A Humorous Tidbit During Lunch…

I know I’m supposed to owe you guys my belated post about last Friday’s fooding…that’s if you saw my Flickr photos ever since the weekend. I apologize since I’m technically waiting for Robyn‘s photos of that evening since a few of mine suck (as in blurry) and I actually forgot to take a photo of a dish we had. Gasp! :O So, I need to borrow a few of her photos. Just give me another day or two and I’ll post it up. Hopefully.

Moving on… In case I haven’t told you, I’m recently employed to Sloan-Kettering in the Upper East Side obviously not doing anything related to food but I’m trying to find something tasty around the area since it’s practically a food wasteland, unless someone can tell me what’s tasty around there or I need to discover them.

Sicaffe's window

Anyways, this afternoon I had a strange craving for coffee, namely an espresso-based drink. Since I’m not far from Sicaffe, I walked over and ordered my usual drink whenever I’m there, the cappuccino triestino. Except the interaction between me and the barista went differently than normal, so here how it went:

“Hi. I like to have the cappuccino triestino.”
“Sure. How many shots do want in it? One, two, or three?”
[five seconds of thinking to self] “Uh…I’ll have three.”
“Three?” [Mutters under his breath, “Oh shit…!”] [Returns to normal voice.] “For here or to go?”
A slight smile crosses my face, “For here.”
A minute later, I got my beautiful triple shot cappuccino…

Close up of Triple-shot Cappuccino Triestino
Mid-day energy boost

After I drank this up, I returned the glass to the counter and the same barista asked me, “Is it strong enough?”
I replied with a grin, “Yes.” He thanked me. I left the shop and walked back to work, quicker than usual for two reasons: I’m caffeinated and it’s starting to snow and I’m under dressed for that (e.g. no hat or snowboots on).


I shoot, eat, and drink. My full time job is a hospital administrator. Moonlighting as a freelance photographer and food and travel writer.

  1. Crystal says:

    I go to school literally across the street :) I recommend Caffe Bacio for coffee and Cafe Mingala for some tasty Burmese. You’re right, though, the E. 60-70s is a relative wasteland for yumminess.

  2. thewanderingeater says:

    Crystal: Ooh…really?! I’ll give them a whirl if the weather would cooperate, which is really unpredictable these days.

    Thanks for the tip! :)

  3. Tea says:

    Tina….When my friend Stacey (she’s like my sister, so we do everything together, hehe) and I come to the City, you HAVE to take us to a place like this. I need a REAL coffee like that as soon as possible. Here at school they serve Illy and I hate it, it’s so acidic! DId you try it? I’m sure you did ;)

  4. G3B says:

    Good luck on finding yumminess on the UES. I have lived in this nabe for years and look forward to reading about some of your finds. I am sure that you are more resourceful than I am. I just give up and eat in other neighborhoods. A couple of good places are JG Melon for burgers and Uskudar for Turkish. Can’t think of much else.

  5. thewanderingeater says:

    Tea: We shall go there! But you have to tell me when you’re free, ya know? Shoot me an e-mail.

    About Illy’s espresso, I think it sucks despite its high price tag.

    G3B: Oooh…I totally forgotten about JG Melon’s burger (where’d my head gone to?). About Uskudar, that seems interesting. Thanks!

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