‘ino – NYC


(212) 989-5769
21 Bedford Street (6th Ave & Downing)
New York, NY 10012


Unfortunately closed on 2013

If you like perfect paninis, like the scrumptious ricotta, pesto, and roasted vegetables, a relaxed and cozy atmosphere, efficient and friendly service, delicious wine, ‘Ino is the place for you; and then there is  the truffle egg toast.

The tiny kitchen is very flexible when it comes to changes and requests off the menu.   This makes it very attractive for people with a vegetarian diet. There is also have the option of half a Panini with soup/salad, or the quatro panini wich is each quarter with a different flavour.  ‘Ino is one of the places where the quality of food and wine far outway the pricetag; for what you get it is surprisingly easy on the wallet.

I think the sum synergy of this lovely establishment can be summed up as follows:  One day we were enjoying our Truffle Egg Toasts and wine at the end of the bar.  The waiter came back to the bartender and mentioned that someone at a table had asked for a white wine recommendation.  The two waiters and the bartender then proceeded to have an in-depth discussion (about 3-4 minutes) bout which wine was the best to pair with the particular panini  ordered.  At no point was price mentioned – it was all about the right flavors to achieve maximum enjoyment!

Other Items of note on the menu are Bruschettes, a favorite is the fennel and rucola salad with goat cheese, cheese plates, daily soup, good coffee and fresh orange juice.  And then there’s the Truffle Egg Toast … Enjoy!!!






Ino_007-2Truffle Egg Toast
Ino_006Ricotta, pesto, and roasted vegetables panini

Abraço – NYC



212  388 9731
86E. 7th st. (west of 1st avenue)
New York, NY  10009


8:00am – 6:00pm tues – sat
9:00am – 6:00pm sunday

Almost 2 years after Abraço has opened, it is still a daily stop for friends, food, coffee and conversation.  A true New York City experience, where the chatting is as delicious as the fare.  If you’re in New York, do yourself a favor and swing by!

Abraço brews the perfect cup of Coffee.  Thanks to proprietor and main man Jamie, the coffee is so good we gave up on home brewing and gave away our coffee machine!  The food is absolutely divine. In the mornings, brioche (baked at Abraço), olive oil cakes, Pain Perdu (a slice of french toast folded with home made ricotta!), sconces, rose Cookies….. and whatever other lovely creations dreamed up that day are all there for your palatial pleasure.

As an egg aficionado, I will make special mention of the frittata.  It is extraordinary, light and fluffy.  This masterpiece from Abraço has changed my entire concept of the dish.  I now know that I had NEVER had a quality frittata- airy, soft, savory, sweet- until I ate one here.   The bar has been raised, and no one else has come close. (yes, I really really love it!)







From noon -4pm Chef Elizabeth Quijada creates 3 different delicious lunch options which usually includes a seasonal soup, that can be garlic almond milk or saffron corn chowder, a vegetable plate like baby roasted carrots and eggplants with caramelized onions and a toast like topped with ricotta, roasted and marinated vegetables… or the best grilled cheese with marinated peppers and topped with avocado tomatillo salsa.

The food is allways vegetarian (Abraço does not advertise the vegie factor) and they only use organic dairy.




(above  photo © Sean Ganann)


.(above photo © Sean Ganann)
(above right photo © Sean Ganann)


(photo © confusedbee)

Basurto – Cartagena, Colombia

Basurto - Cartagena, Colombia

Mercado de Basurto

Avenida Pedro de Heredia
Cartagena, Colombia

Entering the market of Basurto in Cartagena is like stepping off the edge of society and dropping into the abyss of humanity.  Inside one finds all aspects of our species; from destructive abundance of the fish fields-  with machetes raining down, flashing, sending scales scattering, raindrops smattering on your feet – To the endless aisles of fresh vegetables softly lofting their sweet smells, purging the air of the impurities imposed by the countless butcher blocks and their carcass stench.  And the heat, one can never forget the heat.


Mercado De Basurto - Cartagena
Basurto - Cartagena, Colombia

A respite is grabbed in the shadows aside a mountain of peppers, in the shadow of the mountains of dill, cilantro, leeks and yerba buena.  Scattered between and ringed around these bales of sustinance destined for the bellies of a million souls, one finds, well, everything and anything: Pots, keys, sting blenders and Rosaries; Mangos and hammers, Summer skirts and shock absorbers – and everywhere there is people – Gesticulating, selling, buying, story telling, people.  Men with fish, boys pushign wooden carts for tips, old men packing charcoal and woman brewing witches pots of stew ..  It is only the elasticity of the human minds cushions the shock of Basurto!

Basurto - Cartagena, Colombia

One navigates the labyrinth of this old world market and knows that they are inside the engine that the rest of the world is powered by.