Food

Wurst by Liesl Pfeffer

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Wurst im Brot, Berlin
Germany
October 2018

Last October, we went out to Gruenewald for a walk in the woods with Kai, Christin and Emily. In very German fashion, the trail ended at an old brick tower with a biergarten surrounding it and views of the river. We sat in the sun and ate wurst and drank wine spritzers and I worried about getting sunburnt but everyone assured me I could begin to relax my extreme vigilence about UV factor in Berlin in Autumn.

Chapultepec Park by Liesl Pfeffer

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Chapultepec Park
Mexico City, Mexico
January 2016

Ok this is probably a weird assortment of pictures but they were all taken one afternoon after we visited the zoo in Chapultepec to see the PANDAS. I saw pandas. Finally! And I didn't get a good picture at all, so here is a carousel and a food stall and an incredible chorizo huarache. 

Mercado San Juan by Liesl Pfeffer

Mercado San Juan
Mexico City, Mexico
January 2016

This is a rather amazing market in the historic, gritty, densely packed downtown end of the Centro district. We had a slow, slack-jawed wander through here on our way between visiting the Centro de la Imagen and drinking pulque at Las Duelistas. There is everything here. 

Panadería Rosetta by Liesl Pfeffer

Panadería Rosetta, Roma Norte
Mexico City, Mexico
January 2016

How cute is this double pastry? Adam and I split it in half and ate it with a really very good coffee. Highly recommend this charming (and popular) panaderia in the Roma Norte neighborhood. 

Located at Colima 179, Cuauhtémoc, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico

Mercado de Coyoacan by Liesl Pfeffer

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Mercado de Coyoacan
Coyoacan, Mexico City, Mexico
January 2016

This food market is a perfect place for lunch after a visit to the Museo Frida Kahlo - I especially recommend Tostadas Coyoacan from the second-last photo here. Amazing fresh ingredients (in an incredible array of filling options) and excellent aguas frescas too. 

Dulcería de Celaya, Mexico DF by Liesl Pfeffer

Dulceria de Celaya
Mexico City, Mexico
January 2016

Candies, sugary nougats, chocolate coated nuts and truffles, all in a beautiful old store in the historic centre of Mexico City. it really does feel like stepping back in time when you walk in the door here. The last picture is candied coconut and lime served inside an actual lime peel.

More tacos, this time in Bushwick by Liesl Pfeffer

Bushwick NY
October 2014

Our second Taquistadores taco tour took us across to Bushwick. Since it's my old neighborhood I mapped our journey based on a mixture of old haunts, recommendations and positive Yelp reviews. We tried tacos at five different spots:

Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos
Taqueria Sofia 
Taqueria El Paisa (both locations)
Taquerias Izucar Inc

The El Paisa on Myrtle Ave was hands down the best, with their amazing condiments and little extras like fried onions (see the top photo in this post). 

Eating tacos in Sunset Park by Liesl Pfeffer

Sunset Park, NY
September 2014

Our taco club walked a route of Sunset Park to eat tacos this summer. It was Mexican independence day and Fifth ave was dense with people, corn grills and stalls. 

Don Pepe Tortas & Jugos (This place gets top marks for ambience - it's crazy in there. Great al pastor tacos and candy selection, as well as an extensive and amazing juice menu).

Taqueria El Maguey (Pictured above. This place has seating for about 10 people and is really home style and great. Excellent al pastor tacos here).

Tacos El Bronco (This is a food truck at the moment because the restaurant caught fire a while back. I had the vege taco here - it was so so, but the condiments were good). 

Tacos Matamoros (This is a sit down restaurant with a huge menu. Great chorizo taco here and the back room has awesome wall murals). 

Ricos Tacos (The music here is loud loud loud, and the al pastor taco was probably my least favorite. My friends ordered the pork skin taco and it was seriously blubbery).

Lunch by Liesl Pfeffer

Lunch, Hamptons, NY
Memorial Day weekend, May 2014

I don't like lobster but I like everything about this restaurant, from the list of famous diners on the paper placemat to the homemade pies for dessert.

Ice cream by Liesl Pfeffer

Coppelia ice cream Havana, Cuba August 2013 
 Coppelia is a really, really popular state-run ice cream parlor in Vedado, Havana. Cubans line up down the block and around the corner to get ice cream here at pretty much any time of the day, even in the rain. Because this is Cuba, usually only a couple of flavors are available at any one time. 
 As foreigners, we were not allowed to dine in the main parlor. I’m not sure if this is because the parlor is government-owned and operated - it was never explained. We were promptly stopped and escorted by security to a special room for foreigners, off to one side and up some stairs, where we could eat ice cream at inflated tourist prices. There were no windows, only a few tables, one waiter taking orders and serving ice cream, while a television in the corner played local news. I’m not gonna lie, it was as depressing as it sounds.

Coppelia ice cream
Havana, Cuba
August 2013

Coppelia is a really, really popular state-run ice cream parlor in Vedado, Havana. Cubans line up down the block and around the corner to get ice cream here at pretty much any time of the day, even in the rain. Because this is Cuba, usually only a couple of flavors are available at any one time.

As foreigners, we were not allowed to dine in the main parlor. I’m not sure if this is because the parlor is government-owned and operated - it was never explained. We were promptly stopped and escorted by security to a special room for foreigners, off to one side and up some stairs, where we could eat ice cream at inflated tourist prices. There were no windows, only a few tables, one waiter taking orders and serving ice cream, while a television in the corner played local news. I’m not gonna lie, it was as depressing as it sounds.

Cooking by Liesl Pfeffer

Cooking class, Oaxaca Mexico August 2013  This cooking class was one of my favorite experiences in Mexico. First we bought all of the ingredients in a small local market, and then we took two cars to our chef’s home where we set up in her beautiful kitchen. We learnt to make tortilla soup, zucchini blossoms stuffed with oaxacan cheese, chiles en nogada and coconut flan. The atmosphere in the kitchen was lively and collaborative. We were all involved in helping prepare each dish; we diced fruit and vegetables, stuffed chiles, washed blossoms, peeled the skin off walnuts, and sliced fresh cheese.  We all agreed it was one of the best meals we’ve ever played a part in preparing.   

Cooking class, Oaxaca
Mexico
August 2013

This cooking class was one of my favorite experiences in Mexico. First we bought all of the ingredients in a small local market, and then we took two cars to our chef’s home where we set up in her beautiful kitchen. We learnt to make tortilla soup, zucchini blossoms stuffed with oaxacan cheese, chiles en nogada and coconut flan. The atmosphere in the kitchen was lively and collaborative. We were all involved in helping prepare each dish; we diced fruit and vegetables, stuffed chiles, washed blossoms, peeled the skin off walnuts, and sliced fresh cheese. We all agreed it was one of the best meals we’ve ever played a part in preparing.