The Best Italian Food I’ve Ever Eaten!

I’m so excited about writing this post because that restaurant is my favorite Italian- Sicilian Restaurant in Manhattan that name is Piccola Cucina, located in Prince St. SoHo. While I was searching details about it I’ve learnt it was permanently closed (saw on google map need to checking ) but they have other options located in New York City too. I’ll share details at the end of this post. As I see on Instagram channel chef is same and probably staff too.

Corner of Prince Street, Beautiful Sunny Day☀️

If you plan to visit Manhattan soon I highly recommended this restaurant. As a pastry addicted person, the taste and consistence of food is amazing. To tasting Sicilian flavors, it is the best choice to me. The atmosphere of restaurant is cozy, welcoming and authentic. Staff is hearty and kind. Price is reasonable. Moreover, They have special menu from Monday to Friday 11:30-16:00. It costs 11.00 $. Also, the restaurant is customer friendly. If you want to be a place where you can eat alone this is the right place.

Lastly, The best Tiramisu I’ve ever eaten! and flavourful filter coffee ☕️

You can reach the information about menu, locations and reservation info from the link below 👇🏻

www.piccolacucinagroup.com/en/

Enjoy !

Things that I love about New York City

PART 1

While I’ve been in quarantine for 7 days in Turkey due to corona virus pandemic explosion and have to be in until 17 May, I am writing this post with full of longing to Nyc. At first, I decided to write things that I love and plus hate about New York. But after, word of “hate” has intense meanings more than what I wanted to explain. For me, to hate something It must have hurt you. So, let’s look at bright side like Pollyanna and talk about good things. This article gonna be the first one, I’ll continue to write second and maybe third one too. Also I may tell you my stories about flying cockroaches later lol.

Unlimited Choices of Food

As a foodie person I’ve tried different tastes as much as I can do. When you think you were a student and you didn’t have any income (except my dad thanks to him) and plus have to pay tax it forced me a little bit. If you wanna drink the cheapest and delicious coffee pls go to Dunkin Donuts from 2 pm. to 4 pm. Medium size latte was just 2 dollars but I have no idea about now. Thank you Dunkin for this perfect experience haha. I’ll give more details about where to go to eat but to sum up you can find all kitchens to fit your taste. Diversity of people in New York is chance to find various cuisines. My favorite ones are Italian, French, Mexican and American (the best hamburger I’ve ever ate).

yummm

Diversity of People

As I said my previous context, diversity of people means a lot to me. Just imagine sitting around table with people who came from Japan, Turkey, Italian or anywhere in the world.. I think it is just possible in New York City. You have a chance to meet people who have different cultures and backgrounds and at some point you can find common goal with them. As getting know various cultures, you begin to understand people and whats really happening in those countries.For instance, one of my best friends are from Japan and Brazil. I know that I’ve never had met them if I continue to live my country. If libraries are open in Nyc I highly recommended to go there and join the speaking classes as much as you can do. I usually went to NYPL and St. Agnes. If you need to help having citizenship interview, they have English speaking classes too and the best part is all free.

Note wall at NYPL from all around the World

P.S.: Lastly, You’ll learn man is man in everywhere in the world haha.

Free Things to Do A Lot! Museums, Art, Parks and More…

Visiting museums, going to parks and having fun with people. All of them are free in New York City. If you search on internet or social media (whichever you use to search) you can reach the information about free days for museums. It could be a little bit crowded and need to wait on long line but you can make the most of it and socializing with people. Free Friday MoMa nights were my fav. Even thought it was free, there was not much crowded I mean you could see artworks easily.

Free Fridays at MoMa

Almost everybody’s favorite park is Central Park. Of course it is amazing to me too. It is the biggest park in the city I’ve ever seen but mine is Bryant Park. It might be it was my on the way to school..

And all, During the winter season you’re able to ice skate and all during the summer time you’re able to have sun bathing, having a picnic, watching concerts and street artists and more.. Location is very easy to go everywhere, plus next to 7 train what more could one ask for? Simplicity, center of the city, entertainment to me !

Trying Japanese Food For The First Time

I believed that after a certain age it was hard to have a close friend but New York surprised me again. Ayumi and I met at our school’s social program and since that time we’ve continued our communication. She’s from Tokyo, Japan. Even thought we have different backgrounds and cultures, we’ve always found common ground. We spent a lot of time together exploring New York City. We enjoyed sharing our cultures and cuisine each other. So here is my Japanese cuisine experience at the first time in my life with Ayumi. We went to Tsurutontan Udon Noodle Brasserie in Midtown. She said that it had the closest Japanese kitchen flavor in Nyc. We picked Seared Salmon Sashimi, Crispy Eggplant and Beef Udon!

I loved the taste of crunchy eggplant. As a foodie person, I tried it at home as well. About Udon, I didn’t expect that it was delicious and nutrition that much. It consisted of the healthy ingredients. You can find the daily nutrient you need to take in one meal. Price was affordable, food was satisfying and service was attentive. I hope, I’ll visit there next summer.

If u wanna try it, they have Uber Eats option https://www.ubereats.com/new-york/food-delivery/tsurutontan-udon-noodle-brasserie-midtown/zdrHjEi_Svm5VTwoxR_9-Q Enjoy!

P.S.: This post does not contain advertising, just my recommendation and experiences.

A Day at Brooklyn Cat Cafe

I’m definitely a cat person. I’m trying to take care of all animals. Unfortunately, we have many stray animals in my hometown. I feed and play with them when I go for a walk. They love belly rubs although they are shy. But all in animal world I feel most close to cats.

I adopted a little stray cat five and half years ago. I found her in front of our apartment. She was so tiny, wet, sick and looks so poor. We took her our apartment and the next day went to vet. She stayed there almost two months. On weekends we took her to our house and got used to spent time together. After two moths we couldn’t put her out on the street and she’s been a part of our family since that time. I love her more than everything. She taught me unconditional love and she is the symbol of pure love.

One of the hardest part of living in New York was there was no cats or dogs on streets and if you grew with them it is so tough. At my school, we had a social program to discover city and socialize with other students. I saw a program about going to Brooklyn Cat Cafe. It was one of the most interesting activity for my life cause’ we don’t have that kind of cafes in my country. I was so impatient to see the cats and play them.

I had very moments of happiness. I played with, patted and feed them and spent a very high quality hour. Cats looked very healthy and happy. They were well-looked after. If you are ready for adoption as a material and mentally, I highly recommend it. You’ll save one life, you’ll experience pure friendship and you’ll be more sensible of other animals.

Moving to New York City

If you ask me what’s the hardest thing to decide studying or living abroad was leaving my dad and my cat behind me. Until that time we had never been apart from each other. I think, especially after a certain age It’s getting hard. I was lucky cause’ my sister got married, found a job and moved to New York too so I wouldn’t feel alone or incomplete.

Firstly, I found a company to receive consultancy service. The company that name is ‘Kep Yurtdışı Eğitim Danışmanlığı’ my friend recommended was so good. I was so lucky because they helped me a lot! They did everything for me. As you guess, I was so stressed and frightened. The situation that I was in made me confused. I didn’t know how to manage my documents or other things. I highly recommended that company if you’re thinking go abroad and currently living in Turkey. Moreover, If you’ve a trouble doing something under stress as me It was nice to give a control to someone who you trust. Pelin is the owner of consultancy agency. She is so friendly and kind. We had many many conversations to find best course to fit me. Finally we choose St. Giles International Language School.

I went to New York in two or three weeks after decided to school. I stayed at my sister’s house for the first two weeks and in the meantime she was searching a room from some rent websites and found me the best room in terms of location and home owner. It was just one street away from my sister’s house.

I shared one flat with my three roommates. It was the cleanest house that I’ve ever seen in Nyc as a rental house thanks to my home owner. She is from same country as me so when we saw each other always had a nice conversations about Nyc, Istanbul or same things that we experienced in Nyc. Sometimes her mom gave me yummy Turkish food such as içli köfte (kibbeh) , börek, kısır salatası etc. Also, I had great roommates too. When we met in the kitchen we had great chat.

From my home owner’s mom’s delicious içli köfte/kibbeh

One week a month, one person in that flat had to clean all flat including kitchen, toilet and hallway (I guess it makes sence why it was the cleanest house lol). Also throwing the trash too. It was a little tough to remember which product going to which bin for me. Cause’ in my country unfortunately we don’t have different bins to waste at our home.

But in every way it was very useful experiences to improve my self-improvement. I’ve learnt living alone, sharing my places to others, taking responsibilities, trusting people, dealing with problems by myself. And in two moths I almost got used to everything I mean the New York City lifestyle as a new New Yorker. Nothing surprised me anymore haha.

First night at home

I really miss this days. One and almost half year, I spent my most time in a tiny room. I had four or five plates, three pots, two glasses, don’t have any washer at home had to go to laundry but what I’ve learnt is content with less. I don’t need to have tons of objects to feel happy or complete. I understood less is more. Also while observing having different background people’s life, I asked myself what is life quality? Having luxury things or having inner peace. Which one gives me that? And that was the most important lesson for me for rest of my life.

Love at first sight

I have different perspectives on New York. One is as a tourist other one is as a New Yorker. Both sides have pros and cons for sure. In 2017, It was my first trip to New York with my family as a tourist. I was extremely excited. As every human being, I’ve watched tons of movies and heard stories about New York. Besides If we wanna learn anything you know, connecting to your dreams is just one click away.

Before I visited New York, I did’t have any idea about living there. But after spending one hour, deep down inside I know that I’d live there. I don’t know why I’ve always had deep connection to this city. Maybe cause I grew up with American culture, movies, songs etc. When I saw the shiny buildings, variety of restaurants, green parks, tall trees, stylish people on streets I fell in love with them. Also, I had a sign. Last week, while I was cleaning my desk I found my high school folder and on the front side of it was covered with New York pictures! I think I had been planing moving to Nyc for a very very long time haha.

Anyway, It wasn’t an easy decision leave my career, family, friends or habits behind but if I hadn’t done it at that moment, I would never been able to do it again. So, my first trip was very successful. I’ll share a few photos that hit me at first sight and to made my decision easier. If you are not convinced pls look at the first photo of me, my happiness (I still need botox lol).

PS: I’m just curious about have u ever loved any cities or places at first sight? if yes Pls comment which place/city it is.