Favorite NYC Food

Random/Other.

Since moving to the New York area and working in the city, I have been to countless restaurants and discovered some really amazing food and delicious drinks. I’ve been listing everything from my favorite fancy dinners to the best cheap snacks on the notepad on my phone for quite a while now, and I think it’s time I share it. I cannot say this is a list of the best food and drinks New York City has to offer, but it is certainty a list of my personal favorites from the places I’ve been in the past few years.

Enjoy- and let me know if you have any suggestions!

Balthazar- The pain au chocolate (chocolate croissant) is better than some of the ones I’ve had in Paris- that’s saying a lot

Terri- My favorite smoothie I have ever tasted is the Green Power Smoothie from Terri. It’s a combination of kale, pear, banana, almond butter, and almond milk. I’d get it every morning if it wasn’t $6.75.

Westville- The market sides they offer at Westville are to die for. They’re always so delicious and fresh- they somehow make vegetables taste incredible to people who aren’t vegetable fans. The brussle sprouts are my favorite.

 

Cripso- Located in the middle of Chelsea and the West Village, this spot is not only convenient for Jersey residents, but it’s pretty darn good. It’s Italian, but definitely offers some special things you won’t find at a traditional Italian place… bone marrow being my favorite. Italian staples like zucchini flowers and burrata are done really well here. I’ve gotten the lamb chops and pasta dishes, and they’ve all left me satisfied.

Momofuku – The pork buns at Momofuku are mouth-watering. The ramen is amazing too- but do not skip the pork belly buns. You won’t be disappointed.

Rye House – I was never particularly a fan of perogies until I had them here. They’re far from boring. The Fall Breeze cocktail is one of my favorite drinks as well!

Eataly – The meat and cheese plate at Birreria Eataly is always done so well. It’s a great go-to when meeting up with friends or family- never disappoints.

Flex Mussels – Among all of the mussel flavors offered here, honey mustard is my favorite. It’s different than anything you’ve ever had and you’re more than okay with that.

Todd English’s Food Hall- Todd English’s is my favorite lunch spot in the city- so can I just say everything here is my favorite? Okay- I’ll pick a few… the dumplings, short ribs, and kale salad are so good.

Meatball Shop – Yes, the meatballs are great at the meatball shop- but don’t skip dessert. Try the brown sugar ice cream sandwiched by two sugar cookies. Heaven.

City Bakery – They are known for their hot chocolate (which I have yet to try), because their chocolate chip cookies are TO DIE FOR. They’re soft but crunchy and taste like they came right out of the oven at all times. Worth the calories? 100% yes.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipes.

I made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies last week, and since I’ve posted the picture of the finished product, I’ve gotten a dozen texts from friends and family asking for the recipe. They were really good… I know I’m not the only one who thought so, because they didn’t last very long. I brought them home for my family to try and that was the last I saw of them.

I never bake during the summer, so I’m excited to start experimenting with new recipes this fall and winter. My next baking to-do is a pumpkin pie… which I know will be a challenge seeing as I’ve never made a pie before. There’s a first for everything. There will undoubtedly be a post on that coming soon :)

Have you made any pumpkin inspired recipes this fall?

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Recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies:

(The only modification I made was using whole wheat flour instead of regular flour. I usually do this when I bake, because you can hardly tell the difference in terms of taste, but it makes them a bit more guilt-free.)

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Wanderlist

Random/Other., Travel.

 

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Wanderlist: A  list of places all over the world that you feel that you must see in your lifetime.

Here is my Wanderlist.

1. Bora Bora: I want to stay in a place like this in Bora Bora. Imagine having one of these houses for a week with your family or a group of friends/couples. I imagine waking up in a hut above the water, throwing on a bathing suit, and just leaping into the clear blue sea… and staying there all day.

Hilton Nui Resort at Bora Bora

Hilton Nui Resort at Bora Bora

2. Greece: I’ve been wanting to go to Greece ever since I saw Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but who hasn’t. It looks like the coolest country to explore and really have an opportunity to go off the beaten path and get into the culture and learn from locals about how the Greek live.

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3. Cinque Terre, Italy: I’ve been to Italy twice, but I have yet to visit the five small towns that line the north western coastline. I think it looks magical and I’ve heard it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world.

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4. Barcelona, Spain: I think I would love Barcelona. A fun, young european city set on the beautiful coast of eastern Spain… sign me up.

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5. Sydney, Australia: I’ve heard only amazing things about Australia. Everyone that has been has told me that I would love it and not want to come home. My brother studied abroad there and agrees: I need to see it for myself.

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6. Zurich, Switzerland: I don’t know many people that have been, but I think it seems like one of those cities that would be amazing to visit any month of the year and just have a great European experience. In my mind, this is a city that you can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or a glass of wine at a small cafe after a long day of touring the city or skiing the Swiss Alps. I think there’d be tons of things to learn and nooks and crannies to be discovered.

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7. Africa: Imagine how cool an African safari would be. I’m not the most outdoorsy or adventurous person that ever lived, but I think the idea of a Luxury Safari is insane (in a good way).

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Don’t worry, the list isn’t finished. It’s going to grow, probably with each passing minute.

Spin On Statement Necklaces

Fashion.

Statement jewelry is one trend I never really had any interest in getting into.  I’m more of a simple jewelry kind of girl.  I don’t like changing my jewelry daily- to be honest, it’s because I rarely remember to.  Recently, my mom got me a statement necklace that I love and never want to take off. After a few weeks of wearing it with tons of different outfits, I figured it was time to get a few more and own up to the fact the trend had grown on me. While browsing online for more necklaces, I realized the ones I was gravitating towards had a similar look.  They were all rather industrial and rugged with no color or layers.  I’m a huge fan of  the spikes/studs trend; I think most of these necklaces would fall under that category.

Sometimes, you may not like a trend in it’s entirety, but it’s cool to find your own spin on it. I could never see myself in those preppy bubbly hot pink statement necklaces (like this one- it makes me cringe), but all of the ones below… sign me up!

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1. Joomi Lim, $240

2. Baublebar, $28 each

3. Baublebar, $34

4. J. Crew, $125

5. C. Wonder, $58

6. House of Harlow, $68

7. Hive & Honey, $38

Smorgasburg- DUMBO

My Life., NYC/Hoboken.

Last Sunday, KC and I ventured over to Brooklyn to check out Smorgasburg. Let me start off by saying that I think it was made for me; or at least with someone like me in mind. I loved everything about it… although I think it would be hard for someone not to. It’s essentially a food festival that occurs every weekend in the summer through the fall; on Saturdays in Williamsburg and on Sundays in DUMBO (a.k.a. down under the Manhattan Brooklyn overpass).

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We started by taking the PATH train from Hoboken to World Trade Center. From there, we walked to the east, making our way to the Brooklyn Bridge. I had never walked over the Brooklyn Bridge before Sunday, and I’m still in awe of the experience. I don’t know why I thought it was SO cool, but it just was. The views are incredible and just the idea of walking from Manhattan to Brooklyn over the river was exciting to me.

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Once we got into Brooklyn, we just walked to the area under the bridge to find Smorgasurg. There were about 50 (total guess) vendors with tables/tents set up in a confined area, which happened to be right next to the Brooklyn Bridge Park (which was a beautiful area- exploring more of DUMBO is for sure on my Fall to-do-list).

Some of the vendors were offering typical foods… but most of them were seriously unique. I saw so many things I had never even heard of before- maple bacon sticks, pie shakes (they literally put pieces of PIE in a BLENDER), beet lemonade (which I had and loved), crazy flavored doughnuts, bacon cheddar cornbread… just to name a few. Choosing what to fill up on proved harder than choosing what college to go to… WAY too many mouth-watering selections.

We were pretty hungry when we arrived, so we got right to it. We started with a taco from Takumi Taco, which were really, really good.

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Next, we split this reaaaally interesting (but good) coconut rice. It was cold rice made with coconut milk and chunks of mango. It was surprisingly refreshing, but it was also very filling.
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Cornbread is one of Kc’s favorite food, so he was pretty excited to try the bacon and cheddar cornbread from Jack’s Chedbred. I skipped on that one and went for a single oyster from Brooklyn Oyster Party, which was really good- I would have gotten a few more  if not for the almost $4  per oyster price tag.

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Then, we moved onto the main course, Brisket and pulled pork sandwiches. I wish I remembered the name of this place because these were unreal… literally some of the best BBQ I’ve ever had. The brisket was cooked perfectly, the sauce was so tasty, and the pickles on the top made the perfect addition.

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We found a spot in Brooklyn Bridge park and ate before we laid in the grass for a while. I could have laid there forever… partly because I was really full at that point and really could have used a nap, but mostly because it was just beautiful outside.

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If you know anything about us, you probably could have guessed that got dessert. Before we hopped on the ferry back to Manhattan, we stopped by The Good Batch (love the name) tent to check out some ice cream sandwiches. We agreed to split the waffle cookie with cinnamon ice cream and carmel filling, and were not disappointed.

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The whole day was just really great. I loved that we got to spend some time outside, walk a few miles, eat some good food, and spend time together. Now that summer craziness and traveling is over, I’m excited for more weekends like this spend in the city.

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Fall’s Best Booties

Fashion.

Today marks the first boots and sweater day of the season in the northeast… or at least in my opinion. The morning started off at a brisk 48 degrees, so before I went to work I opened my sweater bin that had been under my bed since last winter and began unloading them back into my closet. I put most of my sandals and flip flops in the back of my closet and replaced them with my boots and booties. I love the first few weeks of each new season because I’m reminded of all of these clothes, shoes and accessories I totally forgot I had… It’s almost like a whole new wardrobe.

When it comes to fall style, there is nothing I love more than layering a big comfy sweater and a putting on my favorite pair of booties. While I am a fan of classic tall boots, I have found myself gravitating towards booties the past few years. They never fail to make an outfit look trendy- weather they be worn with jeans and a t-shirt, a dress, skirt, or even with leggings.

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There are way too many I want for this season, but here are just a few!

1. Piperlime, $395

2. BP, $99.95

3. Dolce Vita, $199

4. Sam Edelman, $100

5. Minnetonka, $79.85

6. Toms, $88.95

7. Steve Madden, $130

8. DV by Dolce Vita, $99

So Long, Sweet Summer

Random/Other.

Time to face the unavoidable truth that summer (unofficially) came to an end this past weekend. I’m usually super bummed about this- but for some reason, this year I’m not.  I had one of the best summers to date; I am simply happy with the memories I made this summer.  I went to a great music festival with friends, traveled to Italy with my family, and spent every single weekend at the beach.  Although super busy, I couldn’t have dreamt up a better summer.  That being said, I’m ready to welcome Fall with open arms.  I’m excited to settle back in to Hoboken life and get back into my routine.  Fall is such a beautiful season- especially in Hoboken and New York City.

There are so many things I love about Fall… the changing of the leaves, comfy sweaters, fun boots, pumpkin spice lattes, visits to pumpkin patches and corn mazes, hot cider, halloween, outdoor runs, walking around the city without sweating or freezing, football (this includes buffalo wings and beer), fall inspired recipes, apple picking,  long walks, carmel apples, 13 nights of halloween on abc family, soup, pumpkin scented candles… pumpkin anything and everything.

I also have a ton of awesome weekends coming up that I’m really excited about… a Ravens game in Baltimore with friends, family friends wedding in Stone Harbor with my family, a long weekend trip to California to visit two of my friends who moved out there, and a weekend in North Carolina to visit my little brother who just started his freshman year at High Point University.  I also have some weekends reserved to just appreciate all that Hoboken and New York City have to offer.

I have so many memories to look back at and so much to look forward to :)

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Summer 2013

Etsy Favorites

Random/Other.

I think it’s impossible for me to visit etsy.com without purchasing something. I always find something I believe I can’t live without and justify it because everything unique, homemade, and normally very affordable. I love the idea of the site and think it’s so cool that people from all over the world can share their creative ideas and creations with others.

Here are some of my favorite Etsy shops and things on my need list:

1. Grundled – Jewelry

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2. Salt on the Rocks- Clothing and Jewelry

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3. ZennedOut – Jewelry

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4. Kc’s Soaps N More – Soaps … N More!

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5. Ton Case – Phone Cases

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6. Handz- Wall Art

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Wear Sunscreen

Random/Other.

I watched this video in 2008, and just came across is again. It means a lot more 4 years later. I need to remember these things. I think everybody does.

 

 

Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they’ve faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blind side you at 4 PM on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.

Sing.

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Floss.

Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.

Stretch.

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t.

Get plenty of calcium.

Be kind to your knees. You’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else’s.

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.

Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents. You never know when they’ll be gone for good.

Be nice to your siblings. They’re your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard.

Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.

Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you’ll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.

Don’t mess too much with your hair or by the time you’re 40 it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.