Red Lentil Coconut Curry Soup

When in doubt, my cold weather dinner go-to has always been a big pot of soup. Working from home most days lends itself particularly well to the art of soup-making, as I can have it simmering away on the stove in the afternoon and ready to go by dinnertime. I’ve been making this particular version…

2019 Reading List

It’s a new year, it’s cold outside, and there are simply so.many.books I want to read. #2019 problems. I’ve already made quite a dent in my Q1 reading list, so I’m bringing you a combination of books I set out to read this winter that I’ve already blown through, and books that I am in…

NYC Restaurant Round-up: January ’19

For month one of 2019, I have to say that I’m pretty impressed with all of the NYC spots that I was able to hit. This ended up being an unexpectedly delicious month, especially considering that I was aiming to be healthy just like everyone else. It turns out that health goals do not ever…

Neighborhood Guide: NoMad

Formerly a bit of a no-man’s land between Chelsea and Murray Hill, NoMad has become a tour de force of culinary delights to be reckoned with. From innovative Asian small plates to a slew of hotels that happen to have even better restaurants inside, this is a neighborhood that has firmly planted itself in the…

Homemade Shakshuka

I’ll just come out and say it: I’m a savory brunch girl through and through. While I am an enormous proponent of the “table pancakes,” all I really want, at the end of the day is eggs. And one of my go-to dishes, both at home and at restaurants over the years, is shakshuka. It’s…

Travel Guide: West Ireland

Oh Ireland, you Emerald Isle, you. Having traveled to Dublin more than once over the years (check out my Dublin travel guide here), I knew that the next time I visited the country I wanted to take the opportunity to get out of the city and explore the legendary countryside. For me, that meant roadtripping…

NYC Restaurant Round-up: December ’18

While I know in my heart of hearts that December was mostly a “drink champagne and eat Christmas cookies” kind of month, I also made it a priority to revisit a few NYC spots that I had enjoyed the first go-round but hadn’t been back to in years. As a result, my December restaurant round-up…

Best of 2018

2018 was a year. For all of the highlights that you see here and on Instagram (and don’t get me wrong, there were an incredible number of highlights), there were also plenty of moments of uncertainty and disappointment as well. I left the corporate world, ended a relationship, and moved in by myself for the…

Pear Bourbon Crumble Pie

Tis the season… for dessert. And not just any dessert, but the best of the best. I made this pear bourbon crumble pie from one of my favorite NYC bakeries (Four and Twenty Blackbirds) for the first time this winter and was absolutely blown away. The depth of flavor is incredible, and the tiniest hints…

Holiday Reading Gift Guide

And once again, I feel like the Santa of literature, disseminating delightful reads for all to enjoy this holiday season. I’m a big believer in the personal nature of gifting a good book, thoughtfully chosen for the specific tastes of a friend or family member. So I put together a list of some of the…

NYC Restaurant Round-up: November ’18

While November may have been a light month on the dining out scene (read: trying to save money), there were still a few hidden gems that I discovered and cannot wait to journey back to. It’s officially cozy food season, so anything warm and nourishing felt right up my alley. The best alternative to ramen?…

Iconic NYC Dishes

Know ‘em, love ‘em, never get sick of ‘em. That’s what I call classic. Whether you’re a bona fide New Yorker or hosting folks in from out of town over the holidays, I’m sharing my cheat sheet for some of the iconic NYC dishes that I can’t get enough of. None of these need a…

The Easiest Pecan Pie

Pumpkin, apple… pecan. I would argue that pecan pie belongs in the upper echelons of holiday pie-making, right alongside the pumpkin and apple classics. Not only is it insanely easy to make (I’m talking foolproof here), but it is always the number one crowd pleaser anywhere I bring it, and can be so easily baked…

Winter Bucket List ’18/’19

With the holidays upon us (one week until Thanksgiving, people!), I thought that it was high time that I published my winter bucket list for the upcoming chilly months. In all honesty, I made my bucket list this fall, and have had it in my Notes app since then, slowly making my way through four…

NYC Restaurant Round-up: October ’18

Well guys, apparently I’m back in the NYC restaurant game. After a few months of belt-tightening, I think that I ate out more often this past month than I have any other month this year (and it’s November, so that’s saying a lot). I tried some of my favorite new dishes this month, and also…

Travel Guide: Copenhagen, Part II

Welcome to part two of my Copenhagen travel guide! This portion focuses on what to do while visiting this beautiful city, and where to stay. I divided this up by neighborhood, as I planned my own trip based on spending days in each neighborhood so that I got to fully explore the ins and outs…

Travel Guide: Copenhagen, Part I

Having just returned from a few days in Copenhagen in September, I can say with utter certainty that this is one of the best places that I have ever spent my time. There is this incredibly tangible fusion of old world and stark modernity that I found to be captivating, as well as one of…

Miso-Glazed Eggplant Bowls

True story: I used to not like eggplant. It was a dark period in my life. These days, however, I can’t seem to get enough of it. Anytime it is on a menu, I must try it. Anytime I catch sight of a new recipe, I must try it. Enter: this amazing recipe from Healthy-ish….

NYC Restaurant Round-up: September ’18

Even though September was a big travel month for me, I got to sample what I anticipated to be some pretty iconic dishes in NYC right now. Some were good, some were great, some were so-so, but all are documented right here. Read on for the good, the bag, and the ugly (delicious) of the…

Fall Reading List

Let’s be real for a minute – it’s always reading season. Whether you’re doing it on a beach or cozied up in bed once the weather cools down, there’s never a time that isn’t the perfect time to get lost (or found) in a good book. Below is my personal reading list for this fall…

Travel Guide: Anguilla, BWI

Residing quietly in the British West Indies, Anguilla is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. I’ve had both the pleasure and privilege of spending time there on many occasions over the past nearly twenty years, and as many things do, it just gets better with age. The key things to note about…

Neighborhood Guide: Williamsburg

Ah, Williamsburg. I’ve had it in a bit for Williamsburg since the Post Office (the bar where I took my first pickleback) closed, but what can I say, there are still some awesome spots, old and new, in this hood. It’s a cinch to get to (until the L shuts down, that is), so take…

Fall Bucket List ’18

Even though it’s still gloriously sunny outside, September very much feels like the start of a new season in my mind. Fall also just happens to be my favorite season, so it brings with it a renewed sense of excitement, and the promise of cozy sweaters to come. I sketched out my fall bucket list…

NYC Restaurant Round-up: August ’18

I hate to say it, but August was not a great month for meals out. I was on the hunt this month for “healthier” gluten-free and vegan treats that satisfied my sweet tooth cravings, but found with every place I tried that making them at home just could not be beat. Not only were these…

Travel Guide: Nantucket, Mass.

As much as I am a fan of traveling to new places, there are a few locations that I have come back to year after year and have a permanent place in my travel itinerary, and my heart. Nantucket happens to be one of them. I’ve been coming here for nearly half my life, and…

Gluten-Free, Flourless Monster Cookies

For the record, one of my all-time favorite cookie recipes is the classic oatmeal chocolate chip variety that my mom made for us growing up. I love that combo of the nutty oats and cinnamon spice with dollops of melty chocolate chips. It doesn’t get much better than that! However, I’ve been experimenting more and…

End of Summer Reading List

Labor Day is officially upon us, and summer may be drawing to a close, but reading season certainly is not (that was a test – there’s no such thing as reading season, it’s always reading season)! I’ve been hard at work, nose deep in books, reading up a storm this summer to bring you some…

NYC Restaurant Round-up: July ’17

Looking back on the month of July, I unexpectedly ate out WAY more than I initially intended to, and had better meals than I ever anticipated. The real highlight here (surprise, surprise) is Lilia, which blew me away and I cannot wait to get back there. Read on for the myriad of culinary institutions I…

Balsamic Strawberry Blondies

Nothing says summer to me like freshly vine-ripened fruit, and if I come across a way to incorporate that fruit into a baked good, all bets are off. I originally tried a gluten-free version of this recipe when a friend graciously baked these for my birthday (she’s a keeper!), but I sought out the recipe…

NYC’s Best Spots for Eating & Drinking Outdoors

If it’s summer and I’m staying put in NYC for a weekend, ready for a drink after a long day of meetings, or just in the mood for some vitamin D, chances are you can find me outside. While I happen to live near Central Park and never say no to a picnic, sometimes I’m…

Travel Guide: Philly, PA

Oh the city of brotherly love. Often overlooked, Philly has gradually become one of my favorite east coast cities. I remember going on field trips there as a kid (hello, Liberty Bell), visiting my brother there in college every year (hello, West Philadelphia), and I recently came back for a weekend of exploring, simply to…

Neighborhood Guide: Greenwich Village

Ah, that beautiful and elusive spot just east of the West Village, containing both the youthful chaos of NYU and the historic Washington Square Park. This hood is the epitome of high-low, and runs the gamut from Blue Hill to Greenwich Village Treehouse (hint: that’s a fratty bar and there is no greenery). There’s something…

NYC Restaurant Round-up: June ’18

June was a travel (and wedding) heavy month, but I still managed to sneak in some excellent meals out. I visited a lot of coffee shops this month, as I’ve been working remotely more often and a change of scenery is most welcome. Read on for some of my favorite spots from the month of…

Fish: It’s What’s for Dinner

There’s nothing quite like a nice, light piece of fish with a crisp glass of white wine on a warm summer evening. Even though grills are scarce in our fair NYC, your oven is still a fantastic method of cooking, and the short cook time ensures that your apartment won’t heat up past a critical…

Summer Reading List

For me, summertime is epitomized by a few simple things. A chilled glass of wine, a hastily-eaten ice cream cone, a day that never seems to end because of a late sunset. And a good book on a beach (although I won’t be picky, I’ll take an body of water). My summer reading guide is…

Travel Guide: Washington, DC

Washington DC is a quintessential US city with a rich history that makes any trip to visit worthwhile. One could easily spend a week or more there exploring its national treasures, from the Capitol to Arlington Cemetery to the Lincoln Memorial. I’m choosing to focus on the non-traditionally historical elements of this fair city, as…

NYC Restaurant Round-up: May ’18

Any month that starts out with a food-related holiday (Cinco de Mayo) is a good one in my book. I ate some pretty noteworthy tacos this month, and also crossed a major NYC bucket list item off of my list (hint: it includes chicken). My dessert game was pretty weak in May, so I’ll be…

Neighborhood Guide: Meatpacking

Small but mighty, this little corner of the west side has a rich New York history. While it has now become a mecca for tourism and shopping (and also SoHo House attendees), there are a few hidden gems to be explored here. So next time you’re at The Whitney for the afternoon, or have ventured…

Travel Guide: Ojai, California

Another California paradise – what else is new? I’ve been on a Southern California kick this year, and adding on to my Los Angeles and Palm Springs adventures, both of which I’ve visited before, is a newcomer to my travel repertoire: Ojai. Less than two hours outside of LA, this picturesque town has a wildly…

Spring Asparagus Salad

Spring has officially sprung, and with it a bevy of excellent seasonal ingredients. I’m going wild with ramps, leeks, radishes, fiddlehead ferns, and all of the fresh herbs that my little heart desires. But asparagus are one veg I can never get enough of, and there is no better time to cook with them than…

NYC Restaurant Round-up: April ’18

Did anyone else feel like April absolutely blew by? I, for one, am consummately amazed by the fact that it’s already spring in New York. The warm weather has been slow-coming, so in April I took advantage of the chill and continued to explore some more hearty and comforting dining options (with some ice cream…

Spring Reading List

I’ve been reading with reckless abandon this early spring, and want to share both some of my recent reads and some of the books that are on my list right now. It’s not quite reading on the beach season yet (unless you’re traveling, in which case GOOD FOR YOU!), but it is the perfect time…

Travel Guide: Portland, ME

Portland Maine has become a bit of a hot spot in the past few years, fueled by its increasingly visible food scene, proximity to New York, craft brewery presence, and beautiful natural scenery. Having officially visited twice now, I can confirm beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is a city that you want…

Spring Bucket List ’18

Spring has sprung! And so has a new bucket list for the season. I’ve been creating seasonal bucket lists 4x per year for the past few years, and I never lose my sense of excitement as I work my way through a new batch of activities and experiences. I’m especially excited to make use of…

NYC Restaurant Round-up: March ’18

So March officially came roaring in like a lion, am I right? The good thing is that we have a city full of good food to keep us warm. I tried to sneak in as many hearty meals as possible to round out the winter season before it officially becomes time for oysters and rose…

Neighborhood Guide: Upper East Side

As many of you know, I am currently an upper east side resident, and exploring this oft-overlooked neighborhood has been my personal mission over the past two months. While “cutting edge” and “trendy” aren’t normally the words that you would associate with this area, I think that there is certainly something to be said for…

Travel Guide: Los Angeles, CA

In the spirit of keeping all of my travel guides current, I’ve done an overhaul of my Los Angeles travel guide so that it is fully up to date for your trip planning pleasure. One thing to note here is that LA is absolutely enormous and there are so.many.places I’ve still never been to and…

NYC Restaurant Round-Up: February ’18

New month, new neighborhood, but I still keep finding myself downtown and in Brooklyn. One of my goals for the month of March is to spend more time exploring the restaurant scene on the UES (full neighborhood guide coming soon), but for now, I give you a full ad diverse list of my culinary explorations…

Winter Reading List

I’ve been on a tear this winter… a tear through the shelves of the New York Public Library. I don’t know if it’s the cold weather or the start of a new year with new possibilities that has me so buried in books, but I felt like my imagination has been running wild and I’m…

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…