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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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13 September 2011

The Porch, Chelsea

Before summer could slip through my fingers, I took a day off work and headed to the High Line to explore. The park, stretching 20 city blocks on an abandoned elevated train track, is one of my favorite places in New York, but I don’t get over there nearly enough. I was pleasantly surprised to find tons of new food vendors, including The Porch, operated by Chelsea Market’s Green Table.

The menu is super basic, and is all about creating the most delicious food with the fewest, locally-sourced ingredients. Take for example my three-ingredient sandwich: raw cheddar, pickles, and mustard. This sandwich actually had the most ingredients of all the offerings. Washed down with a lemonade (or a New York state wine or brew), it was perfect summer fare on a hot afternoon.

Everything The Porch serves and uses is compostable, a nice touch for a High Line eatery. It really is the perfect place to spend these last few summer days. 

12 September 2011

I found two new things to chow at the Flea this weekend. 

  1. Lonestar Empire's mesquite, 15 hour-smoked angus brisket sandwich, complete with homemade barbecue sauce, bread and butter pickles, and Texas-style potato salad. I really know nothing about meat—heck, I haven't been eating it most of my life—but this year I've become quite the carnivore. I can tell you this: sinking my fork into that brisket felt the same as digging into that cream pie. The brisket fell apart at the slightest fork nuzzle. I think that means something very good.
  2. Rachel’s Pies chocolate cream pie with homemade whipped cream and pretzel crust. Sweet and salty perfection. This was my reward to myself for having to stay inside Saturday afternoon to do work. Best reward ever. I will be spending a lot more time inside doing work this fall if Rachel’s Pies is always my payoff.

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.

7 September 2011

Mooncake Foods, Hell’s Kitchen

Mooncake is my new favorite restaurant in my work neighborhood. The cafe is bright and minimalist, the prices are cheap, and the Asian comfort food is delicious. It’s all made from scratch and is as healthy as possible; there are no woks, fryers, or microwaves in the restaurant—a true feat for a diner. Lucky for me, there’s also a Mooncake in my Soho neighborhood, and one in Chelsea.

From top: Pulled pork sandwich with curry lime BBQ sauce, seared tuna and arugula salad with soy lime vinaigrette, spicy roasted pine nut hoisin fish tacos.

**This post is dedicated to Miss Meggie, who first introduced me to the amazingness that is Mooncake.

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.

1 July 2011
Enjoy some Americana this weekend. 
Lobster roll, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Brooklyn Flea

Enjoy some Americana this weekend. 

Lobster roll, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Brooklyn Flea

14 June 2011

Behind the scenes with SCRATCHbread’s TOASTbar at Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg is an all food market in Williamsburg from the people behind the Brooklyn Flea. It hosts 100 food vendors—a mix between prepared food stands and greenmarket farmers. It is paradise.

For this venue, SCRATCHbread wanted to do something different—“play with food,” as owner Matthew Tilden put it. And so, TOASTbar. The menu is always changing, but we’ve had inventive open face sandwiches, griddled chai sticky buns, and an assortment of the classic baked goods. We partner with other vendors to seasonally enhance our offerings. 

Smorgasburg has been open for just one month, so things are constantly evolving. I highly recommend you come by for lunch—take the new East River Ferry, which just started running yesterday and will drop off right at the market entrance.

Cooking garlic in olive oil for tomato dunking sauce

Fresh ingredients

Chai sticky buns soaking in vanilla bean creme anglaise, waiting to be griddled

MOZZtoast: Rosemary and sea salt focaccia, stuffed with homemade-that-morning mozzarella, basil pesto, a squeeze of lemon

The Double Bourbon: bourbon wheat bread, a slab of butter, and orange bourbon marmalade from our neighbors at Maiden Preserves

The Garlic-ness: whole roasted garlic bulb with olive oil on sourdough

6 June 2011

Eating My Way Through the Brooklyn Flea, Part III

With friends in town for Memorial Day Weekend, we headed to the Brooklyn Flea for a massive chow down. 

Rampwurst (ramp and snap pea slaw on sausage) from Brooklyn Bangers. Super flavorful and juicy brat, inventive topping, soft potato bun. Exactly what summer should taste like. 

Lobster roll from Red Hook Lobster Pound. Just look at those huge chunks of lobsta, justifying the $16 price tag. Here’s a fascinating piece New York Magazine did last year about the NYC lobster roll craze

I’ve been resisting new vendor Dough all year, but finally splurged on one of their donuts (Chocolate Earl Gray). These are serious treats—they were huge!! Loved every last bite and even had to go back for the donut holes!

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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! 

4 January 2011
My favorite veggie sandwich, from Lenny’s
Healthy Eating 2011
Like most of you out there, I’m feeling a little gross after holiday over-indulgence. Here’s the detox I followed for two weeks last year, complete with some great meal ideas. This year I’m not feeling as terrible, so I’m not going to treat this as a “detox,” but more so just a healthy eating boost.
I’m on day three and I haven’t had any meat, dairy, or processed sugary snacks or baked goods (my Achilles’ heel).
Luckily red wine and dark chocolate (two of my most beloved vices) are good for you in moderation. (Yesterday, the Early Show did a segment about the health benefits of chocolate; read more here). If I have one of these treats in addition to my complex carbs and veggies, I won’t beat myself up.
Also, taking a page from Ms. Nadia, I’m now drinking a cup of hot water and lemon juice every morning before I do anything else, as a pre-day clense. Read her article about this here.
Does anyone know the truth about eating fruit first thing in the morning on an empty stomach? I’ve heard it’s good for you—that you absorb more nutrients and it cleanses your body—but I see a lot of contradicting information about it online. Leave a comment if you know the answer, or have any other good healthy eating/detox advice.

My favorite veggie sandwich, from Lenny’s

Healthy Eating 2011

Like most of you out there, I’m feeling a little gross after holiday over-indulgence. Here’s the detox I followed for two weeks last year, complete with some great meal ideas. This year I’m not feeling as terrible, so I’m not going to treat this as a “detox,” but more so just a healthy eating boost.

I’m on day three and I haven’t had any meat, dairy, or processed sugary snacks or baked goods (my Achilles’ heel).

Luckily red wine and dark chocolate (two of my most beloved vices) are good for you in moderation. (Yesterday, the Early Show did a segment about the health benefits of chocolate; read more here). If I have one of these treats in addition to my complex carbs and veggies, I won’t beat myself up.

Also, taking a page from Ms. Nadia, I’m now drinking a cup of hot water and lemon juice every morning before I do anything else, as a pre-day clense. Read her article about this here.

Does anyone know the truth about eating fruit first thing in the morning on an empty stomach? I’ve heard it’s good for you—that you absorb more nutrients and it cleanses your body—but I see a lot of contradicting information about it online. Leave a comment if you know the answer, or have any other good healthy eating/detox advice.

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh