Love Bikes and Kick Scooters? See My Articles for NYCeWheels

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In a previous post last year I mentioned my connection to NYCeWheels as one of their guest writers. If you have not been keeping up with Traveled Eats on Facebook or Twitter, then you may have been missing out on some of my articles published for the NYCeWheels shop. For those who are unfamiliar with NYCeWheels, it is a small local New York City shop in the Upper East Side that specializes in folding bikes, electric bikes and kick scooters. They always offer superb service and help when choosing an alternate mode of transportation that fits your needs.

Under the “Other Publications” tab in the bar menu above you can find a list of the most recent publications of my articles for one of the few NYCeWheels’ blog sites. Most of my articles are reviews on the products NYCeWheels sell at their shop, or bike paths that I take my personal brommie bike on and detail. To keep up to date on my articles published for NYCeWheels, visit the Traveled Eats Facebook and Twitter pages.

Although the snow seems to be sticking around for quite a bit in New York, look forward to the spring season when NYCeWheels restarts their free bike tours in March. Before the bike tour, the tour guide will help instruct the riders how to use the Brompton folding bicycles from fold to riding. This bike tour either takes you to Central Park or Randall’s Island from the bike shop. The length of the tour will last somewhere between an hour and a half to two hours. It is great activity to do with a loved one, family or friends. After the tour, you will return to the bike shop where you can decide to purchase your own custom brommie, a stock brommie, or choose from one of the other brands they sell at the shop. All you need to do is sign up online for the bike tour and show up. The bike tours are every Saturday at 3pm starting at the shop and run from March through usually the first week of December. Just note that safety is always key at the shop, so you will be required to wear a helmet for the duration of the bike ride. The bike shop does provide helmets, but if you are not comfortable using them, you are welcome to bring your own.

To sign up for a free bike tour at NYCeWheels, click here.

Also be sure to visit the links to NYCeWheels’ website, blogs and twitter pages that could be found under the “Links & Friends of Traveled Eats” tab.

NYCeWheels

1603 York Avenue (between E. 84th and E.85th Streets)

New York, NY 10028

Toll free US (800) 692-3943

Local and International (212) 737-3078

Mon-Sat 11:00am-7:00pm

http://www.nycewheels.com

Winter Warmer Hot Chocolate

Just as the cold weather and winter blues seems to be sticking around these days, here is a hot chocolate recipe to sweeten and warm you up. This hot chocolate has a slightly thick consistency, but not as thick as sipping chocolate. In this recipe I use Taza Chocolate’s Guajillo Chili chocolate Mexicano discs to give an extra kick to fight the cold.

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1 cup of half and half

2.7 oz of chocolate (Recommended: Taza Chocolate, Chocolate Mexicano discs, any flavor)

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1- Chop the chocolate into small pieces and place them into a bowl. This will help the chocolate melt easier with the milk since there is more surface area.

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2- In a pot, heat the half and half until it begins to just steam. If you over heat the2014-01-14 22.36.43 half and half, you risk curdling the fats and resulting in solids forming.

3- Pour the steamed milk into the bowl containing the chopped up chocolate. Let the mixture rest for about one to two minutes to allow the chocolate to melt.

4- Using a whisk, mix the chocolate with the half and half until uniform.

5- Return the mixture to the pot and continue to heat at low heat for about five minutes.

6- Serve the hot chocolate in mugs or mason jars. If desired, add whipped cream and chocolate shavings on top.

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A Kickstart Off to a New Year

2014-01-14 21.54.15Happy 2014! It is hard to believe that it is almost a year since Traveled Eats has launched. As we are already well into the new year, I’m looking forward to sharing with you all more travels around the world, recipes and highlights of places great to dine at.

To start off the new year, I just signed up for the 37th Annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour that is happening this upcoming spring on Sunday, May 4th on the good ol’ streets of New York City. This will be the first time I will be riding the forty mile mapped out course through the five boroughs of the city.  I’m hoping to sign up for other bicycling events later in the year, maybe even the NYC Century Bike Tour.

Just perfect for the winter weather, here is a brand new recipe for 2014: Winter Warmer Hot Chocolate

Here is a sneak peak of topics soon to be featured on Traveled Eats:

Biking in National Parks

Amsterdam

Maine

Belgium

Be sure to check out the Traveled Eats Facebook page or Twitter for more news such as my other articles with NYCeWheels 0n their blog and other blurbs.

Last Minute Holiday Gifts

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It is about less than a week before Christmas and the bustle and craziness of the holiday shopping has not slowed down. Some of you may have already finished shopping for your holiday gifts, some may be still searching for the perfect gift or not even started yet. Well if you are still strapped for ideas what to get for your loved ones then here are a few suggestions of places you can find around New York City:

 

1- For those who like a bit of local sparkle: Artists & Fleas and Brooklyn Bleu

In Williamsburg and the Chelsea Market is Artist & Fleas. This is2013-12-06 14.36.28 where you can purchase gifts of unique artistry and design. You will find many goods that have a one-of-kind specialty and vintage quality. This market has an atmospheric feeling of an old world marketplace where you can purchase gifts or goods by the local artists. Here you can find anything from clothing, accessories, jewelry and other nifty items.

One of the vendors that caught my eye at the pop-up fall and holiday Artists & Fleas market in the Chelsea Market was Brooklyn Bleu. Brooklyn Bleu is a boutique vendor that specializes in vintage jewelry, clothing, accessories and home décor. Most of their jewelry styles dates in between the 1940s through 1970s. Pictured here is the bracelet I picked up from the Chelsea pop-up shop that is dated in the 1950s with a gold satin-like finish.

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2-For the one with the sweet tooth: Fat Witch Bakery

2013-12-06 14.40.07Also in the Chelsea Market is Fat Witch Bakery. Fat Witch Bakery specializes in brownies. Here they have eight different flavors to choose from of brownies that just melt in your mouth. Their original brownie has a textural contrast of a crusty top layer and a smooth inside. The chocolate flavor is light and not overpowering where you can sense the vanilla flavor as well. My personal favorite is their Blondie Witch. This brownie has a cake-like texture mixed with chocolate chips. In addition to the regular brownies they offer gifts sets, cookies, hot chocolate and mugs.

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3- For the chocolate lover: L.A. Burdick and Vosges Chocolate

In these colder months I love to savor in some hot chocolate to warm up during the winter. At L.A. Burdick They offer a variety of blends and single source hot chocolate that you can have made to order or purchase a kit to make at home with a mini whisk. Each of the single source hot chocolate flavors has significant characteristic flavor profiles to the origin of where the chocolate came from. For instance, Grenada bar has a complex and high acidity flavor with hints of nutmeg, banana and lychee fruit.

My favorite hot chocolate blend is their white 2013-12-01 15.10.09hot chocolate. It is creamy, rich and smooth with a foamy milky cap topped with fresh grated nutmeg. I sometimes treat myself to one of their desserts at the café. Pictured here is L.A. Burdick’s chocolate birthday cake with my white hot chocolate. The cake has a light chocolate cake layer that surrounds a smooth chocolate ganache that has a burst of raspberry flavor.

Vosges Chocolate is a chocolate store that I came across at a Yelp event. Their chocolate specialties have exotic ingredients to make each product have a unique flavor profile. They usually have samples for you to try around the store. All year around Vosges has bulk deals to help you save a bit in the wallet.

I like to get their chocolate covered caramels. They have eight different types of caramels to choose from which comes with four pieces. My personal favorite is their tarte caramels which has flavors of blood orange, hibiscus, Campari and covered in dark chocolate.

If you happen to have a smartphone with the Yelp app, check-in to either Vosges Chocolate location and get either a free truffle (Soho) or a free mini bar (Upper East Side) on your visit.

4-For the quirky person: Story- Home for the Holidays

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A great place where you can find unique and quirky gifts is at Story in Chelsea. They love to support local artist and companies. You can always find something neat here. Every other month the small boutique rotates themes. This month’s theme is “Home for the Holidays.” That is quite a fitting theme for this season. They have a variety of goods to choose from for foodies, bookworms, fashionistas, kids and even a little something for the guys.

5- For the sporty type: NYCeWheels

NYCeWheelsA local shop in Yorkville section of the Upper East Side of Manhattan is NYCeWheels. They specialize in kick scooters, folding bicycles and electric bicycles. As most of you know I have been writing as a guest writer for NYCeWheels about a month now testing out some of their products. I purchased my very own custom Brompton from this shop and have been riding the bike more often than I ever had before.

This is a great place to find the perfect bicycle or kick scooter with experts to help you in the store, on the phone or via email communication to meet your needs of the perfect ride. NYCeWheels has a variety of folding bikes for the city commuter from 2013-10-27 15.17.06Terns to Dahons and Bromptons. The best portable ride in the shop in my opinion is the Brompton bicycle. It can be completely customizable from color, handlebar, speeds, seat and tires. It may be a bit too late to get a custom Brompton in by Christmas, but the store also has stock Bromptons ready to purchase in store. Another favorite of mine is the Tern Verge x10. It is one of the bikes that I really enjoyed testing out. It is great for those people who love speed and a very lightweight ride (21.3 lbs).                                                                                                                                                           My Brompton bicycle

If you like to have a little assistance of power while riding you bike, electric bikes may be what you want. Electric bikes give an extra boost when pedaling, so you do not need to use as much leg power to pedal up challenging hills. NYCeWheels offers both full sized electric bikes as well as folding bikes with electric kits. A very popular electric kit at the shop is BionX.

If bikes are not for you, NYCeWheels also offers kick scooters. Kick scooters are great for every day city commuters that want to get to their destination in half the time it would take walking or for recreational use. A very popular kick scooter is the KickPed by GoPed. The KickPed is an adult scooter that is a very well-constructed to withstand the abuse of every day traveling on the city streets.

Unsure if you want to make a purchase? If you happen to be in Yorkville, stop by NYCeWheels to take a free test ride of the bicycle or kick scooter you are curious about. If you have any further questions, there are experts in the small shop there to help you.

When it gets warmer, I recommend for you to take one of their free Brompton Bike Tours which will resume in the early spring. You can sign up here when dates are available.

6- For the one who does not go for the ordinary gift: Evolution

2013-12-06 12.26.05I stumbled upon Evolution one day walking around Soho. Evolution has a variety of odd gifts from miniature model kits, bug collections, bug lollypops, taxidermy, sea shells and exploded skulls. Even if this store does not have what you need to get a gift for the holiday season, it is a store that is quite interesting to check out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

See below for more information on the places mentioned in this post:

Artists & Fleas

Williamsburg Market

70th North 7th Street (between Kent & Wythe Avenues)

Brooklyn, NY 11211

Sat & Sun 10:00am-7:00pm

Chelsea Market Fall and Holiday Pop-up shop

88 Tenth Avenue

New York, NY 10011

Open Daily 10:00am-7:00pm

http://www.artistsandfleas.com/

Fat Witch Bakery

75th Ninth Avenue

New York, NY 10011

(888) 419-4824

Mon-Sat 10:00am-9:00pm, Sun 10:00am-8:00pm

http://www.fatwitch.com/index.html#replay

L.A. Burdick

5 E. 20th Street

New York, NY 10003

(212) 796-0143

Mon-Sat 8:30am-9:00pm, Sun 10:00am-7:00pm

Christmas Eve: café closes at 3:00pm, chocolate shop closes at 4:00pm

http://www.burdickchocolate.com

Vosges Chocolate

Soho

132 Spring Street

New York, NY 10012

Sun-Wed 11:00am-8:00pm, Thur-Sat 11:00am-9:00pm

(212) 625-2929

Upper East Side

1100 Madison Avenue

New York, NY 10028

(212) 717-2929

Mon-Sat 10:00am-8:00pm, Sun 11:00am-7:00pm

http://www.vosgeschocolate.com/

Story

144 Tenth Avenue

New York, NY 10011

(212) 242-4853

Mon-Wed, Fri & Sat 11:00am-8:00pm, Thur 11:00am-9:00pm, Sun 11:00am-7:00pm

http://thisisstory.com

NYCeWheels

1603 York Avenue (between E. 84th and E.85th Streets)

New York, NY 10028

Toll free US (800) 692-3943

Local and International (212) 737-3078

Mon-Sat 11:00am-7:00pm

Closes at 3:00pm on Christmas Eve

http://www.nycewheels.com

Evolution

120 Spring Street

New York, NY 10012

(212) 343-1114

Open Daily 11:00am-7:00pm

http://www.TheEvolutionStore.com

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

A usual accompaniment to the turkey on Thanksgiving is cranberry sauce. The tart and sweet flavors of this sauce with the warmth of cinnamon and nutmeg gives a great tang to the turkey. I always like to think fresh is always better. That comes very true for this sauce versus the one that comes in the tin from the supermarket. Besides how impressive can a cylinder-shaped jelly sauce be on the table?

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What you need:

16 oz of cranberries

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup water

1 orange (zest and juice)

2 cinnamon sticks

¼ teaspoon all spice

¼ teaspoon ginger

¼ teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg

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1- In a skillet add the fresh cranberries, sugar, water, orange zest, cinnamon sticks, all spice and ginger. Bring the contents to a boil. As the cranberries soften you may hear them pop. Don’t worry that is normal.

2- Once the cranberries have softened into a partial liquid state with some of the cranberries still whole, add the fresh squeezed orange juice and nutmeg. The acid of the orange juice will help thicken the sauce.

3- Remove from heat and serve in a small bowl. Enjoy!

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Rustic Garlic and Thyme Scalloped Potatoes

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Here a perfect side dish that gives you the satisfaction of a potato with crispy edges and soft center. The scalloped potatoes are roasted in aromatic garlic and thyme in a combination of butter and olive oil. By leaving the skin on the potato slices and the process of roasting give a rustic-like feel. It is best to pair this with beef or poultry or on its own. It a great dish to go with your next holiday meal.

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What you need:

6 medium-sized Idaho Russet potatoes

8 cloves of garlic (minced)

2 tablespoons of unsalted butter (melted)

2 tablespoons of olive oil

½ teaspoon of salt

¼ teaspoon of fresh crack black pepper

3 tablespoons of dried thyme

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1- Preheat the oven to 350F. Wash and dry the potatoes. Using the mandolin, slice the potatoes. Picture here I have a handheld mini one. I find that I have more control using this one over the full-sized one, but either is fine.

2- Place the sliced potatoes in a bowl of water to rinse of excess starch.

3- Towel pat dry the slices of potatoes on paper towels. This will help the potatoes to get that crispy texture during the roasting process.

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4- Mix together the dried potatoes, melted unsalted butter and olive oil together in a new clean bowl. Then stir in the garlic salt, pepper and thyme.

5- On an aluminum foil covered tray, spread out the potatoes in an even layer. Roast the potatoes for fifteen minutes.

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6- Shift around the potatoes and roast for fifteen more minutes.

7- Place potatoes in a serving dish and enjoy.

 

 

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New Connections

As the seasons change, Traveled Eats has already passed its half year mark since the blog has first been live. I would like to thank all the readers/ subscribers through the blog site, Twitter and Facebook for continuing to support Traveled Eats by showing interest in my work and passion. Your feedback is much appreciated. You will notice that Traveled Eats now has a “Links & Friends of Traveled Eats” page. Here you can visit the websites and blogs of those whom are my personal friends and of this blog.

So on this occasion, I have a special announcement. I am TDong photothe new guest writer for NYCeWheels. I am presently featured on their blog with an introduction of myself as a new guest writer. On their Folding Bike blog, see my first post about my first impressions of the Brompton bicycle.

NYCeWheels is a small local bike shop in the Yorkville section of New York City in the Upper East Side of Manhattan founded by Bert Cebular. They specialize in folding bikes, electric bikes and kick scooters. I first came across NYCeWheels during Summer Streets a year ago when I was intrigued by the amazing construction and design of the Brompton bicycles they were showing off. After a taking one for a spin, going to one of NYCeWheels’ free bike tours and saving up enough cash, I purchased a custom Brompton of my very own. I have a P3E Brompton bicycle in claret and cobalt blue colors. I also decided to accessorize my Brompton with a Brooks leather saddle. The Brompton bicycle is a great portable folding bicycle that you can take anywhere. Unlike regular full-sized bicycles, folding bikes do not require additional fees (bike passes) nor time restrictions when allowed on public transit.

When you are in New York City, I recommend for you to visit my friends at NYCeWheels. Whether it is to take one of their Brompton Bike Tours or to try out one of the products they sell, there is always great company to greet you.

Want a Brompton of your own? Click here for more details.

NYCeWheels

1603 York Avenue (between E. 84th and E.85th Streets)

New York, NY 10028

Toll free US (800) 692-3943

Local and International (212) 737-3078

Mon-Sat 11:00am-7:00pm

http://www.nycewheels.com

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