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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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23 July 2013
I didn’t think it was possible for me to be any more obsessed with Graze in Madison…until we stopped by their outdoor farmer’s market counter. Feast your eyes on this: an adult Toaster Strudel, if you will. Flaky, warm pastry stuffed with ham, gooey Swiss and herbs. Washed down with their insane Magic Coffee, and I’d say I’m dangerously close to needing the restaurant to file a restraining order against me.

I didn’t think it was possible for me to be any more obsessed with Graze in Madison…until we stopped by their outdoor farmer’s market counter. Feast your eyes on this: an adult Toaster Strudel, if you will. Flaky, warm pastry stuffed with ham, gooey Swiss and herbs. Washed down with their insane Magic Coffee, and I’d say I’m dangerously close to needing the restaurant to file a restraining order against me.

21 July 2013
Breakfast of champions.
Graze; Madison, Wisconsin

Breakfast of champions.

Graze; Madison, Wisconsin

30 August 2012

Madison, Wisconsin Food Recommendations!

Hello Chowers! I’m off to research my next foodie travel destination—Madison, Wisconsin! Where should I eat while I’m there for three days? Where’s the best fish fry?

29 September 2011
A celebratory lunch at Milwaukee’s Ouzo Cafe.

A celebratory lunch at Milwaukee’s Ouzo Cafe.

27 September 2011

Trocadero: Best Brunch in Milwaukee

Trocadero could not have been a better choice for the morning after. Not only did they have several inventive bloody marys, but a mojito menu, too! And the place is huge, so no need to throw ‘bows or wait in line for hours. Hmmm, now isn’t that nice? Check out the entire menu, it’s insane! I didn’t realize until later that it’s a sister restaurant to my other Milwaukee fave, Cafe Benelux.

Banana Coconut Pancakes (caramelized bananas and shredded coconut), Breakfast Tacos (scrambled eggs, chorizo, rosemary potatoes, white cheddar cheese, warm flour tortillas, and pico de gallo), Almost French Toast (baked butterscotch bread pudding, caramel sauce, sea salt, candied walnuts, and blackberries), Cafe Trocadero (coffee, steamed milk, chocolate, and cinnamon)

Check out my favorite brunches in New York, Chicago, and DC.

26 September 2011

My Sister’s Wedding

Well it’s safe to say we didn’t go hungry at my sister’s wedding reception on Saturday, held at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in Milwaukee. Because of my co-MOH duties I didn’t have time to snap the cocktail hors d’oeuvres or the late nite buffet, but it wasn’t beneath me to take a few pic at the head table during our seated meal. Sazama’s did an awesome job catering the event; it was one of the best wedding meals I’ve ever had. We feasted on Belgian Endive Salad (gorgonzola cheese, chopped bacon, candied pecans, granny smith apples, minted cucumber vinaigrette), Chicken Oscar (pan seared breast of chicken with snow crab, asparagus, and hollandaise; served with pesto mashed potatoes), and to play off the fall season, Apple Crisp Squares with ice cream and caramel. The small cake from Simma’s Bakery was cheesecake with a chocolate cake base and a layer of raspberry filling, covered in chocolate ganache. Little known fact: this was not the cake my sister ordered! But it didn’t phase her at all and I’m sure it tasted just as great as the correct cake (carrot) would have. Hopefully the couple who got her cake felt the same way!

I’m so sad the event of the year is over! It was perfect, from the traditional Moker bridal auction to the rocking live band. And of course, like any good meal, the food elevated the entire experience. Congrats to Katie and Jon! 

Click through to see her bachelorette and bridal shower meals.

Cake photo by mom; couple photo by Jan Corey

2 September 2011
Cheers to the long weekend
Lemon mimosa, Cafe Benelux

Cheers to the long weekend

Lemon mimosa, Cafe Benelux

1 September 2011

Cafe Benelux; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Last summer I fell in love with Milwaukee, conveniently weeks before my sister moved out of it. The city still has an industrial feel, but there’s such a renaissance going on there, especially with the food. While driving through last month, my friend Big Molls suggested we meet up at the new Cafe Benelux in the historic Third Ward neighborhood. Best call of her life.

I am straight up obsessed with this place because of:

  1. The most eclectic egg salad sandwich ever (red grapes, bleu cheese, capers, and pine nuts on toasted naan)
  2. An entire beer book that changes monthly
  3. The Bloody Mary with pickle, olives, asparagus, and a CHEESE CURD (this is Wisconsin, yo)
  4. The beautiful lemon mimosa with a rock sugar-crusted rim
  5. An ice cold Dark and Stormy served in a mug (all of these cocktails are less than $8, mind you)
  6. The modern, so-huge-it’s-difficult-to-fill-completely roof deck overlooking the Public Market
  7. The beautiful, European-inspired interior and marketplace 

Amazing food at super reasonable prices—and $7 SPECIALTY COCKTAILS!! If it wasn’t noon, I would have stuck around to try them all (I know, I know, that hasn’t stopped me before…and wasn’t my real reason). But it’s a great excuse to return—hopefully while I’m back in Milwaukee in 22 days!

29 June 2011

Farmers’ Market on Broadway, Green Bay, Wisconsin

On Wednesday nites, downtown Green Bay hosts a cute little farmers’ market. The market works to showcase local farmers, and also to revitalize the downtown district, which is currently going through a nice renaissance.

With so many farmers in the area, Broadway was packed with produce—I’ve never seen so much asparagus and strawberries! But the real winner for me was O So Good Kettle Corn. Every kernel was popped to maximum fluffiness and was perfectly sweet-and-salty seasoned. Hands down the best popcorn I’ve ever tasted.

I’m so proud that my hometown has the second largest farmers’ market in all of Wisconsin!

22 June 2011
Pulled pork sandwich with barbecue red wine vinaigrette, pickled onions, and mustard slaw.
The Cookery, Fish Creek, Door County, Wisconsin.

Pulled pork sandwich with barbecue red wine vinaigrette, pickled onions, and mustard slaw.

The Cookery, Fish Creek, Door County, Wisconsin.

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh