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The Bushwick Collective: Street Art Gallery

If you are an Art fanatic, Bushwick Collective is a street you must visit. Located in New York city in the neighborhood of Brooklyn, it offers you street art gallery that are so beautiful to watch.

The Bushwick collective attracts artists from all the world to showcase and contribute to this vast collection of paintings. Its open all along the year, has no ticket. All you need to do is stroll around the streets and click amazing landscape views.

We were fortunate enough to visit Brooklyn last year (2019) to have a memory of our own.

Hello Brooklyn

LOCATION & CONNECTIVITY

The Bushwick art gallery has a good connectivity through subway. The nearest station is Jefferson Street Station – L line.

HISTORY

A bit of history about this place. It was started in 2012 by Joe Ficalora, a native in this area. He was born here and had all kinds of experiences. It was him who wanted to change his bad experiences and create good memories about this place, by inviting artists from all over the world and showcase their ideas. Its a great place to be for an outdoor art gallery.

THE ART COLLECTION

Some of the art pieces we managed to click that day. A lot more needs to be explored. We were thinking of visiting there someday again. Enjoy the virtual gallery below 😀

BEST PIZZA IN BROOKLYN

One pizza place I would like to highly recommend. On our way back from The Bushwick Collective, we ended up at this pizza place called The Best Pizza at Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Being a vegetarian we always crave for different varieties of veg pizzas, though I am a huge fan of standard to go all time favorite cheese margherita, this place has so much to offer. We call it “out of the box pizza”.

Interior Best pizza

What all it had– Instead of regular toppings and tomato sauce base, it had pickled veges (cauliflower, potato, beetroot). Never had such combinations on our pizza. Its worth a try. We ended up eating more than we thought we actually will. 😛

Ending the day with carrot cheesecake at Junior’s. What a day!! 😀

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Spinach White Sauce Pasta

Pesto sauce? Nope. Yesterday, I was craving to make pesto sauce, due to scarcity of ingredients I thought why not Spinach?

A healthy but not so healthy version of white sauce pasta. I wish technology could do justice and we could feel the taste somehow. Expressing things would have been so much easier. So happy about how well the experiment turned out. Will not stop raving about the sauce. ;D

Try this amazing Spinach white sauce:

Ingredients

RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 Onion
  • 1/2 Capsicum
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • Spinach paste
  • 1 bowl boiled pasta
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • salt, pepper, oregano

METHOD

  • White sauce: Add all purpose flour & butter in a pan. Stir and add milk slowly. Keep stirring till becomes like a paste. Add salt, pepper & oregano according to taste.
  • Spinach paste: grind 4,5 spinach leaves with some water into a fine paste.
  • In a separate pan, add oil, chopped onion & capsicum, fry till medium brown.
  • Add the white sauce & stir everything.
  • Now add the spinach paste with the boiled pasta.
  • Cook & stir for 5 minutes.

Notes

  • As the white sauce has salt, pepper and oregano, taste before adding more to the pasta.
  • Always add the spinach paste into the white sauce and not the reverse to prevent the spinach from getting a burnt flavor.
  • Cook pasta in medium flame to have a creamy affect.

Do try this version of pasta & let me know how it turned out for you.

What all do you like to add in your pasta?

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3 Steps Jalapenos Egg Salad Sandwich

Breads and cheese always draw me towards them. Imagine entering a store or a bakery, that smell of freshly baked bread and hot cheese. Yah, that. Drool worthy.

Just like that on our regular visit to do grocery, we bought this sour bread loaf, some cheese and pickled jalapenos. Assembled everything and jalapenos egg salad sandwich is ready. It surely is guilt food. Yep that’s what you feel after eating it. 😀

RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 slices Sour Bread
  • 4 Boiled eggs
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • 2 Boiled potatoes
  • Half chopped onion/ 1 green onion
  • Finely chopped corriander
  • Mayonaise
  • Salt & pepper
Egg Salad/ Sandwich Filling
Toast Bread with Mayo

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mayo dip– From 2 boiled eggs take out yolks and mix it with 3 tbsp of mayonnaise.
  2. Egg salad/ Sandwich filling – Mix chopped onion, coriander, grated boiled eggs, chopped boiled potatoes and mayo dip all together to make sandwich filling. Add some salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Toast bread– toast bread in white mayo sauce. Add filling and make a sandwich. For grilled cheese sandwich I always recommend toasting in Mayo to get that yummy crunch.

TIP

Instead of red onions, you can also use green onions. Ours was still in process of growing so used a substitute 😛 .

Freshly grown Green Onion.

Try this recipe and let me know how it worked out for you.

Also, what’s your favorite ingredient in your version of grilled cheese sandwich ? Would love to hear back! 😀

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The Shining Armor: Vessel at Hudson Yards

A big giant pineapple! That’s what comes to my mind when I look at The Vessel. A newly opened building at Hudson Yards, New York. Am I too much into food? I wonder.

Vessel was opened to public from March 15, 2019. It was around July summer time when we decided to be a bit touristy and visited this massive shiny architectural piece.

What works for this building is its location. Located at the center of Hudson yards with unique wide big offices, stores, fancy apartments and High Line where you can stroll around in the heart of New York, Manhattan. More about High line, later below.

And also the design which is quite unique as mastered by Thomas Heatherwick and Heatherwick Studio.

It’s a 2500 steps, 150 foot tall structure with 16 stories.

If you want to go inside, there is a ticket. We decided to see it from outside because it was way too much crowded. Has become quite a tourist spot in a very short time.

Trying to find a place to get clicked.

LOCATION

The High Line

High line is an elevated public park built on an old rail track on the West side of Manhattan. It starts from Washington Street and runs till 34th street 34th ave. It showcases skyscrapers, nature, design and art all together.

Saravanaa Bhavan : Vegetarian restaurant

To my surprise, NYC has its own Saravanaa Bhavan. Its located at  Lexington Ave. I remember back in Delhi, how we used to wait in long queues to have that perfect Dosa with variety of chutneys. My all time favorite is Coconut chutney. This one was pretty good too. Felt like home. 😀

Saravanaa Bhavan (Street View)

Heard so much about the legend dosa man at NYC Washington square park. Will be sharing our experiences once we get a chance to visit there. 😀

What are your favorite places to eat near Hudson yards??

Would love to hear from you.

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Honey Chilly Potato!- You’ll never miss your favorite restaurant.

It’s quarantine month, as much as we might sulk about it (missing going out, eating outside food, travelling, meeting our family & friends), quarantine is the right thing to do at this hour.

Just hang in there folks.

Just hoping when the things get better we start valuing more, the normal we had and the new normal we’ll be going into. Trying to take one day, one meal at a time.

For now cheer up guys, try this amazing Honey chilly potato recipe and you’ll never miss your favorite food restaurant.

Here it goes..

RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Potato
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Green onion
  • 1 Capsicum
  • 5 Garlic cloves
  • 2-3 Dried red chilly
  • 2 tbsp Soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Schezwan sauce
  • 1 tbsp Tomato ketchup
  • Salt, Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1/2 tbsp Sesame seeds

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Cut potatoes into big thick french fries shape. If you like it without the covering, you can peel it too. We used it with the peel.
  • Chop onion, capsicum, garlic and green onion. Save some of the green leaves of green onion for garnishing.
  • In a frying pan add 3 tbsp of oil, chopped garlic, onion, capsicum and white part of green onion. Fry till medium brown.
  • Add 2 tbsp of soya sauce, 2 tbsp of schezwan sauce, 1 tbsp tomato ketchup, 1 tbsp of vinegar, salt & pepper to taste.
  • Bake the potatoes at 425 C for ten minutes one side, flip the potatoes & repeat again of the other side.
  • Add the cut potatoes. Cook for 5 minutes till crispy.
  • Pour it into a dish and add 1 tbsp of honey.
  • Sprinkle 1/2 tbsp of sesame seeds on top.

TIP

  • Honey is never cooked. It should be added off the heat when poured into the dish.
  • To make the potatoes more crispy:
    • Frying- Coat the potatoes into a paste of corn starch or all purpose flour with water and fry them till medium brown.
  • Schezwan sauce is a bit salty, taste before adding extra salt.

So what are you cooking this Quarantine?

Would love to hear from you 😀