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LUCKYRICE Festival – Night Market Wrap-up

by Jeffsayyes @ Vietnamese – Jeffrey Tastes – Queens Qustodian

Here’s guest writer, Jennifer Cheng with her run down of the Luckyrice Festival last month. Seemed like a huge project. Pretty cool. — Jeffrey Tastes Lights, lanterns, food! The excitement and anticipation percolated for months leading to LUCKYRICE’s Night Market festival held on April 30, 2010 under the beautiful Archway in Brooklyn’s DUMBO. I knew […]

Judy Ruminates… Pho 32 & Shabu – Murray Hill, Manhattan

by Jeffsayyes @ Vietnamese – Jeffrey Tastes – Queens Qustodian

Pho 32 & Shabu Categories: Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese Neighborhood: Murray Hill 2 W 32nd St New York, NY 10014 (212) 695-0888 Have you ever thought fondly of the days when you were allowed to play with your food at the dinner table and not get smacked? Those innocent days are over, but you can relive […]

24 hours in: Ho Chi Minh City

24 hours in: Ho Chi Minh City


Urban Adventures

Ho Chi Minh City is one of the most popular cities to visit in Southeast Asia for a reason. The pace is frenetic and the...

Announcing: Momo Crawl 2014

by Jeffsayyes @ Jeffrey Tastes – Queens Qustodian

Momo Crawl 2014 will take place on Saturday, November 22nd from 2pm-5pm. The third annual Momo Crawl – All restaurants and street vendors who sell momos in the half-mile around the Jackson Heights subway station will be offering momos for $1 each to those in possession of a 2014 momo map. Momo maps will be created […]

Judy Ruminates… Pho Bac – Vietnamese in Elmhurst

by Jeffsayyes @ Vietnamese – Jeffrey Tastes – Queens Qustodian

Here’s Judy Ruminates with her review of Pho Bac. This is the one inside the food mall on Broadway in Elmhurst. I always get it confused with Pho Bang, which is in it’s own building just outside of the food mall. I used to have a mnemonic device to help me pick them out, but […]

Share my Buzzfeed: Reasons To Actually Go To Manhattan

by Jeffsayyes @ Jeffrey Tastes – Queens Qustodian

I got tired of those articles giving people excuses to go ALL THE WAY out to Queens. So I penned my own listicle of actual reasons why one might go into Manhattan. It’s true though, my friends and I rarely go into Manhattan anymore. It’s just too much of a chore, too much unnecessary navigation […]

Mekong Vietnamese Restaurant – Johnson City, NY

by Jeffsayyes @ Vietnamese – Jeffrey Tastes – Queens Qustodian

Mekong Vietnamese Restaurant Category: Vietnamese 29 Willow St Johnson City, NY 13790 (607) 770-9628 This is another family owned Binghamton restaurant slightly off the beaten path that most likely will provide good times for everyone. Just off Main, it’s hard to notice, but if you look around the corner to Willow you will see Mekong. […]

Pour-Overs & Shrubs – In Elmhurst, Queens (!) at JoJu Vietnamese

by Jeffsayyes @ Vietnamese – Jeffrey Tastes – Queens Qustodian

NOTICE: My office this month is JoJu – the modern Vietnamese bahn mi shop which opened up last week. JoJu 83-25 Broadway Elmhurst, NY 11373 Neighborhood: Elmhurst (347) 808-0887 http://www.jojuny.com/ They don’t know it yet, but they’re on the cutting edge of the NYC drink scene. Two items in particular: Pour-overs and shrubs… though as […]

District Saigon: A New York, NY Restaurant.

District Saigon: A New York, NY Restaurant.


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District Saigon: A New York, NY Restaurant.

Momo Crawl 2014 Update

by Jeffsayyes @ Jeffrey Tastes – Queens Qustodian

Things are looking up for the Momo Crawl. Saturday, Nov 22nd, 2-5pm – Jackson Heights Food Court marquee (73-07 37th Road) Invite on Facebook #MomoCrawl -$1 momos from at least 15 momo places in Jackson Heights, with the possession of a Momo Map (available in exchange for 3 bills of any denomination) -Henna Tattoos at Hamro […]

New Yorkers Guide to Philadelphia

by Jeffsayyes @ Vietnamese – Jeffrey Tastes – Queens Qustodian

For over a year, I had it in my head to ride from NY to Philadelphia via bicycle to meet my hero, Holly Moore. In that year I put it off, it kept eating at me. The more I told my friends about my dream, the more guilt I felt that I hadn’t done it […]

Smorgasburbs – Smorgasburg comes to Jones Beach, Long Island

by Jeffsayyes @ Jeffrey Tastes – Queens Qustodian

Set up in the footprint of Donald Trump’s failed attempt at a restaurant in my hometown is a Smorgasburg. Or Bar, as they call it. Or Burbs, as I’m calling it. It’s hard to even measure how happy I am that the Trump isn’t in Wantagh, Long Island; the thought of it always sickened me. Bringing […]

Should Outer Borough Local Restaurants Participate in Choice Eats? Or Yelp Shindigs?

by Jeffsayyes @ Jeffrey Tastes – Queens Qustodian

Should businesses that serve a local clientele, specifically ones in the outer boroughs catering to a singular immigrant community, participate in large food festivals – who request they give their product away for free? I’m looking at you: Choice Eats and Yelp This is the question I have had on my mind: Should I encourage […]

Viva La Comida 2014 – The Food!

by Jeffsayyes @ Jeffrey Tastes – Queens Qustodian

This is turning out to be a good one. The process for Viva La Comida is much more than necessary. I spend a lot of time traveling to vendors, many times with ambassadors, to find the perfect fits for the festival. The finish line is getting a line-up of 10 or so street vendors in […]

Just for you, Tourists: A Day In Queens

by Jeffsayyes @ Jeffrey Tastes – Queens Qustodian

I highly value tourists. You are open-eyed and willing to bring monetary compensation to the great destination you have chosen to visit. Your time is limited, though, and I don’t want you to be steered wrong by people with intentions other than your amazement, entertaining education, value, and general well-being. You shall not be swindled by […]

On the Camino de Santiago, a €1 pin was the best souvenir I’ve ever bought

by Cindy Young @ Urban Adventures

I had just finished walking 800 kilometres of the Camino de Santiago across Spain. It was my second Camino, and I wanted something to bring back to Australia. People who have walked the Camino often wear a scallop shell, both to commemorate their journey, and also to identify themselves to...

Where to find the best snacks in Athens

by Rebecca Skevaki @ Urban Adventures

The Athens food scene is pack with snacks, most of which you can feel good about because they’re made with healthy ingredients like olive oil, honey, local cheeses and fresh vegetables. (Chemical-laden and processed convenience foods are hardly appealing when you’ve got a cuisine as tasty as that of the...

Andrea Lynn’s Queens: A Culinary Landscape – Interview

by Jeffsayyes @ Jeffrey Tastes – Queens Qustodian

I just got in Andrea Lynn’s book Queens: A Culinary Passport: Exploring Ethnic Cuisine in New York City’s Most Diverse Borough the other night, and I’ve already gone through it all. The 224 pages in sterling color highlights 6 neighborhoods in Queens which are known to be outstanding areas of eatery, details recipes provided by or inspired by dishes at […]

Momo Crawl 2014 Wrap

by Jeffsayyes @ Jeffrey Tastes – Queens Qustodian

It was amazing seeing lines 40 persons deep at every single Himalayan restaurant in Jackson Heights. I had never seen anything like it. The restaurants were overwhelmed, no one expected this many people to come. What a great problem to have. Some workers told me they wanted to wring my neck but most were laughing […]

NYC Street Food Map

by Jeffsayyes @ Jeffrey Tastes – Queens Qustodian

Here is a map of street food clusters in NYC. It is clusters instead of every single vendor because: A) This map is evergreen – the vendors may change but the clusters generally remain the same. The spots are not set up randomly. Vendors cluster where there are a lot of potential customers and in […]

Things to do in: Copenhagen

by Mie Rom Dybro @ Urban Adventures

Progressive, artsy, oh-so-livable Copenhagen is the kind of city that will make you want to stay indefinitely. It’s packed with plenty to explore and discover, from the extensive fine arts scene to quirky parks, epic brunches to street food feasts. To help you make the most of your time in...

Viva La Comida 2014 wrap-up

by Jeffsayyes @ Jeffrey Tastes – Queens Qustodian

Thanks for all your support of Viva La Comida. For the past 3 years, this event was designed as a showcase for local businesses, small businesses, local flavor, and the people of Queens. The dream was to have a festival full of local legends of street food, aiming for Jackson Heights, uniting on 82nd Street […]

Judy Ruminates… Banh Mi Saigon – Vietnamese in Lower Manhattan

by Jeffsayyes @ Vietnamese – Jeffrey Tastes – Queens Qustodian

Here’s Judy’s review of Banh Mi Saigon. She reviewed the shop before they moved, so there may be some architectural inaccuracies, but otherwise should be valid Vietnamese cuisine opinions. I believe it used to be inside jewelry store, so that only added to the lore. Personally, I’m still looking to fall in love with the […]

New Job: Little Tibet’s Beverage Director

by Jeffsayyes @ Jeffrey Tastes – Queens Qustodian

I got a new job! I’m very happy to announce that I am helping out one of my favorite restaurants, Little Tibet, becoming their beverage director. This is a dream come true. I think I can do it. Beer has been my latest obsession. I have no qualms about not being into it before because there just […]

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