• Maya Malekian

NYC: This Foodie's Paradise

Updated: May 6, 2019

Whether it's pirogies from Veselka's, cronuts from Dominique Ansel's Bakery, pizza from Lombardi's or quiet truthfully anywhere with enough "buzz" and specialty to it, you can find me there on my weekend trips to the Big Apple. The itinerary for this long-weekend trip is based on the restaurants and local eateries I have been recording in my journal and saved Facebook tabs.

Raised as a foodie, I always have considering eating as a social activity and one of my favorite activities, especially with friends in new places. My parents instilled in me the importance of trying new things. My mom would lure me to try a new dish by telling me to make a wish each time I tried something new and for a picky eater like my seven-year-old self those opportunities were rare and valued. Then as I grew older, my taste palette broadened, and I made many more wishes.

Now with my newfound appreciation for food, a major component to traveling is gathering around the dinner table, sitting at a café, or finding a food truck/stand. And where's a better place to get all of that than the hub of all local and international cuisines? New York City has always had my heart, and now it has my stomach too.

If I could have any job in the world right now, it would be to give food tours in the city. My tours would range from tastings of the best of New York's staples like bagels, pizzas,  to international cuisines like Halal Guys, some of the best ramen, and also unique places that have set trends around the world, such as Cha Cha Matcha and Milk Bar.

But until that career opportunity arises, I share my food adventures with friends and family through pictures, reviews, and "vlogs". Last year, I made an instagram account (@travelsbymaya) hoping to share with people the places I've discovered spontaneously and the places I've had on the bucket list. I love eating, I love trying new things, and I always love sharing those experiences hoping that others can try these experiences and see why I love them so much.

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