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.

Momoya’s “Lobster Tempura, Spicy Scallop and Spicy Tuna Roll” (photo credit:

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:
Shake Shack’s “Burger and Fries” (photo credit:

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5 Superfood Combos That Will Give You Olympic Strength

By Rosie O’Regan

With the Winter Olympics right around the corner, it’s time to get started on your fitness regime. Haven’t been training like an Olympian? No worries, you can eat your way to Olympic strength by adding these delicious superfoods to any meal. From boosting your immune system to reducing the risk of cancer and diabetes, these gold-medal superfoods do it all. You’ll be giving Shaun White, Michelle Kwan, and Apolo Ohno a run for their money in no time.

Eggs + Onions = Classic Western Omelette from Eggstravaganza

Forget egg whites, egg yolks are packed with as many vitamins and minerals as an over-the-counter multivitamin. They’re also rich with protein and cartenoids that keep your vision clear and stave off fatigue. Studies have shown that onions can be used to fight cancer and built strong bones. Get yourself ready for the Games by snagging a Classic Western Omelette with peppers, onions and ham.

Classic Western Omelette from Eggstravaganza

Mustard Greens + PeanutsBeef Shank Bun from Fun Buns

This delicious bun is loaded with superfoods such as pickled mustard greens, carrots, daikons, and crushed peanuts. Mustard greens are high in vitamin K, a key nutrient that improves blood and bone strength. Peanuts contain more protein than any other nut and are also a rich source of heart-healthy fats and fiber. Who knew that this fun-sized bun could give you Olympic strength?

Beef Shank Bun from Fun Buns

Apples + CranberriesApple, Cranberry & Nutella Empanada from Nuchas

An apple a day…turns out that apples can keep the doctor away with their high levels of pectin, a fiber that is shown to reduce cholesterol and lower blood pressure, and quercetin, an antioxidant that can reduce the risk of lung cancer. Not to be left out, cranberries have the highest concentration of phenols, an antioxidant that lessens the chance of heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Stuffed with  granny smith apples, cranberries, pear, nutella, chocolate, and rolled in white almond dough, this sweet empanada from Nuchas is sure to transform you into an Olympian.

Apple, Cranberry & Nutella Empanadas from Nuchas

Spinach + Lemon Juice = Spinach Pie from Toum

Popeye would have made a great Olympian because spinach is rich with antioxidants such as vitamin K ,which keeps your heart and bones healthy, and iron, which strengthens your hair and nails. Lemon juice is bursting with infection-fighting citric acid, as well as anti-inflammatory properties that can prevent hypertension and arthritis. Seasoned with lemons, onions, and sumac, this delicious spinach pie will leave your competition in the dust.

Spinach Pie from Toum

Avocados + Tomatoes = Chicavocado Dog from Snap Truck

Avocados are a prime source of folate, Vitamin B6, K, and C, as well as heart-healthy fats, protein, and fiber. Fight cancer with tomatoes that are rich in vitamins A, C, and E, in addition to heart-disease preventing phytochemical. For those of you who don’t know, the Chicavocado Dog contains panko crusted avocado wedges, deep fried and dressed up with sweet relish, chopped onions, a pickle spear, two tomato wedges, two peppers, yellow mustard, and a dash of celery salt. Go for the gold.

Chicavocado Dog from Snap Truck
Chicavocado Dog from Snap Truck

Although eating isn’t officially an Olympic sport, if it was you would want these superfoods to be on your side. This year while you’re watching your favorite winter Olympians on TV, load up your plate with superfoods, sit back, and think to yourself, “I could do that”.

Nailed it.
Nailed it.

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