A Sublime Find: Plado Tasting Bar in the East Village

Last week I ventured downtown to have what I can truly call the best meal I have had in ages. It came as a complete surprise as I went into the meal with zero expectations, for no reason other than that I knew very little about the restaurant beforehand. But here I am days later, and I am salivating about the meal that I had at Plado Tasting Bar in the East Village. The (Mediterranean) restaurant is at 192 East 2nd Street. When we walked up to the brightly lit restaurant, we felt immediately welcome by a warm entrance. There's a bar, which appeared Read More


My New Culinary Find: LEYLA on the Upper West Side

I was so happy to discover a wildly new delicious Upper West Side restaurant that serves Turkish cuisine last week called LEYLA. My guest and I were intrigued by each and every dish and were really impressed by the level of detail in taste, originality, and authenticity, as well. We are both in love with Mediterranean food, so LEYLA spoke to both of us on a very deep and genuine level. The restaurant itself is small and intimate, with a definite sense of Turkish influence in style and design with beautiful textiles. It's colorful, comfortable, and Read More


Kitchensurfing: Bringing the Family Back to the Basics

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My kids love to cook.  I do, too, but my repertoire has been rather limited lately and as their culinary demands increase, I've wondered how to satiate them.  A few weeks ago, they told me they were going to start cooking dinner for us every Saturday night, and I wondered how it would go past pizza, macaroni and cheese and eggs.  After all, my daughter does make a mean plate of cheesy eggs. On Saturday night we decided to try something different, something that has woken us all up to the fact that more spectacular meals can be made with a little Read More