Sunday Market At Bairro da Liberdade

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I love street fairs. We’ve got lots of them in NYC, and I always enjoy checking out other city’s fairs. So, I went to check out Bairro da Liberdade in Sao Paulo. Head over here on Sundays to check out local vendors, trinkets, crafts and food. Since the fair is in the heart of their Little Tokyo, most of the food there is Japanese and Asian cuisine. Rookie mistake, I didn’t realize there would be so much amazing looking and smelling food, and I ate before coming here. Word to the wise, save your appetite for the fair and load up on all of the street fair goodness. 

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But, there’s a special pocket in my stomach that’s always reserved for desserts. And so, I paid a little visit to one stand, serving Imagawayaki. Here, they’re serving up fresh Imagawayaki (aka Doce de Faijao Azuki) (sweet bean buns). These super affordable treats get handed to you fresh off the stove. And, they’re totally delicious. The bun is light and airy, almost like a hybrid between a doughnut and a pancake. It has a light taste, not quite sweet, not quite savory, leaving it a nice and neutral casing for the sweet bean filling.

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Also, not overly sweet, but just sweet enough, the filling is a paste consistency, making this a substantial and filling little bun.

The Shorts:
Name: Imagawayaki stand at the market
Location: Bairro da Liberdade, Sao Paulo, Brazil
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. I would definitely go back to the Imagawayaki stand, and loved walking around the other vendors.
Would I recommend it? Yes, it’s something fun to do on a Sunday afternoon. And don’t make my mistake, have lunch there from the different food vendors.

The Fat Radish

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Fresh, delicious British food? Yes, you can find it at The Fat Radish on the Lower East Side. 

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The restaurant itself has a clean design, rustic and set in cool, neutral tones. And although not everything on the menu screams “British”, you can find continental dishes along with some classic items like their Berkshire Pork Sausage from the dinner menu, or the Full English Breakfast on the brunch menu. 

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Off of the brunch menu, I ordered The Fat Radish Plate, Seasonal Market Vegetables (heirloom carrots, squash, Japanese turnips, kale, cipollini onions, sweet potato, hijiki, brown rice, adzuki beans, tahini dressing, carrot ginger puree, pickled cabbage). Everything on this plate is steamed, so it’s a totally healthy and delicious meal. The veggies are thick-cut, giving it a rustic feel. The dressings go really great too, I especially loved the tahini dressing, a bit creamier and sweeter than others that I’ve had. 

The Shorts:
Name: The Fat Radish
Location: 17 Orchard Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? You bet, I’ve been a few times before.
Would I recommend it? Yes, the food is yummy, but just know that they’re cash only (sorry, reward points).