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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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19 September 2011
And sometimes, after all that comfort food, you want something that tastes sinful but is not going to kill you. 
Roasted pumpkin and sweet potato gnocchi in a sage cashew cream with sauteed kale and golden beets from V-Note, an Upper East Side organic wine bar and vegan bistro rivaling our beloved Candle Cafe. 

And sometimes, after all that comfort food, you want something that tastes sinful but is not going to kill you. 

Roasted pumpkin and sweet potato gnocchi in a sage cashew cream with sauteed kale and golden beets from V-Note, an Upper East Side organic wine bar and vegan bistro rivaling our beloved Candle Cafe

31 October 2010
Perfect fall day and perfect fall food at the Central Park Boathouse.

Perfect fall day and perfect fall food at the Central Park Boathouse.

4 April 2010
Vegan cranberry and apple crumb cake with soy ice cream, Candle Cafe

Vegan cranberry and apple crumb cake with soy ice cream, Candle Cafe

9 October 2009
Forty Carrots, Upper East Side
Recently I realized my friend Rena hangs out at Bloomingdale’s a lot. When I asked her what she’s been shopping for, she let me in on a little secret. “I go for the frozen yogurt!” she said, claiming it’s the best in the city.
So last Friday we traded in cocktails for fro-yo and had happy hour at Forty Carrots, Bloomie’s health conscious café.
Ladies and gentleman, this is my SMALL dish of plain and raspberry. Yes, that’s right. For five dollars you get pretty much all the fro-yo you can eat. I made it about halfway through before my body cried uncle.
The yogurt was delicious—more creamy and dense than Pinkberry. It was actually closer to TCBY than anything else. Flavors are plain, chocolate, coffee, and the following:
Sunday: BlueberryMonday: MangoTuesday: Banana Wednesday: StrawberryThursday: Peanut butterFriday: RaspberrySaturday: Butter pecan
Fortunately/unfortunately for me, the SoHo Bloomie’s (directly across the street from my gym) also serves the stuff. Looks like I know what I’ll be having for dinner more often than not.

Forty Carrots, Upper East Side

Recently I realized my friend Rena hangs out at Bloomingdale’s a lot. When I asked her what she’s been shopping for, she let me in on a little secret. “I go for the frozen yogurt!” she said, claiming it’s the best in the city.

So last Friday we traded in cocktails for fro-yo and had happy hour at Forty Carrots, Bloomie’s health conscious café.

Ladies and gentleman, this is my SMALL dish of plain and raspberry. Yes, that’s right. For five dollars you get pretty much all the fro-yo you can eat. I made it about halfway through before my body cried uncle.

The yogurt was delicious—more creamy and dense than Pinkberry. It was actually closer to TCBY than anything else. Flavors are plain, chocolate, coffee, and the following:

Sunday: Blueberry
Monday: Mango
Tuesday: Banana
Wednesday: Strawberry
Thursday: Peanut butter
Friday: Raspberry
Saturday: Butter pecan

Fortunately/unfortunately for me, the SoHo Bloomie’s (directly across the street from my gym) also serves the stuff. Looks like I know what I’ll be having for dinner more often than not.

11 August 2009
Central Park Boathouse, Upper East Side
Talk about iconic New York restaurants. I’ve been dying to go to The Boathouse for a long time, too, but just got around to it. Having visitors in town was the perfect excuse.
I don’t know if there is a more romantic, pristine setting in the whole city. I absolutely loved dining right on the lakeside patio, watching row boaters and gondolas come and go. The ambience was definitely my favorite part of the meal, but the food was nothing to scoff at. Although nothing extraordinary, everything was well done. I had the pan-roasted Florida snapper in cabbage and a lemongrass vinaigrette. Also had to snap a pic of my sister’s french fry tower! I would love to come back again for brunch, although the price—while not outrageous—doesn’t make this your everyday stopping place.
Here’s a cheesy shot for you. Sorry, it’s the only one I have that’ll give you an idea of the magnificant setting.

Central Park Boathouse, Upper East Side

Talk about iconic New York restaurants. I’ve been dying to go to The Boathouse for a long time, too, but just got around to it. Having visitors in town was the perfect excuse.

I don’t know if there is a more romantic, pristine setting in the whole city. I absolutely loved dining right on the lakeside patio, watching row boaters and gondolas come and go. The ambience was definitely my favorite part of the meal, but the food was nothing to scoff at. Although nothing extraordinary, everything was well done. I had the pan-roasted Florida snapper in cabbage and a lemongrass vinaigrette. Also had to snap a pic of my sister’s french fry tower! I would love to come back again for brunch, although the price—while not outrageous—doesn’t make this your everyday stopping place.

Here’s a cheesy shot for you. Sorry, it’s the only one I have that’ll give you an idea of the magnificant setting.

6 August 2009
Ooki Sushi, Upper East Side
I’ve had some really great and some really not great experiences at Ooki, but there are two things here that I love, and I order them time and again:
Spicy Mango Shrimp Roll
Avocado Salad with the best dressing ever
I can’t speak for the rest of the menu, but these items are consistently delicious. See for yourself!

Ooki Sushi, Upper East Side

I’ve had some really great and some really not great experiences at Ooki, but there are two things here that I love, and I order them time and again:

  • Spicy Mango Shrimp Roll
  • Avocado Salad with the best dressing ever

I can’t speak for the rest of the menu, but these items are consistently delicious. See for yourself!

6 May 2009

More Candle Cafe, Upper East Side

I try not to re-post about the same restaurants, but my lunch Sunday at Candle was just so incredible I have to share. I’m not eating dairy for two weeks (one week down, one to go), and it was so great to be able to go to a restaurant and order anything i wanted off the menu with no worries. Even ice cream! (Soy ice cream, that is.)

Mexican Salad: Grilled seitan, guacamole, soy cheese, black beans, corn, tomatoes, delish! Just as good as a non-vegan Mexican Salad, and quite possibly better!

Strawberry-rhubarb crumb pie with soy ice cream!

Previous praise here!

28 April 2009

J.G. Melon, Upper East Side

This weekend was gorgeous, and what better way to celebrate a beautiful summer day than with an all-American summer meal.

My friend Rena and I nabbed an outdoor seat at J.G. Melon, a classic, no-frills restaurant near Central Park. Although they’re famous for their hamburger, I opted for the barbeque chicken sandwich. Although tasty, I definitely had some food envy when Rena’s cheeseburger arrived. I’ll be back!

15 April 2009

Blockheads, Upper East Side

Blockheads will always be one of my favorite restaurants in this city, and is probably the place I’ve frequented the most. It was even the site of my 23rd and 24th birthday celebrations.

They have delicious Mexican food and drinks for cheap. This plate of two tacos and rice and beans? Nine dollars. (!!!) Margaritas are $4. And an all you can drink mimosa brunch (including entree and chips and salsa) is $10. How can you go wrong?!

The Upper East Side haunt is my favorite, but there are locations all over the city and most have outdoor seating. Yay summer!

20 March 2009

Candle Cafe, Upper East Side

When I moved to the city, my roommate at the time and now dear friend, Sara, introduced me to Candle Cafe. As Sara is a very healthy and particular eater, her favorite restaurant is vegan. I must admit, I was apprehensive when she suggested we try it.

Two and a half years later, Candle is now also one of my favorite restaurants. And coming from someone who isn’t a health nut OR a vegan, that is saying a lot.

From the moment you step in, you feel healthy. There’s that healthy smell in the air, green juice I think, that makes you never want to taste grease or breading again. As I’ve stated before, they have the best mashed potatoes in the city, and their flu buster juice was a staple in my diet; I’m still searching downtown for one that compares!

Last nite I ordered one of my all-time favorites, the Mexican Burrito (Marinated seitan, yellow basmati rice, daily beans, caramelized onions and steamed greens in a spinach tortilla. Served with pico de gallo, ranchero sauce and tofu sour cream). Sounds crazy, but it’s one of the best burritos ever!

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh