Manhattan. Aaron refused to rage with me for real, so the food rage ended up being the shining shit storm of the weekend. I mean how could you pass up The Continental? A bar that proudly and loudly boasts about its 5 shots of anything for $10, all day, every day is a must-attend in my book. That's just an amazing disaster waiting to happen.
With that said, the rest of this post showcases how to eat as much as possible during a four day stint in Manhattan. NYC has so much amazing food, and we took advantage of as much of that as we possibly could. I love food and my brother loves food, so this is how a perfect and horrendous combination of foodies experienced New York City.
Friday involved hot dogs for breakfast at Papaya King, a supposedly well-known hot dog shop in the lower east village. I didn't manage to capture a shot of these, but they did manage to hit the spot quite nicely. We walked to the Christmas Market in Union Square and couldn't pass up the various stuffed arancini balls that a vendor was selling. After that, on our walk to our Airbnb, we, of course, ended up sharing a slice of chicken parmesan pizza.
For dinner, we got Indian food in Hell's Kitchen, since that was near the area where the workshop was being held. After the three-hour intro portion of the workshop, we obviously had not eaten enough. We pressed onward to Taqueria Diana's to get some amazing carne asada nachos and some cold Modelos to wash it all down. Deciding that we still had some space left in our stomachs, we walked around for far too long to try to find our last target, and ended up settling for a couple more slices of zza.
My brother is a personal trainer, so eating this much food doesn't phase him (when done on occasion). I, on the other hand, have no excuse. Our saving grace was that we were walking at least 8 miles a day.
Condensed version. Huevos Antonio for lunch (chorizo, crispy tortillas, cojita cheese, salsa, and a couple fried eggs served with a side salad). For dinner, we went to Inotecca, an Italian restaurant, for pasta in Brooklyn (though we made the mistake of not ordering the pizza). A midnight “snack” consisted of delightful schwarma and falafel pitas.
Condensed version. An “everything bagel” with jalapeno cream cheese for breakfast (so fire). Cheesy breakfast ramen for lunch. Korean fried chicken, bulgogi, and a healthy dose of soju from Bon Chon for dinner. Best. Fried. Chicken. Ever. Macaroons, ice cream, and whiskey as a night cap.
Monday's eats consisted of just a half-day before my brother and I flew back to our respective homes. We split another “everything bagel” with jalapeno cream cheese as we left our Airbnb. Next, we had a delicious banh mi sandwich from a Vietnamese restaurant in Chinatown. And then, we proceeded to make our way to Vanessa's Dumplings, and got fried dumplings, steamed dumplings, pork buns, miso soup, and a sesame pancake for all under $9! To top off our foodventure, we went to Empanada Mama and split a few different types of empanadas. Damn, what a morning.
The majority of the weekend was spent attending the workshop, leaving little time for exploration or other touristy endeavors. Besides the fun foodventure, I got to meet a lot of interesting people, and hopefully will see them again someday, maybe in a workshop, maybe not. Until we meet again, I wish you all the best of luck.