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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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1 November 2012
Comfort food, defined. 
Masa cakes, house-made chorizo, black beans, and poached eggs from The Brooklyn Star in Williamsburg. Quite possibly the heartiest brunch menu I have ever encountered, from original Momofuku chef Joaquin Baca.

Comfort food, defined. 

Masa cakes, house-made chorizo, black beans, and poached eggs from The Brooklyn Star in Williamsburg. Quite possibly the heartiest brunch menu I have ever encountered, from original Momofuku chef Joaquin Baca.

27 October 2012
What I consider to be the best pancakes in New York. Happy weekend brunching! 
Ricotta Pancakes with honeycomb butter, blueberries, strawberries & pure maple syrup. Five Leaves; Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

What I consider to be the best pancakes in New York. Happy weekend brunching! 

Ricotta Pancakes with honeycomb butter, blueberries, strawberries & pure maple syrup. Five Leaves; Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

23 June 2012
Cancelled flights mean I get to eat waffles for breakfast—with no guilt—for as long as I want. 
Cafe Royal; Greenpoint, Brooklyn 

Cancelled flights mean I get to eat waffles for breakfast—with no guilt—for as long as I want. 

Cafe Royal; Greenpoint, Brooklyn 

30 December 2011
First brunch as a Brooklynite. Lokal, 12/4/2011
This year turned out to be a time of change for me. After five years at Fodor’s Travel (my first job out of college and the same one I’ve had the entire time I’ve lived in New York), I’m now pursuing a very exciting career at Google. And after five years in Manhattan, the last three and a half of which were spent in my beloved downtown apartment, I’ve decamped for my first “own place” in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. 
Here’s to many more exhilarating changes in 2012. And lots of champagne brunches to celebrate them at. 

First brunch as a Brooklynite. Lokal, 12/4/2011

This year turned out to be a time of change for me. After five years at Fodor’s Travel (my first job out of college and the same one I’ve had the entire time I’ve lived in New York), I’m now pursuing a very exciting career at Google. And after five years in Manhattan, the last three and a half of which were spent in my beloved downtown apartment, I’ve decamped for my first “own place” in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. 

Here’s to many more exhilarating changes in 2012. And lots of champagne brunches to celebrate them at. 

14 July 2011
House-smoked turkey and avocado sandwich from the Dutch, in Soho
On Sunday I had brunch at the Dutch, a new hotspot from the chef behind Locanda Verde (love, love, love). The sandwich was delicious—the turkey super juicy—but let’s be honest. That’s a $15 deli sandwich. The tiny brunch menu seemed a wee bit heavy for sweltering summer (hot fried chicken and cornmeal pancakes?!) but I loved the bright, whimsical design and the buzzy atmosphere. I’ll return to try dinner or a cocktail, if I can get a table post Times review.

House-smoked turkey and avocado sandwich from the Dutch, in Soho

On Sunday I had brunch at the Dutch, a new hotspot from the chef behind Locanda Verde (love, love, love). The sandwich was delicious—the turkey super juicy—but let’s be honest. That’s a $15 deli sandwich. The tiny brunch menu seemed a wee bit heavy for sweltering summer (hot fried chicken and cornmeal pancakes?!) but I loved the bright, whimsical design and the buzzy atmosphere. I’ll return to try dinner or a cocktail, if I can get a table post Times review.

3 June 2011

Brunch in NYC: Shopsin’s, Lower East Side

Talk about an experience—both culinary and culturally. Shopsin’s, a tiny (re: six tables and three bar stools) “general store” tucked away in the back of Essex Street Market, is where the notorious Kenny Shopsin serves up a 900-item brunch/lunch menu that seems straight from the mind of a four year old—or from mine.

French toast stuffed with s’mores. Mac ‘n cheese pancakes. A scramble that is more cheese than egg. Nutella milkshakes. Lord help me.

That mac ‘n cheese cake above—one of his most famous dishes—gets smothered in both hot sauce and syrup. Don’t ask, just eat.

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25 February 2011

Brunch in NYC: Five Points, NoHo

This classic brunch spot is a consistent favorite of mine. From the cheddar scone the eggs benedict comes on, to the smoked salmon club with egg salad, to what my dad proclaims to be the best fried chicken he’s ever had, it’s brunch done right. 

Last weekend I indulged in the Griddled Cheese Sandwich (it was one of those mornings—you know what I’m talking about). Piled with smoked bacon, cheddar, apples, and grain mustard, the sandwich was not only what the doctor ordered, but innovative, too. Definitely sure to be a repeat order. Happy weekend brunching! 

15 October 2010

Bluebird Sky, Chinatown

Quite different from its Chinese restaurant neighbors, the new Bluebird Sky is a pocket-sized (re: hallway) coffee shop serving standard cafe fare. The food is nothing to write home about, but it’s fresh and tasty, and the sunny seating area makes for a great place to peruse the Sunday Times over lattes and pastries. Glad to have it as an option in the neighborhood. Above: tomato, avocado, and pico de gallo omelet.

Happy brunching!

20 July 2010

Tisserie, Midtown West

Blue Cheese and Tomato Quiche, from Tisserie.

One of my favorite take-out joints in the city. The giant Union Square location shut down a few years back, but a tiny little outpost opened (conveniently) a block from my office, on 7th Avenue and 55th Street.

My go-to sandwich: Turkey and gouda, tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, and alfalfa sprouts with honey dijon mustard on a baguette.

16 July 2010

Village Tart, NoLita—CLOSED

Pichet Ong’s Village Tart, which opened earlier this year, is something right out of my jelly bean and gumdrop dreams. Honestly, it’s exactly what I want my house to look like someday. (That’s right, complete with a bakery counter up front.) It is just so darn charming that I can’t help but love it.

Pots of tea? Check. Gorgeous sugary treats displayed on antiquey cake stands? Check. It has everything this girl could want, but I’m still figuring out what role it’ll play in my life—coffee shop, bakery, brunch spot, cozy wine bar? Hopefully I can work on that this weekend.

Iced Cinnamon Coffee Cake, Baked Eggs with Mushrooms and Cream, and a crazy awesome to-go tea cup with closable hole. Have you guys seen these? I was thoroughly amused.

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh