Winter Bucket List 2018/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: San Francisco, Part III

At last, part III of my San Francisco travel guide. This one focus on the best things to do in and around the city, and trust me when I say that this is a heavily edited list. There are endless amounts of things to do in this foggy city, but read on for some of…

NYC Restaurant Round-up: January

Another month, another restaurant round-up. We are officially one month into 2018, and thus far it tastes as delicious as ever. I tried some inventive new places, some total NYC classics, and also revisited some of my favorite, “old faithful” spots this month. Read on for my round-up of all of the places I dined…

Travel Guide: San Francisco Food, Part II

The food journey through San Francisco continues. Part II of my SF food guides focuses on the more southern areas of the city, and includes another round of delicious, delicious options. In case you missed it, check out Part I of my SF food guide here. Check out my San Francisco photo diary at #caro_in_sf on my Instagram!…

Travel Guide: San Francisco Food, Part I

Oh, San Francisco. I’ve thought of this city as my secondary spirit animal for quite some time, and have spent the better part of the past five years eating my way through it. There is so much to do and see here that it can be daunting to know where to start, so I am…

Neighborhood Guide: TriBeCa

I often overlook TriBeCa when I make dining plans. Not intentionally, of course, but because it always feels a bit out of the way to me, which is completely nonsensical because every time I go there I wonder why I don’t visit more often. There are some absolute gems in this area, and it is…

Travel Guide: 24 Hours in Barcelona

I recently returned to Barcelona after many years, a city that absolutely blew me away the first time that I visited. It has an energy all its own, and truly feels light years away from the rest of Spain. Because I’d been before, I’d already crossed big destinations such as La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell,…

NYC Restaurant Round-up: December

Oh, December. This month is always tricky because I find myself gone for the end of the month, and overloaded with holiday parties throughout the first few weeks. This month’s restaurant round-up is lighter than usual, but still packs a punch. Read on for some of the spots I checked out this past month in…

Winter Bucket List

Winter was coming, and now it is officially here (as if Bomb Cyclone didn’t confirm it thoroughly enough). I’m looking forward to a season filled with trying new recipes in the kitchen, braving the cold for a few spontaneous activities, and crossing a few new restaurants off of my bucket list. Cheers to staying warm…

NYC Restaurant Round-up: November

Looking back on this month, it was all about the savory. I think I saved up all of my sweet tooth credits for Thanksgiving, where we noshed on sticky toffee pudding and pumpkin pie. All of these spots felt very seasonally appropriate and hearty as well, which was perfect for cooling temperatures. Read on to…

Easiest Vegetarian Soup Recipe

…Plus it’s vegan (sub veggie broth) and can be made with ingredients you probably already have on hand. While I love a complex, challenging recipe full of layered flavors, sometimes I’m coming back from a weekend away, don’t have time to shop, and want a healthy meal to start my week off right. A homemade…

NYC Restaurant Round-up: October

Newsflash: you can definitely still eat ice cream in October. I tested this theory out this month, and it stands strong. I also had some of the best pasta I’ve ever eaten in New York this month, and some pretty darn good tater tots. Read on for my October NYC restaurant round-up.   Al Di…

Holiday Reading List

The second annual holiday reading and gifting guide is officially here! I am a firm believer that there is no better gift to give or receive than a book that is thoughtfully and lovingly selected. Here is my list of favorite books for the special people in your life. If you need any more recs,…

Travel Guide: Paris, Part III

At last, the third and final installment of my Paris travel guide! While the first two parts focused on food and drink, this one is all about where to stay and what to do in Paris. One could easily explore for weeks and not see and do everything that the city of light has to…

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…