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Eating my way through the Big Apple and around the world.

Always in favor of extraordinary flavor versus saving a few calories, I’m constantly seeking the best restaurants, recipes, and random little food finds. This blog chronicles my discoveries, most of which are located in New York City, the foodie heaven I am fortunate to call home.

I am an editor at Zagat, but all opinions on this blog are mine and have nothing to do with my employer.

I take my photos with a point-and-shoot Canon PowerShot SD850. Which goes to show that if you're passionate about photography but can't afford fancy camera equipment, you can still take quality photos.

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8 September 2011
You see, I love egg salad.
This beaut—with green onion, dill, and bacon—is from AQ Kafe.

You see, I love egg salad.

This beaut—with green onion, dill, and bacon—is from AQ Kafe.

22 April 2011
When I saw this cinnamon bun for the first time, I thought that was salt sprinkled on top—and it had to be mine. Turns out it’s sugar, but how awesome would that have been? It still tasted amazing. Crunchy, glazed outside; flaky, perfectly cinnamon-coated inside. AQ Kafe can do no wrong.

When I saw this cinnamon bun for the first time, I thought that was salt sprinkled on top—and it had to be mine. Turns out it’s sugar, but how awesome would that have been? It still tasted amazing. Crunchy, glazed outside; flaky, perfectly cinnamon-coated inside. AQ Kafe can do no wrong.

7 March 2011
I recently had lunch at Menkui Tei, a tiny Japanese restaurant tucked away in corporate Midtown. It was packed—a line stretched out the door, and we were asked to leave immediately after paying our bill so others could file in. 
This picture in no way does the size of the bowl justice, but that giant serving of Sara Udon cost just $10 and easily made three meals.
I’m not always the most adventurous ethnic eater, but it was refreshing to try something outside of my soup-salad-sandwich lunch routine. What are some of your favorite ethnic spots?

I recently had lunch at Menkui Tei, a tiny Japanese restaurant tucked away in corporate Midtown. It was packed—a line stretched out the door, and we were asked to leave immediately after paying our bill so others could file in. 

This picture in no way does the size of the bowl justice, but that giant serving of Sara Udon cost just $10 and easily made three meals.

I’m not always the most adventurous ethnic eater, but it was refreshing to try something outside of my soup-salad-sandwich lunch routine. What are some of your favorite ethnic spots?

3 February 2011

Argo Tea Cafe, Midtown

After telling my friend Devin that tea was one of my “life things” (as he later quoted), he suggested we meet for a tea party at Argo Tea. If you’re also a tea lover, you must check out this Chicago-based chain. Think Starbucks but only tea, and with a modern twist. 

Many, many signature tea cocktails—fruity juices and rich, milky lattes—and even more loose teas. Too many to count! After careful consideration I went with the strawberry green tea, with hints of vanilla.

They brew the tea for you so it is perfectly seeped, and the cup comes sans tea bag. My tea wasn’t anything unusual, but it was a fun experience, the company seems to have a great mission, and the space is conducive for out-of-office working (quiet and free Wi-Fi!). If you want a super awesome concoction, don’t miss the seasonal ValenTea Passion drink. I had a sample and it was delish!

20 December 2010

Cafe Un Deux Trois, Midtown

Right off Times Square, the French Cafe Un Deux Troisis a decent pre-theater dining destination. (Generous three course theater prix fixe for just $28!) It is also the location of one of my all time favorite New York moments.

The food is nothing extraordinary, although I only had the hamburger frites…and my very own extra large creme brulee. (Felt just like Kevin McCallister when that puppy came out.) What I love is the restaurant’s ambiance; it strikes the perfect balance between boisterous brasserie with whimsical white twinkly lights and refined dining under crystal chandeliers. It’s very Parisian and New York feeling at the same time, and although I tend to favor 20-seat neighborhood joints, this giant room definitely was a fun change.

While dining here last weekend before a show, a fully decked Santa brought out posters depicting the Twelve Days of Christmas, selected various tables to hold the cards up, and had the entire restaurant sing together. We were seated next to the Five Golden Rings family, who definitely did the most joyous verse justice. 

My initial thought was “how tacky!” but it actually was so fun for everyone in the restaurant to come together and sing and laugh instead of staying buried in their own private conversations. When does that ever happen in New York? It felt sort of like a flash mob, and it definitely boosted up my Christmas spirit.

30 November 2010
Hale and Hearty is a fave of mine (minus the price tag, woof). Lately I can’t get enough of their hummus wrap. There’s something sweet in it, and I can’t figure out if it’s the raisins, the dressing, or the onions. Either way, absolutely amazing. 

Hale and Hearty is a fave of mine (minus the price tag, woof). Lately I can’t get enough of their hummus wrap. There’s something sweet in it, and I can’t figure out if it’s the raisins, the dressing, or the onions. Either way, absolutely amazing. 

21 September 2010

Chai Home Kitchen, Midtown

Thai cravings are THE WORST! They always hit out of nowhere, and once you have ‘em there’s no turning back. Chai is right around the corner from my office and has a sweet lunch special: $7 for appetizer and entree. It’s not the best Thai in the world (where’s the spice??!), but at that price I’ll take it. Plus the modern Asian decor is a nice departure from the typical kitschy or bland Thai restaurant ambiance.

I’m now realizing I haven’t found much awesome Thai in this city. I love Lovely Day Cafe in NoLita, but that’s almost more eclectic than Thai. It sure doesn’t beat True Thai in Minneapolis, my ultimate favorite.

Have any recommendations for me?

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh