Some time cliches are true, like in the case of New York being a melting pot for different cultures. Cultural diversity brings extra spice to life in the city, from the vast variety of restaurants to the different looks of passers by.
In here it is ridiculously easy to try out new things, such as Japanese inspired hot dogs, or Korean infused tacos. But what happens when you want to feel like home, not like you’re in the promised land of happy hour oysters? Homesickness can be easily cured in a place like New York, even if you’re not from China.
The British have their pubs, but also a cute store with a nice tea corner, perfect for eating shepherd’s pie and reading about the Royal Family.
There are of course restaurants dedicated to almost every possible cuisine, and some cultures have their homely pubs with their local selection of drinks. Sometimes feeling like home takes more than a pint of beer, though (sometimes the pint is not even necessary).
New York has the H&M and Ikea we Finns are so fond of, even though they are Swedish brands. Sometimes Sweden is close enough, though.
I have seen “salty licorice” in few candy stores, but have not dared to try it. Now, as my Turkinpippuri (Turkish pepper) stock has run out, I might have to turn to some of the more hard core treats in here.
Tasting salmiakki candy results in faces of disgust with most Americans, but the other Finnish pride, rye bread, has received more enthusiastic attention.
Real Finnish rye can be also purchased in Dean&DeLuca and Whole Foods.
Finnish rye vs. American rye.
Yes, this is probably the only thing I am truly proud about in Finland. We have real rye bread. Thank god we are trying to tell you about the greatness of it, too.