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Celeste

Eating Out, Food

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I had first eaten at Celeste years ago, and then promptly forgot its name (I knew the name of the restaurant was a woman’s name, and I kept thinking “Was it Gina? Adrienne’s? Stella?” – all names of *other* restaurants).  So for years, Celeste was in my memory as “That Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side with good Italian food and a woman’s name that only takes cash.”  I fortunately found my way back to Celeste recently, and it was as good as I remembered. Continue Reading

Captain’s Restaurant in Mykonos

Eating Out, Food, Travel

 

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Before I made my visit to the Greek Islands (Santorini and Mykonos, specifically), I told myself that I was going to eat ALL THE SEAFOOD.  And Greek yogurt (or is it just called yogurt there?). And Greek salad. And taramosalata/tarama (for the uninitiated, it is fish roe dip. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it because it’s amazing). I’m a woman of my word, and sure enough I ate myself silly on the Mediterranean diet.  For better or for worse, at each meal out we kind of ordered the same menu – Greek salad (with a ton of feta obviously), olives, taramosalata, and fresh seafood.  Our order was no different at Captain’s, a seaside restaurant we happened upon in Mykonos.

Yes, Captain’s has a menu in both Greek and English, which may turn some people off, but we gave it a go anyway – and we weren’t disappointed.

First, the Greek salad: Continue Reading

Ample Hills

Eating Out, Food

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The weather in NYC has been a little temperamental these days, hasn’t it? Don’t get me wrong, I love summers in city – but the occasional super hot, high humidity days are a bit tough.  Always looking on the dairy side of life, I used one of these days recently to finally pay a visit to Ample Hills Creamery.  Ample Hills has been around for 7ish years now, but I never had it before last month – I know, a travesty! I stopped by the High Line location, which was, unsurprisingly, packed. Continue Reading

Burgers: Town Topic

Eating Out, Food

town-topic-kc-1 Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down…

Juuuust kidding – but who doesn’t like a little Fresh Prince reference every now and again?

This IS a story, however, of an old-school burger joint here in KC that reminds me of one of my favorite slider dives in NJ – White Manna.  Like White Manna, Town Topic in KC is a no-frills, not-dressed-to-impress, counter-top seating only hole-in-the-wall that has won the hearts and stomachs of many.

As you can see, the exterior is not much to look at…. Continue Reading

Chicago: Doughnut Vault

Eating Out, Food

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Shut up and take my money!  Yes, I may or may not have said this (or at least felt it) when I stepped into Chicago’s Doughnut Vault during my recent visit to the Windy City.  In today’s short but sweet post, I’m happy to share these doughnuts that were not only amazingly delicious but also as big as my FACE. Literally located in a teeny tiny vault space, Doughnut Vault offers a small but well-curated doughnut menu.   The menu of course offers fan favorite glazed (in vanilla, chocolate, and chestnut), a seasonal jelly filled doughnut, buttermilk old fashioned, a gingerbread stack, doughnut holes, an apple fritter, and a rotating daily special.  Short of ordering them all, what’s a girl to do? Continue Reading