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: 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…

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…