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.

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Cafeteria

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So, I’ve lived in NYC for 8 years now, and one of the most magical things about living in NYC, is the 24-hour dining experience. Yeah, that’s where my standards are at. When I moved here, I was quickly introduced to Cafeteria in Chelsea. I’ve been going for years and always have a great experience.

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For the past 15 years, they’ve been serving American comfort food with a modern twist. And yes, of course, morning through night, through morning again. Unlike your typical 24-hour diner, this restaurant is anything but drab and boring.

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I’ve had a number of things here before, but this time around I ordered their Veggie Burger (Spicy Cucumber Yogurt, Garden Slaw, Multigrain Brioche Bun, Hand Cut Fries). I’ve had some crappy veggie burgers (many of you probably think that veggie burgers are crappy enough on their own), but I really liked theirs. First off, you can taste the difference pieces and components that go into the burger as opposed to some mystery patty. It has a softer texture to it and really nice flavor. There’s some creaminess and crunch added on top from the slaw, and the multigrain bun is soft and pillowy. Can’t forget about the fries either, they’re deliciously seasoned with the perfect combo of crispness on the outside and soft potato center. 

The Shorts:
Name: Cafeteria 
Location: 119 Seventh Avenue, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Well, after 8 year, if I stopped now, that would be weird. 
Would I recommend it? Yup. And the best part is, you can go…whenever you want.