I was anxious to see the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and sick with excitement to stroll through Central Park where I had seen the girls from Sex and the City take a jog so many times, but above all, the anticipation to try some American food was almost unbearable.
Taco Bell, hot dogs, giant pretzels, super-sized fries and true New York pizza, I was licking my lips before I even got off the plane.
However during our stay, it wasn't the traditional large, colourful foods that had us continuously digging into our wallets. We discovered a delicious cafe with a glass cabinet full of huge, fresh sandwiches, foccacias and cakes, nothing like I had ever seen before back home in Australia.
Everything really is bigger over here!
Each day for a week, we visited Europan twice daily. Choosing the combination of fillings for our foccaccia was exciting for these two Aussies. The most exciting fillings we had ever been exposed to down under is a fancy mayonnaise or chutney with chicken and cheese.
The menu was so diverse it was hard to choose just one, so for fun, my partner and I played bit of a game. We had to choose the meal for the other without them knowing what was about to be brought to the table.
Each meal was served with a handful of potato chips and a gherkin/pickle which I grew to love.
The sandwiches and fillings are fresh and light and the pastries and chocolates are to die for.
All the pastries at Europan are original recipes from the cafe's founder, who trained in the art of French baking for over 40 years.
Tourists and locals - next time you feel the hunger grumble, forget the hot dog, head to Europan Cafe and Bakery for a delicious breakfast, lunch or late night snack. There are various locations in the Big Apple, however we were returning customers of the store 370 West 58th Street.