Thai: Somtum Der

March 05, 2015 By: Serena


Last week, I was invited to the (fairly) recently opened Thai restaurant Somtum Der, in the East Village. I had heard good things about it but hadn’t yet had the chance to try it out – so I was happy have the opportunity to do so now! They recently released a new menu item called the Tum Dong Der – a platter with papaya salad in the middle and surrounded by tapas-style Thai accoutrements.  I was excited to not only try this new offering but also check out the rest of the menu.  For my eating buddy that evening, I invited a friend whose family is of Thai origin and has some knowledge of the restaurant business – we couldn’t wait to get started.

The first thing we noticed was the decor, which was trendy and tasteful, with lots of fresh ingredients and supplies at the bar: Continue reading »

The Lost Sense Chocolate

March 04, 2015 By: Serena


Happy day, Noshers!  Well, it’s a happy day for me at least – I’m sharing my thoughts on some new chocolate I recently sampled.  And hopefully happy for you – because you’ll get to read about said chocolate. Okay okay, not as satisfying as eating it but hopefully still good :).

A few weeks ago, the guys at The Lost Sense reached out to me.  Locally located (right in Brooklyn!), The Lost Sense prides itself on chocolate truffles that not only look like works of art but also are mouthwateringly delicious.  So when they asked if I’d be open to sampling some of their wares, of course I said yes.

When I received my box of truffles, the first thing I noticed was the clean, modern look of the packaging – me likey: Continue reading »

GIVEAWAY: My FreshDirect Food Crushes AND a $50 FreshDirect Gift Card!

February 20, 2015 By: Serena

Happy FRIDAY, Noshers!  Long time no post!  But what better way to kick off my return than with a post dedicated to one of my favorite food services – FreshDirect, plus a GIVEAWAY! As part of FreshDirect‘s Month of Love (#FDLove, oooOOOoooh), I’m collaborating with this delicious company to share my favorite FreshDirect “food crushes.”  Man oh man, I have a TON of food crushes, but for the sake of brevity I’m highlighting my top five FreshDirect food crushes.  You ready? Let’s dig in.

1. Montauk Pearls Farm-Raised Oysters

montauk-pearls-oysters-freshdirectPhoto Source for all photos in this post: FreshDirect

I appreciate a good oyster happy hour as much as the next person, but there is an undeniably gratifying, Rosie the Riveter type satisfaction from shucking your own oysters at home.  I’ve ordered these Montauk Pearls several times, and they are tender, briny, and luxurious.   I get a dozen at a time and don’t share! Ha!  One does not always have to share, especially when it comes to oysters.  Which reminds me, it might be time to upgrade from my butter knife/flathead screwdriver combo to an actual oyster knife. Hmmm….. Continue reading »

Holiday GIVEAWAY: Paderno 4-BLADE Spiralizer!

December 18, 2014 By: Serena


Happy Holidays, Noshers!  The past few weeks (and upcoming weeks) have been full of parties, eating, getting-together, and of course general merriment.  What’s on your holiday bakelist? OR more importantly, your holiday eatlist??

Today I’m super excited to be giveaway one of my FAVORITE products from the past year – the Paderno World Cuisine Spiralizer!  If you follow along on the BAN blog, you’ll know that this little device has changed my life.  The Spiralizer has resulted in my eating a lot more vegetables (as a former avowed veggie-averse foodie, this is huge) in the form of “zoodles”, or zucchini noodles.  I’ve also used the Spiralizer to make apple chips, baked potato chips, curly fries and much more. It’s like a Playdoh toy for adults, except the finished product is much more delicious.

But don’t take MY word for it – try it for yourself!  Thanks to the lovely folks at Paderno, I am giving away TWO of the newest Spiralizer model – the four-blade version!  The four-blade Spiralizer was just released in September, and features the newest blade that makes angel hair, yum!

Two of my favorite go-to recipes with the Spiralizer are zucchini noodles with avocado cream sauce: Continue reading »

Recap: New York Taste 2014!

December 10, 2014 By: Serena



Happy Monday, Noshers! Today I’m happy to share a few (okay, a lot of) photos from my my favorite foodie event of the year – New York Taste 2014! Featuring chefs from over 40 of NYC’s top restaurants, such as David Bouley, Morimoto, and Marcus Samuelsson, this event is delicious, lively, and so much fun.  You can see the amazing lineup here: Continue reading »

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