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New York Cheesecake
In New York, as far as we’re concerned, it is perfectly acceptable to skip dinner and go straight for dessert. Particularly when it comes in the form of New York Cheesecake. The beauty is in its simplicity. A tasty fact for you…
WINGS & SHAKES
That said, however, you probably wouldn’t want to miss out on some of the other local delicacies, including perennial favourite Buffalo Wings. Hailing from, you guessed it, Buffalo, New York, these tasty chicken wings are the perfect marriage of flavours, with the creamy blue cheese sauce tempering the spicy marinade. Plus, there’s just something so satisfying about eating with your hands. Something for the calendar…Perfect
There is an absolute abundance of fantastic restaurants in New York City, but sometimes it’s nice to just take things back to basics. You can’t go wrong with Shake Shack, which actually started life as a modest hot dog cart in Madison Square Park!. We’ll let you in on a secret…
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Michael Jordon basketball player
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If you’re a foodie on a budget, you will find a little slice of heaven in Buffalo, with its delicious yet affordable cuisine. A little trivia, it’s said the name ‘Buffalo’ is derived from ‘beau fleuve’ (beautiful river), from when the French originally settled here in 1758.
If you’re planning a drive upstate, it would be almost criminal not to visit the majestic Niagara Falls at New York’s border with Canada. If you remember to carry your passport on you, you can even cross over the border to admire the view from Canada. Just prepare to get wet in the process.
A visit to the Finger Lakes is another must for tours of upstate New York. There are 11 narrow lakes to pootle around by car, and if you happen to be something of a wine aficionado, be sure to stop by at one of the many excellent wineries in the region. Perhaps best if you’ve got someone else to drive you back to your accommodation!Plan a
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Now, here’s a tasty fact for you. It seems that our love affair with cheesecake actually dates back thousands of years – before the Big Apple was even a pip in existence! The first cheese-cake moulds can be dated to around 2000BC, and there are accounts of this rich, high-energy dish being served to athletes at the Olympic Games as early as 776BC, as well as being a popular wedding cake choice for Ancient Grecian brides and grooms. The oldest surviving recipe was penned by Athenaeus in 230AD, and is basic by today’s standards. Simply pound some cheese until smooth, mix with honey and spring wheat flour, cook and allow to cool before serving. Easy as pie – or cheesecake!
New Yorkers are a proud bunch, happily celebrating any and every aspect of their unique culture. This is certainly true when it comes to the humble Buffalo Wing. The annual National Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival takes place over Labor Day Weekend, drawing crowds of 80,000. It’s not the only chicken wing festival in the States though – Philadelphia’s Wing Bowl hosts the world championship of chicken wing eating. In 2015 the world record was broken, and now stands at 444 wings in 26 minutes. That’s a lot of chicken.
Did you know there are secret items on the menu at Shake Shack? If you didn’t, you’ve been missing out – let’s fix that! Basically, you can have fun and combine any ingredients on the menu into a specific order, which the staff will sometimes build for you. It all stems from founder Danny Meyer’s philosophy of having it your way. You can ask for a grilled cheese, cheese fries, a peanut butter bacon burger, and even a ‘quad’ (four burgers in one bun) – all of which can’t be found on the menu. Don’t forget to ask for extra Shack sauce!