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Walking the World in 10 Blocks

14 Aug

New York is an amazing city, and writing about it is a pleasure. Today I want to highlight an extremely diverse community in Queens: Jackson Heights. I had never made it out there until a couple of weeks ago, it’s a significant train ride as Jackson Heights neighbors LaGuardia Airport, and it was definitely worth it!

With no agenda or time frame, I just got off the train and meandered to try to get a feel for the neighborhood. Walking along Roosevelt Avenue, there was a food truck serving up Equadorian street food, a Himalayan fish market, a Mexican travel agency, a Tibetan goods store, and many stores selling Halal products. I heard at least 5 languages being spoken on the street, and none of them English!

Pedestrian Plazas- gotta love them!

In a moment of brilliance, I coordinated my trip so that I would be there for lunch. Located by a pedestrian plaza offering some peace from the hustle of the main commercial strip, I stepped into Delhi Heights, an unassuming (but DELICIOUS!) Indian restaurant. I decided to try something new- a sandwich called Kathi Roll. Described as “Succulent tender pieces of chicken or lamb cooked and rolled in soft bread like roomali Roti or naan,” this sandwich delivered bursts of taste with enough spiciness to tease but not overwhelm. I paired it with a mango lassi- a delicious yogurt-based drink that cools and calms the tongue. Aside from the amazing food, because it borders a plaza, Delhi Heights had some great people watching, so I hung out observing and taking refuge from the heavy, humid, and hot NYC summer.

Kathi Roll and Mango Lassi at Delhi Heights

Once I cooled off a bit, I was ready for dessert in another part of the world. Walking along 37th Ave, which runs parallel to Roosevelt Ave., I stumbled into La Nueva Bakery. As a Brazilian living in NYC, I often feel nostalgic for all the treats and eats from home, and La Nueva Bakery had just what I needed to help fend off the saudades: churros and empanadas! Although these treats were the Uruguayan version of my hometown favorites- they certainly did the trick! I ordered a churro con dulce de leche to stay and a couple of empanadas to go (I had just had lunch!) The churro was crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle, where the dulce de leche was inserted. It was just what I needed to get me through the weeks left before my trip to Brazil.

Churros con Dulce de Leche from La Nueva Bakery

The 7 train takes you right through the heart of Jackson Heights. Get off at 82nd Street to be right in the middle of the action! Jackson Heights might be a little off the beaten path, but it definitely gives you a taste (pun intended) of the many worlds nestled within New York City!

-Anne

Delhi Heights
37-66 74th Street
Jackson Heights, NY

La Nueva Bakery
85-02 37th Avenue
Jackson Heights, NY

Welcome!

2 Jul

Escola Americana de Campinas (EAC) – The American international school in Campinas, Brazil, that brought us all together!

Welcome to The Daisy Chain!

Our friendships have been a series of connected events and experiences, like a daisy chain. It’s been so interesting to see how local context has helped shape our relationships, work, hobbies, and interests. We have learned so much about the world from each other, so we thought it would be fun to share our discussions about fashion, politics, music, food, local events, and, of course, our own personal experiences (!) on a public blog. We love to travel, we love to talk, we love each other, and we want to share all that love with you. Keep up with The Daisy Chain to read our insights on what’s happening in different corners of the world.

What’s it like to live in São Paulo or Boston? How fast does the mail travel between D.C. and London? Where are the best places to eat in New York and Shanghai? We want to answer those questions, and ask even more. And then we want to answer those questions, and ask even more. You catch our drift? Out of this crazy desire to connect and (over)share, our little blog was born. The Daisy Chain is a way for us to remain in the loop about each others’ lives while engaging a broader audience in conversations we think are important, interesting, or just plain fun. We each have very different perspectives and voices, so our fingers are crossed that combining all this chatter into one forum will make for some engaging discussions and insightful comparisons of places and people around the world.

This is a place for conversation, so don’t be shy! Leave comments, or drop us a line.

We’re happy to have you, and hope that you’ll enjoy getting to know us. We can’t wait to get to know you!

Happy reading,

Anne, Flávia, Mandy, Michelle, Natasha, Nicole, Randa, and Steph

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