By Rachel Wells
Welcome to the first in a series that documents real New Yorkers and their love affair with food.
Anna Hollander is currently a high school Senior at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School where she is a vocal major. When she’s not at school or in rehearsal for her school’s singing group, she’s taking music lessons or hanging out with friends. Next fall, the petite ball of energy will attend Lehigh University, but is unsure of what she’ll major in. “There is so much to choose from,” she commented, “I really have to sink my teeth into a few different courses before I can confidently say what my future plans are.”
Anna, the Brooklyn native, has lived in the city her entire life and is definitely a “food person”. Though many would guess otherwise, as she is the size of half of a toothpick, she loves her grub and is always looking for a new place to try. Her favorite place of all is Gila’s Nosh on East 23rd street. She found Gila’s through her older brother whose best friend opened it with his mom, Gila. “It’s authentic Israeli food – everything really is amazing” and she is confident that there is nothing bad on the menu. She is convinced that “Gila could even make cardboard taste delicious.”
She loves the interpersonal relationships she has with various vendors. She’s glad she’s found FoodtoEat, though, as it has allowed her to make even more of those relationships. “I love that I can easily find food trucks on the site using the interactive map”, she notes. Her favorite food trucks include Wafles and Dinges, where she always tries something new, and Rickshaw Dumpling Bar, where she liked the pork dumplings – she was sad to hear it had closed for good. “I think if FoodtoEat had existed sooner, many restaurants that have failed would still be around – it’s always upsetting to hear that a place you love has closed.”
Anna suggests that tourists try many different pizza places but that they also stay open to any food opportunity that presents itself. “In New York, you have to be fearless – try the food on the trucks and off the carts, try a cuisine you’ve never heard of.” She loves NYC’s diversity of intellectual opinions, experiences, and of race and background. She loves that the creativity of all different people can shine through on the streets in various mediums whether it be graffiti, dance or cuisine.
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