NYC Restaurant Round-up: June

June was a month filled with a gratuitous number of dinners out on the town, but I went to some of my favorite spots in recent memory this month. Warning: these are not “light meals” or brunches – red meat is ahead. Read on for my favorite NYC restaurants from the month of June.  …

Travel Guide: Paso Robles, CA

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed exploring California this past year, and was utterly surprised and delighted by Paso Robles. We were seeking out a location for a Memorial Day long weekend trip that was outside of the city, but still felt low key and didn’t have the hustle and bustle of, say, Napa. Paso Robles is about…

Easy Summer Salad – Part I

  When something bears the name “best ever,” curiosity immediately takes over and I cannot help but fantasize about having this life-altering experience. In the case of the Fergus Salad from Lucky Peach, I was intrigued but how such a simple and healthy ruby-hued salad could fall into this category. I learned from tasting that…

Summer Bucket List

It’s officially halfway through June, and I am just getting started on my summer bucket list. Between weekends away (I’ve been in North Carolina, San Francisco, and Marfa in the past month), and a big Ireland holiday in July, I want to make sure that I squeeze every drop of fun out of NYC while…

NYC Restaurant Round-up: May

Looking back on the month of May (which flew, by the way), I had a few quintessential NYC dining experiences that I already want to repeat. I made it to Le Coucou the week that it was rated by James Beard, and am happy to report that the hype is real. I also continued to…

Copycat Levain Chocolate Chip Cookies

For anyone who’s read my NYC cookie guide, or at the very least been to NYC and had a penchant for excellent baked goods, Levain Bakery has surely been top of mind. Their larger-than-life, ooey-gooey in the center cookies are pure baked good heaven. In my own kitchen, I’ve baked a lot of cookies, especially…

Travel Guide: Nosara, Costa Rica

Normally I write travel guides in order to share all of the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the destinations that I visit, but my recent trip to Costa Rica was a lot more insular than some of my previous trips. We spent most of our time at our home away from home, Harmony Hotel,…

Neighborhood Guide: SoHo

Since beginning a new job in SoHo in January, I have spent an inordinate amount of time in the neighborhood, both before, during, and after work. It tends to be a bit of a tourist nightmare these days, especially during the day on main drags such as Broadway, where the shoppers amass. But you can…

My Go-To Breakfasts

Breakfast is always a tricky one for me, as I’d love to slave away in my kitchen over a perfect creation every day, but then by the time I get to work and lunchtime rolls around, I’m starving. These days, I’ve been eating breakfast when I get to work to avoid the 5-hour lag between…

Memorial Day Reading List

A weekend away (and a Monday off) calls for a great read. Whether you’re curled up in bed in the morning, sitting by the beach, or in need of distraction on your train or flight, these books are my top picks for your weekend of freedom. Lilac Girls – Set in the midst of World…

Maui, Hawaii Travel Guide

Hawaii has always seemed like a bit of an anomaly to me, as you travel a huge distance and it feel worlds away from home, yet don’t need to pack your passport. I spent three consecutive Januarys in Maui soaking up the sun, salt water, and sand, and would travel back there again in a…

Salmon 3 Ways

Salmon is one of my simple, go-to weeknight staples. I easily make it once per week, and it helps me start my week off on a healthy and happy note. It’s the kind of protein that you can have prepped and on the table in 15 minutes, and it is excellent cold the next day…

NYC’s Best Coffee Shops

True Life: I am a coffee shop frequenter. If I have a free hour on a weekend afternoon or weekday morning, you can find me reading at a coffee shop. I have tried an inordinate number of coffee shops in this lovely city that I call home, and here are my picks for best of…

Coconut Milk Panna Cotta

Here’s a riddle: What’s delicious, vegan, and healthy all over? Hint: it’s also really easy to make, and it’s from one of my favorite wellness sites, MindBodyGreen. Answer: coconut milk panna cotta. This better-for-you alternative to a whole milk or cream-based panna cotta is gluten free, vegan, and absolutely delightful. I topped mine with homemade…

NYC Restaurant Round-Up: April

I’ve realized this past month that I’ve been opting for weekday breakfast plans and weekend brunch plans over dinner plans, and could not be happier about this shift. It’s a sneaky way to save money, push yourself to cook dinner at home more frequently, and see the full design work of a space in the…

Napa Travel Guide

I have had the privilege of visiting this incredible California wine region a few times, and am always surprised and delighted by each new pocket of the Napa ecosystem that I am able to explore. From Yountville, to Healdsburg, to St Helena and beyond, there is truly something for everyone in this Northern California paradise….

In Their Shoes Interview

I was beyond thrilled (and humbled) when Sam Sawchuk, the author of In Their Shoes, reached out to me on Instagram. He had stumbled across my feed, and was interested in interviewing me about how I came to be a side hustling content creator. Even though my real secret is that I just do things that…

Homemade Pizza Dough

Let’s begin with an admission: I am a pizza lover. I could probably eat pizza every day of the week. Neapolitan, thin crust, toppings galore – you name it, and I’m on board. So naturally, as part of my eternal quest to find the best pizza, I figured that I should also try my hand…

April Reading List

Spring has sprung, the sun is shining, and there are SO many good books on the market! There’s nothing quite like being able to sit outside on a park bench and enjoy a good book in the great outdoors of NYC. Admission: I’ve already dug into 4321, and it is beyond fantastic. Here is a…

Spring Bucket List

Another springtime, another bucket list. I’ve been making personal bucket lists each season for myself for the past two years, and housing them in the “notes” app in my phone so I can easily check items off as I complete them. This has served as such a great way for me to consolidate all of…

NYC Restaurant Round-Up: March

It’s officially almost outdoor dining weather. Hallelujah! I’ll be writing an outdoor dining guide for NYC this spring, but in the meantime, I’ve been trying to sneak in as many new spots as I can in between travels this month. I’ve found myself gravitating towards cafe environments and smaller spaces, as trying to find a…

Food Blogs -What I Read

I always think it’s interesting to pick the brains of people within a particular industry about their industry, from an insider’s perspective. With the world of food blogs being as over-saturated as it is, it can be challenging to wade through the clutter and find something of substance. I read a lot of blogs about…

Travel Guide: Nashville, TN

People immediately think of honky-tonks and country music when Nashville comes up in conversation, but this city is far more than bright lights and a country twang. The food scene is amazing, and East Nashville could rival Brooklyn as a hipster central. I recommend getting off the beaten path of downtown while visiting and really…

A Gluten-Free Baking Experience

I’ve never been able to get on board with the gluten-free baking movement, as I find that the recipes are rife with substitutions that try to get around the flour, often at the expense of texture and taste. I feel the same way about meat substitutions, and tend to stay away from anything that imitates…

NYC’s Best Burgers

In my mind, there is nothing quite like a beefy, juicy burger. No matter how we may try to substitute or find an alternative, the real thing is truly a thing of beauty. In a city where burgers are offered at so many establishments, sometimes alongside sushi, alongside pasta, or alongside guacamole, these are the…

A Meditation Moment in NYC

One of the great discoveries of the summer for me was finding MNDFL, a thoughtfully designed meditation space just north of Washington Square Park. Meditation is something that I’ve always been interested in but only participated in intermittently. I say participate instead of practice, because I lacked a true understanding of what it meant to…

NYC Restaurant Round-Up: February

The fourth installment of my now-monthly column, this is the skinny on my favorite NYC restaurants that I dined at this February. Read on for all of the juicy details.   Seven Point Espresso – I originally sought out this little Aussie cafe while visiting the nearby Brooklyn Museum, but have come back to the…

Travel Guide: Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is truly not an experience that one does well describing with words. It’s something that you do once in a lifetime, and you’ll forever marvel at both the beauty of the natural world and the sheer power of human beings to craft a place in it. Note that this journey is not an…

Neighborhood Guide – Upper West Side

I was lucky enough to call the Upper West Side home for nearly three years when I first moved to Manhattan. While not the trendiest or fastest-moving of areas, it truly felt like a neighborhood, which made it that much more difficult to leave. I eventually made my way downtown to Chelsea, but this often…

March Reading List

Winter in NYC is in full swing and that means that I am officially devouring library books by the truckload. There is so much great literature out there that it sometimes makes it tough to sift through and find those gems that you can’t put down. As always, here is what’s on my reading list…

Travel Guide: Cusco, Peru

Any trip to Peru is incomplete without a visit to Cusco. This mountaintop city is the gateway to Machu Picchu and is the perfect stopover for a few days of adjusting to the altitude prior to your climb. The city also has a lot of character, and offers many more quality dining options than Aguas…

How To: Roast a Chicken

Roasting a whole chicken is one of the most meal prep-friendly things that you can do in your kitchen. Taking a few hours to prep and roast your bird on a Sunday gives you infinite options for weekday lunches and dinners. A simple roast chicken is delicious on its own, perfectly portable when sliced up…

NYC’s Best Cocktail Bars

Cocktail bars are a dime a dozen here in New York City, so weeding your way through to find that winning combo of cocktail creativity, tastiness, and the ambiance of the space can be a challenge. I picked out some of my all-time favorite cocktail spots that I find myself returning to again and again….

Travel Guide: Lima, Peru

Also known as the Garden City, Lima represents coastal Peruvian life at its absolute best. We concluded our journey to Peru with a few days in Lima, and thoroughly enjoyed exploring this modern city and having an incredible culinary experience there. Note that the city is expansive and thus not walkable, so choose a neighborhood…

NYC’s Best Avo Toast

What was once an Aussie brunch trend has officially become a fixture on my breakfast menu, both at home and when I go out to eat. It is both nutrient-dense and wholly satisfying, and I find myself trying out endless variations when I make it in my own kitchen (cumin, lime, and chili? feta and…

My All-time Favorite Books

As a book lover, a question that I get asked with relative frequency is “what’s your favorite book?”. While I’m not sure that I could narrow it down to just one (that’s like choosing a favorite child), I have put together a list of some of my all-time favorite reads, as well as a few…

How To: Roast a Rack of Lamb

Large format meats have always been one of the most intimidating categories of food to make in the kitchen for me. It even took a bit of time and personal pep-talks to work up to roasting a simple, whole chicken on my own. When it comes to entertaining, being able to do a large meat…

NYC Restaurant Round-up: January

The third installment of my now-monthly column, this is the skinny on my favorite NYC restaurants that I dined at this January. Read on for all of the juicy details.   Nix – Vegetarian restaurants are having a moment in the sun in NYC, and Nix has joined the leagues of Dirt Candy and Avant…

Travel Guide: Palm Springs, CA

Like an oasis in the middle of the California desert, Palm Springs is a refuge for all arbiters of style. One could make a long weekend just out of exploring the hotels in the area, which showcase an incredible fusion of kitsch, high design, and everything in between. Take a road trip out from LA…

Central Restaurante – Lima

One of the most exciting parts of my recent trip to Peru was having the privilege of exploring the city of Lima, which is absolutely exploding onto the international culinary scene. This coastal city is the home of some of the best restaurants in South America, and the world, and after doing some research, I…

Neighborhood Guide – Chelsea

I’m nearing my 3 year anniversary as a Chelsea resident, and could not have enjoyed living in this growing westside neighborhood more. There are so many little and under the radar spots here that I have loved discovering and making my own. Read on for my own personal Chelsea neighborhood guide with my favorite local…

New Year, New Reading List

Once again, I find myself at the start of a new year with a crazy thirst for great literature. There’s something about the cold weather in the city that makes curling up with a blanket and a good book that much more appealing (although I do love a good beach read as well). Here are…

Reinventing Brussels Sprouts

I don’t know when brussels sprouts became such a ubiquitous menu item, but I feel like I’ve eaten them at every restaurant in New York City. Baked, fried, sauteed, in a salad, as a side. I’ve also cooked them myself in every possible manner – roasted with rosemary, sauteed with sriracha, browned with fish sauce…

Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Most people tend to associate fine dining with big ticket items such as truffles, caviar, lobster, and foie gras. But what if the ultimate luxury was knowing the precise origin of the food on your plate, and the fact that it was carefully cultivated with compassion and sustainability in mind? Enter: the Blue Hill at…

January Bucket List

Many people begin a new year by creating vast (and vastly unattainable) goals for themselves that reflect sweeping changes they want to make in their lives. I’m a big believer that the devil is in the details, and that change starts one small tweak at a time. Thus, no big New Year’s resolution list here…

Career Profile: Featured on Elana Lyn

I was lucky enough to be interviewed this year by my friend Elana for her incredible blog, Elana Lyn. Her blog features career and lifestyle advice geared towards the working woman who is trying to both get ahead in her line of work, and lead a meaningful and balanced lifestyle. She speaks with women from all…

NYC Restaurant Round-up: December

The second installment of my now monthly column, this is the skinny on my favorite NYC restaurants that I dined at in December. Read on for all for all of the juicy details.   Blue Ribbon Sushi – Admission: I haven’t really gotten into sushi until this past year. Call me crazy, call me late…

Travel Guide: Hudson Valley, NY

It’s rare that you discover a place in your own backyard that feels miles away from city life, and yet is wonderfully rich in culture, cuisine, and endless activities. Hudson Valley is just a scenic car ride away from NYC, but being immersed in green spaces makes it feel incredibly special despite the proximity. Whether…

Breakfast to Dessert: Apple Cake

It’s funny how no matter how many cookbooks I own and how many food blogs I read, what I always end up coming back to is my family’s recipes. I made this apple walnut raisin cake, which is my grandmother’s recipe, recently while participating in the Food52 Holiday Swap (I could not recommend more highly…

Holiday Book Gifting Guide

As a consummate consumer of literature, I can imagine no better gift than a book hand-chosen for me by someone who knows me best. Read on for your holiday gifting guide for reads that will cover all of the most important people in your life. For Mom – The Art of Racing in the Rain…