21Sep

I’m Headed to the 2016 Chef One NYC Dumpling Festival!

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We love dumplings in my house. There's a small Korean place on West 32nd Street in NYC called Mandoo Bar which my kids and I flock to a few times a year.  We also get them regularly at our local Chinese restaurant and I even buy them at Trader Joe's every so often and make them at home. Steamed, lightly fried. Filled with chicken, vegetables, meat, fish, potatoes, sweets or plain. Sweet, savory. Dipped in soy sauce. We can't get enough of dumplings. After all, we live in a metropolis of foodies, so even at age 11 and 13, we kind of are dumpling Read More

23Jul

Review: Root & Bone in Alphabet City

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Last weekend I experienced an unexpected culinary delight at a restaurant down in NYC's Alphabet City called Root & Bone. I knew I was in for an adventure when I found out that it's owned by Top Chef alums Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth, and also because I'm a born & bred Southerner. Yep, born in Atlanta, Georgia. I know a good piece of fried chicken, cheese grits, meatloaf, biscuits and fried green tomatoes when I see them, and for NYC, I can honestly say that Root & Bone not only knows their Southern recipes but their unusual ways of Read More

28Jun

A Night Out in Williamsburg at Pearl’s Bake & Shark

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Last week my 11 year-old son and I ventured to Williamsburg, Brooklyn for a night out of the suburbs. Our destination: Pearl's Bake & Shark, a Caribbean restaurant that specializes in jerk and other Caribbean dishes. It was a weeknight, and with school still in session, I'd say it was a little out of the ordinary for us to venture to Brooklyn, but I was excited....and hungry. My son was, too, so together we braved the traffic and drove to Brooklyn. Were we happy we went? You can say that again. Pearl's is exceptional, both in its quality of Read More

09Jun

Happy Hour at Fig & Olive in the Meat Packing District, a Great Value

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Yesterday, after work I headed to Fig & Olive for Apertivo Happy Hour, and suddenly I was transported from the Hudson Yards (near my office) to the coast of Italy. Not only does the restaurant, located in the Meat Packing District have a Mediterranean inspired feel, so does the food. And now the restaurant is making its menu more accessible than ever, with low prices for drinks and scrumptious food. Happy Hour at Fig & Olive in the Meat Packing District Apertivo is an Italian custom that pairs sips with snacks prior to dinner in order to aperto Read More

22Sep

My Fave Dumplings in NYC + 2015 Chef One NYC Dumpling Festival

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We are big dumpling fans in my house. Steamed or lightly fried, you name it. Filled with vegies, meat, fish, potatoes, sweets or plain. Sweet, savory. In soups, in stew, with gravy. We just love them. I was inspired to write this post because the NYC Dumpling Festival 2015 is headed our way. The Dumping Festival will be held on the First Ever National Dumpling Day, which is very exciting. If you're looking for a good batch of dumplings in New York City, we've done the research. Here are three dumpling spots we love: Mandoo Bar (2 West 32nd Read More

31Jul

Indulging the Kids on Broadway with Sugartooth Tours

I've been living in the NYC metro area for a long time now, but I've never fully experienced the sweeter side of the city. So when my kids and I were invited to join Sugartooth Tours on their newest tour, Bright Lights & Broadway Bites, I was intrigued. Broadway + desserts + a guide who's an actual Broadway performer = right up my alley. If you read my blog regularly, you probably know I'm theater obessessed and I love taking my kids all over NYC, so this tour was an excuse to indulge my Broadway fixation and their sweets obsession. When I told my Read More

10Jun

Edible Brooklyn: Pazzi Pasta in Carroll Gardens

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Pasta is one of  my kids' favorite foods, but I generally try to limit their intake due to its high calorie and high carb content. However, since it's usually on the top of their list, I'm always looking for ways to accommodate their request and I recently found one. It's called Pazzi Pasta, a Southern Italian restaurant in Carroll Gardens, one of my favorite parts of Brooklyn. "Pazzi" literally means "crazy" and I'm not kidding when I call their food crazy delicious! It's rare to find a restaurant that is so intent on using organic, locally grown, Read More

24Apr

Spend Mother’s Day at FIG & OLIVE Meatpacking (+ Review)

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In honor of Mother's Day, FIG & OLIVE Meatpacking in New York City is offering a Mother's Day special on Sunday, May 10th.  My mom and I were recently invited to sample the menu in lieu of the special and  I'm not lying when I say that our mouths were literally salivating at every bite. I had been to the FIG & OLIVE in Westchester near my home but it was my first time at the Meat Packing location. The restaurant exudes glimmers of the Mediterranean, from the spacious, modern, chic decor from the plants on the wall to wicker armchairs, to the Read More

31Mar

Celebrating the Power of Peanut Butter in NYC

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Last night I went to an event that seemed to call my name as soon as I heard about it: an event sponsored by the National Peanut Board (NPB) who's spreading #peanutpower in New York City. Footnote: I adore peanut butter! They were hosting a special pop-up, complete with USA peanut farmers and their families who I mingled and drank peanut-inspired cocktails with . Through research and marketing initiatives the Board is finding new ways to enhance production and increase consumer demand by promoting the great taste, nutrition and culinary versatility of Read More

18Aug

A Quick Gripe About Feeding My Kids on the Road

We've been traveling through America for the last week or so, and we've eaten a lot of meals in restaurants.  We've had everything from fast food to upscale dining and we've looked at menu after menu after menu.  When I make the statement I am about to make, please note that I know that I have very picky eaters and I blame no one for that but my husband and myself.  However, when I make meals for my kids at home, I'm always sure to include a vegie and fruit.  I also try to make different types of food and diversify their menus.  I no longer buy chicken Read More