Just a block down the street from The Donut Pub, is El Paraiso, one of the remaining Cuban-Chinese restaurants in Manhattan. When I first moved to New York City in 1975 there were lots of restaurants that mixed Cuban and Chinese cuisines, but now they are becoming rarities. Changing tastes and exploding real estate prices have made them a fading tradition. These are not hip restaurants with "fusion" cooking, but rather generally plain storefronts where you can order Spanish food and Chinese food. Their origin goes back to the Chinese laborers who were brought to Cuba in the 1850's. After the Cuban Revolution in 1959 New York became the destination for many of these immigrants who opened restaurants. There are still several Cuban-Chinese restaurants nearer to my apartment. Visitors to New York interested in the Buttercup Culinary Tour, we'll choose one on the Upper West Side. I'm leaning to La Caridad 78.
There is a very close runner-up for "E." Very close! I had originally settled on Egg in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Egg was the focus of one of my first posts five years ago and the memory lingers on. It is one of the all-time best breakfast places in all of New York City. The biscuits are extraordinary and if I close my eyes I'm sitting in Ma Dockery's kitchen in Sevier County, Tennessee and not hipster Williamsburg. I thought of making a quick trip to Egg to get some newer pictures, but time ran out for me. I will be making a trip soon and promise a review and new pictures.
I am delighted to complete the first week of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I've met some great bloggers, visited blog buddies of long-standing and read terrific posts, and that's all within the first five days. Excited to see where the rest of the Challenge takes me.
Tomorrow I take a break from the Challenge and get my energy back for a deliciously sweet "F" on Monday. I am going to do a quick Pink Saturday post a little later. Love my Pink Saturday buddies and hate to miss the fun there.
It's a springy Saturday and I enjoyed a nice walk and grocery shopping. Dinner later with a friend in the neighborhood and then catching up with the New York Times. Most of the Sunday paper arrives on Saturday to give the readers a head start.
As always, thanks for visiting. Take good care and come back soon!