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Foodies of New York: Ava Hariri-Kia

Ava Hariri-Kia
Ava Hariri-Kia

By Rachel Wells 

Part of a series that documents real New Yorkers and their love affair with food. 

Meet Ava: a spunky, fun and super-smart fashionista from the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She’s a high school freshman at the Spence School who dances, acts and sings. She’s involved in all aspects of the performing arts at school  – and for good reason. She’s a talented lady who focuses on being happy.

She prefers ordering online, and does so frequently. When she goes out, Ava’s favorite place to eat is Momoya, a gorgeous sushi bar with two convenient locations; one in Chelsea and one on the Upper West Side. Ava adds that both locations are equally great. She discovered the restaurant on a lunch-date with her sister. Since then, she’s been hooked! She always orders the crispy rice – “it’s truly amazing!” She has yet to try a food truck other than Mister Softee, the soft-serve ice cream truck, but isn’t opposed to the option. With FoodtoEat’s list of food truck vendors, finding a great place to nosh isn’t hard at all.

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Momoya’s “Lobster Tempura, Spicy Scallop and Spicy Tuna Roll” (photo credit: freerangechowhound.wordpress.com)

She believes that the social scene’s deep-rooted connection to food is a special and characteristic part of New York City living. “There are so many different types of grub from all over the world in one place – on one little island! Where else could you stop for a legit Italian coffee, have an authentic Japanese lunch and then have homemade gelato for dessert – all in a 5-block radius?” She suggests that tourists try one of the Shake Shack locations before leaving – but to call ahead and to make sure they’re serving the iconic “wavy fries.” The Shack Burger is a New Yorker fave, and isn’t all that big, so make sure to grab a shake with your order. Also – be prepared to wait on-line. It’s no secret that this place rocks!

Shake Shack's "Burger and Fries" (photo credit: hashtagphoebe.blogspot.com)
Shake Shack’s “Burger and Fries” (photo credit: hashtagphoebe.blogspot.com)

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I Scream. You Scream. We All Scream for Ice Cream!

July is National Ice Cream Month and we hope you have been celebrating accordingly so far. With the recurrent heat waves that New York has been experiencing, ice cream has served as the perfect treat to refresh yourself. Former President Ronald Reagan first recognized this month-long celebration in 1984 to celebrate the popularity of ice cream as a “fun and nutritious” food that is eaten by about 90% of Americans today.

This Sunday, July 15th, is National Ice Cream Day. Each year this holiday is celebrated on the third Sunday of July. Since the introduction of ice cream in America in the late 18th century, this frozen dessert has contributed to the growth of the national dairy industry, making the U.S. annual frozen dairy production about 1.6 billion gallons. Nowadays, we see an eclectic variety of flavors and styles of ice cream offered by manufacturers and retailers. Several chain stores as well as small businesses have opened their doors to satisfy the public’s demand for this American staple.

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The most popular flavor in America is vanilla, followed by chocolate, cookies ‘n’ cream, strawberry, and chocolate chip mint. My personal favorite of all time is Ben ‘n’ Jerry’s Limited Batch Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream. It’s only produced in the fall, so make sure you don’t miss your chance to buy a pint of it from the supermarket in October!

If you’re out and about on Sunday and looking for a way to celebrate, some of the ice cream trucks that will be roaming the city include Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches, the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, Van Leeuwen, and, of course, Mister Softee. Check their twitters to see where they’ll be parked so you can visit them. I hope you all indulge and enjoy this day as much as I will!

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com