Where to Spend Thanksgivukkah in New York City

Spiced Pumpkin Donut with Turkey-Cranberry Filling at Zucker Bakery

This year Hanukkah is coming very early.  It starts the night before Thanksgiving which means we have to celebrate during our traditional meal, so for this reason it’s being dubbed Thanksgivukkah.  The convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah is happening for the first time in over 100 years this November and there is no better way to celebrate than in NYC.  This year there is so much to do throughout the holiday. I've gathered some details here: Eat sweet potato donuts at Zucker Bakery, 433 East 9th Street For Thanksgivukkah, Zucker Bakery  on the Read More


Giveaway: The Soupmaker’s Kitchen by Aliza Green

soup makers kitchen

When I make homemade soup, I'm a hero in my house. My family loves soup. Butternut squash, lentil, broccoli, cauliflower. Whatever I make, they love.  Best of all, besides the mutual soup admiration club, I always feel good that I'm serving something healthy.  Pureed vegetables with water or milk and very little else, what can be better than that? I also love the fact that a pot lasts several days and takes us through several meals.  There is no downside (except the cleanup). According to a new book THE SOUPMAKER'S KITCHEN (Quarry Books, July 2013, Read More


A Mouth-Watering Meal at Plates

Plates Larchmont

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, the region’s largest dining event, is returning Nov. 4-17.  This popular event, spanning 114 miles and seven counties, is among the largest Restaurant Week events in the country, bringing together farmers, chefs and local purveyors to support the local economy and showcase the farm-to-table movement that makes the Hudson Valley a premiere culinary destination. The list of restaurants is extensive and includes some of our favorites and some places we've yet to try including Red Hat on the River, Tarry Lodge, X20 Xaviars Read More


Sponsored Post: Traveling On A Budget- To And Within New York City

Sponsored Post: Traveling On A Budget- To And Within New York City

After having lived in and near NYC for many years, I certainly know how cost prohibiting a visit may seem to some people.  But as I’ve mentioned here on this blog many times, there are tricks of the trade to explore the best of NYC without breaking the bank. I've partnered up with CityPASS this month to shed light on a few ‘underground tips’ when it comes to conquering the concrete jungle. Choosing the Right Hotel Although, NYC is known as “The City That Never Sleeps”, you will find yourself wanting to lay your head somewhere comfortable. Before Read More


Foodie Dining in Vail, Colorado

Foodie Dining in Vail, Colorado

While visiting Vail recently, I was introduced to some of the loveliest restaurants in town. I assumed that the food would be good, but I truly didn't realize just how good.  The majority of restaurants are inspired by farm-to-table ingredients and are made with organic ingredients.  While I'm not typically a foodie, I found the food to be inspiring. Once my body got over altitude sickness (which took 24 hours), I was able to really partake in exquisite Vail cuisine.  Here are some of the restaurants I tried. La Tour is a French-American restaurant Read More


Becoming a Baleboste with the Help of a Cookbook

Recipes Remembered

ba.le.bost.te (pronounced (bahluhbuhstuh): a capable efficient housewife, especially a traditional Jewish one, devoted to maintaining a well-run home. I wouldn't say I that I am particularly a baleboste, but I try. I'm always looking for books to teach me how to be more domesticated and a better cook without intimidating me and making me feel like I can't cook. When it comes to Jewish recipes, I do okay, but I do follow recipes very, very carefully, to try to capture the right flavors and bring a a bit of history and culture into my home. Tonight Read More


Brooklyn Discovery: Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain


            Leave it to my Brooklynite sister to introduce us to FARMACY, the most amazing old-fashioned, but very hip, soda fountain in Carroll Gardens (513 Henry St., at Sackett St., Carroll Gardens; 718-522-6260).  It's total nostalgia - everything from egg creams to milkshakes and ice-cream sundaes, to the counter and leather seats where you can sit comfortably, to the girls wearing white hats, aprons and old-fashioned glasses.  You feel like you've gone back in time, but you can't help but remember Read More


NYC Find: Brooklyn for Kids with Adventurous Taste Buds


Yesterday we were introduced to Smorgesburg, a bonanza of gourmet food by the water in Williamsburg.  It truly is a smorgesboard of the most delicious foods, and it's right next to a park so the kids can run around after getting a dose of the market. Run by the people at the Brooklyn Flea, another one of my favorite Brooklyn haunts, there are over 100 vendors of every kind, offering samples of their offerings from Mexican cemita sandwiches to Shanghai-style banana-ricotta spring rolls to heirloom bean seeds to small-batch ketchup, mustard, and Read More


Westchester’s New China White: No, Not Heroin, Chinese Food

China White

I get excited when we find great cuisine in Westchester, and have I got a recommendation for you:  China White.  No, I don't mean heroin, which is probably your first thought when you hear the name.  Rather  China White is a new, chic Chinese restaurant tucked away in Purchase.  I'm not sure exactly what they were thinking when they coined the name, but after tasting their spicy food, especially a HOT pepper that literally took me to another place for a few brief moments, it makes perfect sense.  They want you to get addicted, like a drug, and return Read More


What Child-Friendly Restaurants Shouldn’t Do

greek corner chelsea

Since I moved to NYC, I've had some of the best dining experiences of my life.  Not only is the food in NYC some of the best in the world, but the service is usually stunning.  Waiters typically have a lot of patience and treat patrons really well, at least in my experience.  Often they are actors or writers, or have another profession, who have zest for life and love serving food.  I've also had plenty of great family-friendly dining experiences - fantastic ones.  That's why when I have a bad one, I'm shocked and disappointed. This past weekend, we had Read More