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…