CEO (Columbia Entrepreneur’s Organization) Meeting
Columbia Business School
So, just a few more weeks before I graduate and although I can’t wait to have a life again, I am definitely going to miss the seeing my friends, professors, and learning a ton of amazing stuff. But maybe just as important is the ability to randomly meet some cool people like Jerry Greenfield of Ben and Jerry’s at panels and school events.
A few weeks ago by complete random last minute chance, I checked out a talk hosted by Siggi Hilmarsson who happens to also be a CBS Alum. Now, I’ve been able to listen to some great entrepreneurs but I really like Siggi’s story because I can actually relate to the guy in many ways: He graduated. He didn’t have a job lined up. So he went into consulting but hated it. Then one winter, because he couldn’t go home to Iceland, started to miss the premium all natural yogurt (skyr), so he decided to make his own. After fooling around with many batches, he started to sell it at local stores in NY and at the farmer’s market in Union Square. Today, it’s available nationally at Whole Foods.
If you haven’t tried it, it’s premium yogurt and comes in many flavors such as blueberry, acai, grapefruit, vanilla, orange ginger, and pomegranate & passion fruit. Unlike many other premium yogurts on the market, Siggi’s is sweetened with agave nectar – same sweetener used in may RAW recipes and because it is strained, it contains 2-3 times the amount of protein. Enjoy!
hmm. I guess, being able to attend talks like this is good enough reason to make the trek uptown post graduation.]]>
Back in 99′ when I first moved to NY, I lived way up on 95th and Riverside. ( I guess it’s not so far north now that I’m in Spanish Harlem. ) One of the most memorable delights of the neighborhood was the street taco truck parked conveniently outside of the 96th 2/3/1/9 subway stop. Let me just tell you that these tacos were a life saver – especially coming home on those late nights on the town. These greasy tasty street tacos are a perfect way to prevent your next day hangovers for sure. I usually get the carnitas (roast pork) taco. It’s served on 2 corn tortillas and seasoned with cilantro, and grilled onions. You can add to your liking the appropriate amount of red or green salsa, lime juice or jalapenos. All this for just $2 each taco! The prices haven’t changed either so this is still a great bargain. Get a few of these and a bottle of Jarritos or fresh Horchata and you are set. My favorite is the carnitas but the menu is quite extensive and authentic including beef tongue, beef steak, chicken, goat, and more. Next time you find yourself in this area be sure to look out for the huge silver Super Tacos truck parked on the SW corner of 96th and Broadway. I love this place!]]>
2788 Broadway (On the East side of Broadway, 107th-108th)
On Weds I went to Gourmet Garage and Lenny’s bagels during the transit strike and did a quick comparison. Just a few days ago I went to Absolute Bagels up the street on Broadway. My friend Olivier was here visiting from France for a few months for work and swore that this was the best place in NY for Bagels. Better than H & H, etc. In fact he wanted to walk from 50th street all the way up to 108th up Broadway with his wife to have her sample the prized bagels.
Not one to discount his culinary preferences, I decided to check this place out myself. Funny as it is, this is another one of those Bagel joints run by Chinese – not like that makes a difference but everyone in the store is Chinese. I was able to sneak a photo this time as the owner was sweeping up the front of the store. Anyhow I got a poppy seed bagel to compare and brought it home to try out. Once again, I toasted the bagel and spread butter and some honey over it. Absolute bagels are smaller in general compared with Gourmet Garage’s bagels, and less fluffy than Lenny’s. The taste however is far apart from Gourmet Garage and Lenny’s – The absolute bagel has a chewy crunch and the flavor has a more doughy taste than Gourmet or Lenny’s – definitely the best of the 3 Bagel restaurants reviewed so far. Now, just got to work my way the Upper West side and compare some others like Zabars, H&H, Whole Foods, Fairway(which I think are H&H)…
My bad, I thought I heard them speaking Chinese but it looks like these guys are Thai. Maybe just one of the workers is Chinese.