5 New Cuisines to Try Next Time You’re in NYC

Tired of pizza, bagels, and deli food? As delicious and reliable as these staples are, sometimes we want something new. Have no fear, for New York City has at least one option for virtually any style of cuisine on this Earth. Here are five to try next time you find yourself hungry in the Big Apple.


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Once situated on the legendary Silk Road, the country of Uzbekistan is a fascinating mix of cultures, primarily Middle Eastern, East Asian, and Russian. Its food, in turn, reflects that. Hand-pulled noodles and fall-apart lamb make up the country's Lagman stew. No meal is complete without Non, the name for the local flatbread, baked in an oven called a Tandyr in a process typical of West Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Manti are a kind of meat dumpling similar to a Russian Vareniki or Pierogi.

Uzbekistan's greatest contribution to the culinary world, however, may very well be the ubiquitous Plov, a dish where lamb or beef, typically seasoned with cumin, is slow cooked in a giant wok with rice for hours. Julienned carrots, whole heads of garlic, and spicy peppers are added as well. The end product is a delectably moist mixture of fall-apart lamb and uber savory rice.

Typically served at weddings, you don't have to wait to be a brides-maid at an Uzbek wedding to dig in. Visit Tandir Express on 18th Ave in Kensington (don't miss the kebabs here either), or Turkish Express on Avenue H in Midwood. If you want to take a day trip to the country's capitol, head down to Brighton Beach and visit Tashkent Supermarket, where an endless buffet of Uzbek delicacies awaits you.


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About 2,500 miles West of Uzbekistan is another Turkic speaking country with a to die for cuisine. It would be a mistake to lump the food of Turkey in with "Mediterranean" or "Middle Eastern" food. After all, it was the Turks themselves who invented the method of cooking sliced meat on a vertical spit, a method now used throughout the near East, North Africa, Greece, and even Mexico.

Of all the vertically oriented meats, however, Doner Kebab may be the very best. Its juiciness is unmatched, its charred exterior yet tender center unparalleled. And Turkish food only starts there. It is a cuisine built upon grilled meats, and Iskander Kebab is no exception: To make this delicacy, Doner Kebab is layered over pita bread, then topped with tomato sauce and yogurt. It's an odd combination, but the result is heavenly.

Tired of meat? Turkish food offers a never ending array of Meze: eggplant salad, Tarator (Garlic and Walnut sauce), and Cacik (a yogurt sauce similar to Tzatziki) are just a few of the dips you can fill the corners with. And for dessert, if you're ready to consume a day's worth of calories in one sitting, help yourself to Kunefe—shredded filo dough soaked in honey or syrup and layered with melted cheese. Hungry yet? Go find any of these dishes at Taci's Beyti on Coney Island Ave. in Midwood, or Opera Café and Lounge in Sheepshead Bay. For a quicker meal, visit Aksaray Turkish Restaurant, also in Midwood.


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It is amazing how delicious a cuisine based off of a few simple ingredients like cassava, tomatoes, peppers, and goat meat can be. The food of Ghana is exhibit no. 1, as is all the food of West Africa, for that matter. While a grace period may be necessary for a Westerner to adapt to the flavor palette of Ghanaian food, once they do, a door is opened unto astounding deliciousness.

Whole fried fish slathered in Shito (Ghanaian pepper sauce) with a side of Kenkey (fermented corn dumplings, boiled in corn husks) is a good starting point. Or perhaps try Pepper soup (exactly what you think). Better yet, why not go all out and order the Peanut Soup (stew meat cooked in a spicy peanut butter broth)?

If all that sounds just a bit too adventurous then you would be forgiven if you simply ordered the Joloff rice. The West African staple is typically served at parties; rice is cooked in a pepper tomato sauce until it turns an inviting orange hue, often served with chicken. B Place on Nostrand Ave. in Flatbush and Akwaaba Restaurant on Parkside Ave., also in Flatbush, are excellent options.


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When you stumble upon the cuisine of the Caucasus country of Georgia, it may feel is as if you've discovered the menu of some medieval feast, lost long ago to the ages. Pomegranates, walnuts, sour plums, coriander, tarragon, and a litany of other herbs and spices are just a few of the ingredients found in most Georgian dishes.

While many have no doubt discovered the ubiquitous Khachapuri (boats of cheese filled, perfectly chewy bread with an occasional egg nestled in the melting cheese), there is so much more to Georgian food, as undeniably delicious as Khachapuri is. Shkmeruli is chicken, slow roasted then simmered in a garlic and cream sauce. It's as good as it sounds. You might wash it down with a Tarragon soda.

Or you can try Chakapuli, a stew wherein lamb is cooked slowly with cherry plums, tarragon, coriander, and white wine. Many of these dishes are often served with Tkemali, a sweet and sour plum sauce, not too dissimilar in its usage to ketchup.

Finally, if you want something sweet afterward, try Churchkhela. Walnuts are threaded along a string, then grape or pomegranate juice is dripped down the thread until solidified. The end product is a chewy stick of earthy flavor. Taste of Georgia on Kings Highway is a great option to find these dishes as is Tone Café in Brighton Beach on Neptune Ave.


Haitian Food: Bebe Fritay Haitian Food: Bebe FritayBebe Fritay

Haitian food, the forgotten cousin in the Caribbean pantheon. What happens when Caribbean ingredients meet West African and French cooking techniques? Lovely things, apparently. Griot, essentially Haiti's national dish, is goat meat, marinated, roasted, and then fried to create something that's simple but delicious. The dish is typically served with rice and beans; however this writer prefers it with a side of Patate (Caribbean sweet potato) and with Sos Pwa (black beans cooked down into a stew) poured over all of it.

Pikliz (a Haitian slaw made of cabbage and scotch bonnets, among other things) is a constant condiment. Djon Djon is rice, simmered in a black mushroom broth until it takes on the hue of the mushroom itself, typically served on Sundays. Finally, make a special point of ordering Legume. Eggplant, squash, and carrots, along with thyme and a handful of other spices, are cooked down into a Ratatouille-esque stew (here, France rears its head) typically served with fried plantains. Bebe Fritay has several locations throughout Brooklyn and Lakay Venus is a great option in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.


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You would be hard pressed to find a New Yorker who hasn't had Jamaican food at least a few times in their lives, but fewer are as well versed in the wonders of its close cousin, Trini (Trinidadian) cuisine. When scores of Indian (and to a lesser degree, Chinese) indentured servants were brought to Trinidad in the mid 1800's, their respective cuisines mixed with the already established African fare in a beautiful way. Chana (curried chickpeas), Dahl (stewed Lentils), and Aloo (curried potatoes) are all traditional Indian staples which are ever present in Trini food. Doubles are small, round, naan-esque discs of perfectly chewy flatbread filled with Chana and oftentimes curried shrimp. Don't order them without pepper and tamarind sauce! Get yourself some home-made Sorrell (Hibiscus flower punch) with that as well.

Roti is, again, a flatbread filled with any curry of your choice—such as goat, chicken, shrimp—then eaten like a burrito (or not, if your curry has bones). Roti can also be eaten on the side as Buss-up shot. No order of roti is complete, however, without stewed pumpkin, aloo, and calaloo (like a Caribbean stewed spinach) thrown in as well. The Chinese influence becomes apparent when you stumble upon any of the Trini- Chinese dishes, most famous of all is Chow Mein: vegetables and noodles stir fried with chicken or shrimp. If you go to a Trini spot on a Sunday you might have a chance to try curry crab and dumplings. When you're finished, order a slice of Rum Cake or Pone (a super moist cake made from cassava).

It's difficult to find or even imagine food more delicious than that of the island of Trinidad, and Jen's Roti Shop on Flatbush in Brooklyn makes it as well as anybody in NYC. Suzi's Roti Parlour on Church Ave. is another great option and Bake and Things is very solid as well with several locations throughout Brooklyn.

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Best Jobs for People Who Love To Travel

If you want to travel but have a job that is currently holding you back, here are a few of our suggestions for the best jobs for people who love to travel.

For many people, traveling is an amazing experience, but traveling is not always feasible because of responsibilities to work.

One way to get around this roadblock is to get a job that will let you travel and see the world. Here are some of the best jobs for people who love to travel.

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A translator is a wonderful job for those who want to travel. It will bring you to many places as you work, so long as those places speak the language you can translate. The great thing about translating is the variety of work you can get by translating for specific clients or just translating for tourists in the area. You can choose what type of scene you wish to work in very easily.


A pilot fits the definition of a job that gets to travel perfectly. Now, whether you are a private pilot or a commercial pilot, you will still get to fly all over the planet. The only major problem with this job is the requirement of flight classes. But once you get your license, you can fly freely around the world while making yourself money to fund your trips.

Travel blogger

Being a travel blogger is a temperamental job but, if done correctly, it will allow you to visit anywhere you want. Writing to fans as you travel the world can be a fun and exciting way to engage with the planet. This job can be difficult to do, though, as you must be able to write consistently and capture your audience with each post.

English teacher

This may not sound like a job that allows you to travel, but schools all around the world are always looking for more people to teach English.

In this career, you would move near the school that you would teach at and live there over the course of your time there. The interesting thing about this job is that it does not necessarily require a teaching degree, depending on the school and country in question. You also get to live in a new country for an extended period.

When it comes to the best jobs for people who love to travel, these are just a few of our suggestions. There are plenty of jobs where you can travel around the world, but these ones are far-reaching and cover a lot of different lifestyles. They might seem like pipe dreams, but hey, you never know!

Seattle, Washington is a rainy, coffee-fueled, coastal town often referred to as the "Emerald City."

Located against the ecological wonderland of Puget Sound, this cosmopolitan, seaside city is a mishmash of arts, culture, history, nature, and, of course, cloudy weather. Thanks to its proximity to nature, its greenery, and its culturally rich, big-city atmosphere, the city is becoming increasingly popular, both for tourists and those looking for a change of scenery.

The Big Stops: Tourist Seattle

If you only have a few days to visit Seattle, you'll probably want to check out the area's most famous attractions.

For nature lovers and summit-chasers, there's the imposing, wildflower-shrouded Mt. Rainier.

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For foodies, there's the popular Pike Place Market, a giant patchwork of food-sellers and friendly chaos where you can purchase everything from giant crabs' legs to bottomless amounts of coffee (more on that later).

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And finally, there's the iconic Space Needle and the Sky View Observatory, which will give you extraordinary views of the city.

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Seattle Arts and Museums

For arts and culture lovers, Seattle has plenty to cut your teeth on. Don't miss the Chihuly Garden and Glass, a collection of extraordinary blown-glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly.

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For art, there's the giant Seattle Art Museum Downtown. Seattle also offers the Museum of Pop Culture, a nonprofit that features all your favorite icons from history, and plenty of other options.

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For some history, there's the Klondike Gold Rush Museum, which commemorates Seattle's history as a gold rush hub.

There are plenty of quirky attractions—like the giant Fremont Troll, the 18-foot sculpture in the Fremont neighborhood that cuts an imposing figure.

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You could also take in the city from a boat—marine enthusiasts might enjoy visiting to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks to explore the history of this port city.

Seattle, of course, also has a gritty underground side—you may know the city from its time at the heart of the '90s grunge movement.

It also has a long, storied history that has left more than a few scars. You can literally see its underground through one of its underground tours, which will take you on a walk through the "buried city," the remnants left over from before the Great Fire of 1889.

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Natural Wonders

Seattle is notorious for its natural wonders. For a close-up view, there's the Seattle Aquarium, a marine experience that showcases the best of what Puget Sound has to offer.

For more exposure to the beauty of Seattle's nature, try the Washington Park Arboretum, a 230-acre showcase of Seattle's wetlands and natural wonders.

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You might also pay a visit to the Alki Beach for some time with the ocean waves.

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Or consider taking a more exhaustive adventure to Discovery Park, a giant and labyrinthine natural park at the edge of Puget Sound.

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Food and Drink

Food tours are also popular options for those who want to get more intimate with the city's cuisine, and Seattle is often ranked as one of the best cities for foodies.

It's also a great place for coffee-heads. You might also pay a visit to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery, AKA Ultimate Starbucks, a tasting room that features a coffee library amongst other treats for coffee addicts.

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Moving to Seattle

If you're planning on moving to Seattle, locals say there's a few things you should know. First off, it is most definitely overcast the majority of the time, though the rain is rather like a mist. That makes the rare sunny day shine even more, though, locals say, in addition to fostering natural abundance.

The city is generally very congested with traffic, which can be noisy, though it offers great public transportation options, from buses to rail—regardless, you'll want to get an Orca Card for that.

Like every city, Seattle has a number of diverse and charismatic neighborhoods. For example, there's the beachy, more laid-back West Seattle.

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There's the vibrant Capitol Hill, a hub of arts, culture, tech bros, and nightlife (during non-COVID times).

There's the historic and artsy Pioneer Square, featuring plenty of museums, shops, galleries, and pubs.

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Fremont is a more bohemian area. Belltown is a trendy waterfront neighborhood that's close to everything.

In general, Seattle residents love the city for its proximity to nature, from beaches to glaciers, and its abundance of arts and cultural attractions. As Kimberly Kinrade said, "Seattle is for people who love culture, but refuse to sacrifice their wild nature to attain it." Residents dislike the steep cost of housing and all things that come from rising prices, including the city's large homeless population.

In general, the city is known as environmentally conscious, liberal, and dog-loving. The people are often referred to as nice but possibly a bit standoffish and cold (the "Seattle Freeze" is when you make plans to hang out and then bail, which is apparently very common). The rain can certainly get depressing, but the proximity to nature helps.

Remember, if you do happen to move: umbrellas are dead giveaways for tourists.

What's your favorite part about Seattle? What did we leave out? Let us know at @thejourniest on Twitter!


Weed World Candies Exist to Prey on Gullible Tourists

Weed is still illegal in New York, but scamming tourists is not.

You wouldn't know it walking around midtown Manhattan, but marijuana is still illegal in New York.

It does seem strange to think that perhaps the most metropolitan city in the US would be lagging behind so many other parts of the country that have legalized possession, production, and sale of cannabis and THC products, but it's true.

New York's decriminalization of marijuana has led many smokers to be more brazen with their public consumption in recent years, and Governor Cuomo recently announced plans for limited legalization for recreational use at the state level. But for the time being the sale of products containing THC is still very much illegal.

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Adding to the confusion is a company that has sprung up to prey on tourist's uncertainty. Weed World trucks have multiplied at a staggering rate since they first started appearing in Midtown and the Village a few years ago. Easily a dozen RVs and vans now line the tourist-dense streets of Manhattan, advertising Girl Scout Cookies and Gorilla Glue, clad in marijuana-leaf decals and occupied by employees who are paid either to be stoned out of their minds, or just to pretend they are.

With eyes nearly in slits and an air of relaxation that suggests that customers are temporary interludes from a permanent nap, they will promise you as much as they can get away with while letting their branding do most of the work. They will sell you four lollipops for $20, which would seem like a great deal if not for the fact that they will not deliver on the strong implication that they'll get you high.

They have a Twitter account where they celebrate the supposed availability of weed and claim to "have New York locked down." They'll even sell you vape cartridges that advise you to "get medicated," and which are packed with potent doses of… flavor?

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An employee once assured me that their candies do contain THC—maybe they wouldn't be so brazenly dishonest today—and in a drunken state I coughed up $5 to test that claim. There is a faint weedy taste to their candies, and you may find trace amounts of CBD inside, but that's it. It's a scam. There is no THC. Nothing that will give their customers the experience they're selling.

Worse than the trucks is the Weed World Candies storefront that opened in midtown in 2019. Just walking past you would swear that people were passing a massive blunt inside.

The smell is unmistakable and overpowering, except that it's fake. Whatever chemical fragrance they pumped onto the street, it was not connected to anyone smoking weed. Inside, the psychedelic wall art complemented shelves lined with suggestive candies and boxes emblazoned with pot leaf insignia.

Whatever the venue, they are all too happy to sell you overpriced hemp products and CBD creams and chocolates made to look like nugs. And if you're a tourist, or a moron like me, you might believe the scam long enough to give them money, but nothing they sell will get you high.

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The owners of Weed World, Judah Izrael and Bilal Muhammad—who prefers to go by "Dro Man" or "Doctor Dro"—will defend their products by claiming that they serve to promote legalization and decriminalization efforts by normalizing the idea of public sale of marijuana. But at no point in the purchasing process is the illusion that their candies will get you high broken. At no point are their customers offered literature explaining the mission of Weed World.

On their website's FAQs page, there is no mention of THC or its absence from their products, but the first question, "How much should I eat?" is answered, "It's all based on your tolerance but there's no limit." Tolerance for what? Sugar? The company—which originated in Alabama and has spread to cities around the country—mostly seems like a very profitable way to sell candy to gullible adults.

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The best thing I can say in their defense is that one of their trucks was recently busted by police in Saraland, Alabama, with products that "tested positive for marijuana." Assuming this isn't a screw up or deliberate frame-job by the police, it's possible that some of the Weed World trucks are using their faux activism as a front for selling actual drugs. If so, that would be the most honest thing about this company. Until that's confirmed, ignore these trucks and maybe just ask a friend for a hookup.