Travel Guide: Paris, Part II

Guys, I’m still dreaming of Paris. I feel like my most recent trip changed me irrevocably, and I haven’t quite shaken it. While part one of my travel guide focused on where to eat and drink during the day, I’m shifting over to heartier meals and wine bars for part two. Read on for some…

Travel Guide: Paris, Part I

Patisseries/Boulangeries/Cafes! I recently got back from a trip to Paris, and the thought of compressing all of my wonderful experiences into a single travel guide seemed too daunting for words. There are just too many Paris goodies to share, from boulangeries to museums to neighborhoods to explore. I am breaking my beloved Paris up into…

Neighborhood Guide: East Village

I have personally found myself to be a west-sider for the long duration of my time in New York, but if I had to pick a favorite east-side hood, the East Village would be it, without a doubt. So much of the East Village feels like old school New York City to me. There’s still…

Fall Reading List

Nothing says “curl up with a good book and a cozy blanket” like the advent of the fall season. I’ve been devouring books lately while on the road traveling, but there’s nothing quite like cracking open a good book in the comfort of your own home. Here are a few of the books I’ve been…

Spotlight On: Brooklyn Grange

If anyone considers him/herself a foodie, a home cook, a locavore, or any combination of these three things, chances are they’ve heard of Brooklyn Grange. This urban rooftop farming concept was originally started in a lone industrial building in Long Island City, and has since expanded to a second location in Brooklyn. The idea is…

NYC Restaurant Round-up: September

September brought with it some of my favorite dining experiences of the year. It was that perfect time of year when everyone was back from the summer, and the city felt bustling again. Being able to still dine al fresco was the icing on the cake. Read on for my September NYC restaurant round-up.  …

Fall Bucket List

New season upon us? Must mean that it’s time for a new bucket list. I’ve fashioned a fall-centric bucket list of all New York City things to do, see, make, and eat this fall season.  I’ll be diving in this weekend by baking some classic brownies a la mode. Can’t think of a better way…

Travel Guide: Dublin, Ireland

Dublin often gets a bad rap for being a stopover for beers and pub food and not much else. In reality, it’s a bustling metropolis that offers so much more than Guinness and a visit to see the Book of Kells. I had visited Dublin in years past and done all of the “check it…

Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh

I mentioned in my August restaurant round-up that I’ve had Middle Eastern food on the brain these past few weeks, and this summery staple has been in high rotation in my kitchen as of late, keeping with the theme. I went with a gluten-free deviation with this cauliflower rice version of a classic tabbouleh (it’s normally…

NYC Restaurant Round-Up: August

This August, I was officially feeling Middle Eastern food. I could not seem to get enough of it this month. Something about being able to dip a soft pita into a creamy hummus, accompanied by some slow-roasted lamb and a spice-laden octopus dish felt so satisfying to me. Two of my favorite places that I…

Whole Fish Baked in Salt Crust

Ever since visiting Porto, Portugal last October, I have been fantasizing about recreating one of my favorite dishes from the trip – a whole fish encrusted in salt that arrived at our table (literally) on fire. While the flambe element I’m happy to leave to the pros, I wanted to recreate how incredibly tender and…

Top Food-Related Books

I’ve found in the past few years, especially living in the culinary mecca of NYC, that discovering more about the food ecosystem has been an integral part of my culinary education. Reading stories from the perspectives of the chefs, editors, and people close to food has helped me to gain an even deeper understanding and…

Neighborhood Guide: Lower East Side

The lower east side is a trek for many, but it is a veritable mecca of culinary institutions large and small. Some of my favorite spots in NYC resides in this downtown hood, and I had a very tough time narrowing down this list. It is by no means conclusive (I could have added about…

Strawberry Tomato Gazpacho

I am a tried-and-true gazpacho fan, and consider it to be a staple of my summer diet while tomatoes are at their ripest. I swear every summer that I’m going to branch out from my usual recipe (Ina Garten’s is my fave), but it’s so easy to recreate something that you know will be delicious…

NYC’s Best Soft Serve

Last week, I put together my guide to the best ice cream in NYC (hard scoops only). But I have to say, soft serve holds a special place in my heart that’s akin to if not greater than classic ice cream. I could probably eat Sixteen Handles peanut butter froyo any day of the week,…

Travel Guide: Tulum, Mexico

I visited Tulum nearly 3 years ago for a quiet girl’s trip, and we could not have had a more relaxing and sun-soaked few days. I’m sure that this has become an even more popular destinations as the years have passed on, and rightfully so. The beach was beautiful, the vibe was laid-back and serene,…

NYC’s Best Ice Cream

As summer draws to a semi-close, I’m realizing that I just have not had enough ice cream in my life these recent, sunny months. My bucket list through September includes revisiting some of my favorite ice cream spots in NYC. Read on for my favorite NYC spots for ice cream for all seasons. Note that…

NYC Staycation Guide

As much as I love to travel (and find myself doing it far more frequently than I ever seem to plan for), there’s nothing quite like being home and feeling like an explorer in your own city. If the Hamptons and beyond is not in the cards for your next weekend, consider staying put and…

NYC Restaurant Round-Up: July

Although I was traveling for a lot of July (see #caro_in_ireland and #caro_in_chicago to paint a picture), I was able to sneak in some wonderful NYC meals in the midst of it. I find that dining out on the weekends during the summer is especially lovely, as lots of folks leave town and it’s easier…

Travel Guide: Marfa TX

Marfa, Texas has been a bucket list trip on my list for longer than I would care to admit. It elicits responses in two very distinct camps – either “Never heard of it,” or “Wow, I’ve heard it’s absolutely incredible.” Tucked away on a remote strip of highway three hours from El Paso, it is…

Easy Summer Salad – Part II

To me, there is nothing better than a Saturday morning stroll through the Union Square Farmers Market. At this time of year, it is an absolute bounty of all things farm-fresh. This weekend, I visited the farmers market and made it my mission to buy only what I felt was the most seasonal and most…

Neighborhood Guide: NoLiTa

Now that I work in SoHo, I find myself dangerously close to the cusp of NoLiTa and a plethora of excellent dining options. Truth: I had a very difficult time narrowing down this list. I would normally create a much more focused and concise offering, but for NoLiTa, I’m going hog wild. I grouped the…

A Midsummer Reading List

Who here has been ripping through their summer reading lists while lounging by the beach and pool? I sadly have barely logged any reading-by-crystal-clear-water time this summer, but I have logged a lot of airplane reading hours. That’s kind of the same, right? I put together my list of must-reads for the rest of this…

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…

Travel Guide: Maui, Hawaii

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…

Travel Guide: Napa, CA

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…