+ Abraco 0027 | Abraço – The Best Coffee in New York

Abraço – The Best Coffee in New York


REVISIT: The Best Coffee in New York

Over a decade later, Abraco is still the best coffee in New York City (NYC) and the best coffee experience in NYC.  If Michelin gave ratings for coffee shops – Abraco would be 3 stars!   It could very well be the best coffee in the world!

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.

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+ basurto 19 e1587335292999 | Basurto – Cartagena

Basurto – Cartagena

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

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+ el dorado airport1 | Arriving to Colombia

Arriving to Colombia

Blurring over the green on green expanse of countryside below me I contemplated the glittering jewels sparkling up at me from 30,000 feet below.  What were these glittering fish in this expanse of growth?  Cognitively I knew them to be Man, though what construct of the beast I was not sure; these reflecting lights bedazzled over the landscape, scattered like a child using the made-for-tv tool.

I hadn’t gotten a handle on the space between these domiciles – trying to decide if it was a lot of emptiness or a landscape uniformly full of Man-Life – when we hurtled past and descended to El Dorado International Airport, Bogota, Colombia.  Where I proceeded to have a remarkably civil, if un-eventful, 5 hour layover for my flight to Cartagena.

el dorado airport1 | Arriving to Colombia
El Dorado Airport Bogota

Now this is a far cry from my first trip through El Dorado a dozen years ago; when navigating the corridor like terminal was more akin to wading through a souk then engaging in modern era jet-travel. Not today – today I calmly pulled money out the ATM, drank an espresso cortado with condensed milk from the Juan Valdez Coffee shop (always a shameful delight in Colombia – the national obsession with the sweetened condensed milk), purchased minutes for my cellphone at the pharmacy and sat down at the food court, being waited on by an ultra-pleasent late year teen who did his absolute best to help me achieve gastronomic satisfaction.

He was successful, bringing me a toasted arepa (a flat corn biscuit like bread made out of corn) smothered with Guiso.  Guiso is a delight of stewed onions and tomato that is found throughout Colombia, though under different names.  Guiso in the interior, Hogao on the Caribbean coast, and who knows what its called in the places I haven’t yet been!  This was followed by one of the traditional Colombian soups – Changua; a milk,  and egg soup that has a flavor and happiness all its own.  With floating chunks of soft bread and green flecks of Cilantro, Changua has the beauty of being completely comforting, filling and at the same time feeling  oddly healthy.  That is until you hit the melted cheese hidden underneath – when the comfort starts to out way the health!

The food is like the service – Simple, but having the overall feeling of being made with local ingredients that have yet to be corrupted by the world at large.

So Welcome to Colombia, and as they now say – The only risk is that you’ll want to stay!

+ Fusion 005 | Fusion  –  Cartagena

Fusion – Cartagena

With a exposed kitchen, Fusion offers us up Pan Asian food, mixed in with some Indian and sushi and middle eastern options.  Yes it is Fusion!!!

One of it’s best features is the welcoming zatar bread and hummus starter.

Also one of the better ‘modern’ restaurants in town.  Worth a visit.

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